Monday, April 21, 2008

[Screening] 24 Frames A Second

“Not Blood… Red”
- Jean-Luc Godard in a Cahiers du Cinema interview on ‘Pierre Le Fou’ arguing on why even children can watch the film in spite of all the ‘bloodshed’

- The Truth??

Truth is subjective.
Truth is objective.
Truth is the first casualty.

Bangalore Film Society is proud to present ’24 Frames a Second’, a triptych of classic chronicles of film-makers in their eccentric quest to construct or rather deconstruct cinema in a pure form. When so much of cinema is unabashed cosmetics, we follow auteurs Orson Welles, William Greaves, Lars Von Trier and Jorgen Leth as they experiment with content, form, theory, notions of cinema, their own egos and manipulations in the process of filmmaking to realize the film as an image or atleast a broad idea of absolute truth.

Friday 25th April, 2008 Time: 6.30pm
F for Fake (1974/88min) Dir: Orson Welles

What is art? How much of it is lie and how much is truth? And who is the judge? Orson Welles’s last completed major work ‘F for Fake’ is an epic, flamboyant and incisive meditation on the nature of illusion and truth. Welles weaves together several narratives including that of his real-life companion Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory a professional art forger and hoax biographer Clifford Irving along with ruminations and manipulations of Welles himself in a milestone of film-editing rumored to have taken a whole year to complete.

Saturday 26th April, 2008 Time: 6.30pm
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (1968/75min) Dir: William Greaves

The greatest film never seen, Director William Greaves’s iconic 1968 cinematic experiment ‘Symbiopsychotaxiplasm’ is best described as a film within a film within a film. Free flowing and unscripted, Greaves etches and explores the process of film-making as each strand unfolds and self-reflexively affects the nature of the others. Pioneering the split-screen technique, with almost no experience in film-making, in the middle of crowded Central Park, Greaves and his crew create cinema history as they set out to make a ‘feature length we-don’t-know’.

Sunday 27th April 2008 Time: 6.30 pm
The Five Obstructions (2003/90min) Dir: Lars Von Trier & Jorgen Leth

Jorgen Leth had retired after a long and successful career as film-maker, author, creative director and later chairman of Danish Film Institute when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of once protégé and now world renowned enfant terrible auteur Lars Von Trier. Von Trier has been long obsessed by Seth’s classic short film ‘The Perfect Human’ and now challenges Seth to direct a remake. The only catch being that the diabolical Von Trier has five conditions that Seth must first overcome. Thus unfolds a perverse chronicle of a clash of egos and ultimately a search for the truth.

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Tel: 2549 2774/ 2549 3705/ 9886213516
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