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  • The Tatami Galaxy
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  • Lili Marleen

    ★★★

  • Querelle

    ★★★★

  • Lola

    ★★★★

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    ★★★★★

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  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    "What monstrous presumption to think that others could benefit from the squalid catalog of your mistakes. What do you gain by stringing together the tattered pieces of your life, your vague memories, the faces of those you never could love?"

    Autocritical inertia, self-doubt, insecurity; these are all things I know. Guido delays his film shoot two weeks in order to ask for notes on his script from Carini, a film critic and incompatible writing partner, someone who doesn't want to…

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★★

    "In a few years when I have forgotten you, and other adventures like this one will happen to me from sheer force of habit, I'll remember you as the symbol of love's forgetfulness. I'll think of this story as the horror of forgetting."

    This is what connects our lovers' story and the history of Hiroshima: the horror of forgetting. The radical intangibility of our subjective experiences of reality extends from the greatest tragedy to the slightest whim. The bombing of…

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  • Lili Marleen

    Lili Marleen

    ★★★

    "This masquerade is vital to us."

    Art vs. propaganda

    After over a decade of making movies (averaging over 3 a year, no less), with Lili Marleen Fassbinder seems to be reckoning with the emancipatory political potential of art itself against the immortal power of the fascist propaganda machine. Beginning in the late 1930's (after Hitler rose to power but before the start of World War II), the film follows two lovers, Aryan singer Willie and Jewish composer Robert, two artists…

  • Querelle

    Querelle

    ★★★★

    YOUNG MEN NEED BOYS WITH BIG COCKS

    Desire as mediated by fantasy // Auteurist pornography

    I don't know if it's possible to be online enough to do something so esoteric as read Letterboxd reviews about queer cult movies without also being aware of the existence and relative prevalence of incest-adjacent pornography, wherein purported "step-siblings" will reluctantly commit acts of increasing sexual perversity while repeatedly protesting their uncertainty about the acceptability of those acts, but Querelle is basically that, except made…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★

    In a selfish attempt to cope with his separation anxiety, a sociopathic student abuses his relationship with his mentally unstable best friend in order to throw his future away on a single day of raucous debauchery.