CHUNG KUO – CHINA
1972, Rai Teche, 215 min, Italy, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Rarely screened in its complete form, CHUNG KUO – CHINA is a fascinating foray into the heart of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Originally invited to make a piece of propaganda, Antonioni took advantage of his unprecedented access and shot nearly 100 hours of travel footage across three regions in China to create this grand-scale documentary. Although Antonioni’s subtle observational style was far too unfocused to earn the Communist government’s approval (leading to widespread efforts to halt the film’s distribution), his lively interest in his subjects can be felt in every frame. A collage of human faces and very little dialogue, the film is an immersive travelogue and perhaps the best of his documentaries.


SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
1968, ABKCO Films, 110 min, UK, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL stands as one of the pivotal and, arguably, most controversial films of the legendary provocateur. The film alternates between reflections on contemporary politics and social issues of the late 1960s while providing an unprecedented view of The Rolling Stones’ creative process in the recording studio. Its infamous premiere at the 1968 London Film Festival was highlighted by Jean-Luc Godard physically assaulting the producer on stage. Witness the premiere of the pristine 4K restoration, presented in its original aspect ratio, as supervised by Tony Richmond, the film’s cinematographer.


SLAVE TO THE GRIND
2018, Death by Digital, 100 min, Dir: Doug Robert Brown

Grindcore is the world’s fastest, most intense music. Fusing the anarchistic and leftist attitudes of the U.K. punk scene with the speed and drunken aggression of American death metal, grindcore continues to challenge (and often offend) listeners. Featuring interviews with members of Napalm Death, Repulsion, Carcass, Terrorizer, Brutal Truth, Unholy Grave, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Municipal Waste and more, SLAVE TO THE GRIND is a whirlwind tour of the music’s evolution and the bands united by the principle of “play fast or die.”


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