Limitless Cinema in Broken English

March 3, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:44 pm

This is about a poll in my bilingual blog:

My thirteenth poll is inspired by my most favorite film of February 2008—I-BE AREA (2007, Ryan Trecartin, USA). I think this film is very energetic, thought-provoking, funny, and crazy. It reminds me of some crazy films in late 1960’s and many German films in the 1970’s. So I think I should make a list of my favorite crazy films.



2.DAISIES (1966, Very Chytilova, Czechoslovakia)

3.THE DEATH OF MARIA MALIBRAN (1972, Werner Schroeter, West Germany)

4.THE FAMILY THAT EATS SOIL (2004, Khavn de la Cruz, Philippines)

5.FANDO AND LIS (1968, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico)

6.FLAMING CREATURES (1962, Jack Smith, USA)

7.HEAL HITLER! (1986, Herbert Achternbusch, West Germany)

8.HOUSE (1977, Nobuhiko Obayashi, Japan)

9.I-BE AREA (2007, Ryan Trecartin, USA)


11.LOOK OF LOVE (2006, Yoshiharu Ueoka, Japan)

12.MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER (1978, Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany)

13.PEPI, LUCI, BOM (1980, Pedro Almodovar, Spain)

14.PINK FLAMINGOS (1972, John Waters, USA)

15.PSYCHIC TEQUILA TAROT (1998, Isabell Spengler, Germany)

16.THE RASPBERRY REICH (2004, Bruce La Bruce, Canada)

17.SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS (2003, Joel Cano, Cuba)

18.SWEET MOVIE (1974, Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia)

19.A VIRUS KNOWS NO MORALS (1985, Rosa von Praunheim, West Germany)

20.WHAT HAPPENED TO MAGDALENA JUNG? (1983, Christoph Schlingensief, West Germany)

You can cast multiple votes.

Most images here are from

Some interesting links:

–Bruce La Bruce directed a new gay zombie film called OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (2007)

–Twilight Virus’ blog said that Robert van Ackeren directed some crazy films. He also directed a new film called DEUTSCHLAND PRIVAT – IM LAND DER BUNTEN TRAUME (2007)

Werner Schroeter gave an interesting interview in the free magazine Kulturchronik (6-1998). Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Interviewer: You had a special relationship with your grandmother, didn’t you?

Werner Schroeter: My Polish grandmother was a dynamo of imagination who shared her fantastic world. In 1951, shortly after the war when I was five, we lived in a rapidly developed workers settlement outside Bielefeld. Everything I could see outside was so alien to my sensibility that my grandmother and her dreams became my world. She, who had neither experienced repression nor practiced it, translated everything into fantasy. I still remember very well how she once suddenly transformed the rails used by Bielefeld’s trams into an Indian trail. A chair became a palace and a flower pot a jungle. This freedom in dealing with things captivated me, and there was a place for us in strange daydream reality. I remember a highly comical story. My grandmother, at sixty an astonishly beautiful and slender woman, had lost everything in the East during the first and second world wars except for her beautiful silk dresses from the twenties and thirties. These she wore in 1950 in the Bielefeld workers settlement, walking around in stately fashion with her shopping basket, and on top of that with bleached hair. What she wore looked really good on her body, so whistling boys followed her while I held her hand. She smiled at me and said: “Now watch this”. She suddenly turned around and declared: “ Well boys, a girl’s school from the back and a museum from the front”.

For her a sense of reality was completely present in a vital irony. With her fantastic dreamworld she prepared us for a life of resistance. After all imagination is resistance and the only thing that can turn upside down the unbearability of reality. Without it there would be no revolution, which involves not only mass dynamics but also the development of fantasy regarding something so as to surmount it. With her kind of flight from the world my grandmother created a new reality which could take place everywhere. That is certainly the source of my freedom vis-à-vis what people nowadays call realistic depiction or naturalism. For me it goes without saying that with determination and imagination mountains –imaginary ones of course—can be moved.”


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