jueves, 13 de enero de 2011

Especial Jørgen Leth

Nær himlen, nær jorden (1968) AKA Near Heaven, Near Earth

Runtime: 25 minutes
Language: English French English srt file
Country: Nepal
Color: both
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378470/

Director: Ole John & Jørgen Leth

Description: In the autumn of 1967, Jørgen Leth and Ole John left for Nepal to film a group of hippies, who had set up a tent camp on a piece of land and proclaimed it a free state. The story of hippy culture told here leaves you with a sinking impression of apathy – and boredom. The hippies plod around like marionettes in a fantastic setting of Buddhist temples and local populace. Their dreams and expectations seem to have lost all direction and aim. They smoke a huge chillum with their guru, holy man, and they sit together smoking in a circle at the campground. One fellow engagedly demonstrates how he eats LSD, then staggers on his hippie paradise. Leth does not conceal how, he and John were impacted by their surroundings how their initial curiosity quickly burned out. Not even the shots of daily life in Kathmandu or the experimental camera and editing work can shake off that felling. As the rights to the soundtrack (by The Beatles) could not be obtained, it has been omitted in this edition.

From: IMDB
Near Heaven, Near Earth is a film about hippie life in Nepal shot completely at the same level as its participants. A couple of interviews provide insight into the hippie philosophy and we follow a visit to a temple in which the hippies seem like peaceful beings from another planet. The visuals, in black and white and colour, are kaleidoscopic, and reveal a dramatic interest in the camera as a physical object: there is a constant toying with zoom, the camera swings back and forth, and in a series of zany shots from a rickshaw the film provides some very tangible sensory impressions from Kathmandu. Two sequences stand out in terms of form: flickering fast motion communicates what is clearly a filmic acid trip and towards the end of the film six or seven different visual materials are blended into a repetitive, metrical montage.


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Haiti. Uden titel (1996) aka Haiti. Untitled

Runtime: 76
Language: Danish (Danish & English subs)
Country: Denmark
Color: Color
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113248/

Director: Jørgen Leth

Haiti untitled is Danish filmmaker, poet and journalist Jorgen Leth's personal vision on the history of and everyday life on Haiti. Leth has been living on the island for a number of years and so far made three feature films there. While living there he fell under the spell of the island. Leth about his fascination: "I feel like hypnotised by the life on Haiti. Every time I come back I have the feeling of a personal submersion under the surface into chaos. But a chaos that fascinates me with its mystery, its horrors, its sensuality and its surreal scenes." Leth looks for the explanation of these extreme manifestations in the history, which has shown its cruellest sides on Haiti. Slavery, rebellion, ethnic conflicts between the mulattos and the black population, coup d'états and French and American occupations caused a Haitian tradition of violence, which has had politics in a firm grasp until today. The horrible reality was allayed by means of superstition and religion. Leth uses his camera to probe into the mixture of myth and reality that determines everyday life on Haiti. With a small crew he registers anecdotes, absurd, dramatic as well as wonderful scenes. The result is a personal documentary about a country that exerts a strong attraction on outsiders, precisely because of the surrealist impression it often leaves.


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Notater Fra Kina (1986) Notes From China

Runtime: 75
Language: Chinese (Danish hardsubs)
Country: USA/Denmark
Color: Color
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0320180/

Director: Jørgen Leth

Description: In 1984 Jørgen Leth, cinematographer Dan Holmberg and sound recordist Niels Torp travelled some 6,000 kilometres by train through China. The result is a very calm, beautifully perceived travelogue borne by unprejudiced curiosity and observational ability. A riverboat in a landscape of sugar-top mountains in Southern China and the many shots from the train journey are the visual leitmotifs of the film, in which we meet an acrobat, a painter in inks, some opera students from the Beijing conservatory, and a group of female racing cyclists. The camera falls in love with exquisite tai chi movements and the dexterity of the train kitchen staff, and the soundtrack gives a vivid sense of the noisy life on board, with music blaring from scratchy loudspeakers. The fact that the film should be viewed as a collection of notes on film, i.e. a kind of travel journal, is emphasised by the title and by Leth's only words on the soundtrack: "I take notes because I want to remember what I have seen. I am smoking a Chinese cigarette and I am travelling on board a train in China". (In an English version of the film, which is nineteen minutes shorter, a further three notes appear on the soundtrack).


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