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Movie City Indie Archive for October, 2011

Gerhard Richter Talks Work, Life On Eve Of Tate Retrospective (22m)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-hiBxnbjRI&feature=player_embedded

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Cronenberg On Today’s Real-Life Video Nasties (cf. Gaddafi) 7’22” vid

Appropriately grisly images are shown. [From Newsnight, via “A Piece of Monologue.“]

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Postering WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

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Postering INTO THE ABYSS

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Leonard Cohen’s “Prince Of Asturias Award” Speech

Goodness has everything to do with it. October 11, 2011: “It is a great honour to stand here before you tonight. Perhaps, like the great maestro, Riccardo Muti, I’m not used to standing in front of an audience without an orchestra behind me, but I will do my best as a solo artist tonight. I stayed up all night last night wondering what I might say to this assembly. After I had eaten all the chocolate bars and peanuts from the minibar, I scribbled a few words. I don’t think I have to refer to them. Obviously, I’m deeply touched to be recognized by the Foundation. But I have come here tonight to express another dimension of gratitude; I think I can do it in three or four minutes. When I was packing in Los Angeles, I had a sense of unease because I’ve always felt some ambiguity about an award for poetry. Poetry comes from a place that no one commands, that no one conquers. So I feel somewhat like a charlatan to accept an award for an activity which I do not command. In other words, if I knew where the good songs came from I would go there more often.

“I was compelled in the midst of that ordeal of packing to go and open my guitar. I have a Conde guitar, which was made in Spain in the great workshop at number 7 Gravina Street. I pick up an instrument I acquired over 40 years ago. I took it out of the case, I lifted it, and it seemed to be filled with helium it was so light. And I brought it to my face and I put my face close to the beautifully designed rosette, and I inhaled the fragrance of the living wood. We know that wood never dies. I inhaled the fragrance of the cedar as fresh as the first day that I acquired the guitar. And a voice seemed to say to me, “You are an old man and you have not said thank you, you have not brought your gratitude back to the soil from which this fragrance arose. And so I come here tonight to thank the soil and the soul of this land that has given me so much.

Because I know that just as an identity card is not a man, a credit rating is not a country.

Now, you know of my deep association and confraternity with the poet Frederico Garcia Lorca. Read the full article »

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John Hawkes’ Music Video for MMMM’s “Marcy’s Song”

As written by the late Jackson C. Frank. His Wikipedia entry opens with a most bountiful paragraph: “When Jackson Frank was 11, a furnace exploded at his school, sending a ball of flames down corridors until it ended up in Frank’s music classroom in the Cleveland Hill Elementary School in Cheektowaga,  New York. The fire killed fifteen of his fellow students and burned Frank over more than half his body. It was during his time in the hospital that he was first introduced to playing music, when a teacher, Charlie Castelli, brought in an acoustic guitar to keep Frank occupied during his recovery. When he was 21, he was awarded an insurance check of $110,500 for his injuries, giving him enough to “catch a boat to England.”

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Fritz Lang and Billy Friedkin have a chat (1975) (49 min.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpKV1HqEdIs&feature=player_embedded

[H/t David Hudson.]

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David Lynch Photographs His “Silencio” Nightclub: “Time gets funny at night.”

At Nowness, an interview with his photographs as well as an audio interview on growing up in the woods and his first cigarette. “The mood and feel that exists in the club comes from great lighting… You think of colors and shapes and the way the light plays off those things. The club has no windows, so once you’re inside, you could be anywhere, or nowhere.” Are you a nighttime person?
“No. Well, I am, but I don’t like to go out. I like to stay home. I like to work. I’m not a dancer. But I like the mood at night. Time gets funny at night.”

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Framed: The Gaddafi Capture-Pistol-Whipping Video

Jarring, jagged, Ali Algadi’s iPhone footage is up in the late dictator’s face as he’s dragged to a truck to be taken away, apparently already wounded. The FPS of the footage jumps, nothing’s smooth, making distinct frames into individual, horrific compositions. GlobalPost describes: “In this exclusive footage obtained on the scene by Tracey Shelton of GlobalPost, Col. Muammar Gaddafi is caught by fighters for the new Libyan government. The shock discovery of the former dictator, found cowering in a water drain on Thursday in his hometown of Sirte, was captured by Ali Algadi, a rebel fighter, with an iPhone just seconds after Gaddafi was dragged from the drain in which he was hiding. This is the earliest footage to emerge so far. Although clearly injured, Gaddafi is still alive during the capture. His captors can be heard shouting, “Dont’ kill him! Don’t kill him! We need him alive!” throughout the footage. According to an official statement by the National Transitional Council, Gaddafi was shot before his capture and died from his wounds on route to Misrata.” Global Post’s video is here. Three frame captures are below. It looks like nothing less than a PETA video shot by Derek Jarman.

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3 Filmmakers, Chicago Int’l at 47: Swanberg, King, Naranjo

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At the just-ended 47th Chicago International Film Festival, I moderated public conversations with prolific Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg [above] and Braden King, director of HERE [below], as well as interviewing Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala), Wim Wenders and others.
Braden King
Naranjo

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David Lynch’s In-Studio “Crazy Clown Time” Film (1’25”)

Mr. Lynch offers a track-by-track guide to his musical adventure.

TRACK-BY-TRACK:

“Pinky’s Dream”
“The horror and sadness of losing someone to other dimensions.”

“Good Day Today”
“About being sick of negativity.”

“So Glad”
“This kind of feeling comes up from time to time in our lives. It doesn’t always have to do with people…”

“Noah’s Ark”
“About being saved by love.”

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“We don’t defy the laws of physics: There are no flying men or cars in this movie. So it made sense to do it old-school: real vehicles and real human beings in the desert. We shot the movie more or less in continuity, because the cars and the characters get really banged up along the way. The biggest benefit of digital technology for me was that the cameras were smaller and much more agile, so you could put them anywhere. We also spent a huge amount of time on spatial awareness—making sure the viewer could follow the action and understand what was happening. There has to be a strong causal connection from one shot to the next, just the same way that in music, there has to be a connection from one note to the next. Otherwise it’s just noise. Too often, if you just cram a lot of stuff into the frame, you get the illusion of a fast pace. But there’s no coherence. It doesn’t flow. It comes off as headbanging music, and it can be exhausting. We storyboarded the movie before we had a script: We had 3,500 boards, which helps the cast and crew understand how everything is going to fit together. Movies are getting faster and faster. The Road Warrior had 1,200 cuts. This one has 2,700 cuts. You have to treat it like a symphony.”
~ George Miller

“I was having issues with my script for It’s All About Love, so I called Ingmar Bergman and we ended up talking about everything but the script. He said, “Well, Festen is a masterpiece, so what are you going to do now?” At that point, I had not decided if I was going to make It’s All About Love, so I answered, “Hmmm, I don’t know. Maybe this, maybe that.” There was just a long pause, and then he said, “You’re fucked.” I said, “Well, how can you know?” “Well, Thomas, you always have to decide your next movie before the movie you’re doing presently opens.” And I said, “Why is that?” “Well, two things can happen. One thing is that you fail, and then you’ll feel scared and humiliated. It’ll get into your head. Second, and even worse, you have success, and then you’ll want more of it, or you’ll want to maintain it. But if you decide on your next film while you’re in the middle of editing, it becomes a very nonchalant choice. And then it’s shorter from the heart to the hand.”
~ Thomas Vinterberg

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