By Ray Pride

Unapologetic Stuff: A Review Of KNIFE + HEART

KNIFEHEART“Knife + Heart” (Un couteau dans le coeur) has all kinds of stuff. It’s a tumultuous original, dragging worlds of cinema sensation that came before screaming and punching behind it. Begin with “Phantom of the Paradise,” stir in “Peeping Tom,” and “Body Double”; don’t stop at “Poison” or “Cruising” and “Blow Out.” Sex and art commingle in a story reportedly based on fact, and there are no apologies. Vanessa Paradis plays a director of gay pornography in 1979 Paris, fixed on her resistant editor, surrounded by murder after murder of those she knows. Film editing and film projection are among the fetish objects in this 16mm and 35mm-shot visual cornucopia; a contemporary who is as keen a fondler of kino-apparatus and fraught sensation would be Peter Strickland, of “Berberian Sound Studio” and “The Duke of Burgundy.” But where Strickland is a cool-tempered pasticheur of fetish-fragrant texture and light, Yann Gonzalez is a gleefully grandiloquent giallo-style gut-slicer. Porn, sex, murder ensue. [Read more.]

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

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~ Steven Soderbergh