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Chain Letters
Made in Manhattan during the worst early depths of the AIDS epidemic, this LA RONDE-style series of twosomes and threesomes never directly mentions that crisis. But the intricately interconnecting relationships glimpsed in mosaic-like shards here exist in a similarly embattled milieu, an urban war zone: war between the sexes (or…
From the Journals of Jean Seberg - A Creative Biopic About Actress Jean Seberg
Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and film theory to inform, entertain, and move the viewer. Seberg's many marriages, as well as her film roles,…
Exterior Night
In EXTERIOR NIGHT, there is no past. There is no present. There is only the inevitable now. Using rear-screen process plates from classic Warner Bros. film noirs, a young man (in color) searches for his past through black-and-white scenes from classic Hollywood movies like "The Big Sleep," "Mildred Pierce," and…
John Garfield - The Biography of an Iconic Actor
Mark Rappaport completed his concise portrait of the legendary John Garfield in 2002, comprised (like much of his filmed essays) from existing film footage of the actor. Exceptionally engaging, Rappaport's extraordinary short contains more insightful observations of its subject than many feature-length biographical documentaries
Mark Rappaport: The TV Spin-Off - The Films of Mark Rappaport
In this short film, Mark Rappaport begins musing on "the movies" and then quickly turns to the subject of "his movies" in this raffish introduction to his work up to the late-1970s. Hiding behind a beard, sunglasses and a fedora, he offers fleeting insight into his means (credit cards) and…
Max & James & Danielle... - Legendary Director Max Ophuls and his Actors
This film concerns legendary director Max Ophuls, and two of his favorite actors, James Mason, and Danielle Darrieux. Mason and Darrieux were each in several Ophuls projects but were never together in an Ophuls movie, although they should have been. What might that movie have been like? It's anybody's guess--…
Rock Hudson's Home Movies - The Life and Career of Actor Rock Hudson
A documentary about the career and eventual death from AIDS of actor Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson's Home Movies is a compilation of privileged moments from various Hudson vehicles that, in one way or another, confirm or deny (and thus serve to reconfirm) the actor's necessarily concealed homosexuality. "It was all…
Tati vs. Bresson - An Exploration of Filmmakers Jacques Tati & Robert Bresson
Two film directors share less in common than anyone else, and yet, Jacques Tati and Robert Bresson have both structured a scene which appears to be remarkably similar to each other. In Tati's case, a "gag" and in Bresson's case, an "incident". In addition to both being one-of-a-kind geniuses, they…
Mur 19
Mark Rappaport's first film commences with Gerald Mur "studying the cinema" in the form of a blow-up glamor shot of Garbo. Then "the cinema" studies Gerald (from numerous angles) followed by a standoff as filmmaker and subject circle one another, dueling with cameras to determine who's watcher and who's watched.…
The Silver Screen - Color Me Lavender - Homosexual Overtones in Classic Cinema
From the ground-breaking director of ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES, Mark Rappaport takes us on a hilarious and provocative romp through the hidden and not-so-hidden gay undercurrents of Hollywood's Golden Years. Dan Butler acts as tour guide as he uncovers (despite efforts to launder American cinema of even the faintest traces…
Sergei / Sir Gay - Examining Homoerotic References in Sergei Eisenstein's Films
Sergei Eisenstein, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time, was also a brilliant plastic artist. His thousands and thousands of drawings are superb--as are the hundreds of homoerotic drawings he made for his own amusement, never meant for publication. In this video, the homoerotic references in…
A Long Way From Home
After achieving a dream retirement with his wife of 50 years to a condo in the South of France, Joseph (James Fox) finds himself utterly miserable. Bored, lonely, and tired of his wife's incessant nagging and slow onset of Alzheimer's, he finds himself gazing hopelessly at the younger women that…