Movie City Indie Archive for October, 2009

Yes… feeding squirrel-like kitten with chopsticks

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Good days? Bad days? Good days.



Week later, two million views, still a classic.

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Charles and Ray Eames' Polaroid SX-70 promo film



Technology arrives…

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Out of the box: Richard Kelly's 1996 The Goodbye Place

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VIFF 2009 trailers: Sexuality and Subtitles



Vancouver’s fest trailers are always pretty swell.

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Picturing Chicago International Film Festival 45 award ceremonies

The Chicago International Film Festival’s 45th edition runs through Thursday, but juried awards were handed out Saturday night at the Pump Room of the Ambassador East Hotel. In the International Feature Film Competition, three prizes went to Tina Mabry’s Mississippi Damned, a Gold Hugo for Best Film, a Gold Plaque for Best Supporting Acress to Jossie Harris Thacker and another GP for Mabry’s screenplay. Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank took a Silver Hugo Special Jury Award for “esthetic boldness” along with a GP for Michael Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor. Vincere took Silver Hugos for Marco Bellocchio as Best Director, Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Best Actress and Filippo Timi for Best Actor, along with a Gold Plaque for Best Cinematography, Daniele Cipri. Hipsters took a Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction. Only a handful of winners were present: the Mississippi Damned crew was happy to be there. New Directors and Short Film nods listed in the festival press release after the jump, along with video (below) of Martin Landau accepting an Achievement Award in the Chicago hotel where North by Northwest was shot. [Ray Pride.]
John Russell Taylor's 39th Chicago International Film Festival


This is critic John Russell Taylor’s 39th consecutive CIFF, he says.


David Robinson

David Robinson served on the documentary jury.

Bruce Webb, director, The Be All And End ALL

Bruce Webb directed competition entry The Be All And End All.

Martin Landau

Martin Landau says the film industry has changed in 50 years.

Bisset signs

A scrum of autograph hunters outside the hotel sought a signature from jury president Jacqueline Bissett.


Remarks

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An hour of Hitchcock on the "Tomorrow" show



The wavy rainbows when the VHS recorder was restarted after commercial are a nice throwback as well. The other embeds are below on a single page. Via @Ebertchicago. And here’s sixteen or so hours for your iPod: the complete recordings of the Hitchcock-Truffaut interviews.

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Für Falcon: A fictional, non-hoax balloon ride gone wrong



Roger Michel’s beautifully edited opening scene of Enduring Love, dubbed in German, but it still looks swell.

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Trailering Edge of Darkness

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Oscar's got 65 foreign-language contenders

Sez the Academy:
Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director;
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Juan Jose Campanella, director;
Armenia, “Autumn of the Magician,” Rouben Kevorkov and Vaheh Kevorkov, directors;
Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director;
Austria, “For a Moment Freedom,” Arash T. Riahi, director;
Bangladesh, “Beyond the Circle,” Golam Rabbany Biplob, director;
Belgium, “The Misfortunates,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
Bolivia, “Zona Sur,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Nightguards,” Namik Kabil, director;
Brazil, “Time of Fear,” Sergio Rezende, director;
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komandarev, director;
oscahs2010.jpgCanada, “I Killed My Mother,” Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, “Dawson, Isla 10,” Miguel Littin, director;
China, “Forever Enthralled,” Chen Kaige, director;
Colombia, “The Wind Journeys,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Croatia, “Donkey,” Antonio Nuic, director;
Cuba, “Fallen Gods,” Ernesto Daranas, director;
Czech Republic, “Protektor,” Marek Najbrt, director;
Denmark, “Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz, director;

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#chaosreigns: IFC embraces viral goofing for Antichrist

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IFC’s circulating the link to Peter Debruge’s The Satanic Mr. Fox mashup: a warning that there’s footage from the thus-far most notorious scene from Antichrist. (But not involving human mutilation.) Here’s the YouTube link.

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John Woo at U.S. premiere of Red Cliff at Chicago International Film Festival

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John Woo screened


Woo was late to a pre-premiere reception; journalists traded Hong Kong gangster film scenarios for the director’s non-appearance.

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook