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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

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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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“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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