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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“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray

 

“Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
~ “Hollywood’s New Script”