Inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s writing on cinema, and filtered through the filmmaker’s own boundless cinematic expertise, Thom Andersen’s feature traverses history through film, hopping through genres and eras. Celluloid references and allusions abound (the title is from a Christina Rossetti poem quoted in Kiss Me Deadly). The Thoughts That Once We Had poetically associates clips from one to the next—surprising, enlightening, charming, and bewildering in their juxtapositions—to reflect a vision deeply linked to the moments and visions that have sculpted a singular perspective. Griffith, von Stroheim and von Sternberg, Laurel and Hardy, Godard, and Costa—among many others—all share space in Andersen’s latest.
Unfortunately, Thom Andersen can no longer attend this screening. We apologize for the inconvenience.