Some movie-makers never seem to live up to their storied reputations, and one such for TrustMovies is Philippe Garrel, shown below (Regular Lovers, Wild Innocence, Night Wind and I Don't Hear the Guitar Anymore, among other films), who is -- according to Anthology Film Archives -- "one of the towering figures of contem-
porary French cinema." Well, OK: I've never quite gotten Godard, either. (I can understand and appreciate Monsieur G. for his innovations, but his work often drives me up the wall rather than opening my eyes, mind or heart. And watching certain of his films anew decades later -- Pierrot le fou or Une femme est une femme to name two examples -- only brings the point home like fingernails on a blackboard.) But I digress....
The AFA is hosting an encore weekend, beginning this Friday, of M. Garrel's latest work FRONTIER OF DAWN, which I viewed some months back via screener, when the film made its U.S. theatrical-run debut as part of the IFC's Festival Direct/On-Demand program. In his last two films, Philippe has made good use of his own son Louis Garrel (shown below, doing a Vanessa Redgrave BlowUp imitation) of whom even better use has been made by Christophe Honoré in Love Songs, Dans Paris and Ma Mere).
ing" reputation, however, continues to elude me. You can click here for the AFA film programs, then scroll down for dates and times.