The Art of Cinema

The Art of Cinema

The first strand of Filmatique’s The Creation of Meaning series delves into the art of cinema.

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The Art of Cinema
  • 5 Broken Cameras


    G. Davidi and E. Burnat • 2011 • Palestine-Israel • A portrait of life in the occupied West Bank.

    A personal portrait of life in the occupied West Bank––a Palestinian farmer turned filmmaker documents life in his West Bank village as Israeli settlements grow closer and closer.

    A ...

  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché


    Pamela B. Green • United States • 2018 • A fascinating profile of a lost pioneer of early cinema.

    Alice Guy-Blaché entered the film business in 1894, at the age of 21. By 23 she was installed as head of production at French company Gaumont and directed several films before moving...

  • Behind the White Glasses: Lina Wertmüller


    Valerio Ruiz • Italy • 2015 • The cinematic legacy of iconic filmmaker Lina Wertmüller.

    Lina Wertmüller was one of the most iconic filmmakers of the 1970s. Martin Scorsese has described her 1974 feature Swept Away as essential viewing from the decade—scrambling politics of class,...

  • Filmworker


    Tony Zierra • United States • 2018 • The invisible hands behind Kubrick's masterpieces.

    Leon Vitali was building a name for himself in 1970s London. With a steady line of roles in theater, TV, and film, his life changed forever when he viewed Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film A Clockwo...

  • Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang


    Walter Salles • Brazil • 2014 • An intimate portrait of one of China's greatest living directors.

    Jia Zhangke is one of China's greatest living directors. His friend, the Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles, accompanies Zhangke throughout China—together, they visit Zhangke's hometo...

  • In the Mirror of Maya Deren


    Martina Kudlácek • Austria, Switzerland, Germany • 2002 • A portrait of a groundbreaking artist.

    Maya Deren is considered by many to be the most innovative avant-garde filmmaker in the history of American cinema. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Deren’s family fled the USSR in 1922 to escap...

  • Sembene!


    Samba Gadjigo & Jason Silverman •2015• Senegal • Chronicles the life of the father of African cinema.

    Compiled from rare archival footage and hours of exclusive footage, Sembene! chronicles the life and work of the legendary Senegalese film director, considered by many to be the f...

  • The Five Obstructions


    Lars von Trier • 2003 • Denmark-Switzerland-Belgium-France • Lars von Trier challenges his mentor.

    Documents the re-making of Jørgen Leth's classic short film The Perfect Human through a maddening maze of obstacles imposed by his former student Lars von Trier.

    In 1967, prominent ...