Films byTexts by 1971
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Michael Snow, 1971, 190’

“The camera of La Region Centrale, instructed and controlled by the machine, turns in a wild and isolated Canadian landscape in a series of circular variations whose multiplicity of speed, direction, focus is the function of a ‘liberated’ eye.

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Minamata – The Victims and Their World
Noriaki Tsuchimoto, 1971, 105’

“On the other side of the bay from Minamata, on the islands off the coast of Amakusa and Kagoshima, I spent over a hundred some days going around showing Minamata films with my staff with a simple intention: I knew that although there were many Minamata victims there, through pressure from either

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William Greaves, 1971, 75’

“Symbiopsychotaxiplasm is neither a documentary nor a traditional feature. At least I don’t feel that it is. It is more of a happening. Instead of being a form of conventional art it is apiece of abstract art. Abstract in the sense that it does not obey the language of convention.

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Sanrizuka – Peasants of the Second Fortress
Shinsuke Ogawa, 1971, 143’

“Amid this cinematic spectacle, familiar from previous films but now considerably larger and more violent, something very different is going on. In Peasants of the Second Fortress there are occasional moments when the action of the film grinds to a halt and people simply talk.

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Nicolas Roeg, 1971, 100’

“The script was fourteen or fifteen pages long. It was nothing of it, I had to do a lot on the script before presenting it to some money-people.

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The Long Farewell
Kira Muratova, 1971, 97’

“Muratova contrived to make the first non-Soviet – not to be confused with anti- Soviet – films in the history of our cinema...They began the ‘long farewell’ of Soviet cinema.”

Andrei Plakhov

 

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Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971, 111’

Pasolini’s obsession was with finding a world outside of all the commodifications of capitalism, including, prominently, the bodily.

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Jacques Tati, 1971, 96’

“Comedians are often our best historians of the present because they are at once intensely invested in and poorly adapted to their moment, at one and yet out of sync with their surroundings and situation.