Kedi (Ceyda Torun over)
Aquarius
The Beguiled
Una mujer fantástica
Jaap van Heusden over In Blue
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The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride

Did Gregg Araki study David Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006) as he embarked on making his wild stoner comedy Smiley Face (2007)? Had Lynch heard about actor Dylan Haggerty’s Smiley Face script (which had done the industry rounds for several years under another title) before dreaming up Inland Empire? Who cares? Films intersect and talk to each other in mysterious, unconscious, atmospheric ways. This much is clear: certain things uncannily recur across these two movies, including suspicious ingestions, actors’ auditions, chases, canned TV laughter, ominous letters of the alphabet, animated animals, lamps, distorted faces in extreme close-up, scary hallucinations and visions … Not a mash-up, but a smash-up of two great monuments of contemporary cinema.

© Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin, February 2017



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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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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
09 Mei 2017
Philippe Garrel’s Le révélateur (1968) and David Lynch’s The Grandmother (1970) are among the masterpieces of experimental cinema. They also enter into uncanny resonance with each other when placed side by side, becoming part of the same cultural history.
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The Thinking Machine 6: Pieces of Spaces

The Thinking Machine 6: Pieces of Spaces
29 Maart 2017
A close audiovisual look at Peter Tscherkassky's Outer Space and Sidney Furie's The Entity in tandem reveals how truly inspired Tscherkassky was by this remarkably stylised horror film.
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The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride

The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride
28 Februari 2017
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

The Thinking Machine 4: Wish I Had a River
18 Januari 2017
Critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for De Filmkrant every month. This installment focuses on Jean Renoir’s 40 minute masterpiece Partie de campagne (1936), a poignantly uncompleted work.
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The Thinking Machine 3: Always a Window

The Thinking Machine 3: Always a Window
14 December 2016
How do motifs work in cinema? Something (a word, an object, a shape, a colour, a musical theme) is repeated, underlined, invested with meaning until it forms a recognisable pattern or system. In Luis Buñuel’s remarkable adaptation of Wuthering Heights as Abismos de pasión (1953), the window becomes a key motif.
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The Thinking Machine 2: Decisions, Decisions

The Thinking Machine 2: Decisions, Decisions
09 November 2016
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
12 Oktober 2016
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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