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Baker's Dozen

Pieces Of Life: Gaspar Noé's Favourite Films
Patrick Clarke , May 13th, 2022 08:01

On the release of his new film Vortex, Gaspar Noé takes Patrick Clarke through an intense and adventurous Baker's Dozen of favourite films, and the lessons they've taught him on the extent of human cruelty and the joy of shocking an audience


Häxan (Benjamin Christensen, 1922)

The movie starts with a closeup of Benjamin Christensen describing the lives of so-called witches during the inquisition, most of whom were not even witches, just women who were accused. It’s like a replayed documentary about the horror of ancient times in Western society – very educative, like a period educational horror movie. There’s a whole family of movies that are like seeing everything replayed to show you the horrors of the past – a movie by Gualtiero Jacopetti called Goodbye Uncle Tom about slavery for example – and Häxan is a masterpiece. There should be a remake.

Would you want to direct it?

Of course! I could also have put Threads on this list, about what post-nuclear war in Britain could have been. That’s like a documentary too. Something you learn a lot from nowadays, especially with Vladimir Putin and America sending threats to each other. I feel like we’re living in the prologue…