{TRIBUTE} to Mark Rappaport: 25, 26 & 27/10/2018


 Tribute to Mark Rappaport 

Within the context of the Greek Film Archives’ 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival, taking place October 17-29, Exile Room will play host to a tribute to the work of underground filmmaker Mark Rappaport on October 25 & 26. The director himself will be arriving in Athens to introduce his work to Greek audiences and teach a once-in-a-lifetime masterclass on Saturday, October 27.


Thursday 25/10 at 21:00 @ Exile Room

Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992)

Country: ΗΠΑ / Duration: 63’

“It was all up there,” says Rock Hudson (Eric Farr) at the start of this rule-breaking, dizzying assortment of clips from Rock Hudson’s Hollywood career that make up Mark Rappaport’s feature film, “Rock Hudson’s Home Movies”. Employing a narrative commentary from beyond the grave, the film invents an eclectic form of biography. The closer you look at Hudson’s films, the more you see the actor winking at us. An award-winning blend of dozens of clips, “Rock Hudson’s Home Movies” sheds a new and provocative light on one of Hollywood’s greatest legends.


Friday 26/10 at 21:00 @ Exile Room

Our Stars (2015)

Country: USA / Duration: 27’

Stars of the 40s and 50s – were they cast for their mutual affinities or for their commercial appeal? If and when they were re-starred years later, did the magic still work, did sparks still fly? The movie business – a machine that manufactured romance and desire at the same time that it documented the process of aging. A meditation on youth and beauty, aging, and box office.

The Vanity Tables of Douglas Sirk (2015)

Country: USA / Duration: 10’

A video essay exploring the frequency and meaning of Vanity Tables in a wide variety of Sirk movies. Is it a device that traps and keeps women in an artificial world with a limited point of view? Or is it a gateway to the past, and the future, and a distorted but nevertheless real vision of the roles that woman are forced to play in society?

John Garfield (2002)

Country: USA / Duration: 10′ 

John Garfield was the first Hollywood star who can be described as a “rebel”. His outsider character on the silver screen forms the prototype for 1950s stars like Brando, James Dean and Montgomery Clift.

Becoming Anita Ekberg (2015)

Country: USA / Duration: 18’

Αn exploration of how the construct of “Anita Ekberg” became an internationally famous sex goddess as a result of the careful cultivation of her image in various movies, both in Hollywood, by Frank Tashlin, and in Europe, by Federico Fellini.


Saturday 27/10 at 21:00 @ Exile Room

Mark Rappaport Masterclass: Artifice – an Alternate Reality

(working language: English)

Born in 1942 in New York, Mark Rappaport is one of the most idiosyncratic voices in American cinema with a career that traverses almost five decades and is nearly impossible to categorise. Starting with a series of radical comedies in the 1970s he moved on to essay films about, well, other films! The majority of his work consists of video collages where he uses fragments of well-loved  Hollywood films, depicting household names in unimaginable ways! 

In the masterclass he’s going to be teaching in Athens, he will revisit his favourite imagery and illustrate, using many examples from his own work, how his ideas have evolved and, in a sense, still remained the same. He will trace the evolution of his visual style, from his experimental narrative features to his more recent video work, and also discuss, in detail, how he constructs his video pieces. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get to know him in person.


2 responses to “{TRIBUTE} to Mark Rappaport: 25, 26 & 27/10/2018”

  1. dimouso says:

    Για το masterclass θα χρειαστεί να δηλώσουμε?

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