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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas