PIGSTY
PORCILE
1969, MovieTime, 98 min, Italy/France, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

A bitter attack on fascism and oppressive social conventions in general, this final addition to Pasolini’s “Mythical Cycle” interweaves two surreal satires. In the first, a young man (Pierre Clémenti) wanders a beautiful volcanic landscape, gradually developing an insatiable appetite for human flesh. In the second, the bored son of a German industrialist (French star Jean-Pierre Léaud) ignores his family and fiancée (Anne Wiazemsky), preferring to spend his endless free time among pigs in the sty.


IRMA VEP
1996, Janus Films, 97 min, France, Dir: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas’ live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic 1915 crime serial LES VAMPIRES. What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre Léaud) drives himself to the brink to realize his vision. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial arts flicks and the music of Sonic Youth and Ali Farka Touré into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty reflection on the 1990s French film industry and the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment.


MADE IN U.S.A.
1966, Rialto Pictures, 85 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Paula Nelson (Anna Karina, in her final Godard film) arrives in Atlantic-Cité from Paris to find out that her former lover and colleague has died. As she investigates, bodies start dropping amid encounters with a gangster and the waters just keep getting muddier. Keep your eyes peeled for a brief but memorable appearance by singer Marianne Faithfull.


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