Sunday, May 5, 2013

Episode #17 - Vadim Rizov (Le Cercle Rouge)

"When people are not sympathetic to a filmmaker, they will fall into a stance...I don't want to act like I'm saying things that are obvious to me and therefore they should be obvious to everyone else."

Strongly opinionated but never dogmatically so, the prolific Vadim Rizov ranks among the best of the new generation of cinephiles in Peter's opnion. So the young writer joins him to discuss his unique voice in the critical community. Vadim discusses his early forays into cinema at a young age, and how his frustrations with Austin's film scene led him to New York (only to more frustrations at NYU). The two then get into his fascinating writing style and how it stands against the majority of contemporary film writing, his interest in the evolving contemporary cinema, and why he goes back again and again to the True/False Film Festival. The two then dive into Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge, a type of closed circuit movie that might be out of style with many cinephiles today, but is full of wondrous pleasures for those that pry its pieces apart.

0:00-1:05 Opening 
1:55 -5:50 Establishing Shots - Roberto Rossellini's Voyage to Italy / Trivia Round
6:34-56:56 Deep Focus - Vadim Rizov
57:49-1:20:04 Double Exposure - Le Cercle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville)
1:20:06-1:22:22 Close
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