Cassavetes

Mad Men and JEANNE DIELMAN: Separated at birth?

Mad Men and JEANNE DIELMAN: Separated at birth?

The New York Times had a great DVD review last week of two releases that inspired some ‘compare and contrast.’ The two films that just happened to go to market simultaneously are John Cassavetes’s HUSBANDS and Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, two classics of the 1970s. See visual references below: Could there be two more different looking movie stills?

BEESWAX : the Bujalski time zone

BEESWAX : the Bujalski time zone

I saw BEESWAX last night. It is director/writer Andrew Bujalski’s third feature after FUNNY HA HA and MUTUAL APPRECIATION. The plot is vague and the conflicts are subtle. And because more urgent twists and turns fail to arise and demand our attention, each small moment seems to slow down as we witness the micro-tensions of interaction. I felt like I was in a Bergman or a Cassavetes film or a combination of the two (PERSONA meets SHADOWS?), as if I had entered a different time zone or landed in an exotic place, despite the banal subject matter.