Above all, film is a visual medium. A series of moving images with the potential to reflect reality and bring imagination to life. Projections of light that transport us into world’s unknown, providing visceral experiences that we couldn’t live without. A camera’s movement has the ability to make us feel physically. A film’s lighting dictates our mood, and every aspect of the frame- actors, props, decor and costumes- are meticulously crafted so that we might be consumed by the magic of the silver screen. Now Showing: movie eye candy!
Top 5 from the Playlist
David Bowie made his feature film debut as an alien on a mission to rescue his own planet, in this cult sci-fi film by director Nicolas Reog. Unsurprisingly, Bowie shines as the man who fell to Earth and becomes a millionaire using his superior technological knowledge. Nicolas Reog and cinematographer Tony Richmond paint a surreal composition of New Mexico and a truly innovative vision now available in a 4k restoration. Co-starring Candy Clark, Rip Torn and Buck Henry. Be sure to watch this film now before it takes off on a spaceship and leaves Fandor at the end of November.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s films are poetic works of art. This gorgeous masterpiece includes one of the most famous scenes in all of his films- a nine minute shot of a homesick Russian poet carrying a candle across a pool as a metaphor for life. According to Tarkovsky, “Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema.” Watch Nostalghia and The Sacrifice right now on Fandor.
3. The Parrot
A protégé of Bela Tarr, director Emma Rozanski in her debut feature shows an incredible eye for composition and story. True to her teacher, The Parrot makes use of long stationary shots, artistic visual design and a slow but impactful narrative. A psychological thriller that had its world premiere at SXSW in 2016; immerse yourself in Rozanski’s landscapes and dreamscapes in Sarajevo.
“To most of us music suggests definite mental images of form and color. The picture you are about to see is a novel scientific experiment- its object is to convey these mental images in visual form,” reads the title card of An Optical Poem. Avant-garde filmmaker Oskar Fischinger revolutionized object animation when he used hundreds of paper cutouts to animate Second Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt. This short animation is nothing short of visual eye candy set to a score that truly accomplishes the experiment- conveying mental images in visual form.
Shot by several cinematographers (Tom DiCillo, Frederick Elmes, Ellen Kuras, and Robby Muller), Jim Jarmusch's anthology film is a stark black and white series of vignettes investigating human interactions when enjoying coffee and cigarettes. Starring Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi, Roberto Benigni, The White Stripes and the Wu-Tang Clan, among others!
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