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Liberation Cinema: Rossellini’s Ten Commandments

November 3, 2013

Rossellini’s Ten Commandments Roberto Rossellini’s Ten Commandments on film-making he gave to his students at the Centro Sperimentale, 1. The camera is a pen, a plain ordinary Bic, easy to use. It’s enough to know what you want to say – if you have something to say. 2. The camera is a paper tiger. Don’t mythify it. 3. Therefore the image must exist first in your head. The camera can’t substitute for the absence of an image in your head.…

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The Flowers of St. Francis

October 15, 2013

Not only is Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film The Flowers of St. Francis just outrageously beautiful, not only does it have tons of charm and that yummy scratchiness in the 16mm audio track, but it’s also surprisingly funny. Find just a little bit of the awesomeness that is Rossellini below.…

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Shamanic Cinema: Ben Russell’s “River Rites”

July 6, 2013

“The real skill of the practitioner [of magic] lies not in skilled concealment but in the skilled revelation of skilled concealment. Magic is efficacious not despite the trick but on account of its exposure.” — Michael Taussig, from the essay Viscerality, Faith, and Skepticism: Another Theory of Magic River Rites exposes three realms of existence, and filmmaker Ben Russell leads us through all of them. The first realm is the world of the subjects of the film, a small community…

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