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The Thoughts That Once We Had (2016)




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Described in an opening text as a "personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze," The Thoughts That Once We Had from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) is a richly digressive journey through cinema. A found-footage film composed entirely of unidentified, yet often recognizable film clips and concise intertitles written by Andersen, Thoughts leaps associatively across a vast territory spanning from Griffith to Godard, using dynamically cinematic images and sequences not to explain, but to embody Deleuzian ideas in all their rich ambiguity and nuance.


Critic Reviews for The Thoughts That Once We Had

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

A consummately individualistic document defined by a thousand tastes and as many enthusiasms but compromised by its creator's unfortunate decision to allow his own cinephiliac testament to be distorted and partly subsumed.

June 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Even if you don't recognize the majority of the unidentified clips assembled here, or the quotations that divide and guide them, the fascination they exert is all their own.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a bit like watching a seminar by a professor who's misplaced a few of his slides.

June 2, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

We don't just learn about Deleuze; we learn it is possible to love blues music, Maria Montez, Communist propaganda films, and Cheech and Chong in equal measure.

June 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Andersen's interest in the hard-boiled and his terse use of quotations and images-as-quotations allies his film with late David Markson novels.

May 1, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a fascinating meditation on film and history and if you're not careful, you just might learn somethin'.

March 29, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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