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Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2012

A Yorgos Lanthimos Masterclass (55’38”) At Göteborg International Film Festival 2012

Interesting observations from the director of Dogtooth and the forthcoming Alps.

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RIP Barney Rosset, 1922-2012

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Lonergan’s MARGARET in Chicago

Sell-outs from the get-go. Two more night’s showings in 35mm.

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Picturing WGA Winner Alexander Payne



[Thessaloniki, Greece, November 2011. Photos © Ray Pride.]

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Trailering Lena Dunham’s “Girls”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RIqj_ZgGN0

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MPAA Rating Advisory Of The Week: PROJECT X

Project X opens in theaters Friday, March 2. The film has been rated R by the MPAA for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem—all involving teens.” Mmmm, mayhem!

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ABC CINEMA: Animating An Alphabet Of Movies (0’58”)

Shiny. By Evan Seitz.

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That’s What Goes On In A Cat’s Head (0’36”)

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NSFW: Carlos Charlie Perez Book-Trailers “The Vanishers” 1’52”

“A short film based on THE VANISHERS, a new novel by Heidi Julavits, out March 13 from Doubleday. Film by Carlos Charlie Perez. From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor Heidi Julavits, a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another.”

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Neil Young approves Tavi Gevinson’s “Heart of Gold” cover (3’17”)

What if a corporate-support-underwritten Rookie fashionista wunderkind does some more stuff that’s not half-bad? Eh, Neil Young, gotten old, approves.

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RIP Peter Breck

Seen here in Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor, after exclaiming in interior monologue, “Nymphos!”

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For Valentine’s Day, T-Mobile Clips A Joe Swanberg Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW24eHQg5JY

A clip from Alexander The Last? Um…. thanks, Cupid? [Via Joe Swanberg.]

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Leonard Cohen On How To Speak Poetry (3’51”)

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Somewhere, IRON SKY Lost Its Mind; Gained Udo Kier, Sarah Palin (trailer)

“I’ll see you in Valhalla.” Music by  Laibach. And the slightly stranger, smaller-scale original trailer. [Via Iron Sky.]

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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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