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May 20, 2008

TWENTIETH POLL: BARELY CONNECTED STORIES

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:32 pm

This is about a poll in my bilingual blog at http://celinejulie.blogspot.com

My twentieth poll is inspired by one of my most favorite stage plays of all time, which is WELCOME TO NOTHING (2008, Nophand Boonyai). The structure of WELCOME TO NOTHING reminds me of THE PHANTOM OF THE LIBERTY, because each of them includes so many funny and absurd short stories. I don’t know the real meaning of WELCOME TO NOTHING and THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY. I don’t know what this stage play or this film is trying to say. I don’t know the main topic or the main theme of this play or this film. I just know that they gave me the ultimate pleasure. Because of this, I decided to make a poll which can include WELCOME TO NOTHING. So I make a list of my favorite films and stage plays which comprise barely connected stories or barely connected parts.

Another of my most favorite stage plays of all time is SIDA: SRI RAM?. The structure of this play reminds me of HITLER: A FILM FROM GERMANY (1977, Hans-Juergen Syberberg, A+), because each of them comprises many parts, and these parts come in various styles, though they talk about the same topic. Every part in SIDA: SRI RAM? talks about the status of women, though some parts come in the form of traditional dance, some parts come in monologues, some parts come in surrealistic stage play, and some parts come in dramatic stage play. Every part in HITLER: A FILM FROM GERMANY talks about Hitler, but some parts come in the from of theatrical play, some parts come in puppet show, some parts come in film parody, some parts come in monologue, and some parts can be called documentary.

THESE GREAT FILMS/STAGE PLAYS HAVE BARELY CONNECTED STORIES. WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE?

1.THE BURIED FOREST (2005, Kohei Oguri, Japan)

Alone Again wrote a review of this film in Thai at
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=aloneagain&month=03-2008&date=22&group=1&gblog=67

2.BUTTONERS (1997, Petr Zelenka, Czech)

3.DAY OF THE FULL MOON (1998, Karen Shakhnazarov, Russia)

4.ESCAPE FROM POPRAYA 2526 (2007, Paisit Panpruegsachat, Thailand)
Filmsick wrote a review of THE CRUELY AND THE SOY-SAUCE MAN (2000, Paisit Panpruegsachat) in Thai at
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20080507/entry

5.FAME WHORE (1997, Jon Moritsugu, USA)

6.FLUXES (1968, Arthur Lipsett, Canada)
You can watch this film at
http://www.ubu.com/film/lipsett_fluxes.html

You can read about Arthur Lipsett at Mubarak Ali’s blog:
http://supposedaura.blogspot.com/2006/08/arthur-lipsett.html

7.HOBBIT LOVE IS THE GREATEST LOVE (2007, Steve Reinke, USA)
I saw this film at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 5. The website of this film is at
http://www.myrectumisnotagrave.com/vidleos/hobbitloveis.html

Images from this film:

8.LIFE IS SHORT 2 (2006, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, Thailand)
I wrote about this film in Thai here:
http://www.onopen.com/2007/02/1427

9.OBABA (2005, Montxo Armendariz, Spain)
Though the stories in this film are clearly connected to each other, what I think makes this film very exciting for me is that each story seems to belong to different genre—melodramatic, thriller, and psychological drama.

10.1/3 OF THE EYES (2004, Olivier Zabat, France)

11.OUR WAVES (2006, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Thailand)

12.THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974, Luis Bunuel, France)

13.POISON (1991, Todd Haynes, USA)

14.THE POWER OF EMOTION (1983, Alexander Kluge, West Germany)

Acquarello wrote about this film here:
http://filmref.com/notes/archives/2008/03/the_power_of_emotion_1983.html

15.SALAT (2004, John Torres, Philippines)

16.SIDA: SRI RAM? (2005, Pornrat Damrung, Thai play)

17.SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (2000, Roy Andersson, Sweden)

18.TAKE THE 5:10 TO DREAMLAND (1976, Bruce Conner, USA)

Actually, this film has no story, but the various parts in this film are still very unconnected to one another.

Brian Darr wrote about EASTER MORNING (2008, Bruce Conner) here:
http://daily.greencine.com/archives/005972.html

19.VIDEO 50 (1978, Robert Wilson, West Germany)

20.WELCOME TO NOTHING (2008, Nophand Boonyai, Thai play)

You can cast multiple votes.

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–Another barely connected film which I like very much is RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS (1995, Eric Rohmer, France). I saw this film from a videotape, though this film was once shown in Bangkok in 1999 in LOW BUDGET FILM FESTIVAL. I attended only some parts of this film festival, because I was recovering from a surgery at that time.

A friend asked me recently about the program of this film festival in 1999. So I think I should answer his question by posting the program here, so that other people can see it too.

Since I didn’t attend the whole festival, I don’t know if the whole festival went as planned or not. The program of this festival as listed in the brochure is as follows:

JUNE 1999

SAT 5
10.00 TWO DAUGHTERS (1961, Satyajit Ray)

13.00 THE LAST BATTLE (1983, Luc Besson)
+ talking with Tanit Jitnukul

17.30 THE RIVER (1996, Tsai Ming-liang)
+ talking with Pen-ek Ratanaruang

SUN 6
10.00 BAD TASTE (1982, Peter Jackson)
+ talking with Sittirak Tulapitak, a film critic

13.00 EGG (1988, Danniel Danniel)
+ talking with Somching Srisupap, the director of 303 FEAR FAITH REVENGE (1998, A-).

17.30 KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962, Roman Polanski)

SAT 12
10.00 THE EVIL DEAD (1982, Sam Raimi)
+ talking with Manotham Theamtheabrat, a film critic

13.00 L’ARGENT (1983, Robert Bresson)
+ talking with Nonzee Nimibutr
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0632354/

17.30 FUNNY GAMES (1997, Michael Haneke)
+ talking with Adirek Wataleela (Uncle)
http://www.thaifilmdb.com/en/pp00132

SUN 13

10.00 RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS (1995, Eric Rohmer)
+ talking with Suthakorn Santitawat, the director of KWAN RIAM (2001, B)
http://www.nangdee.com/title/?movie_id=236

13.00 THE WHITE BALLOON (1995, Jafar Panahi)
+ talking with Euthana Mukdasanit, Wisut Poolworalak, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Nantakwang Sirasuntorn, and Sananjit Bangsapan

It has been nine years since this film festival was held.

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2 Comments »

  1. This is my reply to Filmvirus in my bilingual blog:
    http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/twentieth-poll-barely-connected-stories.html

    I also want to say that the brochure of this film festival is great, because it has a great article on Ray Carney in it. I first got to know Ray Carney via this brochure.

    I love EI (EGG) very much. I’m glad I have a chance to see it in this festival. I think both EGG (Dutch film) and EGG (Turkish film) are very quiet and minimal films.

    I’m still hopeful that Thailand has such filmmakers as Paisit Panpruegsachat, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, Uruphong Raksasad, Prap Boonpan, and Manussak Dokmai. I’m not sure about the budget for all of their films, but I assume they are very very low. I only know that many shorts made by Manussak Dokmai cost only 80 baht each. I hope they continue making films, and be the inspiration for younger generation of Thai directors.

    Comment by celinejulie — May 22, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  2. This is my reply to Filmvirus in my bilingual blog:
    http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/twentieth-poll-barely-connected-stories.html

    Ah, I didn’t notice that the interview is “part two”.

    The Moviemaker magazine still exists. I found its website:
    http://www.moviemaker.com/

    There are some directors mentioned by Ray Carney in the interview, whose works I still haven’t had a chance to see, including

    1.John Korty, who directed

    1.1 RESTING PLACE (1986)

    1.2 WHO ARE THE DEBOLTS? (AND WHERE DID THEY GET 19 KIDS?) (1977)

    1.3 FAREWELL TO MANZANAR (1976)

    1.4 THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1974)

    1.5 BREAKING THE HABIT (1964)

    2. Lionel Rogosin, who directed

    2.1 ON THE BOWERY (1957)

    2.2 COME BACK, AFRICA (1960)

    2.3 OYSTERS ‘R’ IN SEASON (1966)

    3.Claudia Weill, who directed

    3.1 THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY: THE CHINA MEMOIR (1975)

    3.2 GIRLFRIENDS (1978)

    3.3 A CHILD LOST FOREVER: THE JERRY SHERWOOD STORY (1992)

    4.Robert Kramer, who directed

    4.1 THE GHOSTS OF ELECTRICITY (1997)

    4.2 OUR NAZI (1985)

    4.3 ICE (1970)

    Comment by celinejulie — May 25, 2008 @ 12:03 pm


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