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MK2 Curiosity: 5 films to discover for free including the masterpiece of German expressionism

Every Thursday, the MK2 group’s VOD platform offers films to watch for free.

After the success of its “Festival à la Maison”, which offered during the first confinement a daily selection of films, short films and other podcasts, mk2 is continuing its establishment in the merciless world of streaming with mk2 Curiosity . A new video service funded by advertising that allows you to discover gems of the 7th art and documentaries every week.

The principle of mk2 Curiosity? Every Thursday, a weekly selection of 5 films is put online. “ Guaranteed programs without algorithms, ” explains the presentation video. ” Here we will not offer you what you already like, but what you do not like yet “. To take advantage of it, all you have to do is create an account on the dedicated site and let yourself be guided by your curiosity.

Here is the program for the week:

This Cabinet is a crazy story. From a madman. Madness wins here all the layers of a horrific story and the slightest contours of a contaminated framework from the inside. The decor, its many extravagances and deformations are, in effect, the projection of a disturbed brain. This founding aesthetic gesture will serve as a benchmark for the German expressionist movement in the cinema including Robert Wiene but also Fritz Lang ( Doctor Mabuse, the player , Metropolis ….), or Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau ( Nosferatu, the vampire , Faust…) are the big representatives. This Cabinet tells the story of Francis who tries to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of his best friend and the kidnapping of his bride. Francis suspects the evil Doctor Caligari of being the mastermind of this dark affair. However, everything suggests that the delusional imagination of Francis created this drama from scratch. The producer Erich Pommer at the origin of the film had first contacted Fritz Lang to direct this film but he did not want to hear about an expressionist staging. “ It will frighten the public! He would have said. It will therefore be Robert Wiene who will stick to it. Less shy than Lang, the filmmaker signs a true aesthetic and moral manifesto. Doctor Caligari’s Cabinet will be a huge success when released and remains one of the most important films in cinema history today.

Discovered in 2007 as part of the Cannes Critics’ Week with her first feature film XXY , around a hermaphroditic teenager, the Argentinian filmmaker and writer Lucia Puenzo seemed to extend with El Ni ño Pez , the itinerary of her heroine. A correspondence that is as much about the story (upset lesbian romance) as about the choice of the same main performer (the gracious Inès Efron ). This film, discovered at the Berlin and Tribeca festivals, tells the story of Lala, a young girl from the good society of Buenos Aires, who will fall in love with her parents’ servant. The latter, originally from Paraguay, will take Lala on a trip to the countries of her ancestors. El Niño Pez is a sensitive and nervous road movie. It is also an uncompromising look at social inequalities in Argentinian society.

And also :

The short film by Jacques Demy La Luxure (1962), sketch resulting from a project around the seven deadly sins of which the other participants were, among others: Jean-Luc Godard (La paresse), Claude Chabrol (Avarice) or even Philippe de Broca (Gluttony); three Charlie Chaplin short films from the “First National” period: A Dog’s Life (1918), A Day of Pleasure (1919), Charlot and the Iron Mask (1921) ; and finally, Les Enfants de la forêt by Philippe Leclerc (2002), an animated film about peoples and their contrary relationship to water and fire.

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