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The Way to Shadow Garden (short; Stan Brakhage, 1954)

The Way to Shadow Garden (short; Stan Brakhage, 1954)

At Land (short; Maya Deren, 1944)

At Land (short; Maya Deren, 1944)

The Skywalk Is Gone (short; Tsai Ming-liang, 2002)

The Skywalk Is Gone (short; Tsai Ming-liang, 2002)

Da Vinci (short; Yuri Ancarani, 2012)

Da Vinci (short; Yuri Ancarani, 2012)

Songhua (short; J.P. Sniadecki, 2007)

Songhua (short; J.P. Sniadecki, 2007)

Saute ma ville (short, Chantal Akerman, 1968)

Saute ma ville (short, Chantal Akerman, 1968)

Privacy Settings (short; Joe Swanberg, 2011)

Privacy Settings (short; Joe Swanberg, 2011)

Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (short; Daïchi Saïto, 2009)
While on the subject of Daïchi Saïto, and if you’re in Montreal, you should all attend this event tomorrow night — a outside projection of 16 and 35mm films organized by Kabane 77, a collective Saïto is a part of. I missed the first two “acts”, and it’s all very cryptic - they promise films by Bruce Conner, Dominic Gagnon and Nicolas Rey (or is it a mispelled Nicholas Ray?) - but it should be lots of fun. August 23rd, 77 Bernard Est, 9PM.

Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (short; Daïchi Saïto, 2009)

While on the subject of Daïchi Saïto, and if you’re in Montreal, you should all attend this event tomorrow night — a outside projection of 16 and 35mm films organized by Kabane 77, a collective Saïto is a part of. I missed the first two “acts”, and it’s all very cryptic - they promise films by Bruce Conner, Dominic Gagnon and Nicolas Rey (or is it a mispelled Nicholas Ray?) - but it should be lots of fun. August 23rd, 77 Bernard Est, 9PM.

Looters Radio (short; Mark Essen, 2011)

Looters Radio (short; Mark Essen, 2011)

Activated Memory II (short; Sabrina Ratté, 2011)

Activated Memory II (short; Sabrina Ratté, 2011)

Cybele: A Pastoral Ritual in Five Scenes (short; Donald Richie, 1968)

Cybele: A Pastoral Ritual in Five Scenes (short; Donald Richie, 1968)

Dead Youth (short; Donald Richie, 1967)

Dead Youth (short; Donald Richie, 1967)

Pacific Sun (short; Thomas Demand)

Pacific Sun (short; Thomas Demand)

Sshtoorrty (short; Michael Snow, 2005)

Sshtoorrty (short; Michael Snow, 2005)

Tomorrow’s Sun (short; Nagisa Oshima, 1959)
Before fake trailers were even a thing, Oshima’s debut short film serves, in retrospect, as a biting parody of then-popular film genres; combining excerpts from a would-be taiyozoku beach romp, an American-styled musical (above), a run-of-the-mill gangster film, a cheesy romance, an operatic jidaigeki and a contemporary drama into a rollicking faux 7 minute trailer — which also served as Oshima’s demo reel to Shochiku, following many years serving as an assistant director. Segments are ingeniously linked by a young woman - the narrator - carrying a red umbrella, and if uncharacteristically upbeat, it is a clear, early example of Oshima’s striking inventivity, as well as his keen sense for framing and relentlessly dynamic editing. More on Oshima in the coming weeks… 

Tomorrow’s Sun (short; Nagisa Oshima, 1959)

Before fake trailers were even a thing, Oshima’s debut short film serves, in retrospect, as a biting parody of then-popular film genres; combining excerpts from a would-be taiyozoku beach romp, an American-styled musical (above), a run-of-the-mill gangster film, a cheesy romance, an operatic jidaigeki and a contemporary drama into a rollicking faux 7 minute trailer — which also served as Oshima’s demo reel to Shochiku, following many years serving as an assistant director. Segments are ingeniously linked by a young woman - the narrator - carrying a red umbrella, and if uncharacteristically upbeat, it is a clear, early example of Oshima’s striking inventivity, as well as his keen sense for framing and relentlessly dynamic editing. More on Oshima in the coming weeks…