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The Thinking Machine 18: Swimming in Wagner

Three utterly different films: Luis Buñuel's Surrealist classic, L'âge d'or (1930); Jean Negulesco's Hollywood melodrama with Joan Crawford and John Garfield, Humoresque (1946); and João César Monteiro's unclassifiably personal fantasy, A comédia de Deus (1995). But all three films feature, in key, climactic sequences, the same piece of music: a well-known, grandly romantic theme from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner. By interweaving these three sequences - and their starkly divergent ways of stylising the act of bodily performance - we explore "oceanic" variations on love and death, eroticism and abandon.

Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin

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The Thinking Machine 18: Swimming in Wagner

The Thinking Machine 18: Swimming in Wagner
26 April 2018
Luis Buñuel's L'âge d'or (1930), Jean Negulesco's Humoresque (1946) and João César Monteiro's A comédia de Deus (1995) all feature, in key, climactic sequences, the same piece of music: a well-known, grandly romantic theme from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner.
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The Thinking Machine 17: Remarks on the Formation of Abstract Set Theory

The Thinking Machine 17: Remarks on the Formation of Abstract Set Theory
04 April 2018
There is a famous, prolonged heist sequence at the centre of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge (1970) – but not at the centre of this month's audiovisual essay by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.
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The Thinking Machine 16: UP!

The Thinking Machine 16: UP!
08 Maart 2018
Suicide – cannibalism – death – trauma – remembering – flashing back – vignette – whiteness – voices – bones – blood – sexual personae – up those streets – up those stairs – a scream.
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The Thinking Machine 15: At That Very Moment

The Thinking Machine 15: At That Very Moment
17 Januari 2018
At the very same moment, two women are caught in a waking dream, and their adventures intertwine... In cinema, the genres of horror and the “woman in peril” thriller have frequently overlapped to form a Female Gothic tradition.
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The Thinking Machine 14: Moon, Waterfall, Tree, Stream

The Thinking Machine 14: Moon, Waterfall, Tree, Stream
20 December 2017
There are many examples of “condensed” films in the history of experimental, found-footage cinema – selections that concentrate what is surreal and suggestive, once most of a narrative is removed. Without excessive manipulation, we radically condense an example, A Fatal Obsession (2015), in which recurring, moody images of nature – moon, waterfall, tree, stream – already, with the aid of a busy music score, usurp the tricky, human plot.
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The Thinking Machine 13: Between Two Plot Points

The Thinking Machine 13: Between Two Plot Points
08 November 2017
How did Howard Haweks manage to balance easy-going scenes of character interaction and a plot without any 'dead spots'? A superbly directed scene in Ball of Fire (1941), where a complex group interaction is poised between two plot points, provides some clues.
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The Thinking Machine 12: Strangulation Blues

The Thinking Machine 12: Strangulation Blues
11 Oktober 2017
In Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1980), the central character of Milena played by Theresa Russell is a fascinating screen figure, and not only for her complex psychology. Bringing together many short fragments, this audiovisual essay foregrounds a crucial aspect of Russell’s performance: her work with voice.
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The Thinking Machine 11: Framing Fritz’s Apartment

The Thinking Machine 11: Framing Fritz’s Apartment
13 September 2017
In Ulli Lommel’s The Tenderness of Wolves (1973) the narrow, slanted apartment where the protagonist lures and kills his victims plays a crucial role. Despite the limited possibilities that the space offers, Lommel finds a great array of inventive solutions to portray it.
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The Thinking Machine 10: Resonances - City of Pirates & Time Regained

The Thinking Machine 10: Resonances - City of Pirates & Time Regained
16 Augustus 2017
Between Raúl Ruiz's City of Pirates in 1983 and Time Regained in 1999, there is a surrealistic ‘communicating vessel’ that explores sensations of memory, time and fluidity; and a mise en scène of bodies, voices and movements.
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The Thinking Machine 9: The Sea Speaks

The Thinking Machine 9: The Sea Speaks
08 Juli 2017
In 1927, filmmaker-theorist Jean Epstein (1897-1953) followed an "impulse toward the exterior", trading the Parisian avant-garde for an encounter with the raw nature and culture of Brittany.
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