Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2012

1984

[Via Annapurna Pictures.]

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1983 “HBO Feature Presentation” Intro (1’14”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF0Pw8tiJBA

Man, is that long. [Via @PanosCosmatos.]

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Shooting TOUCH OF EVIL’s Opening (in color)

PHOTO COURTESY AMPAS

Among 70,000 production stills from the Bison Archives, the Academy acquired eight color images of the shooting of the opening of Touch of Evil.

ADDED 3/30: A map of the locations in Venice Beach.

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“The Writer’s Job Is To Get Naked”: RIP Harry Crews (9’41”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPswt7HKBQ8

And: “Stories was everything and everything was stories“: Harry Crews in Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus.

And: the trailer for Survival Is Triumph Enough.

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“The Sound of The Hunger Games”

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Fred Astaire: HIPSTER

“Tequila!” ‘n shit.

[Via Brechtian]

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5 Images From Woody’s TO ROME WITH LOVE





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Trailering Xavier Dolan’s LAURENCE ANYWAYS (2’58”)

So that’s what Xavier Dolan‘s been up to… Not necessarily to be expected from the director of How I Killed My Mother and Les amours imaginaires, but… “C’est especial.”

“I didn’t see you coming this morning. Is this a revolt?”
“No sir, it’s a revolution.”

Cannes-bound, per David Hudson at Daily MUBI.

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Girl Talk’s “Girl Walk//All Day” Part 1 (of 12) (8’05”)

In 12 chapters, a runaway Kickstarter success. The site, here. “A 71-minute dance music video of epic proportions, set to the tune of Girl Talk’s All Day. The idea behind Girl Walk // All Day emerged from our desire to expand the boundaries around the idea of the traditional music video, which usually spans the length of a single track. This album-length piece will feature a talented group of dancers across a range of public and private spaces around New York City, turning the city’s sidewalks and obstacles into part of an evolving improvisational dance routine.”

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RIP Tonino Guerra (videos)

A trailer for a documentary in the making. Guerra looks so… calm. Centered. Down-to-earth. Nice.

I once had a random conversation with Guerra at a film festival about his poetry, which I had discovered only a couple weeks earlier. He seemed pleased to be able to talk about that writing more than about the many directors he’d written screenplays with, including Angelopoulos, smoking a cigarette and glaring at the other end of a couch. (The poetry is written in his native dialect and much of it is scabrous.)

Below, “Cooking Up Ideas” with Tarkovsky, from Voyage In Time.

Photo of Tarkovsky, Antonioni, Guerra: Letter To Jane.

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DVD Distrib Lets Customers Know The Fake DRAGON TATTOO DVD Markings Are… Real

“We would like to address some confusion caused by the DVD version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Upon opening the case, librarians and patrons will find what looks to be a burned DVD-R with the movie’s title scrawled across it with a marker…” (Preview copies of Monte Hellman’s Road To Nowhere used the same effect last year, aping the opening shot of the movie.) [Via BoingBoing.]

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Albert Brooks’ DRIVE monologue auf Deutsch (1’08”)

The polymath is multilingual!

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Doug Trumbull on 70mm Filmmaking (1’45” vid)

Ever the romantic.

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook