The Thoughts That Once We Had
2015, Thom Andersen, USA, 108 min.
- Sat, Sep 17th 3:00pm
- Wed, Sep 21st 6:00pm
"Deeply personal, cheekily digressive dance through most of movie history...Its emphasis on movement and emotion, music and humor, reminds us repeatedly that, when the lights go down, the heart lifts." — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
A master of the film-history essay-film, Andersen (EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER; LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF) delivers his most wide-ranging and directly personal film to date, an illuminating, idiosyncratic ramble through film history that bears comparison with Godard’s HISTOIRE(S) DU CINÉMA and Žižek’s THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO CINEMA. Described in the opening titles (there is no voiceover narration) as “a personal history of cinema, partially inspired by [influential French theorist] Gilles Deleuze,” the film launches into a stunning parade of close-ups (or, as Deleuze calls them, “affection-images”) from the films of Griffith and Stroheim. Later, Deleuze’s three categories of film comedy are beautifully illustrated by spot-on clips of Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy, and the Marx Brothers. But Andersen, while honoring Deleuze’s ideas, uses them as a springboard for his own favorites and pet peeves, expressed in extended digressions on such topics as the eccentric character actor Timothy Carey, Hank Ballard’s original version of “The Twist,” the erotic appeal of Debra Paget, the war realities that were mostly left out of the movies, and the soundtrack of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, which inspired him to become a filmmaker. DCP digital. (MR)
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