In 1983, the film Where is Parsifal?
was screened at Cannes
and then it disappeared, more or less. BFI included it on their list of 75 most wanted films
. The Telegraph summarized the "lost" title
as "a farce loosely based on Molière’s Tartuffe
, whose turbocharged cast includes Tony Curtis, Orson Welles and Donald Pleasence
," but BFI noted that "the reviews were generally dreadful."
In reality, the film wasn't so much lost as it was misplaced and/or over-looked. It has been available in Australia on VHS
, and director Henri Helman kindly donated his personal 35mm print, with French subtitles, to be preserved in the BFI archive
. But perhaps more interesting than the "lost" status of the movie is the people involved in its creation. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 2, 2013 -
The Flow, by Paul Myerscough
That image gives way, quickly and successively, to a series of others: a young black woman smoking, smiling at the camera through a reinforced glass window; three teenage girls in a car, laughing, filmed through the windscreen; a whip-pan to the American flag, pierced by sunlight, drifting in the breeze; a DIY programme on a pixellated TV screen; a ride-along shot of a family in an oversized golf buggy; two different angles of a man alone in a lecture theatre; two more of traffic at night; a woman, suspicious of the camera, wearing a polka-dot dress and partly obscured by glassy reflections; a blurry shot of a long windowless corridor; a man wearing shades in a crowded street; a woman pursued down the cosmetics aisle of a supermarket; and, as Curtis comes to the end of his three short sentences, a woman seen jogging in the wing-mirror of a moving car.
The entire sequence takes 26 seconds. There’s too much to take in. Or, you don’t know what you’ve taken in, and how deep the impression has been.
posted by acro
on Jun 20, 2007 -
The Mayfair Set [Google Video].
A BBC Documentary series on how City of London bankers systematically dismantled British industry from the 1960s-90s and removed the power of the state to protect people from the greed of the market
A thought provoking documentary from Adam Curtis
whose other documentaries The Power of Nightmares and The Century of the Self have been previously
discussed and well received on Mefi.
It is almost four hours long but well worth the effort.
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Dec 2, 2006 -
The Century Of The Self.
It's a documentary, and the four parts are available at archive.org [2
] -- with a higher quality bittorrent option
]. The program is about the use of psychoanalytical techniques to manipulate and control the "bewildered herd", "engineering consent" in a world fraught with "irrational impulses" [more inside].
posted by gsb
on Feb 26, 2006 -