Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2010

Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES: LEGACY

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Julia Roberts Goes Lavazza

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8_8I7NnJV4&feature=player_embedded

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Chris Morris introduces FOUR LIONS

Clever lad!

[Via Alamo Drafthouse’s Bad-Ass Digest. The UK trailer is below.]
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Peter Greenaway Minces No Words

Peter Greenway, from a New York Observer Q&A by Alexandra Peers on the occasion of his multimedia recreation of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” in New York: “There’s a phrase that says that to the young, there is no painting before Jackson Pollock and no cinema before Quentin Tarantino. I’m addressing questions of visual literacy. I take a missionary stance. I sincerely believe most people are visually illiterate. They do not know what they are looking at… Cinema is now wasted. Scorsese still makes the same film as Griffith’s.”

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French Cinematheque Takes Rivette’s Complete Archive

The French Cinematheque has Jacques Rivette’s complete archives. This image of Anna Karina from The Nun? Nice start!

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“It Gets Better, Love, Pixar”

8,070 likes, 176 dislikes: dare we dip into the YouTube comments?

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Spammers Leave Lagos, Stalk Soho!

The spammers have left Lagos and now they’re stalking Soho! The slightly eccentric first sample I’ve seen of Hollywood-centric email spam.

20th Century Fox
Twentieth Century House
31-32 Soho Square
London
W1V 6AP

JOIN THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation was founded as the result of a merger of two entities, Fox Film Corporation founded by William Fox, and Twentieth Century Pictures, founded by Darryl F. Zanuck.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded 2010 final draws of 20th Century Fox 100th Anniversary promo. 20th Century Fox 100th anniversary promo was conducted from an exclusive list of e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine from a database of over 2,500,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. Emails were provided by the entire register domain. Read the full article »

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Chris Petit On Excavating The Present

Critic-filmmaker-novelist Chris Petit talks about the changes in production and perception since Radio On in 1979 and Content thirty years later. [Some notes on Radio On here.] Driving is a constant, tracing “the stone dream” of highways, in a phrase Petit cites from J. G. Ballard. And in trusting to find the film within all the… content.

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Preview: Ophuls’ Hotel Terminus: The Life And Times Of Klaus Barbie

While news figures are bandying “Nazis… Nazi… Nazism” around, Marcel Ophuls’ Hotel Terminus: The Life And Times Of Klaus Barbie, a documentary Oscar-winner, is out on DVD. Here’s a preview.

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The Academy’s Documentary Feature Shortlist…

Links to shortlisted features’ websites are below. Most of them have trailers and other materials, including press kits.

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. One hundred-one pictures had qualified in the category.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)

Enemies of the People, Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)

Exit through the Gift Shop, Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)

Gasland, Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors (White Pine Pictures)

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures) (download PDF script)

The Lottery, Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)

Precious Life, Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions)

Quest for Honor, Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)

Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)

This Way of Life, Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)

The Tillman Story, Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)

Waiting for ‘Superman’, Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)

Waste Land, Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.
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Video: Bernard Sumner, Hot Chip and Hot City’s”Didn’t Know What Love Was” for Converse

A little deadpan nonsense.

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Scripting Awards Season: The First Screenplays

Screenplays for award contenders are posted for download to circumvent a rule: if anyone from the public can download them, no one at the Academy can say they were intended only to influence Oscar voters. Among the first PDFs, Sony Pictures Classics’ roster includes Animal Kingdom; Barney’s Version; Get Low; Inside Job; Made in Dagenham; Mother and Child and Please Give. Overture Films’ front door is here. Scripts include Let Me In; Jack Goes Boating and Stone. Overture also features, from Anchor Bay, City Island and Solitary Man (forthcoming).

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Ray Harryhausen Talks Career, Technique; Plays With Toys

From the Bradford Animation Festival, “John Landis talks to Ray Harryhausen about his career, animation technique and the making of Jason and the Argonauts.”

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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