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Raúl Ruiz

#1 Post by Murdoch » Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:50 pm

Raul Ruiz (1941 - 2011)

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"If you can make it complicated, why make it simple?"

Filmography

Misterios de Lisboa (2010) TV Series/Feature (Music Box Blu-ray/DVD, Region A/1 [theatrical cut only]; Clap Filmes DVD [two releases, one containing the theatrcal cut, the other with the TV cut])

L'estate breve (2010)

A Closed Book (2010)

La maison Nucingen / Nucingen House (2008) (Blaqout R2 French DVD)

Litoral, cuentos del mar (2008) TV series

La recta provincia (2007)

Chacun son cinema ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence – segment "Le Don" (2007) (Studio Canal France R2)

Klimt (2005) (Koch Lorber R1 / Atalanta Filmes R2)

Le domaine perdu / The Lost Domain (2005)

Días de campo / Days in the Country (2004)

Responso: homage to Huub Baals (2004)

Cofralandes, Impresiones sobre Chile / Cofralandes: Impressions of Chile (2003) – 7-part TV series

Le Vertige de la page blanche / Vertigo of the Blank Page (2003)

Une place parmi les vivants / A Place Among the Living (2003)

Ce jour-là / That Day (2003) (Kino R1 / Pias France R2 OOP / Atalanta Filmes R2))

Médée / Medea (2003)

Cofralandes, Rapsodia Chilena / Cofralandes: Chilean Rhapsody (2002)

Les âmes fortes / Savage Souls (2001) (Warner France R2 OOP)

Miotte vu par Ruiz (2001)

Comédie de l'innocence / Comedy of Innocence (2000) (Fox Lorber R1 OOP / Arcades France R2 OOP / Artificial Eye R2)

Combat d'amour en songe / Love Torn in Dream (2000) (Atalanta Filmes R2)

Le temps retrouvé / Time Regained (1999) (Kino R1 / Artificial Eye UK R2 OOP / Warner France R2 OOP / Atalanta Filmes R2 / Second Sight R2)

Shattered Image / Jessie (1998) (Universal R1 OOP / Aventi France R2)

Le film à venir / The Film to Come (1997) – short

Généalogies d'un crime / Genealogies of a Crime (1997) (Strand Releasing R1 / Atalanta Filmes R2)

Turis Eburnia (1996) – unfinished

La Comédie des ombres / The Comedy of Shadows (1996) – unfinished

Trois vies et une seule mort / Three Lives and Only One Death (1996) (Opening French DVD / Aventi France R2 DVD / Atalanta Filmes R2 DVD)

The Suicide Club (1996) – unfinished short

Wind Water/Feng Shui (1996) – short

À propos de Nice, la suite - segment "Promenade" (1994)

La Notte Obscura dell’Inquisitore / The Night of the Inquisitor (1994) – short

Fado majeur et mineur / Fado, Major and Minor (1994)

Il Viaggio Clandestino: Vite di santi e di peccatori / The Secret Voyage: Lives of Saints and Sinners (1994) – short feature

Capitulo 66 / Chapter 66 (1993) – short

Miroir de Tunis/Tunis, la transe et la Pierre / Mirror at Tunisia/Tunisia, The Trance and the Stone (1993) – short feature

Les solidades / The Solitudes (1992) – short

Visione e meraviglia della religione cristiana / Visions and Marvels of the Christian Religion (1992) - short

L’oeil qui ment / Dark at Noon or Eyes and Lies (1992)

Basta la palabra / Shut Up (1991) – unfinished

L’Exote / The Exote (1991) – short

La Telenovela errante / The Wayward Tele-novel (1990)

The Golden Boat (1990)

Le livre de Christophe Colombe / Christopher Columbus’ Book (1990) – short

A TV Dante (1989) – Cantos IX through XIV, Part 2 of discontinued TV series

L’Autel de l’amitié / The Altar of Friendship (1989) – short feature

Palla y Talla (1989) – short

Il pozzo dei pazzi / The Well of Fools (1989) – short

Derrière le mur / Behind the Wall (1989)

Humanitas/Cuisine du Chile / Humanity/Chilean Cuisine (1989) – short

Huub (1988) – unfinished

Allegoria / Allegory (1988)

Tous les nuages sont des horloges / All the Clouds Are Clocks (1988) – short feature

Histoires de glace / Ice Stories (1987) – episode of Brise-glase aka Icebreaker

Le professeur Taranne / Professor Taranne (1987) – short feature

La chouette aveugle / The Blind Owl (1987)

L’Île au trésor / Treasure Island (1986)

Mémoire des apparences / Memory of Appearances (1986)

Mammame (1985) – short feature

Aventure au Madeira / Adventure in Madeira (1985) – 4-part Portuguese TV series

Manoel dans l'île des merveilles / Manoel on the Island of Marvels (1985) – 3-part French TV series

Les destins de Manoel / Manoel’s Destinies (1985)

Voyage autour d'une main / Journey Around a Hand (1984) – short

Dans un miroir / In a Mirror (1984) – short feature

Régime sans pain / Regime Without Bread (1984)

Richard III (1984)

L'éveillé du pont de l'Alma / Sleepwalker on the Alma Bridge (1984)

La Point de fuite / Vanishing Point (1984) (Atalanta Filmes R2)

La présence réelle / The Real Presence (1983)

La ville des pirates / City of Pirates (1983) (Gemini France R2 OOP / Atalanta Filmes R2)

Bérénice (1983)

Lettre d’un cinéaste ou Le Retour d’un amateur de bibliothèques / Letter from a Filmmaker or The Return of a Library Lover (1983) – short

Classification des plantes / Classification of Plants (1982) – short

La Querelle des jardins / The Quarrel of Gardens (1982) – short

Le petit theater / The Little Theatre (1982) – short

Ombres chinoises / Chinese Shadows (1982) – short

Les trois couronnes du matelot / Three Crowns of the Sailor (1982) (Facets Blaq Out R1 / Seven7 France R2)

Images de sable / Images of Sand (1981)

The Roof of the Whale / Het dak van de Walvis / Le Toit de la baleine aka On Top of the Whale (1981)

The Territory (1981) (Atalanta Filmes R2)

Le borgne / The One-Eyed Man (1980) – 4 episodes

L'image en silence / The Images in Silence (1980) - short

Fahlstrom (1980) – short

Pages d’un catalogue/Dalí / Pages of a Catalogue/Dalí (1980) – short

L’Or Gris/La Chevauchée de l’Or / White Gold/Cavalcade of Gold (1980) – 2-part TV series

La ville nouvelle / The New City (1980) – short

Le Jeu de l’oie: La Cartographie / Snakes and Ladders (1980) – short

Jeux / Games (1979) – unfinished

Images de débat / Images of Debates (1979)

Petit manuel d’histoire de France (Handbook of French History (1979) – 2-part TV series

Des grand événements et des gens ordinaires: Les Élections (Great Events and Ordinary People: The Elections) (1979)

Les Divisions de la nature: Un homme, un château, ‘Chambord’ (The Divisions of Nature: A Man, A Palace, ‘Chambord’) (1978)

L'hypothèse du tableau volé / The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1979) (Facets Blaq Out R1 / Seven7 France R2)

Colloque de chiens / Dog’s Dialogue (1977) (extra on Opening French DVD of Trois vies et une seule mort / included as extra on A Consagração box set by Clap filmes)

La vocation suspendue / The Suspended Vocation (1977) (Facets Blaq Out R1 / Seven7 France R2)

Sotelo (1976)

El Cuerpo Repartido y el Mundo al Reves / Utopia (The Scattered Body and The World Upside Down/Utopia) (1975)

Diálogos de exiliados / Dialogues of Exiles (1974) (Videostar R0 OOP / Cinemateca R1)

Abastecimiento / Supply (1973)

Palomita blanca / Little White Dove (1973)

Palomita brava / Good Little Dove (1973) – short feature

El realismo socialista (Considerádo Commo Una de las Bellas artes) / Socialist Realism (Considered as one of the fine arts) (1973)

Nueva Canción (Chilena) / New [Chilean] Song (1973) – short

Poesía popular: La teoría y la práctica / Popular Chilean Poetry: Theory and Practice (1972) – short

Los minuteros / The Minute Hands (1972) – short

La expropiación / The Expropriation (1971) – short feature

Nadie dijo nada / No One Said Anything (1971)

Ahora te vamos a llamar hermano / Henceforth We Will Call You Brother (1971) – short

La colonia penal / The Penal Colony (1970)

¿Qué hacer? / What is to be done? (1970)

La catanaria (1969) – unfinished

Militarismo y tortura / Militarism and Torture (1969) – short

Los Tres tristes tigres / Three Sad Tigers (1968)

El tango del viudo / The Widow’s Tango (1967) – unfinished

Le retour / The Return (1964) – unfinished short

La maleta / The Suitcase (1960) – unfinished short


Written Work by Ruiz

Poetics of Cinema

Poetics of Cinema 2

Forum Discussion

Raul Ruiz on DVD

Two by Raul Ruiz

Three Lives and Only One Death

Recommended Web Sites

Rouge #2 Annotated Ruiz filmography – Contains many articles on Ruiz’s films by notable film writers and Ruiz himself.

Strictly Film School – Critical analyses of several Ruiz films, not very in-depth but a good cursory introduction.

FilmReference.com – Lists articles and books written by or about Ruiz, but sadly no links to the actual text. However many of the articles can be found on the Rouge web site linked above.

Books
Raoul Ruiz by Christine Buci (only available in French)
Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America by John King
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#2 Post by denti alligator » Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:58 pm

tavernier wrote:From the French company Blaq Out:

THREE FILMS BY RAUL RUIZ on March 16

Three cult films by Raul Ruiz on an NTSC 2-DVD set:

THREE CROWNS OF A SAILOR (1983), the most "Wellesian" of Ruiz's films

THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING (1979), a must see.

SUSPENDED VOCATION is based on the novel by Pierre Klossowski, which relates the investigation of a young priest taken amidst the quarrels of different factions in the Catholic church.

Also included: two 30-minute interviews with Raul Ruiz.
Optional English and Spanish subtitles will be available on the films and special features.
\:D/


are these available for pre-order?

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#3 Post by zedz » Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:31 pm

Fantastic news! I'm not a huge fan of Suspended Vocation, but I'd welcome the chance to see it again. The other two are a couple of the greatest and most original films of their time.

My limited experience with BlaqOut has been entirely positive, so this could be the release of the year!

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#4 Post by backstreetsbackalright » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:49 am

Very good news indeed! I've long wanted to see Suspended Vocation, and Hypothesis is one I've wanted on my shelf for years. I'm going to have to check into this label's other titles....

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#5 Post by denti alligator » Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:39 am

is there a web site or something with this info and/or other info on titles by this label?

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#6 Post by Arn777 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:44 am

Blaq out's website. They have also a real shop in paris which I was meant to check last time I was there, but forgot.

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#7 Post by denti alligator » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:07 am

Too bad the French DVD of City of Pirates doesn't have English subs, and too bad Blaq Out isn't including this one as well.

With shipping, the 3 Ruiz films set comes to almost $70 (calculating the Euro to $ exchange rate) from the blaqout web site. Anywhere else this can be had for cheaper?

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#8 Post by Arn777 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:43 pm

Amazon France has it for €40, I doubt shipping to the US will be €30

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#9 Post by Barmy » Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:45 pm

$55.95 at xploited. lol

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#10 Post by feihong » Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:01 pm

What a fun set! r0 and NTSC, strangely. I've watched a little of each, and I can't wait to get further into them.

Quality looks really good, on the whole. I'm not sure how THREE CROWNS OF A SAILOR is supposed to look (here it looks a little saturated and not terribly sharp, as if it had been blown up from 8 or 16 mm), but it seems watchable. All 3 films are 1.33:1. If someone reveals those aren't correct aspect ratios I'll be considerably less joyful, though.

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#11 Post by zedz » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:00 am

It's a delight seeing these films again.

Three Crowns of a Sailor is quite different from my memories of it (from a dim, distant single viewing nearly 20 years ago). In my recollections all I could remember was the luxurious extravagance of the visuals. I had forgotten just how cheap and seat-of-the-pants it all was. For a venerable cinematographer, Sacha Vierney sure was game, tackling such a visually ambitious film on 16mm, shooting through broken glasses and whatever was at hand.

Responding to feihong, Three Crowns does have that extraordinary look - foggy, flary, filtered - deliberately. Just seeing the weird shifting colours and distortive blurring brought that initial viewing experience sharply back into focus.

As with that first viewing, I'm finding the film developing in my head well after watching it a second time. As with the even more masterful City of Pirates, Ruiz creates an imaginary world bound by unstated rules, and much of the fun of the films lies in trying to infer those rules (e.g. the nature of the ship, the meaning of the money ritual) and join up the dots. His wacky 'adaptation' of Treasure Island is more like a game played according to rules derived from Stevenson's book, and L'Oeil qui ment seems to me to bear a similar relationship to Dracula. There's a vestige of this approach to his ultra-Proustian rendition of Time Regained.

Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting is just as breathtaking as when I first saw it. Ruiz and Vierney's collaboration here is another triumph, albeit in a completely different form. It's possible to see this visually as an answer film to Vierney's Last Year at Marienbad. One of the greatest pleasures I get from art is the satisfying click you experience when deciphering a great, complex work of art, like Mirror or Pale Fire, and this is a film that celebrates that sensation. It's about the process of decipherment while also providing the pleasures associated with it (oh, that wonderful moment when the hands of the models start to trace their circles!). This is the movie Peter Greenaway's been trying to make for quarter of a century.

Haven't got to The Suspended Vocation yet. It was my least favourite of the three, but I'm extremely curious to see how ti strikes me now.

The extras - two long interviews - are superb. Ruiz is personable and erudite, and the Three Crowns interview is full of essential tidbits. Who would have guessed that the extraordinary ultra-deep-focus effects he uses in the film (and his films thereafter) were inspired not by Orson Welles, but by Milton Caniff!? Now there's a satisfying click of aesthetic revelation!

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#12 Post by Cinesimilitude » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:31 pm

is the AE "Time Regained" r2 dvd worth picking up? I was just looking for more mastroianni films to add to my catalog, and noticed this was directed by Ruiz.

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#13 Post by Don Lope de Aguirre » Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:42 am

By the sound of it, neither the AE R2 or the R1 are hot. If you're a gambler you might want to try the French R2 (available at Alapage) though I imagine you'd want this edition for the film, not for Marcello... :

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#14 Post by zedz » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:14 pm

Don Lope de Aguirre wrote:If you're a gambler you might want to try the French R2 (available at Alapage) though I imagine you'd want this edition for the film, not for Marcello...
. . . especially since he's not in it.

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#15 Post by kinjitsu » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:30 pm

zedz wrote:. . . especially since he's not in it.
But it does have Marcello Mazzarella...

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#16 Post by zedz » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:49 pm

kinjitsu wrote:But it does have Marcello Mazzarella...
Yeah, what the hell, Vincent Price and Catherine Keener aren't in it either, but it's a masterpiece, so who cares?

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#17 Post by kinjitsu » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:59 pm

zedz wrote:
kinjitsu wrote:But it does have Marcello Mazzarella...
Yeah, what the hell, Vincent Price and Catherine Keener aren't in it either, but it's a masterpiece, so who cares?
Mazzarella is terrific, I thought, though have only seen him in this, and the impressive Placido Rizzotto.

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#18 Post by zedz » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:14 am

kinjitsu wrote:Mazzarella is terrific, I thought, though have only seen him in this, and the impressive Placido Rizzotto.
Absolutely. His comparative obscurity (particularly in the company of that cast) certainly aids his uncanny merging with the character, who in turn is obliged to uncannily merge with the author. Yet another example of Ruiz finding a cinematic means of representing an essential, elusive element of the work he's adapting.

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#19 Post by Don Lope de Aguirre » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:18 am

. . . especially since he's not in it.
Hmm.... he died a few years before, so he can't be can he?' :lol:

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#20 Post by Rich Malloy » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:48 pm

Don Lope de Aguirre wrote: [RE: TIME REGAINED] If you're a gambler you might want to try the French R2 (available at Alapage) though I imagine you'd want this edition for the film, not for Marcello... :
As much as I wish my first ever post on this wonderful forum wasn't a boring grovel for info, I'm afraid that's what the fates have in store.

I've been looking for this edition of "Time Regained" since I first saw the film on Kino's DVD (not a terrible transfer, but non anamorphic). And I've never been able to find it. Even on eBay. I checked alapage, but unless I'm mistranslating, it's not available there either. (Or is it?)

If anyone knows where this Proust-obsessed fellar can get the one truly wonderful adaptation of his work to film, I'd be forever in your debt. Or if you happen to have a copy that you might be willing to trade for the right disc or the right price, please let me know...

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#21 Post by Kinsayder » Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:01 pm

Three new French issues/reissues, all with optional English subtitles:

CE JOUR-LÀ

GÉNÉALOGIES D'UN CRIME

TROIS VIES & UNE SEULE MORT

Unusual packaging on these editions, by the way. No box as such, just a wodge of white foam with a clear plastic sleeve.

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#22 Post by Kirkinson » Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:40 pm

Facets will be distributing a domestic release of Blaq Out's Three Crowns of a Sailor (which also includes the 30-minute interview) later this month. There's no mention of the other two films from the Blaq Out set...maybe someone else is holding onto the U.S. rights for those?

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#23 Post by sevenarts » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:05 pm

I've just recently gotten into Ruiz through the excellent BlaqOut double-disc set of three of his films (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Three Crowns of a Sailor, and Suspended Vocation). I'm now looking for some more good (and English-subbed) Ruiz to check out next, though it appears that his DVDs are few and far between, and scattered hapharzardly as far as what regions and countries they appear in. I just placed an order for the French DVD of his 1996 Three Lives and Only One Death, which also features a late-70s short film. I notice the same company (Gemini) released the 1997 Genealogies of a Crime, but it appears to be OOP -- is the film worth tracking down? Or, alternatively, is the US release from Strand any good?

Anyway, I've also found the small list below. I'd appreciate any comments on the quality -- both of the DVDs and of the films themselves. They all seem to be more recent films and I'm a bit skeptical. Any additions that I've missed would also be very welcome. It's always a bit disheartening to come across a very exciting director who I'd never watched before, only to discover that most of his vast filmography is utterly unavailable.

That Day (Ce Jour-la) (2003) - Kino, US R1
Comedie de l'innocence (2000) - Artifical Eye, UK R2
Time Regained (1999) - Artificial Eye, UK R2
Shattered Image (1998) - Lions Gate, US R1
Genealogies of a Crime (1997) - Strand, US R1

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#24 Post by Tim » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:25 pm

Absolutely do not miss Time Regained, available in R2 from Artificial Eye. A masterpiece.

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#25 Post by zedz » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:03 pm

Time Regained is absolutely unmissable: a miracle of adaptation and one of the few films I know which is even better if you've already read the source novel (which is the entirety of Recherche, not just the final volume - this is one of the keys to the film's brilliance).

Comedie de l'Innocence is a fine, ludic film. The Carriere influence is very strong and Ruiz is quite restrained, with most of the flamboyance being conceptual: the film starts out with a completely absurd / impossible premise which it then follows through with meticulous logic. The Artificial Eye disc is fine.

L'Oeil qui ment (which I think was rendered in English as Dark at Noon) may also be available on VHS if you hunt around. It's a wildly wacky film in Ruiz's phantasmagoric City of Pirates / Three Crowns / Treasure Island mode (though I think it's less successful than those three). It involves travel into a strange region where miracles have become yawningly commonplace (not another apparition of the Madonna!) and seems (to me) to be playing on different historical conceptions of a controlling deity. Plus it riffs on Bram Stoker's Dracula the way that Treasure Island riffs on Stevenson. As befits its title, it's jam-packed with visual non sequiturs.

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