Video essays

Expanding on new forms of film criticism.

VIDEO ESSAY: WILDE AT HEART

By Calin Boto

Queers, fags, dandies, daddies. The jet-set and the outlaws. Failed revolutionaries and old money. All living together in Fassbinder’s filmography, sometimes in the very same movie.

VIDEO ESSAY: SUMMER WITH MONIKA

By Monica Delgado

In Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika, 1952), Ingmar Bergman proposes a series of resources to describe a pessimistic story of confrontation between the city and the countryside, youth and the heaviness of adult life; working life and bourgeois enjoyment without guilt.

IFFR 2020: ON COLLECTIVY STRAND, A VIDEO ESSAY BY JESSICA MCGOFF

By Jessica McGoff

This video essay was commissioned as part of the Critics’ Choice strand of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, as a response to Janis Rafa’s Kala Azar. The strand’s theme was the notion of collectivity, and the video seeks to think through the possibilities of a collective way of living, of coexistence. Kala Azar is an elusive and textural work, focusing on a young couple who collect animal cadavers for burial. Rafa’s film, and her previous visual work, explores the relationship between animals and humans.

THE NIGHT BY MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, A VIDEO ESSAY

By Mónica Delgado

In The Night (La Notte, 1961), Michelangelo Antonioni proposes the progressive rupture of the relationship in a bourgeois marriage (a writer, and a writer’s wife). However, on the symbolic level, the filmmaker establishes in advance, the sexual desire imaginary of Lidia (Jeanne Moreau) facing her husband’s disinterest. Hence, The Night is not a film about a couple in crisis, but about the gaze of a woman on this crisis.

ADAM’S RIB BY GEORGE CUKOR: A VIDEO ESSAY

By Monica Delgado

In three moments of Adam’s Rib (EEUU, 1949), George Cukor uses the resource of breaking the fourth Wall, not with the usual intention in comedy, but to obtain some kind of filiation of the spectator in this war of the sexes which was declared.

THE SWAMP (LA CIÉNAGA) BY LUCRECIA MARTEL: A VIDEOESSAY

By Monica Delgado

With La Ciénaga (2001), Lucrecia Martel made her debut into feature films, and did so with clear and rational structure that looks to reflect the signs of decadence of a social class, with characters that spend summer in an Argentinian northern rural zone estate. Beyond raising the question of how a determined social stratum in Argentina becomes reflected in this film, I’m interested in finding out some motives about the idea of family that La Ciénaga suggests.

VIDEOFILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES): A VIDEOESSAY

By Mónica Delgado

Beyond the power of technology and its control over the libido of teenagers that is posed in Videophilia (And Other Viral Syndromes), it seems that Peruvian filmmaker Juan Daniel Molero also proposes a reading about the consequences of this type of “infection” from female guilt and repression.

THE CAMERA, MATTER AND PRESENCE: ON THE SILVER GLOBE AND HARD TO BE A GOD

By Mónica Delgado

What are the similarities, beyond their arguments, between On The Silver Globe and Hard to Be a God? Both in Andrzej Zulawski’s film, as in Aleksei German’s, science fiction is the point of departure to tell stories of scientific nature in two planets similar to Earth. In both films there are characters forced to live in new communities, or to establish them, where historical processes experienced on Earth are replicated under the same social and human dialectics. These are dystopian and pessimistic universes, where research and investigation become focus and narrative eye.

SHIRLEY, VISIONS OF REALITY DE GUSTAV DEUTSCH

Por José Sarmiento

Videoensayo realizado en el marco del Translab 2015, conversatorio: “El videoensayo como nueva forma de crítica cinematográfica.” de Transcinema en asociación con Desistfilm.com