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The Thinking Machine 12: Strangulation Blues

In Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1980), the central character of Milena played by Theresa Russell is a fascinating screen figure, and not only for her complex psychology. Bringing together many short fragments, our audiovisual essay evolves like a musical composition, foregrounding a crucial aspect of Russell’s performance: her work with voice. Not the intention behind her dialogue, but the precise qualities of intonation as she seduces, teases, argues or declares her love. Guided by the intensity of her laughter, the hysterical noises of excitement and joy, the stuttering of sadness, the pauses and ruptures of her evasions. The throat is an overarching motif: Milena’s sonic vitality is directly contrasted with the drive of Alex (Art Garfunkel) to possess and annihilate her being.

Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin, September 2017



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The Thinking Machine 19: Series of Dreams Interwoven by Ringing Bells

The Thinking Machine 19: Series of Dreams Interwoven by Ringing Bells
30 Mei 2018
The ringing of bells traces a hypnotic, musical landscape that, in its rich tonal and harmonic variety, immerses us and calls us to dream, to float above the fictional cinematic worlds. This "series of dreams" interweaves fragments from films by Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Luis Buñuel and Sergei Parajanov.
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The Thinking Machine 18: Swimming in Wagner

The Thinking Machine 18: Swimming in Wagner
26 April 2018
Luis Buñuel's L'âge d'or (1930), Jean Negulesco's Humoresque (1946) and João César Monteiro's A comédia de Deus (1995) all feature, in key, climactic sequences, the same piece of music: a well-known, grandly romantic theme from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner.
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The Thinking Machine 17: Remarks on the Formation of Abstract Set Theory

The Thinking Machine 17: Remarks on the Formation of Abstract Set Theory
04 April 2018
There is a famous, prolonged heist sequence at the centre of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge (1970) – but not at the centre of this month's audiovisual essay by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.
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The Thinking Machine 16: UP!

The Thinking Machine 16: UP!
08 Maart 2018
Suicide – cannibalism – death – trauma – remembering – flashing back – vignette – whiteness – voices – bones – blood – sexual personae – up those streets – up those stairs – a scream.
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The Thinking Machine 15: At That Very Moment

The Thinking Machine 15: At That Very Moment
17 Januari 2018
At the very same moment, two women are caught in a waking dream, and their adventures intertwine... In cinema, the genres of horror and the “woman in peril” thriller have frequently overlapped to form a Female Gothic tradition.
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The Thinking Machine 14: Moon, Waterfall, Tree, Stream

The Thinking Machine 14: Moon, Waterfall, Tree, Stream
20 December 2017
There are many examples of “condensed” films in the history of experimental, found-footage cinema – selections that concentrate what is surreal and suggestive, once most of a narrative is removed. Without excessive manipulation, we radically condense an example, A Fatal Obsession (2015), in which recurring, moody images of nature – moon, waterfall, tree, stream – already, with the aid of a busy music score, usurp the tricky, human plot.
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The Thinking Machine 13: Between Two Plot Points

The Thinking Machine 13: Between Two Plot Points
08 November 2017
How did Howard Haweks manage to balance easy-going scenes of character interaction and a plot without any 'dead spots'? A superbly directed scene in Ball of Fire (1941), where a complex group interaction is poised between two plot points, provides some clues.
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The Thinking Machine 12: Strangulation Blues

The Thinking Machine 12: Strangulation Blues
11 Oktober 2017
In Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1980), the central character of Milena played by Theresa Russell is a fascinating screen figure, and not only for her complex psychology. Bringing together many short fragments, this audiovisual essay foregrounds a crucial aspect of Russell’s performance: her work with voice.
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The Thinking Machine 11: Framing Fritz’s Apartment

The Thinking Machine 11: Framing Fritz’s Apartment
13 September 2017
In Ulli Lommel’s The Tenderness of Wolves (1973) the narrow, slanted apartment where the protagonist lures and kills his victims plays a crucial role. Despite the limited possibilities that the space offers, Lommel finds a great array of inventive solutions to portray it.
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The Thinking Machine 10: Resonances - City of Pirates & Time Regained

The Thinking Machine 10: Resonances - City of Pirates & Time Regained
16 Augustus 2017
Between Raúl Ruiz's City of Pirates in 1983 and Time Regained in 1999, there is a surrealistic ‘communicating vessel’ that explores sensations of memory, time and fluidity; and a mise en scène of bodies, voices and movements.
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