Directed by Don Hertzfeldt.
I’ve never seen a Dardenne brothers film in a theater, and kept checking almost daily to see if it would play – and sure enough, a one theater limited release across town. I know this theater well as I drove out there to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom.
Two regulars from his previous films: Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet. Two great songs, one rock, one by Petula Clark.
I sat glued to my seat through the credits until the screen went black, which doesn’t happen very often.
Released in 2013, I don’t think TSLC ever made a U.S. theatrical release – mostly roaming the film festival circuit. Netflix dvd just got a hold of it and I jumped on it, having seen it on several top 10 lists.
Though I’ve never seen it, TSLC’s opening scenes immediately reminded me of Liu Jiayin’s Oxhide II (2009) [link: movingimagesource.us/, Oxhide II and the art of dumpling making, by David Bordwell and Kevin B. Lee posted April 28, 2011]. I’ve got it bookmarked at Amazon vod (video on demand) and will get around to watching it one day.
“…a vintage documentary on New German Cinema featuring Herzog, Fassbinder, Schlöndorff, Wenders, and Syberberg.”
After hearing of Wim Wenders’ Road Trilogy (Alice, The Wrong Move (1975), and Kings of the Road (1976)), I’ve been wanting to see these films. To date, I had seen his Room 666 (1982) documentary, Paris, Texas (1984), Tokyo-Ga (1985) – Yasujiro Ozu documentary, and, of course, Wings of Desire (1987).
Netflix dvd (and Amazon.com) does not have this, so I ended up getting the region 2 dvd from Amazon.UK. It includes an interview with the director by Mark Cousins (who did the excellent series: The Story of Film: An Odyssey). Wim says he was filming The Scarlet Letter (made a year before Alice), how he hated making it and only enjoyed 30 minutes of a scene staring a sailor and a little girl (Rüdiger Vogler and Yella Rottländer) which was not in the script, and thought to himself I’m going to make a film with only those two in it. He also points out that the Chuck Berry song Memphis, Tennessee is actually about a father trying to reach his daughter. He made Alice in 4 weeks and $200,000.00.