While other budding directors were honing their craft in film school, Richard Linklater was getting a crash course in the art and history of cinema his own way: by watching anything and everything he could at the local repertory theaters in Houston and Austin, where he discovered the world-cinema masterworks and avant-garde rarities that would inspire him to create independent touchstones like SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and BEFORE SUNRISE. In this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing, Linklater sits down to discuss his path from working on an oil rig to directing, why he considers the eighties to be an underrated cinematic decade, and how his Austin Film Society grew from a DIY labor of love into a cultural powerhouse. A seasoned film programmer dating back to his early days as founder of the AFS, Linklater brings a curator’s omnivorous sensibility to the lineup of favorites he has chosen to present, which include a radically subversive family drama by Nagisa Oshima (THE CEREMONY), an outrageously stylized tour through the Berlin underworld courtesy of Ulrike Ottinger (TICKET OF NO RETURN), a torrid François Truffaut deep cut (THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR), and a haunting work of pure cinema by James Benning (LANDSCAPE SUICIDE).
Director Richard Linklater sits down to discuss his path from working on an oil rig to directing, why he considers the eighties to be an underrated cinematic decade, and how his Austin Film Society grew from a DIY labor of love into a cultural powerhouse.
Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1971 • Japan
Starring Kenzo Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura
One of the greatest and most subversive films by renegade director Nagisa Oshima launches a scathing attack on postwar Japanese society via a portrait of one family, the Sakurada clan, whose increasin...
A man and a woman living next door to each other become too neighborly, as an old flame reignites. Problem is they are now both married to other people. Past meets present and the heat becomes too much to handle.
Directed by James Benning • 1987 • United States
Starring Rhonda Bell, Elion Sucher
For forty years, James Benning has been a singular, defiant voice in the world of avant-garde cinema, forging a personal vision of America through his rigorous studies of the country’s landscapes. In one of his m...
Directed by Mike Leigh • 1988 • United Kingdom
Starring Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré
True to its title, this slice-of-life satire is one of director Mike Leigh’s warmest and most optimistic films—though it’s still laced with more than a touch of bittersweet melancholy. Focusing on countercu...