THE INNER SCAR
LA CICATRICE INTERIEURE
1972, The Film Desk, 60 min, France, Dir: Philippe Garrel

Perhaps the most striking of several collaborations between Philippe Garrel and singer-songwriter Nico (the director’s longtime lover and muse), this experimental travelogue was shot in such disparate locations as Death Valley and Iceland, and is filled with stark, dreamlike imagery. As well as appearing onscreen, Nico supplied the music to the film, much of which would appear on her "Desertshore" album.


THE FRIGHTENERS
1996, Universal, 110 min, New Zealand/USA, Dir: Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson’s follow-up to the acclaimed HEAVENLY CREATURES was this unusual mix of horror and dark comedy. Michael J. Fox stars as architect Frank Bannister, who gains the ability to see spirits after his wife’s death in an accident. At first Bannister exploits this power to set up a ghostbusting business - until he crosses paths with a dead serial killer who is still looking for victims. Shot in New Zealand (which a chunk of the film’s sizable digital effects budget turned into Middle America), the film earned eight Saturn Award nominations and features a score by Danny Elfman.


BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
1999, Universal, 112 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

Director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman made their feature debuts - and earned Oscar nominations - with this surreal fantasy. When puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) gets a job at the strange LesterCorp, he discovers a secret portal leading into the mind of John Malkovich. When Schwartz’s wife (Cameron Diaz) and co-worker (Catherine Keener) learn of this, they begin using the actor to advance their own agendas.


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