Fandor’s Film, FIX and Festival news for the week, collected into one handy guide.
It’s been another exciting week here at Fandor, with plenty of movie goodness to go around! From partner news to our newest films, here’s our up-to-the-latest update:
Our new Criterion Picks were culled from Sight and Sound magazine’s top twenty list of films, which is determined each decade by hundreds of film critics from around the world. These are, quite simply, some of the greatest films ever made in the history of cinema, and they’re only available on Fandor for a limited time. Fandor is also the place where you can watch Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of the highlights of this week’s collection, and follow it up with FIX filmmaker Marie Losier‘s avant-garde culture-jamming redux version, also called The Passion of Joan of Arc. We think that’s pretty fantastic.
In other movie news, this week’s featured releases center on the intricacies of unlikely communities, from Uncertain Terms, our exclusive online release of Nathan Silver’s fourth feature that is set at a home for teenage girls in upstate New York to Drakmar: A Vassal’s Journey, a shoestring-budget documentary offering a more compassionate than comic look at a medieval fantasy role-playing club in San Diego.
But the list of new and exciting viewing options doesn’t stop there! We added a whopping fifty-five films to the library this week, including:
- We Are Egypt (pictured in our cover image this week), a document of the 2011 uprising that captures the tense months leading up to the boiling-point of revolution from a deeply embedded position within the mounting discord of the populace
- Le Pont Du Nord, an enchantingly beautiful and fantastical French black comedy filmed gorgeously, ethereally and entirely on 16mm
- The Mindscape of Alan Moore, a biographical documentary that will suck you into the brain that created V for Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell and other famous graphic novel dystopian universes
- FIXer Lewis Klahr‘s The Pettifogger, a cut-out animation feature that collages genres for a meditation on both crime and criminality
- And FIXer Maya Erdelyi‘s short Plume, a flight of fancy inspired by flamingo skeletons at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
And speaking of FIXers, our latest FIX feature has also been a source for tons of new movies this week, including a batch of shorts from experimental documentarian Caveh Zahedi, the first in a series of grouped releases of his works. That means there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with his aggressively vulnerable and painfully, hilariously honest oeuvre! Head over to Keyframe for more on this iconoclastic auteur.
In festival news, the largest silent film fest in the United States began its nineteenth year of programming this week at the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco, screening the best pre-talkie-era films from all over the world with live accompaniment. If you can’t make it there this weekend, you can still participate through Fandor by getting up-to-the-minute festival news and choosing from over thirty films from past programs.
This week is really an epitome of Fandor’s eclectic bounty: whether you are into classics, critics’ choices, contemporary cinema or pure comedic escape, you’ll find something great to watch on our Recently Added Films page. Did you know that you can also rely on your fellow members for great viewing advice? We’ll leave you with some great words by one of our top member reviewers on Lola Montès, one of the Historical Figures Criterion Picks that will soon disappear from our library:
Film biographies need to be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe two. The true story is usually lost or distorted to compres it into a feature film format. The beauty of Max Ophüls’ Lola Montès is that the film doesn’t try to tell her life, it tells her legend, as a rambunctious, technicolor fairy tale for grown-ups. The film also draws interesting parallels between the character and the actress playing her, the beautiful and tragic Martinez Carol. All in all, a lavish and colorful romance that rivals anything Hollywood could make in the same era!
With that, go get your watch on! We will be back next week with another roundup of the latest and greatest.