28 February 2006

Peter Greenaway and Others

For all those wild and crazy Peter Greenaway fans out there (I know there aren't many), Zeitgeist Video is releasing a collection of his early films, including the pseudo-documentary epic The Falls on April 11th, for all those who don't have a region-free DVD player (as BFI released all of these a long time ago on DVD). I think maybe this will encourage me to revist some of his best work, specifically A Zed and Two Noughts and, of course, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, since I don't think his Tulse Luper Suitcases series will be in the States any time soon. Expect some longer criticisms of these films at a later date. Right now, I'm going to immerse myself in some lurid Abel Ferrara after finishing Rois et reine. Here's what you may be interested in on DVD tomorrow:

Where the Truth Lies - dir. Atom Egoyan - 2005 - Canada - Sony Pictures

Be sure to get the unrated version if you want to see Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth tag-teaming some young girl. It's strange that sometime after his sublime adaptation of Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan became a forgettable director. This may have to do with his lousy Felicia's Journey and challenging, but ultimately messy Ararat. Bradford (Being Boring) saw it in the theatre and gave it an enthusiastic yawn.

Werckmeister Harmonies - dir. Bela Tarr - 2000 - Hungary - Facets

Cinephiles wet themselves over this film. I haven't seen it. I will soon.

The Walerian Borowczyk Collection - Cult Epics

And for the sickos out there, pick up the Walerian Borowczyk boxset, which includes a single-disc edition of his notoriously vile La Bête, his steamy Love Rites (Cérémonie d'amour), and, for the first time on DVD, Goto, Island of Love (Goto, l'île d'amour).

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