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    Film edit: vol 01

    (LITERATURE, MUSIC & FILM)

    04.11.23

    Our exploration delves into both timeless and contemporary cinema, examining the intricate dichotomy of darkness within themes of love, connection, sex, and desire.

    Through the interplay of light and shadow, filmmakers navigate the tumultuous landscapes of passion, intimacy, and emotional vulnerability, unravelling the multifaceted layers that define the human experience. With unflinching honesty and introspective exploration, these cinematic narratives peel back the layers of societal norms, exposing the raw and unvarnished reality of human desires, often blurring the lines between pleasure and pain, beauty and turmoil.


    FILM EDIT: VOL 01 Our exploration delves into both timeless and contemporary cinema, examining the intricate dichotomy of darkness within themes of love, connection, sex, and desire.

    THE DREAMERS  —  2003   (DIRECTOR)  Bernardo Bertolucci  

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    "I always try to do the opposite of what I did last time. So if I did something that was very slow and very internal, I try to do something which is fast and external. 'The Dreamers' is a movie about characters that talk with their bodies, not with their mouths. And I always wanted to make a movie like that." — Director, BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI

    'The Dreamers' is a 2003 film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Set in Paris during the tumultuous events of May 1968, the film follows an American student named Matthew who forms a close bond with a French brother and sister, Isabelle and Theo. The three immerse themselves in a passionate and intellectually stimulating world, indulging in cinephilia, political discussions, and sexual exploration. As their boundaries blur and their relationships intensify, they become increasingly isolated from the outside world. 'The Dreamers' is a provocative exploration of youth, idealism, and the transformative power of cinema, as well as an examination of the political and social turmoil of the time.

    EYES WIDE SHUT — 1999  (DIRECTOR)  Stanley Kubrick     

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    "I've always been interested in the subject of sexual jealousy, the way it eats into people, the way it makes them behave, and the damage it can do to them. 'Eyes Wide Shut' was a way for me to explore those themes in a modern context." — Director, STANLEY KUBRICK

    'Eyes Wide Shut' is a 1999 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The story revolves around Dr. Bill Harford, a wealthy New York City physician who embarks on a sexually charged odyssey after his wife, Alice, reveals her secret sexual fantasies. As Bill delves deeper into the shadowy world of desire, he encounters a clandestine and exclusive masked orgy that challenges his perceptions of love, fidelity, and the darker aspects of human sexuality. 'Eyes Wide Shut' is a psychologically complex exploration of sexual obsession, jealousy, and societal masks, punctuated by Kubrick’s meticulous craftsmanship and thought-provoking visual style.

    BELLE DE JOUR — 1967   (DIRECTOR)  Luis Buñuel 

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    "The film 'Belle de Jour' is an exploration of desire, dreams, and the hidden world of fantasies that lie beneath the surface of our daily lives." — Director, LUIS BUÑUEL

    Director Buñuel creates a secret theatre of erotic shame. This 1967 french film opens and ends with the lead’s vivid erotic imagination that is used to escape the boring realities of her present circumstances. The story follows Séverine, a young and seemingly respectable housewife, who leads a double life as a prostitute during the daytime. As she delves into the realm of her desires and fantasies, the film offers a unique perspective on female sexuality and the complexity of human desires. 'Belle de Jour' stands as one of the pioneering films that openly discusses and challenges societal perceptions of female fantasies, delving into themes of identity, power dynamics, and sexual liberation with Buñuel’s signature surrealistic style. Though there is no musical score to this 60s classic, subtle audio cues are the backdrop for Severine’s fetish fantasies.

    LOVE — 2015   (DIRECTOR)  Gaspar Noé 

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    "I don't want to say that the film is about love or sex; it's more about the emotional life and feelings of these people. It's not about the sex or the love; it's about the passion and the intensity of the feelings." — Director, GASPAR NOÉ

    'Love,' a 2015 film directed by Gaspar Noé, offers an unfiltered glimpse into the tumultuous and passionate relationship between Murphy and Electra, two young lovers entangled in the vibrant streets of Paris. Noé's non-linear narrative skillfully unveils their intense sexual and emotional experiences, unraveling the intricate layers of love, desire, and the delicate fragility that defines human relationships. With explicit scenes and an unapologetic portrayal of raw emotions, 'Love' plunges viewers into a provocative and visceral odyssey, challenging societal norms and probing the profound depths of human intimacy and connection. Noé's unique visual aesthetic and unconventional storytelling techniques combine to create a thought-provoking and controversial cinematic masterpiece that forces audiences to grapple with the raw, unvarnished reality of human desires and the complex interplay of light and darkness within the enigmatic tapestry of human relationships.

    LA BELLE NOISEUSE — 1991   (DIRECTOR) Jacques Rivette

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    "Through 'La Belle Noiseuse,' I aimed to capture the essence of artistic inspiration, the agony and the ecstasy that come with the pursuit of beauty and truth in art." — Director, JACQUES RIVETTE

    'La Belle Noiseuse' is a 1991 film directed by Jacques Rivette. The story revolves around an aging artist named Frenhofer who is haunted by his unfinished masterpiece, 'La Belle Noiseuse'. When a young artist and his girlfriend visit Frenhofer’s countryside estate, the young artist becomes captivated by Frenhofer’s obsession with his art and the enigmatic model, Marianne. The film delves into the complex relationships between art, creativity, inspiration, and the struggle to achieve perfection. With its introspective exploration of the artistic process, 'La Belle Noiseuse' offers a profound and contemplative cinematic experience.