Claire Denis

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I know I'm often moaning about technology, but it's not all bad. I watched Criterion's Beau Travail restoration last night and it's stunning. One of the best looking films I've ever seen.

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She's supposed to have a couple of new things out this year, one of them a Denis Johnson adaptation.


 

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Have you seen Ma Souer? It's a bit grim and predictable but does feature an incredible very anxiety inducing long scene of a drive on a motorway, in thd rain, overtaking lorries and it all being very stressful. Unforgettable. Sort of on a par with the extended driving bit of solaris.
 

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I know I'm often moaning about technology, but it's not all bad. I watched Criterion's Beau Travail restoration last night and it's stunning. One of the best looking films I've ever seen.

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i'm a big fan alot of her films look incredible and you can not only thank her but her usual cinematographer Agnes Godard for that aswell, Barry Jenkins is a big fan of hers and while i still haven't seen Moonlight i did see If beale street could talk and it definitly bore her mark

The thing i like about Denis aswell is that she's a director whose never been afraid to bare fangs and make movies that are uneappealing and don't try to look as attractive and all tied together like Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day was the movie she did after this and it stands in a very stark standoffish comparison
 

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Have you seen Ma Souer? It's a bit grim and predictable but does feature an incredible very anxiety inducing long scene of a drive on a motorway, in thd rain, overtaking lorries and it all being very stressful. Unforgettable. Sort of on a par with the extended driving bit of solaris.
Nah, Beau Travail's the first I've seen of hers.
 

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i'm a big fan alot of her films look incredible and you can not only thank her but her usual cinematographer Agnes Godard for that aswell, Barry Jenkins is a big fan of hers and while i still haven't seen Moonlight i did see If beale street could talk and it definitly bore her mark
They've a conversation between her and Jenkins on my Blu-ray, an Agnes Godard commentary too.

It's interesting looking at the extras on these recent releases as a lot of them take place over Zoom or some other video chat software. Maybe we'll forget why over time, but I wonder whether they'll be permanently marked by COVID. You'll pick something up and immediately realise it was a pandemic release due to those features.
 

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They've a conversation between her and Jenkins on my Blu-ray, an Agnes Godard commentary too.

It's interesting looking at the extras on these recent releases as a lot of them take place over Zoom or some other video chat software. Maybe we'll forget why over time, but I wonder whether they'll be permanently marked by COVID. You'll pick something up and immediately realise it was a pandemic release due to those features.
i mean everything was touched by COVID directly and indirectly forget film/culture its hit the world at large

if you want another Denis to check out i'd say 35 shots of rum is a good one that's my favourite of hers that i've seen, Bastards is a very angry movie but i really like that one it's one of her "genre exercises" and in that movies case its a noir/dectective kind of movie
 

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some people will say Trouble Every Day but that movie is more of an anomaly in her and only looks and feels the way it does cause its her interpreting that kind of horror material.

But i'll say this all the movies i've seen of hers even the ones that i didn't like as much there's always been a scene or some aspect of them that i've been impressed by.
 

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i mean everything was touched by COVID directly and indirectly forget film/culture its hit the world at large
Yeah, obviously, but I found it interesting it's somewhat preserved on these Blu-rays as I expect people will go back to in person interviews eventually and there'll be this crop of films released across the two or three years that stick out for having everything done over Zoom.
 

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Yeah, obviously, but I found it interesting it's somewhat preserved on these Blu-rays as I expect people will go back to in person interviews eventually and there'll be this crop of films released across the two or three years that stick out for having everything done over Zoom.
it is and it'll also serve as reminder of exactly when Zoom became a part of "the workplace" much like the printer and the much vaunted water cooler
 

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I saw chocalot about a billion years ago. I'll look out for something by her in the cinema
pick from the two i suggested on here or maybe High Life that was the one that got me into her (she got a decent performance out of Andre 3000!)

i like chocolat but her later stuff is just that more interesting and developed to me.

that said Isaach de Bankole is great in it, he's amazing
 

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pick from the two i suggested on here or maybe High Life that was the one that got me into her (she got a decent performance out of Andre 3000!)

i like chocolat but her later stuff is just that more interesting and developed to me.

that said Isaach de Bankole is great in it, he's amazing

Someone's stuck the Beau Travail remaster on YouTube with working subtitles, so he could just watch that.

 

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it is and it'll also serve as reminder of exactly when Zoom became a part of "the workplace" much like the printer and the much vaunted water cooler

This came up in a bit of D&G I was reading last night.

An innovation is adopted only from the perspective of the
rate of profit its investment will offer by the lowering of production costs;
without this prospect, the capitalist will keep the existing equipment, and stand
ready to make a parallel investment in equipment in another area.
 

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so what nobody gonna talk about how her movies capture people from minority groups and backgrounds or is that gonna be me again?
The only film of hers I've seen is White Material, but I don't remember it well enough to have preserved any opinions
 
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