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LA MORT SE MÉRITE—SERGE LIVROZET

Serge Livrozet at the Ministry of Justice with a copy of the Prisoners' Action Committee (CAP) paper.
Image credit: Efemérides Anarquistas

Revolutionary author, activist, and refugee advocate Serge Livrozet founded the Prisoners’ Action Committee (an extension of his friend Michel Foucault’s Prisons Information Group), was a key figure in Jacques Lesage’s Marge movement, and took up burglary and safe-cracking in order to finance an independent publishing company. Beyond Baroque and Suzy Williams will host the Los […]

JEAN COCTEAU AT CINEFAMILY

Jean Marais in Orphée, directed by Jean Cocteau
Image: Pop Classics

Jean Cocteau—perfectly suited to the visual medium of mirrors, dreams, and life after death—was a filmmaker for three decades, but his greatest engagement took place during the five years immediately following the end of the Second World War, a period which began with one masterpiece (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE, 1945) and ended with another—ORPHÉE. […]

CELEBRATING TONY CONRAD

Image credit: Press notes, tonyconradmovie.com

A key figure of Manhattan’s avant-garde, Tony Conrad was “an integral part of the ‘secret history’ of the ’60s….from camp cinema to structural film to minimal music to experimental rock ’n’ roll to video art and more.” — Branden W. Joseph, the author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts After Cage (2008).* Tony Conrad (1940–2016) […]

HORACE TAPSCOTT AT MOCA

The Call (1978 ) is the second LP by Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.
Image: Coverjazz Canalblog

“The [Lionel Hampton] band came to Los Angeles for a gig out on Sunset Boulevard. I’ll never forget. After the last performance, we were getting ready to head back to New York. At four o’clock that morning, I got off the bus….I wanted to do something else. I wanted my own thing; I wanted to […]

OLIVIER ASSAYAS AND KIM GORDON AT CINEFAMILY

Winston Tong en studio, directed by Olivier Assayas
Image credit: Tomorrow Started

In the run-up to the American release of his new film Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas will visit Los Angeles this weekend to present a retrospective of his work at the Cinefamily. On Saturday, March 4—after a 6:30 pm screening of two films by Guy Debord—Olivier Assayas will present five of his rare music videos and […]

CHILDREN OF PARADISE

Jean-Louis Barrault (standing) as Baptiste. Image credit: Movie City News

After the fall of France in 1940, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, and (briefly) Jean Gabin decamped for Hollywood. Director Marcel Carné and poet–screenwriter Jacques Prévert stayed in their occupied country and, under straitened circumstances, assembled their magnum opus LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS (CHILDREN OF PARADISE). “The cast is a record of Paris under the Nazis, and one […]

WAR, EXILE, AND “UNDERDEVELOPMENT”

The Exiles, directed by Kent Mackenzie
Image credit: Exilesfilm.com

“This was one of the first films to deal with the contemporary lives of Native Americans, [and is] still one of the very few pieces to deal with the Native urban diaspora, in this case in the no-longer existing L.A. neighborhood of Bunker Hill, in 1961. More broadly, THE EXILES is a film about displacement, and […]