Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky first premiered El Topo in 1970 with midnight screenings at New York’s Elgin Theater. Soon the film was drawing cult audiences at Cambridge’s legendary Orson Welles Cinema. Thus began the Midnight Movie Craze. Night Of The Living Dead, The Harder They Come, Eraserhead, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show all drew considerable followings. But what really appealed to a generation steeped in Carlos Castaneda and Timothy Leary? A surrealistic landscape featuring the director Jodorowsky on horseback, dressed from head-to-toe in black leather and accompanied by his naked 5 year-old son: the pair encountered mystical adventures in a broiling desert filled with buckets of blood, limbless actors, and lots of dead rabbits. Read . . . Read more
For a generation of film fans in the 60′s and 70′s the movies became something more than entertainment. We were intrigued with Andrew Sarris’ auteur theory and waited in anticipation for Pauline Kael’s pithy, colorful, often-cantankerous reviews. We went en masse to new movies coming from Europe. Film was serious business and for many Andre Bazin’s essay collection What is Cinema was revelatory and affirmed our belief in film as art.
Now filmmaker, writer, and producer and Chuck Workman has created a film called What is Cinema?Naming a film after the seminal Bazin text is a risky challenge, but Workman redeems himself. He is experienced at assembling archival clips and interviews, and has created a number of montage sequences for the Academy Awards over the years. His short film Precious Images, created for the Director’s Guild of America in 1985, consisted of dozens of classic Hollywood clips and won the Academy Award for Best Live Action short film the following year.
Unlike his short commercial work for the Academy, however, this film . . . Read more or link below