The Cinema According to Mark Rappaport

Mark Rappaport, , U.S.
Born in Brooklyn, NY and residing in Paris since the early 2000s, Mark Rappaport is known as a trailblazer of the video essay form, thanks to his decades-long career creating painstakingly assembled works that interrogate the cinematic medium through his striking juxtapositions. Rappaport’s career began with the 1966 short MUR 19. After making more than a half-dozen shorts in the 60s and early 70s, he made six narrative features in the 70s and 80s—CASUAL RELATIONS, MOZART IN LOVE, LOCAL COLOR, THE SCENIC ROUTE, IMPOSTORS, and CHAIN LETTERS, a series of eccentric, surprising narrative films, stuffed with cinematic references and formal experimentation. His collaborators included many of the most creative downtown artists of the time, including Charles Ludlam, members of the Mabou Mines Theater Company, Ron Vawter of the Wooster Group, and cinematographer Fred Murphy, who shot THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY, and John Huston’s THE DEAD, as well as three of Rappaport’s features.
 
Rappaport’s most well-known works were created in the 1990s and feature his signature style of cinematic commentary comprised of archival film clips. These included ROCK HUDSON’S HOME MOVIES, FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG, and THE SILVER SCREEN: COLOR ME LAVENDER,  In later years, Rappaport refined his indelible approach to the cinematic essay, and created a series of pieces—often focusing on iconic film figures like Anita Ekberg, Marcel Dalio, Sergei Eisenstein, and Anna Karina—that explore the image of the “star” and the medium of cinema itself. 
 
“I’m interested in films and people that fell through the cracks of film history, never to be seen again, written about, or even remembered,” says Rappaport. “I prefer these archeological digs that permit me to go off on what seem to be irrelevant tangents and discover new ways of talking about things that seemingly had no meaning. I’m delighted to have my films with Kino Lorber and to have them released and/or re-released, and especially for the opportunity of finding new audiences. Kino has one of the best libraries in the world and I’m very pleased to be part of it.”
 
Now, Kino Lorber is proud to represent this oeuvre in theaters, festivals, museums and cinematheques going forward. As with all of our collections, these films are available to book in whole or in part, in whatever iteration fits your programmatic needs.
 

The Early Films

MUR 19 (1966)

FRIENDS (1967)

BLUE STREAK (1971)

CASUAL RELATIONS (1973)

MOZART IN LOVE (1975)

LOCAL COLOR (1977)

THE SCENIC ROUTE (1978)

IMPOSTORS (1979)

MARK RAPPAPORT—THE TV SPIN-OFF (1980)

CHAIN LETTERS (1985)

POSTCARDS (1990)

EXTERIOR NIGHT (1993)

 

The Video Features

ROCK HUDSON’S HOME MOVIES (1992)

FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG (1995)

THE SILVER SCREEN/COLOR ME LAVENDER (1997)

 

The New Videos

JOHN GARFIELD (2002)

THE VANITY TABLES OF DOUGLAS SIRK (2014)

BECOMING ANITA EKBERG (2014)

I, DALIO—OR THE RULES OF THE GAME  (2015)

OUR STARS (2015)

THE CIRCLE CLOSES (2015)

MAX & JAMES & DANIELLE… (2015)

DEBRA PAGET, FOR EXAMPLE (2016)

TATI VS BRESSON: THE GAG (2016)

THE BOY WHO CRIED (2016)

SERGEI  / SIR GAY (2016)

THE EMPTY SCREEN (2017)

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PAUL HENREID (2017)

PRIVATE SCREENINGS (2017)

AMERICA’S GRANDPA (2018)

CONRAD VEIDT—MY LIFE (2019)

ANNA/NANA/NANA/ANNA  (2019)

L’ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À DACHAU (2020)

THE STENDHAL SYNDROME OR MY DINNER WITH TURHAN BEY (2020)

TWO FOR THE OPERA BOX (2021)

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA (2021)

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