DVD video. 01:32 minutes. 2008. Re-edited title sequence from Superman (1978)—the first film to incorporate digital effects for its titles—where all of the names have been removed and only the digital effects are left.
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The Five Obstructions is a 2003 film by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth. The film is a documentary, but incorporates lengthy sections of experimental films produced by the filmmakers. The premise is that Lars von Trier has created a challenge for his friend and mentor, Jørgen Leth, another filmmaker. von Trier’s favourite film is Leth’s The Perfect Human (1967). von Trier gives Leth the task of remaking The Perfect Human five times, each time with a different ‘obstruction’ given by von Trier.
The Perfect Human is a 1967 short film by Jørgen Leth lasting 13 minutes. It depicts a man and a woman, both labelled ‘the perfect human’ in a detached manner, “functioning” in a white boundless room, as though they were subjects in a zoo.
Breathless is a 1960 French drama film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard’s first feature-length film is among the inaugural films of the French New Wave. It derived from a scenario by fellow New Wave director, François Truffaut, and the film was released the year after Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Alain Resnais‘s Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Together the three films brought international acclaim to the nouvelle vague. At the time, Breathless attracted much attention for its bold visual style and the innovative editing use of jump cuts.
The film also makes reference to Godard’s work as a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma: a woman (uncredited) attempts to sell a copy of Cahiers to Michel on the street, saying “Monsieur, do you support youth?” He angrily refuses, saying “No, I prefer the old.”
According to Barbet Schroeder, Godard’s original title for the film was Moi, un blanc (“Me, a white man”). This was in response to a 1958 film by Jean Rouch, entitled Moi, un noir (“Me, a black man”).
This video is amazing! It’s Nasa’s documentation of the shuttle’s rocket booster’s journey back to earth. Thanks to Dan Michaelson for the video.