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Movie City Indie Archive for May, 2010

Dennis Hopper shoots

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Dennis Hopper was 74: sweet glimpses

“I mean, what are they going to say, man, when he’s gone? Huh? ‘Cos he dies, when it dies, man… when it dies, he dies, what are they going to say about him? What, are they gonna say he was a kind man, he was a wise man, he had plans, he had wisdom, bullshit man, am I gonna be the one that’s gonna set him straight, look at me! Wrong! You.”




Someday this world’s gonna end.
Below: A scene from Wenders’ The American Friend and Hopper at the opening of his recent Taos show.

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Oh, fern!! Trailering Winnebago Man


And it’s sweet…

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IRON BABY

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At the inception of (500) Days Of Fatal Attraction: a teaser


Oh show me the way to the next karaoke bar… or surely we must die, surely we must die.

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Trailering Bruce McDonald's This Movie Is Broken


Written by Don McKellar and featuring Broken Social Scene; shot entirely across one Toronto day. Details.

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Teasering Assayas' Carlos


En français. May roll-out with an ad. Nudity.

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Toby Talbott on the New Yorker Theater at The New School


An older video, but new to me.

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Sounds familiar….

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Twitter parade, from Japan

harch_667.jpgA typo! A link that didn’t work! But now a parade: a way for Twitter users to immediately visualize how many spam accounts are marching in their wake. Insert your Twitter name here. Play loud?

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David Lynch's Lady Blue Shanghai


Marion Cotillard stars in David Lynch’s Shanghai-set contribution to Dior’s ongoing auteur-driven internet promo shorts. The FT’s Nicola Copping writes, “They called me up and said, ‘Would you like to make a short film for the internet? You can do anything you want, you just need to show the handbag, the Pearl Tower and some old Shanghai.’” For Lynch, it is clear the lines will continue to blur. “This falls between a regular film and a commercial. I liked that idea. There are ads and people get hit hard, and then there is this, where it is like coming at it from a different angle.” … It’s the third “Lady Dior” noir shorts, which all feature Cottilard, and began in May 2009 with Lady Noire, directed by La Vie en Rose‘s Olivier Dahan. “Lynch’s Lady Blue is twelve, enigmatic, weird but wonderful minutes crammed with Lynchian leitmotifs – flashing lights, flashbacks and a haunting soundtrack.”

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Chris Markergrams

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One of Chris Marker’s latest projects is breaking Article 9 of the Civil Code by taking taking photographs of other passengers on the Paris Metro. David Thomson says he got The New Republic’s seven-picture portfolio via a mutual friend. “[H]e has been a photographer all his life, and in the last few years he has found a new subject—people on the Paris Metro—shot with a secret camera.” Like Marker’s other photo work dealing with faces and crowds, there’s an empathetic gaze and attention to the found moment; the means raises other questions. Thomson: “When he first started the project, [he] was an elderly gentleman, but still nimble and fit—so he was not often noticed. He may have been 89; he could not always remember… So he used to spend part of his days and nights on the metro. And he had noticed that an elderly gentleman on the metro could sit there with an empty look in his eyes, and under that cover he could gaze upon people and observe them without being detected, or reported as a spy or a Don Juan… [T]he metro… was all silent purpose and bored crusade. These people were all going somewhere. They had a mission, and their loveliness—he thought everyone was lovely in the metro’s white light—was their purpose…” [More prose and six other shots at the link.]

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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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