Wednesday, December 11, 2019
dir. Errol Morris, Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English, 2019, 95 min.
A portrait of controversial Breitbart honcho and Donald J. Trump advisor, Stephen K. Bannon by the brilliant, award winning filmmaker, Errol Morris.
Will this be the hand that brings down a President?
THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA
dir. Raoul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento, Drama / Fantasy / Comedy, Not Rated,Chile, Spanish with English subtitles, 1990/2019, 80 min.
Filmed by Chilean master Raúl Ruiz in 1990 but left unfinished until it was completed by his wife and collaborator Valeria Sarmiento in 2017, The Wandering Soap Opera is a dreamily interconnected series of vignettes that spoof on telenovela conventions while reflecting Ruiz’s feelings upon returning to his native Chile after more than 15 years away. In one episode, a man seduces a woman by showing her his muscles, which are actually slabs of raw meat slapped into her hand. Later, the man has a gun pulled on him when he accuses a poet of plagiarism. Meanwhile, through the television screen, five women have lost their husbands after an earthquake and embrace a better future together. All along, back and forth across screens, people are watching