An early experimental feature by Chantal Akerman (1976, 85 min.) that juxtaposes images of New York City with the texts of letters written to Akerman by her mother in Belgium and read aloud offscreen by Akerman. This is one of the best depictions of the alienation of exile that I know. (JR)
Experimental animator Lewis Klahr’s most impressive workan eerie, suggestive 43-minute assemblage of advertising and consumer images from the 50s and earlier that slides across the screen like emanations from the American dream, or perhaps the American nightmare (1994). (JR)
Japan’s most compulsively commercial avant-gardist, Nagisa Oshima (Boy, The Ceremony), makes a companion piece to his In the Realm of the Senses. A rendition of the Double Indemnity plot told as a ghost story, it’s said to be a lush, formal exercise.