Machorka-Muff / Les enfants désaccordés / The Crimson Curtain

  • Machorka-Muff

    Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.
    West Germany, 1963, digital video, black & white, 18 min.
    German with English subtitles.
    Copy source: Grasshopper Films

Already with Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub directed his first film in Germany, where he exiled himself after refusing to serve in Algeria. It is an ironic and vigorous pamphlet against the threat of the demons of Nazism returning to Germany, based on a short story by Heinrich Böll. Machorka-Muff reveals itself as a film at the frontiers of documentary and dream, and as a very singular work on sound and image.

  • Les enfants désaccordés

    Directed by Philippe Garrel.
    With Christiane Pérez, Pascal Roy, Maurice Garrel.
    France, 1964, DCP, black & white, 15 min.
    French with English subtitles.
    DCP source: The Film Desk

Accompanying two runaway teenagers while listening to the words of their parents, Philippe Garrel's first short film already announces the singular poetry of the gaze of the future author of La Cicatrice intérieure.

  • The Crimson Curtain (Le rideau cramoisi)

    Directed by Alexandre Astruc.
    With Anouk Aimée, Jean-Claude Pascal, Marguerite Garcya.
    France, 1953, 35mm, black & white, 44 min.
    French with English subtitles.
    Print source: Tamasa

First known as the author of the notion of caméra-stylo, to which many modern directors and critics will refer, Astruc deploys a language of forms, lights and shadows to rediscover the atmosphere of a love story based on the short fantasy by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, and, as it happens, offers one of his first memorable roles to Anouk Aimée.


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