~ James Gray
Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2010
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.”
The French Cinematheque has Jacques Rivette’s complete archives. This image of Anna Karina from The Nun? Nice start!
8,070 likes, 176 dislikes: dare we dip into the YouTube comments?
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
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 »
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.
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.
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)
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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A little deadpan nonsense.
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).
From the Bradford Animation Festival, “John Landis talks to Ray Harryhausen about his career, animation technique and the making of Jason and the Argonauts.”