Monday, August 4, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Venus in Furs (1969)
Directed by Jesús Franco

The insanely prolific Eurotrash maestro's elusive, elliptical film shares only a title and a “Wanda” with the classic novel of obedience and degradation. Shortly after unearthing his trumpet from the sands of an abandoned beach, a jazz musician comes across a woman’s corpse washed ashore. She looks familiar, and may or may not still be alive, just like the protagonist may or may not be dreaming. Jazz is an apt metaphor for Franco’s approach—a musician himself, he even pops up in the main character’s nightclub ensemble. Fluid and malleable, he revisits images, diverging into new tangents, the celluloid itself constantly reworked—blown-up, slowed-down, and freeze-framed to the director’s whims. In a career that encompasses literally hundreds of feature-length films, Venus in Furs stands out as one of Franco’s very best. Zach Clark (August 4, 7pm; August 7, 9pm at Anthology Film Archives's "If You Meet Klaus Kinski, Pray for Your Death”)

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