Home » January 27th, 2011 Entries posted on “January, 2011”

Only (Dis)Connect; and Never Relaxez-Vous; or, ‘I Can’t Sleep’

By Robin Wood. Claire Denis: Cinema of Transgression, Part 2 (Read Part 1 here.) What it isn’t I have before me two statements about I Can’t Sleep(J’ai pas sommeil, 1994) by reputable and intelligent critics: 1. On the cover of the video, Georgia Brown (who used to write for The Village Voice) is quoted: ‘A […]

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Running Track: 50 Scores from World Cinema

By John Caps. Some seasons ago, Lincoln Center’s Film Comment magazine published an annotated survey of the history of Hollywood film music, “Soundtracks 101.” There I took readers from the beginning of descriptive/narrative soundtrack scoring in 1933’s King Kong through latter day experiments in sight/sound correlation like Waking Life where the score players were actually […]

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The Most Dangerous Man in America: An Interview with Rick Goldsmith

By Amy R. Handler. The case of Daniel Ellsberg and the ‘Pentagon Papers’ is re-visited in a fascinating documentary by Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich. It is not surprising that their film, The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers was a 2010 Academy Award nominee. One of many issues prompting […]

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Pieces of Momoko Ando: A Conversation With the Director of Kakera

By Johan Nordström and Doris Lang. Momoko Ando, born in 1982, is one of Japan’s hot and upcoming new directors, whose debut film Kakera: A Piece of Our Liferecently had a simultaneous release in England and Japan, after first having played the festival circuit. Momoko Ando, the daughter of actor-director Eiji Okuda and essayist Kazu […]

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Peter Strickland: Director of Katalin Varga

By Henry Rowsell. Prior to the release of his debut feature length film, Peter Strickland was not a well known name in the British film industry, however Katalin Varga(2009), a harrowing vengeance noir cast against the dramatic and intermittently haunting landscape of Transylvania, has drawn the critical acclaim of judges at the Berlinale where Strickland […]

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‘Like Birds in the Trees’: Charles Burnett on Life in Watts, the Abattoir, and Brain Surgery

By Jamie Isbell. Charles Burnett’s journey as a filmmaker has not been one of equidistant success after success. Starting out with untracked intentions of becoming an electrical engineer and no grasping desire to become a man with a movie camera, he was in a strange position of observation in his neighbourhood of Watts, Los Angeles. […]

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Larry Cohen: Film Crazy

By Patrick McGilligan. ‘Mr. Cohen has mined a career out of one simple question – what’s the worst that could happen? – which he answers with the stinging, compelling heat of the exploitation thriller.’ (Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times, April 27, 2003) There’s no mistaking a Larry Cohen film. As writer and director he […]

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The Wicker Man (1973): Collector’s Edition

By Deirdre Devers. ‘You are despicable little liars’, spits Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) to a room full of schoolgirls during the first act of Robin Hardy’s cult classic, The Wicker Man. Sgt. Howie wields the full authority of his policeman’s uniform when he arrives on the idyllic and remote island of Summerisle to investigate the […]

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Freedom Deep and The Book of Eli: An interview with director Aaron Stevenson

By Amy R Handler. In the interview below, Australian filmmaker Aaron Stevenson suggests that screenwriter Gary Whitta may have plagiarized Stevenson’s film Freedom Deep (1998, complete ‘Final Director’s Cut’ in 2008) when penning the script for The Hughes Brothers’ recent film, The Book of Eli. When confronted with Stevenson’s statements, David Fierson, Director of Business […]

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From Short Story to Film to Autobiography: Bergman’s Intermedial Variations

By Maaret Koskinen. (These are excerpts from In the Beginning Was the Word: Ingmar Bergman and His Early Writings [Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand, 2002], originally published in Film International 1, vol. 1. no. 1, 2003.) One autumn a few years ago the author of this article was in the process of editing a special issue […]

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