The Extravagant Shadows (David Gatten, 2012).

As always, I’m stuck idly formulating a ranking of bits and pieces of new stuff I’ve caught up with in 2013 while entrenched in a whole new set of movies for a whole new year —so my mind’s already noodling elsewhere. A big time for filling gaps, my selection of older movies seen for the first time last year contains, embarrassingly, several key Hawks masterpieces—the director was arguably my most glaring blind spot until last year—from Red River and Man’s Favorite Sport? to Bringing Up Baby and To Have and Have Not (none of which I feature in my “highlights” list below, simply to duck the problem of choosing just one), and Dreyer’s Gertrud, which I now think about more or less every day. Still, these two lists are sorely lacking in a meaningful amount of experimental or short cinema, for no reason worth articulating beyond simple negligence on my part. Clumsily, I let these and other aspects of viewing slip through my fingers because my mind was elsewhere, with work, or idleness, or whatever else. Hopefully I’ll step up in 2014.

Of course, I need to mention the true highlight of my year in cinema: a mini-retrospective of Peter Nestler’s films in London in November. Just under a year after I first encountered this almost unknown master filmmaker’s work, I got to revisit a handful of his masterpieces on 16mm and Digibeta, as well as meeting and interviewing the man himself between screenings. For this and the preceding year’s life-changing series of films, I owe thanks to Ricardo Matos Cabo and Goethe-Institut London.

2013 Highlights

  1. The Extravagant Shadows (David Gatten, 2012)

  1. Chile Film (Peter Nestler, 1973)

  1. Du zhan (Johnnie To, China)

  1. Vous n'avez encore rien vu (Alain Resnais, 2012)

  1. The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt, 2012)

  1. Traveling Light (Gina Telaroli, 2011)*

  1. Nobody's Daughter Hae-won (Hong Sang-soo, Korea)

  1. A Vingança de Uma Mulher (Rita Azevedo Gomes, 2012)

  1. La noche de enfrente (Raúl Ruiz, 2012)

  1. Our Sunhi (Hong Sang-soo, Korea)

  1. Bunheads, episodes 11-18 (Amy Sherman-Palladino, et al, USA)


12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, USA)

The Spirit of ’45 (Ken Loach, UK)




Pachamana (Peter Nestler, 1995).

25 Retrospective Discoveries (Alphabetical)

The Actress (George Cukor, 1953)

All the Ships at Sea (Dan Sallitt, 2004)

The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood, 1995)

Le boucher (Claude Chabrol, 1970)

Christine (Alan Clarke, 1987)

Conte d’hiver (Éric Rohmer, 1992)

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Ôshima, 1983)

Le déjeûner sur l'herbe (Jean Renoir, 1959)

Une femme douce (Robert Bresson, 1969)

Gertrud (Carl Theodore Dreyer, 1964)

The Human Factor (Otto Preminger, 1979)

Horendi (Jean Rouch, Gilbert Rouget, 1972)

In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia & In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand

(Shōhei Imamura, 1970/1)

Jeanne la pucelle (Jacques Rivette, 1994)

The Love of the Actress Sumako (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1947)

One Mile from Heaven (Allan Dwan, 1937)

Pachamama – Unsere Erde (Peter Nestler, 1995)

The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)

Le rapport Darty (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988)

Real Life (Albert Brooks, 1979)

Starman (John Carpenter, 1984)

La Vallée close (Jean-Claude Rousseau, 1995/2000)

Which Way to the Front? (Jerry Lewis, 1970)

You Are Not I (Sara Driver, 1981)


* I actually saw this movie for the first time in 2012 and wrote about it here, however 2013 has really been Traveling Light’s year, with an online release here at Lumière and a worldwide screening tour. So, I’m counting it. Why not?