Steve McQueen, Jean Painlevé and More: My Films of the Week #34

As a lifelong cinephile, I have always consumed a copious amount of films. In this new feature, I keep track of the films I watch during the week. (Also, Click here to buy my book of thoughts on film, Eye of the Beholder, on Amazon!)

 

Hunger
dir. Steve McQueen
2008, Ireland/UK ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Steve McQueen’s film about the Troubles and Bobby Sands’ hunger strike. Harrowing and minimalist, starring a skin-and-bones Michael Fassbender.

 

Amateur
dir. Hal Hartley
1994, USA/France/UK ⭐⭐⭐

A quirky modern noir that is more fun than interesting.

 

Hyas and Sternohynchus
dir. Jean Painlevé
1929, France ⭐⭐⭐

One of the best-known works by Jean Painlevé, pioneer of the nature documentary, about a strange water crab and warm. Science through a childlike gaze.

 

Franco Battiato: Le Nostre Anime
dir. Franco Battiato
2015, Italy ⭐⭐⭐

Little-known autobiographical documentary by Franco Battiato. It’s almost like a filmed Wikipedia page.

 

Lost Love
dir. Franco Battiato
2003, Italy ⭐⭐

Franco Battiato’s overcooked, impressionistic and semi-autobiographical film about a young musician’s formative years. Simple-minded and slightly pretentious.

 

Stop-Zemlia
dir. Kateryna Gornostai
2021, Ukraine

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The Seahorse
dir. Jean Painlevé
1934, France ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Probably the best-known documentary by prolific nature documentarian Jean Painlevé, as well as arguably the culmination of the personal style and structure he established for this genre.

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