Films byTexts by 1959
FILM
Stan Brakhage, 1959, 13’

Stan Brakhage films his wife Jane giving birth to their first child, Myrrena.

 

“We both knew that I could be most there if I were creating a film as she was giving birth.”

Stan Brakhage

 

FILM
Otto Preminger, 1959, 161’

A small-town Michigan lawyer takes on the difficult task of defending a young army lieutenant named Frederick Manion, arrested for the murder of a local bartender who he claims raped his wife.

FILM
Jean Renoir, 1959, 91’

Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination for social betterment and therapy to eliminate passion.

FILM
Billy Wilder, 1959, 121’

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

 

“Producer David Selznick told me mixing gangsters and comedy wouldn’t work. In fact, it did.”

Billy Wilder

FILM
Good Morning
Yasujirô Ozu, 1959, 94’

Letting rip a fart –
It doesn’t make you laugh
When you live alone.

Senryu poem

 

FILM
Douglas Sirk, 1959, 125’

An aspiring white actress takes in an African-American widow whose mixed-race daughter is desperate to be seen as white.