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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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“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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