Archive of films Remember My Name / Remember My Name

1978, 95 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Tribute to Alan Rudolph
Year: 2009

Remember My Name, writer-director Alan Rudolph’s second feature, is a real rarity, never released on VHS or DVD. Updating the classic woman’s melodrama, it follows a woman (Geraldine Chaplin) released from prison after 12 years who goes in search of her ex-husband (Anthony Perkins).


Rudolph’s second film shares some of the characteristics of the films of Jacques Rivette in that its unpredictable and ambiguous narrative is a jumping-off point for variations on a theme. Rudolph describes it as "an update on the themes of the classic woman’s melodrama of the Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford era.” The story centers on Emily (Geraldine Chaplin), released from prison after a 12-year stint for murder. After symbolically equipping herself with a new wardrobe like a soldier preparing for battle, she goes in search of her ex-husband (Anthony Perkins) and his new wife (Berry Berenson). Emily becomes an intrusive presence, showing up at their house at odd hours, throwing stones at the windows and vandalizing the garden. She sets a peculiar mechanism for revenge in action while leading a strange new life working at a Thrifty Mart and sleeping with her landlord. The film creates many flimsy layers of fiction, then begins to strip them all away as it becomes evident that the plot itself is not what Rudolph is after. The powerful blues songs of Alberta Hunter as well as potent camerawork by Tak Fujimoto underline Emily’s obsession with the man she used to love in all its convolutions.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Tribute to Alan Rudolph
Director: Alan Rudolph
Screenplay: Alan Rudolph
Dir. of Photography: Tak Fujimoto
Music: Alberta Hunter
Editor: William A. Sawyer, Tom Walls
Producer: Robert Altman
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Perkins, Moses Gunn, Berry Berenson, Jeff Goldblum, Alfre Woodard
Contact: Park Circus Limited


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