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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

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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.


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