Spinema: Marquis (1989) [30 september]

Spinema: Marquis (1989) [30 september]

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30aton-mebel

MARQUIS   (1989)
Directed by Henri Xhonneuxmarquis
83 minutes
In French with English subtitles

This amazing French film from the late 80s caused quite a stir when it was released, but like so many other films it has been largely deleted from film history and is never screened anymore. It is loosely based on the writings of the notorious Marquis de Sade, as visualized by the powerful imagination of Roland Topor.”  He was was of Polish descent and was one of the principle surrealists in France in the 50s, and was a partner with Jodorowsky in the panic movement. Today he remains one of the most important graphic illustrators of the last century. He also was a writer, and Roman Polanski made an important film from one of his books called The Tenant.

This film takes place during the Marquis de Sade’s imprisonment in Paris, with the French Revolution as its background. The storytelling of Sade’s life is mixed with his imagination and fantasy. Strangely the film is a heavy mix of intellectualism about the nature of sexuality and revolution, but it is also filled with outrageously perverse sex scenes.

The movie is made in a totally unique and bizarre way… with animatronics (real people in costumes with faces which are animated), but also sometimes clay animation is employed. All the characters in this film are anthropomorphised animals, walking upright and played by human actors/dancers in elaborate costumes and masks. Thus, for example, Justine is a white mare, dressed in a dominatrix costume. The Marquis de Sade is a dog, and he has a huge penis which has an animated human face on it. This is where the intellectual part comes in, since The Marquis has philosophical arguments with his own cock.

There is certainly no other film like this one… and it will be a rare screening of course!

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Spinema: Fear Eats The Soul (1974) [25 September]

Spinema: Fear Eats The Soul (1974) [25 September]

FEAR EATS THE SOUL   1974Ali
(Angst Essen Seele auf)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
93 minutes
In German with English subtitlesir-leasing.ru

Ali – Fear Eats the Soul is a bitter tale by Rainer Werner Fassbinder over racism and immigration in Germany. An older woman happens into an Arab bar to escape the rain one day. This is post-1972 Munich, where the bombing of the Olympic games by Islamic terrorists is still fresh in peoples minds. But this woman is Emmi, who married a Polish worker years ago despite her own family’s prejudices and warnings. She raised 3 children with him before he died of an ulcer. In the bar she meets Ali, a gastarbeiter from Morocco. Now she’s ready to love again. This is how the film begins, and I don’t want to say anything more about the plot.

Despite what it might sound like from what I have written above, this is no simple tale of racism. Fassbinder himself had a Moroccan lover at the time he made this film and he knew all the subtleties and hidden contradictions in the situation. This film takes several unexpected turns, only to reveal the real motives underneath the surface. In our modern Western society, just because everyone happens to be polite to you, it doesn’t mean that their motives are necessarily pure or good, or that they even actually like you. In a different situation they might act very differently. Fassbinder was constantly aware of this fact, and he was always thoughtful in how he revealed ulterior motives…

In this film Fassbinder delivers his typically sharp jabs at a hypocritical society…and does so with beauty and a twist of dark humor. Fassbinder’s films have fallen from grace in the last few years and they definitely deserve to be shown again the cinemas… especially since many of the issues he addressed have never been solved and are still bitterly relevant.

This will be a high-definition screening.

SPINEMA RELOADED
The Multatuli Bridge Singel 165a
(under the bridge, enter from the pier on the south side)
Film starts at 21:00, doors are open from 8:30.
Free entrance      Warning… there won’t be a toilet yet, so keep that in mind.

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