Dir. Claire Denis (1999).
Deniss sensational transposition of Billy Budd to a French Foreign Legion post on the horn of Africa is a mosaic of pulverized shards. Every cut is a small, gorgeously explosive shock. Time drifts, memories flicker. The hypnotic ritual suggests a John Ford cavalry western interpreted by Marguerite Duras but the mysterious mix of artful deliberation and documentary spontaneity is Deniss alone.
Tue., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., 2011