Movie City Indie Archive for September, 2011

DRIVE and Los Angeles (2:07)

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Home, Alone: Trailering EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE


More than the trailer, which seems more emphatic in its uplift than the finished film might dare, there are names other than director Stephen Daldry‘s that pop out: screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button); composer Nico Muhly (The Reader, Margaret), and, not in the credit block, cinematographer Chris Menges (The Reader, The Killing Fields, Local Hero) and editor Claire Simpson (The Reader, The Constant Gardener, Wall Street). There will be vivid widescreen imagery.

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Postering the Lars Von Trier Character

In the U.K., Artificial Eye releases character posters for Melancholia. Here’s Lars von Trier’s, with a special stamp in the upper lefthand corner. The production’s website here. [Via Ultra Culture.]

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X On the Jerry Lewis Telethon (1982) (2’02”)

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

[Via Dangerous Minds.]

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Postering Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT

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Postering a disappearing IRON LADY

While it’s not the first horizontal/vertical mix-up on a one-sheet this month (see Janus Film’s reissue poster for Godard’s Weekend), at second glance, this is the most disturbing. Turning topsy-turvy the Houses of Parliament may resemble the streaking of a minor Gerhard Richter painting, but more readily suggest the loss of memory and personality by Thatcher as her Alzheimer’s grows worse. And what streaks away? A mind for all things governmental. Eeeesh.

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Halluci-postering Thompson-Robinson’s RUM DIARY

What drugs had our faithful young correspondent Hunter S. ingested by the time of his Puerto Rican reporting days, where he laid his fictional “Rum Diary”? The revisions in the years before publication surely partook of the sort of recreational distraction that this one-sheet genially embraces. Plus: Bruce Robinson. This film must fall within the acceptable bounds of reflecting the writer-director-raconteur’s large and rumbustious personality.

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Four Silent Screams (NYC 2011; Eisenstein 1925; Kent State, 1970)



Photojournalism: a silent scream. “Davidscameracraft” is the byline of the photographer from the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. More of his solid work here, where he discovers the NYPD Deputy Inspector who randomly chose whom to pepper-spray at point blank is named “BOLOGNA.”

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Robert Bresson at 110

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIPiRPk0VzI&feature=player_embedded


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

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Francis Coppola’s TIFF TWIXT Presser (31’58”)

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Japanese Art For Monte Hellman’s ROAD TO NOWHERE

[Site.]

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THE 3 Rs: David Lynch Trailers Viennale 2011 (1’13”)

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Postering Godard’s WEEKEND

[Playdates for Janus Films’ new 35mm print.]

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Qwikster Goes For The Classics With First Commercials

And below! Classic Qwikster! From Australia!

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“I’m an ardent consumer of Fassbinder. Years ago, when I heard that he was a big admirer of Douglas Sirk, I went straight to the source — to the buffet Fassbinder dined out on — and found that there was plenty more. And what palettes! I love the look of Fassbinder movies. Some of them are also hideous in a way that’s really exciting. When you go to Sirk, it’s more standardized. The movies produced by Ross Hunter — those really lush, Technicolor ones. I know Sirk was a painter and considered himself a painter first for a long time. He really knew how to work his palettes and worked closely with whatever art director he had. I was a guest speaker for the Technicolor series at TIFF Bell Lightbox and we screened Magnificent Obsession. To prepare for that, I watched the movie with a pen and paper. I wroteto down the names of the palettes. Soon, I realized those general color terms weren’t good enough. I used to be a house painter and I remembered the great names of the 10,000 different colors you could get in a paint chip book. So, I started to try to name the colors. Sirk used 100 different off-whites, especially in the surgery scenes in Magnificent Obsession!”
~ Guy Maddin On Sirk And Fassbinder

“I’ve never been lumped in with other female directors. If anything, I’ve been compared way too much to male filmmakers whom I have little to nothing in common with except visual style. It’s true that women’s filmmaking is incredibly diverse, but I am personally interested in how female consciousness might shape artwork differently, especially in the way female characters are constructed. So I actually would encourage people to try to group women’s films together to see if there are any threads that connect them, and to try to create a sort of canon of women’s films that critics can talk about as women’s films. One reason I want to be thought of as a female filmmaker is that my work can only be understood in that context. So many critics want to see my work as a pastiche of films that men have created. When they do that, they deny the fact that I am creating my own world, something completely original. Women are so often thought of as being unable to make meaning. So they are allowed to copy what men make—to make a pastiche out of what men have created—but not to create original work. My work comes from a place of being female, and rewrites film genres from that place. So it’s essential for me to be placed into a history of female-feminist art-making practice, otherwise it’s taking the work completely out of context.”
~ Love Witch Writer-Designer-Director Anna Biller