|The Holy Mountain
|Carl Th. Dreyer
|La Planète Sauvage
|Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song
|Melvin Van Peebles
|Venus in Furs
The Holy Mountain
In Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-expanding masterpiece, a psychedelic satirical-mystical journey to enlightenment leads to the joyful overthrow of all gurus.
Based on the writings of Sheridan Le Fanu, Vampyr is extraordinarily otherworldly, bathed in mist and shadows and punctured by startling images of dreamlike horror.
Yasuzo Masumura’s feverish chamber piece brings together creative and erotic desire into a supremely perverse tale of art and sado-masochism.
Original title: Mōjū
The tension between carnal excess and crazed lust vs the sterile beauty of the convent sets (designed by Derek Jarman) makes Russell’s frenzied ode to sexual freedom utterly compelling.
La Planète Sauvage
Made from drawings by Roland Topor (author of The Tenant), which were animated at a Czech studio under René Laloux’s supervision, Fantastic Planet creates an enchanting, oneiric world whose visual richness is matched by the complexity of its reflections on human civilisation.
Original title: La planète sauvage
A beguiling mix of art and horror, Evolution is a richly evocative, intensely physical experience, an eerie, darkly poetic meditation on the strangeness of organic existence.
As in Blow-Up (1966) and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), the main character sees something that may be a vital clue to a murder, but does not understand it. An elegantly convoluted existential mystery rooted in aestheticism and artificiality.
Original title: Profondo rosso
Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song
Melvin Van Peebles’s raw, electrifying call for revolt against white rule remains as formally inventive and viscerally powerful as when it was made.
In this grotesque Mitteleuropa nightmare, Herz brings to the surface the pustulous morality and predatory violence that lie under personal and historical evil with astonishing inventiveness and a ferocious sense of humour.
Original title: Spalovač mrtvol
Venus in Furs
One of Jess Franco’s best films, sumptuous, sensual, surreal and imbued with morbid languor, like a death dream.
Alternative director's name: Jesús Franco