Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy

Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American crimedrama film directed by Gus Van Sant, written by Van Sant and Daniel Yost, and is based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. The film stars Matt Dillon in the title role, Kelly Lynch, Heather Graham and William S. Burroughs. It marked Van Sant’s second film as director. At the time the film was made, the source novel by Fogle was unpublished. It was later published in 1990. (Source: Wikipedia)

Maya Deren’s ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is a short experimental film directed by wife-and-husband team, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film’s narrative is circular and repeats several motifs, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper–like cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, a phone off the hook and an ocean. Through creative editing, distinct camera angles, and slow motion, the surrealist film depicts a world in which it is more and more difficult to catch reality. (Source: Wikipedia)


I am Cuba

I am Cuba (Spanish: Soy Cuba; Russian: Я Куба, Ya Kuba) is a 1964 SovietCuban film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov at Mosfilm. The film was not received well by either the Russian or Cuban public and was almost completely forgotten until it was re-discovered by filmmakers in the United States thirty years later. The acrobatic tracking shots and idiosyncratic mise en scene prompted Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese to begin a campaign to restore the film in the early 1990s. The film is shot in black and white, sometimes using infrared film obtained from the Soviet military to exaggerate contrast (making trees and sugar cane almost white, and skies very dark but still obviously sunny). Most shots are in extreme wide-angle and the camera passes very close to its subjects, whilst still largely avoiding having those subjects ever look directly at the camera. (Source: Wikipedia)

‘The Scent of Green Papaya’

‘The Scent of Green Papaya’ (Vietnamese: Mùi đu đủ xanh, French: L’Odeur de la papaye verte) is a 1993 Vietnamese-language film produced in France by Lazennec Production, directed by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, and starring Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, and Thi Loc Truong.

The film won the Caméra d’Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French annual film award ceremony, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ‘The Scent of Green Papaya’ is Tran Anh Hung’s first feature film and stars his wife, Tran Nu Yên-Khê. The film is also the director’s first collaboration with Vietnamese composer Tôn-Thât Tiêt who would subsequently write the music for two more films: ‘Cyclo’ and ‘Vertical Ray of the Sun’.

Although set in Vietnam, the film was shot entirely on a soundstage in Boulogne, France.

Plot: A young girl, Mùi, becomes a servant for a rich family. Mùi is notably peaceful and curious about the world. The family consists of a frequently absent husband, a wife, an older son, two younger sons, and the husband’s mother. When the husband leaves for his fourth and final time, he takes all the household’s money. He returns ill and passes away shortly after.

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Miller on Monroe

tumblr_m41v4ahttq1rus81ho1_1280First of all, I took her at her own evaluation which very few people did…the very inappropriateness of our being together was to me the sign that it was appropriate…that we were two parts, however remote, of this society, of this life…