Films byTexts by 1959
Haroun Tazieff, 1959, 80’

Famous geologist Haroun Tazieff films the active craters of volcanoes in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Always trying to get as close to the crater as possible, despite the danger and the constant risks involved, Tazieff plunges us into the heart of the eruption.


Stan Brakhage, 1959, 13’

Stan Brakhage films his wife Jane giving birth to their first child, Myrrena.


“We both knew that I could be most there if I were creating a film as she was giving birth.”

Stan Brakhage


Otto Preminger, 1959, 161’

A small-town Michigan lawyer takes on the difficult task of defending a young army lieutenant named Frederick Manion, arrested for the murder of a local bartender who he claims raped his wife.

Jean Renoir, 1959, 91’

Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination for social betterment and therapy to eliminate passion.

Billy Wilder, 1959, 121’

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.


“Producer David Selznick told me mixing gangsters and comedy wouldn’t work. In fact, it did.”

Billy Wilder

Good Morning
Yasujirô Ozu, 1959, 94’

Letting rip a fart –
It doesn’t make you laugh
When you live alone.

Senryu poem


Douglas Sirk, 1959, 125’

An aspiring white actress takes in an African-American widow whose mixed-race daughter is desperate to be seen as white.