Archive for February, 2007

Having no possibility to see Un dia de vida – one of former Yugoslavia’s national sanctuaries – I went for the next best thing. Luis Bunuel’s El Rio y la Muerte is, according to Francisco Aranda, made in a style reminiscent to that of Emilio Fernandez. His wife at that time, Columba Dominguez played the main […]

I am of Croatian origin and in my family there was sometimes mention of a famous Mexican film from the fifties, but all they knew was the title of a song that was included – Mama Juanita. This being a much beloved sentimental song in former Yugoslavia… it must have been covered a bizillion times […]



In 1949 André Beton made a brief stint as an editor for the french publisher Gallimard. He prepared a list of fifteen titles that he wished to publish in a collection named “Révélation”. But after the first book came out – Maurice Fourré’s La Nuit du Rose-Hôtel – no others followed for lack of commercial success. The following titles were […]

  It seems that Burroughs’ penchant  for “re-contextualization” got the best of him when he wrote: “At a surrealist rally in the 1920s Tristan Tzara the man from nowhere proposed to create a poem on the spot by pulling words out of a hat. A riot ensued wrecked the theatre. André Breton expelled Tristan Tzara […]

In 1968 Antony Balch released an altered version of Witchcraft through the Ages. He added a Jazz score and a voice-over narration by William Burroughs. Its initial reception was quite controversial. Especially Stan Brakhage was very infuriated by it, calling it the “bastardized ‘English’ version”. He asked: “Why did Burroughs participate in this barbarous act? Suppose […]

A dream comes true. Jack Stevenson’s Witchcraft through the Ages is  a whole book devoted to Benjamin Christensen and one of my favourite films. Although of small size – somewhat reminiscent of the BFI Film Classics series – it offers loads of information and is beautifully illustrated. The book confirmed that Christensen was influenced by Michelet’s La Sorcière. […]

Alain Resnais announced in a recent interview with Positif the forthcoming DVD releases of Je t’aime, Je t’aime and Providence. Je t’aime, je t’aime is a film I’ve most eagerly awaited for years as it is very rarely screened. Jonathan Rosenbaum says it was one of the main inspirations for Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. This time travel […]