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The Thinking Machine 8: Plumbing

Ernst Lubitsch’s Cluny Brown (1946) is a masterpiece. Renowned for the constant inventiveness he demanded of himself and his collaborators, Lubitsch rarely plotted a scene according to conventional rules. Seventy minutes in, Cluny (Jennifer Jones) attends the polite social gathering that will announce her engagement to the very proper Jonathan (Richard Haydn). But the “plumbing” – both the noisy pipes of the bathroom, and every associated bodily function – interrupts the formality of the occasion. How does Lubitsch align our sympathies and judgements with everything that most vitally matters?

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The Thinking Machine 8: Plumbing

The Thinking Machine 8: Plumbing
31 Mei 2017
At a polite social gathering in Ernst Lubitsch' masterpiece Cluny Brown (1946), the “plumbing” interrupts the formality of the occasion. How does Lubitsch align our sympathies and judgements with everything that most vitally matters?
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The Thinking Machine 7: The Holy Family

The Thinking Machine 7: The Holy Family
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The Thinking Machine 6: Pieces of Spaces

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The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride

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Not a mash-up, but a smash-up of two great monuments of contemporary cinema: David Lynch's Inland Empire and Smiley Face by Gregg Araki.
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The Thinking Machine 4: Wish I Had a River

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The Thinking Machine 3: Always a Window

The Thinking Machine 3: Always a Window
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The Thinking Machine 2: Decisions, Decisions

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The scene: a man alone in a room. Within himself, he makes a decision that will signal a key turning point in the narrative of a movie. How does a director conceive, stage and edit such a difficult scene?
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The Thinking Machine 1: Death-Drive

The Thinking Machine 1: Death-Drive
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In their series The Thinking Machine, critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for De Filmkrant every month. This first installment focuses on The Girl on a Motorcycle, a film which is built upon two different kinds of movement.
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Video-essay: De façades van High-Rise

Video-essay: De façades van High-Rise
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Wie bekend is met het werk van schrijver J.G. Ballard, weet dat de high-rise, de luxueuze torenflat, voor hem een metafoor is voor onze samenleving: de puissant rijken bovenin, neerkijkend op de clochards die de onderste verdiepingen bewonen. In een nieuw video-essay bekijkt recensent Omar Larabi de nieuwe Ballard-verfilming High-Rise van Ben Wheatley (te zien vanaf komende donderdag) vanuit dit perspectief.
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