From: Maik Kleinschmidt (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 25 2011 - 16:06:08 PST
I found Grandrieux's feature films to be the most intriguing and effective examples that I've seen in experimental feature-length cinema, in terms of combining avant-garde techniques along a (very basic) narrative.
I definitely wouldn't count them as drama films though; the narrative is minimal and from a representational perspective not necessarily conclusive. While there are similarities to various genre including documentary, horror, fairy tale /fables and others, the films have a kind of open form, with main elements from the avant'-garde and experimental film and sound. In interviews with Grandrieux it becomes clear how much he was inspired by film makers such as Jean Marie Straub and Jean Epstein. His connection to Brakhage seems to be rather general, although there is a sequence in Sombre which looks like a homage to Mothlight.
The films are quite an experience, I recommend watching them if you get the chance.
On 25 Jan 2011, at 22:28, Sam Wells wrote:
>> The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel is Brakhage's theory
>> applied onto fiction film.
> Has anyone here seen Phillipe Grandrieux's films ?
> Brakhage is always mentioned in connection with him, for good reason
> or not I don't know.
> The clips from "Sombre" an "Un Lac" I've seen are intriguing. As is
> Nicole Berenz' article & interview in Rouge:
> But I have not seen the films yet..
> FrameWorks mailing list
> email suppressed
FrameWorks mailing list