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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Sundance Wednesday – Slow Down

It is actually more fun than watching Main Street get built up in the days before Sundance begins… it’s watching them dismantle today, yesterday, and tomorrow. It’s almost like being on a studio backlot, as they transform streets dressed for one film into a whole new world. The Bon Appetit Supper Club is back to being The Riverhorse. Stores that you never would know are on Main Street suddenly appear as they no longer host multinational corporate huksters. You can eat at the restaurants, whether the pizza joint that just reopened or Zoom, Redford’s high end Americana spot.
Beautiful.
I’ve been seeing a lot of movies that I need to catch up on writing about. The best work at the festival, full stop, is in Sugar... but then there are problems. The review will be up on MCN shortly. Momma’s Man is what the NY Smartniks thought it was, for better or worse. And there is a parade of others. I will write ASAP. Wi-fi has been a problem and they are kicking me out of the press lounge right…. NOW!

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One Response to “Sundance Wednesday – Slow Down”

  1. Direwolf says:

    Thanks, DP. I hope to catch Sugar at the Friday morning show. I don’t participate here much but remain a regular reader. I am at Sundance for the first time ever, just arriving today. I’d love to meet any Hot Bloggers if you have time or interest. I saw Under The Bombs today. I am not a crtic, just a fan of movies. I liked it. I found it poignant and well done. Like all good anti-war movies, it makes its point without being preachy. You can email me at northlakecapitalatgmaildotcom if you are interested in getting together. Enjoy.

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~ Steven Soderbergh

I feel strongly connected to young cinephile culture. The thing about filmmaking—and cinephilia—is that you can’t keep hanging out with your own age group as you get older. They drop off, move somewhere. You can’t put together a crew of sixty-somethings. It’s the same for cinephilia: my original set of cinephile friends are watching DVDs at home or delving into 1958 episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ something like that. The people who are out there tend to be young, and I happen to be doing the same thing still, so it’s natural that I move in their circles.

In terms of the filmmaking, there was a gear shift: my first movies focused on people around my age, and I followed them for three films. Until The Unspeakable Act, I was using the same actors, not because of an affinity for people at a specific age, but because of my affinity for the actors. I like to work with actors a second time, especially if I don’t feel confident casting a new film. But The Unspeakable Act was a different script, and I had to cast all new people. Even for the older roles, I couldn’t get the people I’d worked with before. But when it was over, the same thing happened: I wanted to work with Tallie again in the worst way, and I started the process all over again.

I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
~ Dan Sallitt