Filmed in black-and-white with a few, brief colour shots, the film’s striking compositions move through cell-like rooms to explore themes of fear and dictatorial rule; accordingly, the film was banned in both the Soviet Bloc and Fascist Spain. Ligia Branice (La jetée), the director’s then wife, co-stars in a surrealist masterpiece splendidly underlined by its use of Handel’s organ music.
Filled with “visual poetry and powerful, fable-like storytelling” (David Thomson).
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Goto, Island of Love
In an isolated community, a pompous dictator holds public executions and lets criminals fight in the streets.