Cambridge in overdrive

February 10, 2013 by  

Screenings of ‘Overdrive: The Films of Leos Carax’ will be held at Harvard Film Archive at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge later this month. The director will be available in person at the Harvard Film Archive to discuss ‘Bad Blood’ and his other works.

Carax, the certifiable critics’ darling both here in the States and abroad, provokes a nearly feral fervor in his devotees on both sides of the pond. His work seems to pulsate with primal tension—brimming with intrigue, passion, excitement, and phantasmagoria deluxe. Carax’s work is extraordinarily in accordance to the manner in which the combination of sound, movement, color, and distress can lure the audience into world that hovers between the familiar and the decidedly alien. ‘Holy Motors’ has turned out to be one of the most acclaimed films of 2012.

When Carax’s first film was released in 1984, the then 23-year-old was proclaimed an enigmatic morphing of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows) and Rimbaud—a veritable prodigy of film. His filmmaking internship involved a short-lived job as a critic, in long-standing Nouvelle Vague fashion. His maiden voyage in film, ‘Boy Meets Girl’ — a black-and-white Parisian love story —parallels are easy to draw, by some, to the French New Wave.

Admission is $9, although Harvard staff and faculty, senior citizens and non-Harvard students can get a $2 discount. For Harvard students, regular screenings are free. Please refer to poster printings, or call 617-495-4700 for more information, show times and listings. As Carax himself says:

“It’s incredible how much cinema can do. We forget.”

The screens will run from February 15 – 24.