DP/30 Archive for October, 2011

DP/30: Anonymous, director Roland Emmerich

You know him as a destroyer of continents, from Independence Day to The Day After Tomorrow to 2012, he’s blown stuff up real good. But in Anonymous, Roland Emmerich takes on a complex drama based on fact and delivers an incredibly entertaining movie that also makes you think real hard. He taped this DP/30 at The Toronto Film Festival.

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DP/30: Martha Marcy May Marlene, actors Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and writer/director Sean Durkin

The cast and writer/director of the Sundance sensation, about to arrive via Fox Searchlight.

And here’s the same crew (add Hugh Dancy) at Sundance 10 months ago…

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DP/30: The Ides of March, actor Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood plays the pivotal role in George Clooney’s new film, in which she shares most of her screen time with Ryan Gosling. Is this role a career changer? The now-24-year-old actress thinks so. She explains why and looks back over her long career.

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DP/30: The Skin I Live In, actors Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya

Almodóvar’s latest epic of passion and surprise – his kinkiest in years – stars Antonio Banderas in his sixth film with the legendary filmmaker and Elena Anaya in her second, and first lead role. The conversation is filled with insights about working with Pedro… and SPOILERS. And this is a film you don’t want spoiled. So beware of watching too soon.

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DP/30: Tree of Life, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Glass

In honor of the release of the Blu-ray/DVD of The Tree of Life, here is a new interview about the film.

You can also find TOL interviews with two of the producers and the lovely & talent Jessica Chastain.

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DP/30 @ TIFF 2011: Crazy Horse, documentarian Frederick Wiseman

The legendary documentarian set his sights on an institution of a different color… a lot of color, really… and a lot of skin, Paris’ Crazy Horse, perhaps the longest running nude review in the world. Wiseman turned up for the latest reincarnation. The film is at NY’s Film Forum this week.

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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray