- Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream
- Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle
- Frank Beauvais
- December 3, 2020 through December 9, 2020
“A highly original and personal movie memoir … Beguiling and often mesmerizing.”Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
The debut feature of French filmmaker and festival programmer Frank Beauvais is a meticulously assembled and unexpectedly moving memoir of a compulsive cinephile, told through the prism of his own cinephilia. Not unlike Christian Marclay’s 24-hour montage The Clock or the cine-essays of late Godard, Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream is composed entirely of film clips, sourced from a staggering number of movies made accessible by the on-demand excesses of our digital (and increasingly insular) lives. As Beauvais relates in his eloquent, introspective narration, the more than four hundred films sampled in Don’t Think — a gluttonous mix of classics, curios, and deep, deep cuts — were binge-watched during a six-month period of isolation following a crippling breakup with a boyfriend. Rather than serve as some erudite film primer, the excerpts give expression to Beauvais’s naked reflections on life, love, and the loss of his once-estranged father, who died in 2013 while, hauntingly, watching a film with his son.
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“A gift to cinephiles, all at once embodying, criticizing, and transcending an unhealthy mode of passive interaction with life.”Joe Blessing, The Playlist
“Extraordinary … A powerful picture of how the cinema can be channeled through a person’s very particular life, thoughts, and feelings.”Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook