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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Bright Star, director Jane Campion, actor Ben Whishaw (TIFF ’09)

The complete version of this interview got lost in the shuffle. Apologies. Never too late, I guess.

7 Responses to “Bright Star, director Jane Campion, actor Ben Whishaw (TIFF ’09)”

  1. IOv3 says:

    I am just doing this to catch your attention DP because you need to address one thing:

    You need to either put up a link to an OSCAR STORY on the blog or you need to just have that story be here on the blog. Once you click on the Don Murphy jerk-a-thon, it takes you away from the Hot blog, and puts you into a completely different place that does not have a LINK TO THE HOT BLOG at the top of the page. That’s just goofy.

    Again, I get your reasoning behind having everything MCN related being tied into the Hot Blog and vice versa, but that’s hard to deal with when there’s no real easy way to access the place I want to go to in the first place… THE HOT BLOG!

    I know this is a new design, it’s being tweaked and what not, but there’s practical and impractical. What has happened to this blog is impractical by a country mile. Please, admin, work this out or I will continue to have to use back and forth to navigate between two articles that are on this blog but in actuality, one of them is not.

  2. IOv3 says:

    Great, the edit button just stopped working. Fine, here’s a double-post. I now have found the HOT BLOG link in the 26 Weeks thread but why is it all the way at the end? Why do I get re-directed to another part of MCN? It’s just impractical. I get the reasoning still but that’s just… weird.

  3. CampionFan says:

    I’ve been waiting a long time for the entire video. Thanks for posting!

  4. JoeLeydon's PersonalPornStar says:

    I’m heterosexual (well, mostly), but I do like older ladies — Ms Campion is hot!

  5. CampionFan says:

    Ha ha, well I’m not heterosexual and I also think she is hot…nice to know someone else feels the way I do about her! It’s nice to know others appreciate older women as well!

  6. Ellena says:

    When I try to watch this it says ‘video forbidden this video is private’. Is there something I need to do to watch it? Thank you :)

  7. David Poland says:

    Apologies… was on an old server… should work now.

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch