Raul Ruiz -- Search and Destroy

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Now that Mysteries of Lisbon is out, he needs his own thread. Maybe his handlers will read it and realize that Time Regained needs another DVD airing.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

MoL is a formidable sprawl, but fun to get lost in if you like novelistic plunges into early 19th-century crooks and priests.

That Day is cute.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Combat d'amour en songe", "City Of Pirates" and the "Manuel" series are seriously trippy, breathtaking cinema. Even the more or less "minor" stuff like "Klimt", "Shattered Image" and "A Place Among The Living" are worth diving into for sheer inventiveness and the quality of the filmmaking. One of my heroes.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 02:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

i remember loving time regained

etsy buttez (buzza), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Klimt was pretty silly but good fun. Les Trois Couronnes du Matelot is an all-time classic.

A little bit like Peter Crouch but with more mobility (ShariVari), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Saw The Hypothesis Of The Stolen Painting last night - it's grand. It's really un-abstruse and practical. A friend on twitter described it cleverly as "a dramatization of its own production stills." At bottom, it's really just a hands-on keep-up-dammit lecture.

Work Hard, Flunky! (R Baez), Sunday, 25 September 2011 18:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ya know, for a neophyte, I would seriously suggest Shattered Image over something equally entry point like A Closed Book/Blind Revenge. Even amongst his trashier items, there are distinctions to be made and Shattered Image gives full vent to his predilection for Wellesian games with narrative, camera angles, mise-en-scene (particularly sumptuous here), etc. It truly feels of a piece with something like Mammame, another good entry point btw because it elicits a more immediate and visceral hermeneutic.

Never seen anything worth destroying but I would save On Top of the Whale for advance course work.

For an incredible film with a Ruizian production history, check out The Territory.

Dying to see his Richard III.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 25 September 2011 20:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

anyone seen Night Across The Street?

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 3 August 2013 22:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Yup. It's... weird. Purple and green, and with some of the worst kid-actors I've ever seen. Also, it just goes on and on and on. But it's very moving in places. A minor work, but very inventive and all that.

Frederik B, Saturday, 3 August 2013 23:27 (five years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

^gen agree

anyone seen City of Pirates? If I did it was eons ago; it's running tonight in NYC.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think so. I think it's really scary and weird, and has these unforgettable shots. A bit too willfully weird for my taste, but good.

I might confuse it with another Ruiz, but I don't think so.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

anyone seen City of Pirates?

I have. It's good! Even weirder and spookier than Three Crowns of the Sailor, full of beautiful, haunting images. Evil Peter Pan. You should see it!

Cherish, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:49 (four years ago) Permalink

city of pirates is a great mind fuck, you should double-bill it with fritz lang's moonfleet.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:32 (four years ago) Permalink

my fave of this guy is hypothesis of the stolen painting... need to see that again.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:33 (four years ago) Permalink

the problem is CoP screens at 9:50 and I'm tired now

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:35 (four years ago) Permalink

i like the way that one gently spins out from a poker-faced parody of academic interpretation to something profoundly strange. actually it hits "profoundly strange" about midway through and just stays there. but it never stops being fun IMO.

his two "poetics of cinema" books are very worth reading. they are maddening sometimes, and often pretentious (I don't think whimsy precludes pretentiousness), but still leave you with a lot of ideas.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I rewatched Time Regained last summer and "poker-faced parody of volume of classic novel to something profoundly strange" hits it perfectly.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:40 (four years ago) Permalink

The best moment in Time Regained is when he visists the room with the hats. I did a spit-take when I read vol 3 last year, and found out it's actually a reference to a parisian trend. So great.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

or Saint-Loup talking a mile a minute over his four-course meal

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 February 2014 23:06 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

well i have another shot at City of Pirates at lincctr tonight

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:40 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

^quite happy with CoP

Not sure I ever even heard of The Golden Boat, done with NYC hipsters in 1990:


this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:06 (four years ago) Permalink

i doubt there's anyone alive who has seen all of ruiz's movies!

you mentioned "hipsters in 1990" and i /knew/ that jarmusch had to be involved somehow.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:23 (four years ago) Permalink

i know that no one will ever agree what a "hipster" is but surely jarmusch ca. 1985-1990 would be at the center of any center-periphery model.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:23 (four years ago) Permalink

or even ca. 1975-1990

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:24 (four years ago) Permalink

well there was an actual working definition in that era, at least in NY: "makes art and lives in cheap housing"

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:32 (four years ago) Permalink

surely being a post-punk band, then making movies with disaffected protagonists citing ozu movies makes him an especially pure instance of the breed

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:34 (four years ago) Permalink

i should have added, movies shot in b&w using short ends

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:35 (four years ago) Permalink

This film was equal parts goofy absurdism and inert downtown show-up-and-act ... apparently it was shot in about 8 days. Characters keep getting stabbed by a malevolent, drifting father figure, then turning up alive a scene or two later. (Jarmusch only has a 2-minute role playing a hood.) Photographed in color and b&w by Maryse Alberti (saw Todd Haynes on the way out of the theater).

Christine Vachon (who was the a.d.), James Schamus and a couple of the other producers did Q&A after. Raul apparently kept a bottle on the set ("It had to be scotch because my mother was drinking it with him," Vachon said) and he would bolt for the nearest Irish bar when lunch was called. He was "high-functioning," though.

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 October 2014 15:18 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm alive and I've seen probably 95% of his films. Big fan and was pretty obsessively tracking down his stuff a few years back. I've since chilled out but - yes - there's a LOT.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 31 October 2014 18:01 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

first part of a NY retro begins


i'm taking recs on the rare stuff

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 December 2016 21:21 (two years ago) Permalink

" Love Torn In A Dream" one of my favorite films, period. And def see "Hypothesis Of A Stolen Painting". "The Golden Boat" is good if I recall. It's been a while since I watched it.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 1 December 2016 23:01 (two years ago) Permalink

heh i STRONGLY DISLIKED Love Torn in a Dream

meh on TGB, see above

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 December 2016 03:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah then I got nothin' for ya.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 2 December 2016 13:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Golden Boat is not good. On Top of the Whale, on the other hand....

I Walk the Ondioline (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 December 2016 13:41 (two years ago) Permalink


Exile was Ruiz’s natural state, said Richard Peña, former director of the New York Film Festival: “He loved being the perpetual outsider.” Asked to locate him in film history, Mr. Peña added that Ruiz — who alienated many of his displaced countrymen with “Dialogues of the Exiled” (1975), a parodic documentary — never fit into the context of Latin American cinema. Nor did he feel entirely comfortable as a European, Mr. Peña said: “He hated to see Raúl spelled French-style with an O.”....

Slowly, Ruiz tunneled his way into American consciousness. For the 1989-90 academic year, he taught filmmaking at Harvard. “No one really knew who he was,” his former student Laura Colella told me. A filmmaker who teaches screenwriting at Brown, Ms. Colella was one of about 10 who took Ruiz’s course.

Given his imperfect English and erudite references to abstruse (possibly invented) philosophical conundrums, Ms. Colella said that “it was hard to understand him at first.” While Ruiz devoted some time to practical exercises, she explained, he viewed cinema as a game, adding that, “he influenced me so much as a filmmaker it’s been almost a curse.”

To appreciate Ruiz is to be often confounded by him. Following Borges, he created his own Garden of Forking Paths. “We thought it would be overwhelming to show too many films in one go,” said the Lincoln Center Film Society’s director of programming, Dennis Lim. Noting complications over rights and subtitles, Mr. Lim suggested that “Life Is a Dream,” the first in a series, may extend to three installments.

Perhaps the next will include “On Top of the Whale” (1982), an account of a European anthropological expedition to Tierra del Fuego, shot in five languages, one invented, or “Life Is a Dream,” set largely in a Chilean movie house where, possibly in a parody of Ruiz’s fan base, half the audience is enthralled and the rest are snoring....


Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 December 2016 16:15 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Second half of NYC retro starts Friday, incl Redd's fave On Top of the Whale.


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I've seen a bunch this week, several of which were, um, difficult, but I recommend his 1977 short Dog's Dialogue. Here's J.Ro:


and the film!


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 February 2018 04:06 (one year ago) Permalink

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