I announced a bit ago (here) that I’ve joined a new film podcast dedicated to discussing the films in The Criterion Collection’s Eclipse Series.
Here is my first substantive contribution: Episode 9 — Eclipse Series 31: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin.
This is an excellent set containing three . . . documentaries? I’m not sure they are entirely classifiable. They are: Poto and Cabengo (1980), which is focused on young twins Ginnie and Gracie Kennedy who, many thought, invented their own language; Routine Pleasures (1986), which focuses on a group of model train enthusiasts; and My Crasy Life (1992), which focuses on the Sons of Samoa street gang.
While each film is focused on these subjects, Gorin’s style allows many other threads into the fabric. For example, while Routine Pleasures is about that group of model train enthusiasts, Gorin also brings in the aesthetic philosophies of film critic and painter Manny Farber. Each film is about an isolated community, its language, and about how what we see when we peak in reflects the greater world.
I recommend each of the titles, and I think David and I have an interesting conversation that will hopefully illuminate the films if you’ve seen them or, if you haven’t, entice you to check them out.
Please find the podcast, the shownotes, and the links over at CriterionCast here.
Next, David and I are planning to discuss Eclipse Series 9: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein, which contains these three films: Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966), Mr. Freedom (1969), and The Model Couple (1977). At this point, I’ve only seen Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, and I can attest to “delirious.”