“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2012
Interesting observations from the director of Dogtooth and the forthcoming Alps.
Sell-outs from the get-go. Two more night’s showings in 35mm.
[Thessaloniki, Greece, November 2011. Photos © Ray Pride.]
“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!
Shiny. By Evan Seitz.
“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.”
What if a corporate-support-underwritten Rookie fashionista wunderkind does some more stuff that’s not half-bad? Eh, Neil Young, gotten old, approves.
Seen here in Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor, after exclaiming in interior monologue, “Nymphos!”
A clip from Alexander The Last? Um…. thanks, Cupid? [Via Joe Swanberg.]
“I’ll see you in Valhalla.” Music by Laibach. And the slightly stranger, smaller-scale original trailer. [Via Iron Sky.]