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Rigour And Play: Laurie Anderson's Favourite Films
Mat Colegate , January 22nd, 2016 09:27

On a recent visit to London the performance artist, director and musician took time out to talk about her 13 favourite films with Mat Colegate


Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)

The all time classic film. Kurosawa is a painter as well. These amazing still scenes that have this almost Pierro della Francesca quality - these very bulky figures taking up a lot of two dimensional space in his frames. Aside from that, the multiple stories that he's telling. He's asking - in a gentle way because I think he knows that all the stories are simultaneously truthful - but he does try to say is one more truthful than another and what is justice? Those are things that have been very much on my mind in a recent project. I just finished a project called Habeas Corpus, which was a three dimensional film project in New York. I had multiple stories and justice was a sub-plot, so I was thinking a lot about Kurosawa in trying to find my way through those stories.