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Film: Best of 2012

J. Hoberman

Paul Fejos, Lonesome, 1928, 35 mm, black-and-white and color, sound, 69 minutes.

Werner Schroeter, Der Bomberpilot, 1970, 16 mm, color, sound, 65 minutes. Werner Schroeter and Carla Aulaulu.

1 “Werner Schroeter” (Museum of Modern Art, New York) The late underground genius of the Neue Kino got a massive, massively deserved retrospective, complete with his early work in Super 8. Schroeter’s great period may have fallen between 1969 and 1973, but the radically pragmatic, wonderfully obsessive films he made in those few years more than suffice to put him in the pantheon. Reseeing his 1972 masterpiece, The Death of Maria Malibran, in a beautiful new 16-mm print was for me the year’s peak cinematic event.

2 Almayer’s Folly (Chantal Akerman) and Tabu (Miguel Gomes) The year’s best imaginary double bill—two reflections on the lunacy of European colonialism, both inspired by the 1931 Murnau-Flaherty faux doc Tabu: A Story of the South Seas.

3 Il Cinema Ritrovato XXVI (June 29–July 6) Bologna’s annual festival of rediscoveries and restorations is a delight from

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