Saul Levine

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Film Festival Reports

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: JENNIFER SAPARZADEH, KEVIN JEROME EVERSON, SAUL LEVINE

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

It’s difficult not to feel shaken by the images of red flowers fenced by metal barb wires in Jennifer Saparzadeh’s last film Nu Dem. The transient feel of communities fleeing home through the Balkan Route is an image cinema has not been unaware of, but the nakedness of everyday coexistence, of a mass of humanity trying to reach Western Europe to survive, unaware if freedom or rejection awaits them, it’s specially disturbing in this kind of diary-film.

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NEARSIGHT BY SAUL LEVINE

by José Sarmiento Hinojosa

What if the elements of memory and the subject matter of desire could be condensed in a permanent register of something that slips memory but has inevitably left a permanent watermark in our conscience? To carry a film journal would be a most welcome task, a vital activity where the initial pulsations of the most basic instincts of mankind would be recorded: love, desire, passion, death. Saul Levine, one would say, is one of many filmmakers that have traversed this path of recollection of memories in film, but what seems so particular in his style of experimental filmmaking is the sudden familiarity one reaches before the screen when watching several of his films. Levine’s oeuvre, in this narrative of the glimpses, surrounds us with the warmth of the memory that persists deep in our mind, evoking a plethora of emotions and sensations, an accomplished work if there’s any.

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THE BIG STICK/ AN OLD REEL BY SAUL LEVINE

Por Nicolás Carrasco
En The Big Stick, Saul Levine edita fragmentos de cortos de Chaplin centrados en la figura del policía. Al inicio, Levine muestra al personaje del vagabundo siendo acosado tanto por un policía como por un sujeto armado con un cuchillo. Levine repite estos planos en el montaje hasta dar la impresión que Charlot se encuentra atrapado en un laberinto, en una realidad absurda donde la policía es incapaz de protegerlo de quien lo acosa, convirtiéndose ella misma en otro acosador.

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INTREPID PALPITATIONS: AN EVENING WITH SAUL LEVINE

By Tristan Teshigahara Pollack

Enter the fearless imagery of Saul Levine: a couple engages in a carnal session of downwards dog, children play, BB King takes a solo, cacophonous jackhammers resound as media broadcasts become enmeshed with home videos of domestic affairs. What exactly are we observing here? Are these reflections from a schizophrenic?

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