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On Cinematic Decline: Goodbye, Dragon Inn and Dorsky's Devotional Cinema

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  On Cinematic Decline: Goodbye, Dragon Inn and Dorsky's Devotional Cinema (YouTube) 24'49" The Mouvement Image (24 March 2024) This essay covers the slow death of cinematic movie theaters as captured in Tsai Ming-Liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn. Viewing the film through the vision of cinema Nathaniel Dorsky lays out in his book Devotional Cinema, we gain an understanding of why theaters mean so much to us, why the experiences we've had inside them are so important, and how sad it is that these shared spaces for connecting with the arts are disappearing from our communities.

Cemetery of Splendour (Aryan Kurungode)

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  Cemetery of Splendour - Political critique through the lens of Paul Schrader's transcendental style (YouTube) 10'57" Aryan Kurungode (31 July 2023)

Landmark Contemplative Films 2024

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 Must see Contemporary Contemplative Cinema 1960-2023

Le Slow Cinema (KI:NO)

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  Le Slow Cinema (YouTube) 10'02" KI:NO (2 may 2024) FRANÇAIS Mais c'est quoi exactement le "Slow Cinema" ?

Lav Diaz and Emancipated Cinema (Jane Brown)

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  Melancholia (2008) — Lav Diaz and Emancipated Cinema (YouTube) 47'37" Style is Subtance (Jane Brown) 1st March 2024

Roy Andersson: The Essence of the Complex Image (Pedro M. Afonso)

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  The work of Roy Andersson, a Swedish auteur that turned its back to Realism and embraced Abstractionism, embodies one of the few truly defying and groundbreaking attitudes in modern Cinema: the denial of speed. The current essay focus on the methods through which he obtains this effect and the contribution of his body of work to the Aesthetics of Cinema. Roy Andersson: The Essence of the Complex Image   (video essay only viewable on YouTube ) 10'11" Escola das Artes - UCP (Pedro M. Afonso) 6 May 2024 Portuguese, English subtitles Citation : Afonso, P. (2021). Roy Andersson: The Essence of the Complex Image . Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, 13(1), 87-99. https://doi.org/10.34632/jsta.2021.9704

Frederick Wiseman and His Collaborators (2024 book)

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  Making Documentary Film: Frederick Wiseman and His Collaborators   by Thomas W. Benson and Carolyn Anderson at Penn State's  Libraries Open Publishing  (free PDF)

Slow Cinema (Jesse Tague)

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  Slow Cinema (YouTube) 7'56" Jesse Tague (22 April 2024)

L'ennui profond (HAN Byung-Chul, 2024)

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AI image (Firefly) L’ennui profond in La société de la fatigue (HAN Byung-chul) 2024 traduit de l’allemand par Olivier Mannoni [..] Les performances culturelles de l'humanité, parmi lesquelles on compte aussi la philosophie, nous les devons à une attention contemplative profonde. La culture suppose un environnement dans lequel une attention profonde soit possible.  [..] Walter Benjamin donne à cet ennui profond le nom d' « oiseau de rêve qui couve l'œuf de l'expérience ». Si le sommeil est l'apogée de la détente physique, l'ennui profond est selon lui le summum de la détente intellectuelle. [..] Le « don d'écouter silencieusement » repose précisément sur la capacité d'avoir une attention profonde, contemplative, à laquelle l'ego hyperactif n'a pas d'accès. Quand on s'ennuie en marchant et qu'on n'a pourtant aucune tolérance pour l'ennui, on est nerveux, on erre, on frétille, on vaque à telle ou telle occupation. [..] Le titre

Single Belief (Lee Kang-sheng)

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  The Glenlivet - Single Belief (YouTube) 15'49" (Lee Kang-sheng) 2016

Beyond the Canon (TSPDT)

The They Shoot Pictures Don't They? website decided to go beyond the 2022 Sight&Sound poll for Greatest Films of All Time  by polling cinema critics and cinephiles for the greatest films NOT cited in the aforementionned poll. Great films not appearing on any ballot. So I joined the "Beyond the Sight & Sound Canon" project and contributed my take (with 99 entries on my ballot) for this new alternative canon.  Here is my ballot ranked alphabetically : TITLE DIRECTOR A Few Days in the Life of I.I. Oblomov MIKHALKOV A Humble Life SOKUROV After The Rehearsal BERGMAN Alamar GONZALEZ-RUBIO Alexandra SOKUROV Alice Jan SVANKMAJER Angel's Egg Mamoru OSHII Arizona Dream Emir KUSTURICA Ashik Kerib PARAJANOV Bernie Albert DUPONTEL Birdsong Albert SERRA Black Peter Milos FORMAN Buena Vista Social Club Wim WENDERS Burnt By The Sun MIKHALKOV Ce répondeur ne prend pas de messages Alain CAVALIER Ceux d'en face Jean-Daniel POLLET Clean, Shaven Lodge KERRIGAN Cul-de-sac Roma

The Beauty of Slow Movies (Aljoša Toplak)

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  The Beauty of Slow Movies   (YouTube) 10'03" (Aljoša Toplak) 11 March 2024

RAIN (Julie Volkmann)

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  RAIN A Contemplative Film by Julie Volkmann (YouTube) 14'40" WayMaking Artist JulieV (27 Sept 2021) This contemplative film might be referred to as an experimental film. It could just as easily be called a chance composition. Yet others would deem it a non-narrative film. My friend and fellow Goddard alum, Brenda Bowyer, conceived of a chance methodology for the creation of new art work, using a set of special die such as those used in Dungeons and Dragons. She asked me if I would like to play the chance 'game' and I didn't miss a beat in my "hell, yes!" All footage was gathered on rainy Saturday in April. This newly edited version of the film is 14 minutes long. To ensure the viewer has the 'clearest' experience of the film, I chose to reveal the six elements which guided the creation of this chance composition at the end of the film.  

Alternative Narratives (Tsai Ming-liang)

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  Alternative Narratives: Art as Articulated by Tsai Ming-liang  (YouTube) 1h43' Berlinale Talents 2024 - 18 Feb 2024 In the three decades since his feature debut, 1992’s "Rebels of the Neon God," Tsai Ming-liang has turned into one of the most idiosyncratic and original directors working today. With their long takes and still compositions, his films stretch the limit of minimalism, and often exist in conversation with other art forms, from performance to conceptual art. Tsai’s cinema is a porous, transdisciplinary realm; nowhere is this more evident than in the director’s ongoing "Walker" series, of which the Berlinale is proud to unveil the tenth instalment, “Abiding Nowhere”, as well as a restoration of Tsai’s 2005 Berlinale-winning “The Wayward Cloud.” In this engaging panel, the director opens up about his craft, from his earliest projects to his more recent installations and VR experiments. Moderated by Kevin B. Lee 

In Praise of Slowness (Hicham Gardaf) Berlinale 2024

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  In Praise of Slowness (YouTube) 1'12" Hicham Gardaf (26 Jan 2024) Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival