Friday, June 8, 2007
Three Faces of the Mirror
An extraordinary silent (this version adds English narration) directed by Jean Epstein in 01927. This film is an early example of the kind of time-bending narrative structure that became popular in the 01950's and '60's with such filmmakers as Akira Kurasowa and Alain Resnais. Jean Epstein's film theory particularly sweated over the notion of the machine as a component to filmmaking. Much of his writing is collected and translated in Richard Abel's two-volume anthology of early French Film Theory.