Movie City News Archive for July, 2017

Ray Pride Condenses Dunkirk

“Elegance of nightmare, essence of terror. We are catapulted to war, in three interleaving but sometimes indistinct timeframes: a week, a day, an hour. Time collapses. There is the presence of fright, the adrenalized now. The soldiers and volunteers in “Dunkirk” fear the unseen, the unspoken. Fear without a face. No politicos, no Jerrys.” Ray…

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Lindsey Bahr Lavishes

“Tortured, private and transient in both life and career, Shepard was in some ways the quintessential American: Full of restlessness, contradictions, and mysteries — and as handsome as they come.” Lindsey Bahr Lavishes

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Jessica Lange

“I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor.” Jessica Lange

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Isaac Butler’s Sam Shepard Swoon From Childhood Forward

“Shepard’s plays mix impulse, a blasted Americana speaking through archetypes like cowboys and noir detectives, a love of the broken places in people, and a willingness to explore and dramatize the unconscious.” Isaac Butler‘s Sam Shepard Swoon From Childhood Forward

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Sam Shepard’s Email Contact Page Is Pretty Much Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard’s Email Contact Page Is Pretty Much Sam Shepard

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PBS Chief Expects To Lose Affiliates Under Trump Cuts

“PBS itself will not go away, but a number of our stations will.” PBS Chief Expects To Lose Affiliates, Especially Rural Ones, Under Trump Cuts

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Jim Windolf On The Style Of Sam Shepard

Jim Windolf On The Style Of Sam Shepard

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Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows

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Sam Shepard, “The Art of Theater No. 12″

“The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That’s genius. Somebody told me once that fugue means to flee, so that Bach’s melody lines are like he’s running…

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Richard Brody On Jeanne Moreau

Richard Brody On Jeanne Moreau

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Peter Cowie On Jeanne Moreau

“But once we began sharing stories about Orson Welles, she relaxed, reached for one of her slender, extra-long cigarettes that stood in a bowl on her coffee table, and reminisced about the films she had made and the men she had known and loved.” Peter Cowie On Jeanne Moreau

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Jeanne Moreau

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“Her death was confirmed by the office of President Emmanuel Macron.”

“Her death was confirmed by the office of President Emmanuel Macron.”

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From 2010, John Lahr On “Sam Shepard And The Struggles Of American Manhood”

“I just dropped out of nowhere. It was absolute luck that I happened to be there when the whole Off-Off Broadway movement was starting.” From 2010, John Lahr On “Sam Shepard And The Struggles Of American Manhood”

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After Rotten Summer Box Office, China Roadblocking For Two Nationalist Epics

After Rotten Summer Box Office, China Roadblocking For Two Nationalist Epics

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Publishers Editing Commercials Into “New” Videos To Shovel As “Content” Onto Facebook

“Our audience on Facebook loves this content. It’s what works in the news feed where people scroll quickly with the sound off.” Publishers Editing Commercials Into “New” Videos To Shovel As “Content” Onto Facebook

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Traverse City Film Fest At 13 Has Over 120,000 Admissions

The 2017 Traverse City Film Festival(TCFF), founded by Michael Moore in 2005, offered 229 screenings of 115 feature films and 66 shorts in its 13th year. The annual celebration of film welcomed over 120,000 admissions across 12 different venues, including 12 film school classes, six free filmmaker panels, seven parties, two live podcasts, and a gaming…

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Michiko Kakutani’s 1984 Interview With Sam Shepard

”Personality is everything that is false in a human being. It’s everything that’s been added on to him and contrived. It seems to me that the struggle all the time is between this sense of falseness and the other haunting sense of what’s true – an essential thing that we’re born with and tend to…

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Ginette Vincendeau On Jeanne Moreau

“Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud is recognised as a precursor of the French New Wave, partly for its groundbreaking location shooting, but just as important is its moulding of the Moreau character as a new type of sensual heroine, a modern femme fatale without the clichéd trappings of the traditional vamp.” Ginette Vincendeau On Jeanne Moreau

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WETA Begins Digital Effects For Four Avatar Sequels

WETA Begins Digital Effects For Four Avatar Sequels

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima