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Movie City Indie Archive for December, 2008

On the dawn of a new year

Morning

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QT's got a title and a release date: Inglourious Basterds opens August 21……

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… of 2009. Wow! From the PR: “December 31, 2008 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Universal Pictures announced today that Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic, Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, will open domestically August 21, 2009. The announcement was made by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC and David Linde, co-chairman of Universal Pictures who are partners in the film. TWC and Universal are co-financing and co-presenting the film with TWC handling domestic distribution and Universal handling international distribution. International release dates will be announced shortly.”

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New Year's Wishes from Bioshock

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Why don't most guests challenge bullies on tee-vee?



And why do dottily condescending bullies get the nice salaries? “Well, Chief…” Former Congressman and seven-second-delay morning chat show host Joe Scarborough matches wits with 80-year-oldl Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor to President Carter and father of his co-host, Mika.

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Andy Warhol interviews Steven Spielberg



The chatty young film director is interested in the ghosts on the TV set and talks about swallowing the future. [Courtesy of Warhol Museum, via Interview.]

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The Times Of Harvey Milk (1984)

Streaming at Hulu.

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Ann Savage was 87

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Another piece of Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind?



This clip has been on YouTube for a few months, but a nice surprise on Christmas eve. Improv by Paul Mazursky, Dennis Hopper and a classically annoying Henry Jaglom. An alternate take’s below. Wellesnet gives context of The Other Side of the Wind, including a LOOK piece penned by Welles that could have been penned today: “If there’s gold in this new age, the new director will find it only when he loves the movies even more than he loves himself. A quarter of a century ago, on my own, and free of the crippling restraints of the Hollywood factory system, I managed to make a couple of pictures; the second of these (The Magnificent Ambersons) was seized and sorely mangled by the studio machine. What is surprising is that I lasted as long as I did. In those days, the men behind the desks had no reason to doubt that their authority was fully sanctioned by the public taste The movie industry was making a successful product for a middle-aged, middle-class, middle-brow market. Today, the bosses, such as they are, cannot pretend they know anything about then market except that it is very young. Solution: very young filmmakers in total control of their own work. Like a nervous old lady. Hollywood is suddenly afraid of the traffic. She needs youthful hands to guide her. This trust is rather touching, slightly ridiculous, and very hopeful for the future of American films.” [The last news I’ve read about the status of The Other Side Of The Wind here.]

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Park City past before Park City future

Set


Outside the Racquet Club

Grids

Getting the shot

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IOUSA: the half-hour edit

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Happy indie holidays…

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Indie film blogger road trip



The opening nine minutes of a work-in-progress by Sujewa Ekanayake.

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Polaroid SX-70 promo film by Charles and Ray Eames



Music by Elmer Bernstein.

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The East Village, 1971, shot with 16mm Bolex



From TVDays.

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Manoel De Oliveira is so much younger than that now.

When Manoel de Oliveira was in Chicago three years ago, looking not a day over 75, I had a cold and kept my distance: I didn’t want to be the one who sneezed on a living legend and brought him down. No worries: just turned 100, he’s gotten a $210,000-worth hank of Euros from incentive fund Eurimages for his currently-shooting Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, one of 12 European productions divvying $6.1 million. And for the collector of the rarest of curiousities, the Portuguese stalwart has issued a book of poetry in his hometown of Porto. AFP reports, “It’s a compilation of texts that [he] has written in recent years,” said his publisher Jose Manuel Lello, whose Lello Editores is releasing ‘One Hundred Years, One Hundred Texts’ on Sunday in Oliveira’s hometown Porto. “There are philosophical writings on humanity or science, several poems, and even a story in which he recounts an episode from his childhood,” Lello told AFP on Friday.” The limited edition? One hundred copies.

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“The core fear is what can happen to you, personally. Your body. That’s what horror films deal with, precisely. We are a very thin skin wrapped around a pumping heart and guts. At any given moment it can come down to that, be it diseases, or somebody’s assault, or war, or a car wreck. You could be reduced to the simple laws of physics and your body’s vulnerability. The edged weapon is the penultimate weapon to disclose that reality to you.”
~ Wes Craven, 1996, promoting Scream

MAMET
Well, that, to me, is always the trick of dramaturgy; theoretically, perfectly, what one wants to do is put the protagonist and the audience in exactly the same position. The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always what does the protagonist want. That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants. What gives rise to the drama, what is the precipitating event, and how, at the end of the play, do we see that event culminated? Do we see the protagonist’s wishes fulfilled or absolutely frustrated? That’s the structure of drama. You break it down into three acts.

INTERVIEWER
Does this explain why your plays have so little exposition?

MAMET
Yes. People only speak to get something. If I say, Let me tell you a few things about myself, already your defenses go up; you go, Look, I wonder what he wants from me, because no one ever speaks except to obtain an objective. That’s the only reason anyone ever opens their mouth, onstage or offstage. They may use a language that seems revealing, but if so, it’s just coincidence, because what they’re trying to do is accomplish an objective… The question is where does the dramatist have to lead you? Answer: the place where he or she thinks the audience needs to be led. But what does the character think? Does the character need to convey that information? If the answer is no, then you’d better cut it out, because you aren’t putting the audience in the same position with the protagonist. You’re saying, in effect, Let’s stop the play. That’s what the narration is doing—stopping the play… It’s action, as Aristotle said. That’s all that it is—exactly what the person does. It’s not what they “think,” because we don’t know what they think. It’s not what they say. It’s what they do, what they’re physically trying to accomplish on the stage. Which is exactly the same way we understand a person’s character in life—not by what they say, but by what they do. Say someone came up to you and said, I’m glad to be your neighbor because I’m a very honest man. That’s my character. I’m honest, I like to do things, I’m forthright, I like to be clear about everything, I like to be concise. Well, you really don’t know anything about that guy’s character. Or the person is onstage, and the playwright has him or her make those same claims in several subtle or not-so-subtle ways, the audience will say, Oh yes, I understand their character now; now I understand that they are a character. But in fact you don’t understand anything. You just understand that they’re jabbering to try to convince you of something.
~ David Mamet

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