Kino Now Streaming ‘The Cinema of Mark Rappaport’ Movies, Shorts

Kino Lorber on July 19 announced it is making available “The Cinema of Mark Rappaport” available for the first time on Kino Now, the indie film distributor’s streaming service.

The collection includes more than 30 films, including Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, From the Journals of Jean Seberg, and The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender, plus various short films.

The New York Times has observed, “Rappaport might be considered the original ‘VCRchaeologist’… Rappaport maintains that ‘the major and most interesting part of film history is gossip,’ something he is pleased to deliver.”

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Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and residing in Paris since the early 2000s, Rappaport is known as a trailblazer of the video essay form, with a decades-long career in which he created painstakingly assembled works that interrogate the cinematic medium through striking juxtapositions. Rappaport’s career began with the 1966 short MUR 19. After making more than a half-dozen shorts in the 1960s and early ’70s, he made  a series of eccentric narrative films, stuffed with cinematic references and formal experimentation.

Rappaport’s most well-known works were created in the 1990s and feature his signature style of cinematic commentary comprised of archival film clips. 

The Rappaport film collection joins a growing number of filmmaker collections available digitally on Kino Now, including works by Ken Jacobs, Lina Wertmuller, Derek Jarman, Ida Lupino, Miklos Jancso, Deborah Shaffer, and Jean-Luc Godard. Three films that are part of the Mark Rappaport collection now being shown on Kino Now also are available on DVD: Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, From the Journals of Jean Seberg and The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender.

‘Rock Hudson’s Home Movies’ Documentary Gets March 22 DVD Release From Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber on March 22 will release Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, a 1992 documentary on the late actor from director Mark Rappaport.

Shot in black and white, the Kino Lorber Studio Classics release uses a collage of film clips from throughout Hudson’s career, and a winking performance by Eric Farr as a Hudson stand-in, to highlight the homosexual subtext in his work. “Subversive, hilarious, and profoundly enlightening, its use of video became a model for the future of film criticism as it mutated on YouTube, TikTok and beyond,” according to a Kino Lorber news release.

The DVD-only release carries a suggested retail price of $19.95. It comes with several short bonus films, also by director Rappaport: 1971’s Blue Streak, a nine-minute short; 2003’s John Garfield, which clocks in at 16 minutes; the 36-minute Sergei/Sir Gay, from 2016; and the hour-long Conrad Veidt — My Life, from 2019.