VOD service MUBI’s slate for September includes some of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films as well as a “back to school” collection featuring films dealing with issues involving childhood’s progression into adulthood.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK: A TICKING BOMB
Shadow of a Doubt | 1943, Alfred Hitchcock
Young Charlotte is excited that her Uncle Charlie is coming to visit. However, as secrets about him come to the fore, she will soon need to make hard choices that could end up destroying the whole family. Hitchcock’s film noir is an exploration of small-town America, where proud and distinguished facades conceal darker dimensions.
Rope | 1948, Alfred Hitchcock
After strangling a former classmate in pursuit of the perfect murder, two friends hold a dinner party for their victim’s friends and family in order to raise the stakes. Using a wide range of innovative cinematic techniques, this “one-take” film is an audacious thriller starring James Stewart.
The Trouble With Harry | 1955, Alfred Hitchcock
The trouble with Harry is that he’s dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body. An initial flop, this film starring Shirley MacLaine is now being heralded as one of his subversive masterpieces, in which a local murder becomes an abundant source for black comedy.
The Man Who Knew Too Much | 1956, Alfred Hitchcock
A British family on vacation in Morocco become unwillingly tangled with international espionage and a political assassination plot. James Stewart stars alongside Doris Day, whose bewitching vocal performance of the song Que Sera, Sera leaves a long-lasting, unsettling impression.
Marnie | 1964, Alfred Hitchcock
One of Hitchcock’s forgotten psychological masterpieces, Marnie stars Tippi Hedren, this time alongside Sean Connery, in a perturbing and controversial portrayal of a troubled protagonist, filled with sexual innuendo, and rhythmed by Bernard Herrmann’s chilling musical score.
Thelma | 2017, Joachim Trier
With an electrifying romance at its heart, Thelma plunges deep into its titular character’s soul to unleash long suppressed demons. Exquisitely blending the supernatural with the psychological, Trier has concocted a slow-burning Scandi update of De Palma’s Carrie likely to take your breath away.
After Lucía | 2012, Michel Franco
Michel Franco’s second feature was the film which brought him critical recognition as the auteur of disturbing family dramas, in which slightly skewed social behaviours unleash problematic moral situations. Building tension throughout, this film depicts the vicious nature of childhood bullying.
The Wave | 2008, Dennis Gansel
This gripping drama calls to mind the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most captivating of psychological fallouts, where normal people so quickly embraced the roles of oppressor and oppressed, powerful and powerless. Here, the German setting carries its own dark depths.
Cry-Baby | 1990, John Waters
Cry-Baby has become something of a cult movie due to Johnny Depp’s brilliant performance and juvenile looks in one of his first roles for cinema. The riotous pulse and rockabilly songs of the school’s cool kid become contagious in this emblematic nineties movie by John Waters.
The Bling Ring | 2013, Sofia Coppola
Based on actual events, five Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in a world of trouble when they begin breaking into celebrities’ homes by using the Twitter accounts to track the stars’ whereabouts. Teenage ennui and celebrity culture blend in Sofia Coppola’s film, starring Emma Watson.
FOCUS ON BERTRAND MANDICO
Boro In The Box | 2011, Bertrand Mandico
From its epic conception to its film death, Boro In The Box is a fantasized and fictitious portrait of the film-maker Walerian Borowczyk. Depicting a cruel and obscene world, it navigates through commonplace and colorful adventures from Poland to Paris, caressing erotic birds and organic cameras in a phantasmagorical alphabet primer.
Living Still Life | 2012, Bertrand Mandico
In a world in decay, Fièvre, an enigmatic woman, collects dead animals. She brings them to life through animated films. One day, a man comes to see her: his wife is dead. Bertrand Mandico creates a macabre and poetic, allegorical and surreal vision.
DAWSON CITY FROZEN TIME
Dawson City Frozen Time | 2016, Bill Morrison
Using archival footage to tell the story, Dawson City: Frozen Time pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s-1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory in 1978.
SPECIAL DISCOVERY OF THE MONTH
The Wild Boys | 2017, Bertrand Mandico
Five adolescents of good families embark on a haunted, dilapidated sailboat with a strict Dutch captain in this gender-bending, hallucinatory journey. Inspired by the eponymous novel by William S. Burroughs, it blends rebellious eroticism and oneiric imagery in a festive visual feast.
NOW ALSO SHOWING ON MUBI
Cocote | 2017, Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias
It’s not very often that we encounter Dominican cinema. Cocote is a bewitching revenge thriller, as enigmatic as it is exhilarating, that subverts dominant paradigms of representation to ultimately reinvent the genre. It exudes Caribbean energy—and it’s one of the most outstanding films of the year.
Meteors | 2017, Gürcan Keltek
Gürcan Keltek’s textured and evocative documentary unexpectedly connects cosmic chaos—a gobsmacking meteor shower—and the armed conflict between Turks and Kurds, finding resonances both political and poetic.
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? | 2017, Travis Wilkerson
Travis Wilkerson’s film is a chilling investigation of the murder of a black man his great grandfather committed and got away with. The absorbing voice of the filmmaker astutely guides us as we spiral into America’s nightmarish past and endemic racism. A different kind of horror movie.
LAST CHANCE TO WATCH
Blue Black Permanent | 1992, Margaret Tait
Film poet Margaret Tait is one of the avant-garde’s best-kept secrets, and we are delighted to unveil her only feature-length work, a palimpsest of dreams and memories, weaving her beloved Scottish landscapes and three generations of women through an audacious “Russian doll” structure.
Videodrome | 1983, David Cronenberg
We are thrilled to present this hallucinated vision by the master of weird David Cronenberg, a quintessential body-horror cult classic, that grapples with pirate TV, pornography, and mass media to dramatize the contemporary cultural fear of technology and transhumanism.
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence | 1983, Nagisa Ôshima
With Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, in theatres, we dedicate a series to the cinematic soundtracks of the Japanese master composer, starting with a film in which he also stars—alongside Bowie! Merry Christmas is fuelled by charged, unforgettable performances and punctuated by a triumph of melodic genius.