Angelos Koutsourakis is a University Academic Fellow in World Cinema at the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Politics as Form in Lars von Trier (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013, and 2015), and the co-editor of The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
His characters don'tt have the dramatic stylization of Hollywood films, but they respond to the stimuli given by John Cassavetes' unusual shooting style, which doesn't let the actors know whether they are on frame or not.
In a period when cinema accelerated editing and prioritised visual effects that over simplified the narrative, Tarr downplayed story-development in favour of formal abstraction, which forced the audience to respond to and reflect upon the material on screen, rather than simply consume it.
In this specific 2-disk DVD set, the BFI has compiled four rare films by Yasujiro Ozu plus a surviving fragment. The films belong to the genre of ‘The Student Comedies’, a genre which Ozu picked up from imported American films.
Alexander Kluge’s films aim to politicize aspects of life that one considers to be apolitical, and he shows that a film can be both complicated and intriguing without looking like a special effects-laden Star Wars flick.
The actors perform for the camera and themselves, given that the film is based upon material taken from their own lives. One cannot easily distinguish the boundaries between performance and authenticity.
Lars von Trier suggests that the terrible and the horrific are not to be found in the abnormal behaviour of an outsider, but within our relationships, and the play of domination and submission in everyday life.