Lynne Ramsay, the trailblazing filmmaker, hand picks her favourite films from MUBI’s current catalogue, including The Battle of Algiers which she says continues to amaze, not least in how “contemporary and relevant” it remains.
Lynne Ramsay, known for films including Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin and more recently You Were Never Really Here, has hand-picked her favourite films currently screening on film streaming service MUBI.
Meshes in the Afternoon – Showing on MUBI on Friday 9th March
My tutor at Napier College showed me this when I was studying photography. A 14 minute silent movie made at home, and I was blown away by its imagination. The strange, disturbing atmosphere, the camera moves and edits to make impossible dream time and space, the hooded figure with mirror face, the dreaming woman at the window who becomes three! I felt like I was in a house of ghosts. As a photographer it connected with me deeply and inspired me to go to film school.
The Last Picture Show – Showing on MUBI on Wednesday 14th March
That feeling of burgeoning awkward teenage sexuality and being stuck in a dead-end town is brilliant. It’s the seminal film evocation of that. Cybill Shepherd undressing on the diving board. Cloris Leachman’s sex scene with Timothy Bottoms to the sound of the creaking bed, and her emotional explosion to him at the end really affected me. Such an amazing sense of place created by Polly Platt’s production design and costumes.
The Battle of Algiers – Showing on MUBI on Sunday 18th March
It’s amazing how contemporary and relevant this looks and feels. Like it was made last week, not in 1965. The style might seem familiar now, but this was the first, and way ahead of its time. It doesn’t judge and the ideas are complex. To call its style ‘reportage’ is a simplification. Not a frame of it feels inauthentic but there’s very sophisticated craft in the cinematography, editing, sound design, music, casting, and locations. The sound in particular is incredible. It’s a cinematic masterpiece.
MUBI is currently showing Lynne’s second film Morvern Caller to audiences in the UK as part of a month-long celebration of female filmmaking. You Were Never Really Here is released in UK cinemas by STUDIOCANAL tomorrow.