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Film Scratches: Eloquence Without Words – The Kingdom of Shadows (2016)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. A family group sits, nearly motionless, yet seething with tension, in a living room with peeling wallpaper and dead leaves blowing around the floor. A young […]

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Film Scratches: Ghosts in the Machines – Before She Leaves Her Body (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Before She Leaves Her Body, an ambitious and absorbing feature film by brothers Ryan and Tyler Betschart, begins with two allegorical stories. A young woman recalls […]

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Film Scratches: Love Letter to Bohemia – Mirror and Missal (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. The prolog to Mirror and Missal, Emmett Casey’s beguiling feature film, announces unequivocally that we are in the realm of myth. Francesca, a rich, powerful woman […]

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Film Scratches: Digital Lyricism – The Film Poems of Bobie

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Bobie (Yves Bommenel) is a French poet and composer who has created a series of inventive, invigorating videos of some of his poems. They are all […]

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Film Scratches: Disturbing Desires – Light-Sleep (2009)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Light-sleep, a 6 minute film of hand processed found footage by Hungarian filmmaker Péter Lichter, begins with a shot of a child trying to sleep in […]

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Film Scratches: The Dance of Money and Artists – Vive le Capital (2012)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. At the start of Vive le Capital, Orit Ben-Shitrit’s absorbingly strange examination of capitalism, art, and domination, we see a French businessman (the polished Pascal Yen-Pfister) […]

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Film Scratches: Negotiations of the Bicameral Mind – Ward of the Feral Horses (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Orit Ben-Shitrit’s absorbingly strange and powerful 20 minute film Ward of the Feral Horses begins with a young man (Maxwell Cosmo Cramer) staring out a window. […]

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Film Scratches: Wacky Lyricism – Grandma Opera (2008)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Grandma Opera is a charming and kooky 6 minute mini video opera by director Kenneth Hughes and composer Mark Hart. Hart’s music ranges from lyrical cabaret-style […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2016 – Programme Launch

By Cleaver Patterson.  You can always tell summer has come to an end and autumn is on the way when the BFI holds the programme launch for its annual celluloid viewing extravaganza which is the BFI London Film Festival. Going by the film trailers—which played to the assembled press at the Odeon in London’s Leicester […]

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Film Scratches: Patterns of Violence – Blind Spot (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Blind Spot is a 9 minute short by Cristin Hughes made from clips appropriated from commercial films such as Basic Instinct, Kill Bill, Blue Velvet, Chinatown, […]

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