Don't feel obligated to read this, it's nothing very important but you many find it interesting...
1. L'Amour Existe Maurice Pialat 1961, 19 mins
It is an insightful and sometimes poetical look at the Banlieue of Paris, such a peculiar place and well worth watching a short film about.
The narrative mixes interesting facts with fanciful musings and combined the the excellent choices of music makes for a most entertaining and informative film.
Like a couple of the others in this collection, this short film has almost no sound except for the narrative and the music, this prevents it from seeming like a documentary and makes it seem more like a study from a personal point of view, very interesting. I would highly recommend this one and I myself look forward to seeing more of Pialat's work.
2. Le Chant du Styrene Alain Resnais 1957, 14 mins
Before watching this I had seen another film by Alain Resnais, Last Year In Marienbad which was one of the strangest films I've ever seen. So I was expecting something out of the ordinary from Resnais's contribution and I wasn't disappointed.
This short film tells the simple tale of a plastic bowl, it traces it existence right back to it's original form, petrol, and takes a look at all the different processes used along the way.
Now your probably wondering how a film explaining how a plain plastic bowl was created and you would be right to do so, I myself was surprised that I had just sat through something so seemingly banal. For the way it was made, the music, the poetical and often rambling voice-over, and above all the swift decisiveness that presents it's subject purposefully and without diversions. Of course it's hardly a great work of art or a particularly accomplished short film, but it remains far more entertaining that it has any right to be.
|It also has a wonderfully surreal opening sequence|
3. Charlotte et son Jules Jean-Luc Godard , 13 mins
In a way this film almost feels like a scene taken directly out of A Bout De Souffle, for one thing it stars Jean Paul Belmondo ,who also starred in A Bout De Souffle, as well as the little known Anne Colette, who more than slightly resembles Jean Seberg, who also starred in the aforementioned film.
Thus is you have seen A Bout De Souffle you will already be familiar with all this film has to offer, it's acting style, it's lengthy rambling dialogue full of irony and acerbic wit.
It's an interesting short film ,and I would say maybe a good little introduction to Godard's early work, but it isn't anything extraordinary. A couple of facts make the film slightly more interesting, it was filmed entirely in Godard's own apartment, and it was "en homage" to French Director and artist Jean Cocteau.
4. Le Coup du Berger Jacques Rivette 1957, 27 mins
I thought this short was one of the least intriguing of the collection, it has a rather trivial story, decent acting, but really it is nothing special, I was expecting something slightly better.
It tells the tale of an adulterous wife who is given a fur coat by her lover and comes up with a scheme to be able to keep the coat without raising her husbands suspicions... Nothing very remarkable here and I thought the end twist fell rather flat.
One of the least interesting of the collection but you if you have the collection then you might as well see it anyway.
5. Une Histoire d'Eau Francois Truffaut 1958, 12 mins
This one also happens to be soundless, the voices are dubbed in and the dialogue is mainly internal dialogue of the main character.
It was amusing to see all the flooded countryside and peoples various responses to the event but the short never rises above being slightly amusing, it is nothing more nothing less.
6. Laboratoire de l'Angoisse Patrice Leconte 1971, 11 mins
This is the latest short of the collection and is directed by a director with whom I am not at all familiar, yet I thought this short, in colour and with sound, was one of the better ones of the collection.At first I wasn't at all sure what direction the film was going in, and was somewhat puzzled by the events but then by the end I realised that it was a dark comedy, a very dark one for that matter, and is quite amusing, hardly anything exceptional though. But the competent acting and direction and an amusing script make for a pleasant short film.
7.Les Surmenes Jacques Doniol-Valcroze 1957, 19 mins
It tells of a young woman from the country who comes to Paris and soon takes up a way of life that proves unsustainable, dancing all night and other such things, before being persuaded to calm down and adopt a more decent rhythm of life by her fiance.
Of course the films message was more than slightly patronising but I thought it was light and enjoyable throughout.
8. 24 heures de la Vie d'un Cloun Melville 1946, 18 mins