Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The inspired Producer’s theme this month is: Poetic Icons: Past & Present.
Alright, hopefully, most of you made it to the Grand Cinema to see our theatrical pick, SLOW WEST, & we had a fine turn-out of the screening last Friday of JODOROWSKY”S DUNE, sparking a lot of chatter directly after the movie.
Join the Tacoma Film Club for our second screening of the month, & our third film, HOLY MOTORS (2012), that was written & directed by the astonishing French director, Leos Carax.
Leos Carax is an anagram of the director’s first & middle names, Alex Oscar. His full name is Alexandre Oscar Dupont. At 24 years old he was considered a bit of a Wunderkind when his first film, BOY MEETS GIRL (1984), triumphed at Cannes, & was considered “visually stunning”. This was followed by another successful film, NIGHT IS YOUNG (1986). Carax began an affair with the film’s star, Juliette Binoche, & she was his live-in companion for the next five years. He spent four years working on THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE(1991). It also starred Binoche, but the critics called it both “murky & mind-blowing”, & it was a box office flop; signaling the end of his relationship with Binoche as well. He went into exile for eight years, bringing us POLAX (1999), but turned out to be another critical flop.
HOLY MOTORS (2012) brought him back into the limelight. It won over 30 Film Festival awards, winning the AWARD OF THE YOUTH, & being nominated for the Palm d’Or at Cannes in 2012. He has directed 12 films since 1984, 7 of which have been (shorts). Juliette Binoche was offered a part in the film. but they no longer “got along”.
Carax said: “If Denis Lavant had said no to being in HOLY MOTORS, I would have offered the part to Lon Chaney, Peter Lorre, Michael Simon or Charlie Chaplin–all of whom happen to be dead.”
No one is credited with the film score. There were two cinematographers for the film, probably splitting the scenarios; Yves Cape & Caroline Champetier. He knew both of them from the (short films) world.
Cape has made 56 films since 1991, over half of them (shorts). Some of his feature films include MA VIE ER ROSE (1997), YELLOWKNIFE (2002), THE BUFFALO BOY (2005) & WHITE MATERIAL (2009).
Champetier has directed 102 films since 1979, & for the first 10 years they were all (shorts). Some of her feature films included THE GANG OF FOUR (1989), A SINGLE GIRL (1995), PONETTE (1996), THE SCHOOL OF FLESH (1998), PROMISED LAND (2004), & OF GODS AND MEN (2010).
Jeff Myers of the DETROIT RETRO TIMES wrote: “Welcome to the WTF Cinema–the kind of movie that the critics love, general audiences loathe, & cinephiles puzzle over.”
HOLY MOTORS (2012)
Written & Directed by Leos Carax @ 115 minutes.
The film stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, & Michel Piccoli.
Synopsis: From dawn to dusk we follow the several adventurous vignettes of the mysterious Monsieur Oscar.
The film won awards at Cannes, & was the darling at Film Festivals all around the globe.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it at 91% Critic’s Approval, & 71% Audience Approval. IMDb rated it at 7.1 stars.
Tom Long of the DETROIT NEWS wrote: “By the time this film is over, you are shaken, intrigued, & reminded that Art doesn’t have to add up to be entertaining.”
Richard Haridy of QUICKFLIX wrote: “This is the best film spawned in 2012. HOLY MOTORS is visionary, absurd, melancholy, ecstatic, confounding, & ultimately transcendent.”
So mark your calendars for this Friday, June 12, 2015, & join the TFC for a screening of HOLY MOTORS. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events. It is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J.
Arrive a little early, like 6:30 p.m., & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others. Please remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to watch the movie. There is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary.
There is a donation box upstairs at the entrance to the sanctuary. All collected funds go to help with the rent & other Club expenses. HOLY MOTORS will screen at &:15 p.m. & it runs 115 minutes, so the film is over before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!