PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE (Alexander Kluge, 1973)

“In order to have more children herself, Roswitha runs an abortion practice.” — the narrator Although its usual English-translated title sounds severe (Occasional Work of a Female Slave sounds better), West German writer-director Alexander Kluge’s Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin delights. Although its style is Godardian-disjointed, with photographs, film clips and voiceover narration interrupting, exceptional emotional fluidity […]

BE KIND[,] REWIND (Michel Gondry, 2008)

Dazzlingly, brilliantly funny, Be Kind[,] Rewind unwinds in an economically depressed, close community in Passaic, New Jersey—by way of perspective, abandoned rubble in the shadow of Manhattan’s high-toned skyline. Elroy Fletcher’s neighborhood video store, a dilapidated relic of the past, with VHS tapes but no DVDs, has been condemned, and Fletcher is trying desperately to […]