Among the list of films scheduled on the Mubi platform this month, we have selected three essential films from different backgrounds.
Arthouse cinema is often poorly represented, and buried under popular films, on major streaming platforms. On MUBI, it’s quite the opposite. The video-on-demand service is full of masterpieces, from the 1950s to the present day (from Jean-Luc Godard to Ingmar Bergman, via Michael Mann and Andreï Tarkovksy). And it is fed constantly: every day a new film arrives, and another disappears.
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Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa (1950)
It was the movie that started it all. Before him, Japan was not really on the map of world cinema. At least, observed from the West. A Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951 and an Oscar for best foreign film the following year will force film buffs around the world to look towards the rising sun. Rashomon therefore, by a certain Akira Kurosawa, 40 years old at the time and already a solid filmo (a dozen features to his credit). This film set in medieval Japan revolves around the body of a lifeless man in the heart of a forest. Four witnesses, including the dead man himself, for four different visions of the same story. Who did it and why? Where is the truth? ” A story with four voices, which tells their four versions of hell. “, then boasted the trailer. What is fascinating here is the way the story itself questions its own integrity. This paralleling of different points of view obliges the narration to be constantly regenerated. A structure that obviously evokes the recent Last duel by Ridley Scott. However, it did not take long to find ” the Rashomon effect ” on the screen. Take for example The Ultimate Raid by Stanley Kubrick (1956) or Basic by John McTiernan (2003). Martin Ritt, he will make a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s film with Paul Newman baptized Outrage in 1964.
A Death Row Convict Escaped by Robert Bresson (1957)
The prison film is a genre in itself. With his Sentenced to death escaped captioned beautifully ” The wind blows where it wants », Robert Bresson pushed the exercise further than the others. ” This story is real. I give it as it is. Without ornaments. said the interested party. It’s the last words that matter here. At the filmmaker’s Pickpocket, no emphasis, no effect supposed to bait the barge, but on the contrary a surgical destitution, an almost mystical outline. This icy aspect, if it may surprise, ends up satisfying even the most reluctant of spectators. The prisoner’s voice-over invades the entire space and each of the unfortunate hero’s gestures creates a mechanism that forces identification. “ Him “becomes a little” we “. Imagine the astronaut 2001 a space odyssey of Kubrick floating in the galaxy with his breathing as a metronome. The condemned man does not float, he remains facing his bars, but his presence also becomes omniscient thanks to a superior staging. The action takes place during the Occupation, Lieutenant Fontaine will pay with his life for his membership in the Secret Army. Anguished, he meticulously prepares his escape. Prize for best direction at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957, this transcendental film will not let you go. Escape while it’s still possible.
Funny Games by Michael Haneke (1998)
It was the last step before the Austrian Michael Haneke became an author of international dimension, very respected if not to offer a respectable cinema. The filmmaker won a few years later no less than two Palmes d’or for The White Ribbon (2009) and Love (2012). Funny Games traumatized everyone. As part of the domestic thriller genre so dear to American cinema (hand on the cradle, JF would share apartment…), we see here two young people, a priori well in all respects, burst into a country house and terrorize its occupants. Their acts of purely gratuitous sadism are performed with disconcerting casualness. Haneke seeks here to express the way in which the public, voyeur by nature, takes a morbid pleasure in witnessing atrocities. The heroes of this fun game “So don’t hesitate to address the camera to challenge the spectator directly and to use a remote control to rewind” the real ” of story. The film was released in France with the mention ” Forbidden to under 16s. In 2007, Michael Haneke signed a shot-by-shot remake of his film for the American market, logically baptized: Funny Games US. Naomi Watts and Tim Roth played the lead roles.
Asghar Farhadi, Michael Haneke, Lotte Reiniger… what to see on MUBI France in March 2022