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FILM ESSAY Kiarostami by Hugh Gibson





FILM KIAROSTAMI Him  in front odf a quote






TIFF ~ The Review ~ 28 August 2016 ~ Issue 29





August 29, 2016 Posted by | Abbas kiarostami, film, film essay | | Leave a comment

FILMMAKER Abbas Kiarostami 1940 – 2016





FILM Abbas Kkiarostami




Remembering Abbas Kiarostami


TIFF


~ video 2 hour in Conversation. TIFF Lightbox 2016. Translation, therefore v. slow so only for the real enthusiasts! Pompous film-type hoping for arty-farty replies gets dead simple film-maker’s simple answers. Tha’s m’ boy…

In his wiki

Ben Gibson, Director of the London Film School:

“Very few people have the creative and intellectual clarity to invent cinema from its most basic elements, from the ground up. We are very lucky to have the chance to see a master like Kiarostami thinking on his feet.”

confirms my immediate response to the interview. Anyone who has a great desire to be a film maker, or has a great desire but is probably not going to make a film ever but just loves to work out how this film that isn’t ever going to be be made could be made, Kiarostami’s way of thinking about film should be an encouragement.


At the beginning of the interview the Hercule Poirot’s among you will have noticed AK asked for the lights to be turned down a bit. They couldn’t or wouldn’t for the filming. He was frustrated. It turns out he suffers from light sensitivity and always wears shades. That is insensitive and a missed opportunity to talk about lighting. The guy asks for less illumination. He’s a film-maker. He should know whether you can film with less light! In long-shot it was obvious the spots needed to be reduced with more overhead lighting.



There will be mountains on AK. Look forward to adding more links later. Plenty of reading to catch up on. Not sure which I’d recommend to a first timer. Close Up would be recommended by many, I’m sure. Or even if you wanted to chose just one representative of his oeuvre. Which is probably in the territory of this cartoon.

The book is so much better than the film..

The book is so much better than the film..




You’ve only seen Close Up but who is going to know? Oh, yes I highly recommend you see that. And now you’re going to catch up fast in case someone catches you out.


Oh, and what I’d really like to see is Kiarostami in conversation with Panahi. Anyone for a mash-up? And, oh, oh, try not to start mentioning latter’s films thinking they are the former’s. Do try some Panahi if you haven’t. Suggest Taxi followed by This is not a Film. But the other way round is fine. Then some earlier ones.


Other


A One-of-a-Kind Artist: The RogerEbert.com Staff Remembers Abbas Kiarostami


Why you should know Abbas Kiarostami — and his 6 most legendary films
~ Explore the intimate, quiet world of the great Iranian filmmaker.


Clips from each film



July 8, 2016 Posted by | Abbas kiarostami | , | Leave a comment

FILM SCRIPT SCORSESE The Age of Innocence





FILM STILL SCORSESE The Age of Innocence]



We’re rather determined in defending our claim that Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence is one of the best literary adaptations ever made in the world of film.





‘The Age of Innocence’: Scorsese’s Strikingly Passionate Depiction of Unconsummated Love


Facsimile of the screenplay by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese’s – also downloadable as pdf. Click the .pdf and a separate tab loads. From there you can log-in to your dropbox account or download the file directly. Top right > drop the download menu gives you two options save to Dropbox [log-in required] or direct download.

June 20, 2016 Posted by | Martin Scorsese | , , | Leave a comment

FILM ESSAY EVAN PUSCHAK ~ David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive





FILM Mulholland Drive [sex scene 2]




Mulholland Drive: How Lynch Manipulates You


Another great video essay by Evan Puschak, aka The Nerd Writer. 9 mins. Not for those who haven’t seen the film. I like Evan’s very slick video technique and his clear, measured voice-over.


Here’s a bio by the man himself at Patreon.



June 20, 2016 Posted by | David Lynch, Mulholland Drive | Leave a comment

10 Cinematographers to watch 2016





GRAPHIC FILM CINEMATOGRAPHY jumble words


10 Cinematographers to watch 2016



May 29, 2016 Posted by | cinematographer, cinematography | Leave a comment

TV MINI-SERIES BRAZIL Magnifica 70





TV SERIES Magnifica 70 [poster]



Directed by Cláudio Torres, Magnífica 70 portrays the era of trash mouth – “Boca do Lixo”, a neighborhood in São Paulo where the movie studios made trash movies filled with sexual content (known as “pornochanchadas”), in the 1970s and 1980s, during the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship.



Marco Aurélio Morsch is a professor of business management at FAAP and Universidade Mackenzie in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was also movie critic contributor to “Correio do Povo” in the 1980´s.


You’ll know within seconds if this is for you. If you’ve been enjoying the Scandi noirs and others from Channel 4 you will not be disappointed. Not even finished Blue Eyes? Elin will be there next week, relax.

Don’t read a thing about Magnifica 70. Just the quote above. Get stuck in. All 13, 45 min. episodes are available, so there’s no waiting a week to get the next episode. You will not be disappointed. Trust me.


If you’re in the film biz, a film buff, write scripts, or just like good drama, you’ll be as happy as old Larry.



May 28, 2016 Posted by | Cláudio Torres, Magnifico 70 | , | Leave a comment

FILM DIRECTOR Tarkovsky





FILM TARKOVSKY Childhood




Andrei Tarkovsky: it’s time to immerse yourself in the work of a true auteur

~ The Russian director’s debut is the perfect place to start to gain an appreciation of a film-maker of extraordinary influence and cinematic vision


John Patterson, Guardian, 16 May 2016


Tiddly piece reminding us to think about starting Tarkovsky at the beginning and working forward.



May 16, 2016 Posted by | Andre Tarkovsky, Tarkovsky | | Leave a comment

FILM SCREENPLAY Nabokov’s Lolita script





SCREENPLAY NABOKOV Lolita [sample]




SCREENPLAY NABOKOV Lolita [sample 2]




O.K., hands up who knew Nabokov had written a screenplay for his novel Lolita?


All explained at Open Culture. Here, 2 of the set of 5 pages included there. Left them larger than I normally would do for a header graphic for ease of reading. Interestingly, Kubrick credited Nabokov as screenwriter even though he hardly used it.


Lolita: A Screenplay has been published by Vintage. Don’t know about you, but its used hardback for me. Screenplays in paperback are not the best bet. If only they did them spiral bound with nice hard covers! C’m on Vintage. Costly but we don’t care.


Blake Bailey, Vice, 7 July 2014 Vladimir Nabokov’s Unpublished ‘Lolita’ Screenplay Notes


Two Views of Lolita


Two abstracts – one Robert Stamm, the other Thomas Allen Nelson, from books what they wrote. These expand the brief summary in Open Culture. Scripty person? You’ll love this.



April 25, 2016 Posted by | Nabokov, Stanley Kubrick | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM DOCUMENTARY Klaus Kinski : Jesus Christ the Saviour





FILM POSTER kinski  Jesus Christ the Saviour




Jesus Christus Erloser


Amanda McAllister, Network Awesome, 12 July 2015

A middle aged man stands alone on a stage, gripping his mic stand like an anchor, earnestly speaking of Jesus and persecution. A wide shot intensifies his isolation as he speaks, a small illumination in a sea of darkness. A single unshed tear clings to his eyelashes before beginning the journey down his cheek.



Well, let her continue the story.


Haven’t had much success playing the embedded video there but it is on YouTube. Komplett. 1:23:54 with credits.


Klaus Kinski Jesus Christus Erlöser


Jesus Christ Saviour: Interview with Peter Geyer


Interview by Pamela Jahn, Electric Sheep, 3 August 2008


Jesus Christ Savior: Klaus Kinski’s 1971 Punk Rock Apocalypse


Marc Campbell, Dangerous Minds, 13 February 2011


Yer pays yer money and takes yer pick of which description you prefer. There’s a quote in this short piece which certainly says it. But who says it? Film embedded there as well.


The Mouth of Madness : Kinski Jesus Christ Saviour


Starting to get in here some of the context. If you didn’t know much about Kinski, saw him in Aguirre and that’s about it, learning about his life is part of the process of grasping this film’s context. German in 1971.


Film Comment Selects 2011: Klaus Kinski: Jesus Christ the Savior


Nick Schrager, The House Next Door, 17 February 2011


One more short description. Add them all together to get the whole thing.


Wiki: Klaus Kinski


Fill out some of the gaps from the wiki. I personally can’t be bothered to read books about his life. Quite easy to construct your own Kinski from these basic facts, the acting and a mishmash of images from the Tin Drum and beyond. The bit about his life during and post-war is of some interest to me, as it connects to so many aspects of German history and culture.

How can you not throw him into a great big imagined pot with all the keynote novels and films about Germany between the wars, during the last war and the process of Germans coming to terms or revolting against their Nazi history.

His acting in Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcaraldo, I found hard to watch even when I hadn’t got a clue who he was. His daughter Pola’s assertion in her autobiography, Kindermund,{1}that she couldn’t watch his films because that was how he behaved at home, is a sort of confirmation of that feeling.

I watched Peter Geyer’s film and then read around it. More and more I felt tempted to forego reality and imagine this was not Kinski reciting his Jesus script but him playing a character trying to do so. So him storming off and the barracking from the young audience – who hated him because they looked upon him as a rich hypocrite – seems at as if part of a script of a mocumentary.



April 19, 2016 Posted by | 1957, Peter Geyer | , | Leave a comment

FILM SHORT Agnes Varda ~ Les 3 Boutons





FILM STILL AGNES VARDA les 3 Boutons




Miu Miu Women’s Tales #10: Les 3 Boutons


Picked this one up from Indewire: Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay On Agnes Varda’s Strong And Feminine Search For Meaning



April 15, 2016 Posted by | Agnes Varda | , , | Leave a comment

FILM RAFELSON ~ 5 Easy Pieces [1970]





FILM Five Easy Pieces




Five Easy Pieces (1970) is a Difficult Film


Wade Sheeler, The Retrospect, 10 March 2016


* Short recent review reminded me of this film.


Five Easy Pieces (1970)


Tim Dirks, Filmsite.


* Wopper. Meticulous. Make a cup of tea, sit back. Can’t find a date on this. Always a hard one : buy the film then read all the stuff, or read then watch. My recommendation is watch it first [or watch it again after all these decades…you were young then….how do you see it now as a 70s classic, etc.]



April 4, 2016 Posted by | Bob Rafelson, Five Easy Pieces [1970] | , | Leave a comment

FILM SCRIPT 10 famous scripts





CARTOON Screenplay reading




10 Famous Film Scripts and What You Can Learn from Them


By Alison Nastasi, Flavorwire, 23 February 2014


Link in each to script itself. Screenplays not script-o-rama transcriptions from films without stage directions.


Chinatown, Blue Velvet, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Casablanca, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Breathless [you film buffs should have question mark above your heads here..but read on], Jaws, Citizen Kane.


10. Citizen Kane. In case you can’t figure out how to find the link, it’s in two stages. First to Cinephila and Filmmaking, from the link ‘said’, then off that very interesting page to the script itself. Don’t miss the Cinephila post: facsimile title page of Welles’ own war-torn, scribbled on copy dated 9 July 1940 and four photos of the young Welles.



April 2, 2016 Posted by | Citizen Kane, Film script/screenplay | , | Leave a comment

TV DRAMA BBC War and Peace





BBC TV War and Peace cast photo




Rarely put up a review of a TV drama. But this is a classic on BBC’s serial War and Peace.


In Which We Would Never Lie To A British Person


Sickness and Remorse


by Dick Cheney, This Recording, 8 February 2016


Dick Cheney…Sickness and Remorse….for a moment….hard to resist. Dick, a lot of people out there are puzzling over this one. Personally, I would change the surname. Chainlink or something.



March 31, 2016 Posted by | BBC drama, War and Peace | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM PHOTOGRAPHER Bob Willoughby 1927-2004





PHOTOGRAPHER Bob Willoughby


“The man who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion picture still.”


Audrey Hepburn and George Cukor on the set of My Fair Lady, 1963

Audrey Hepburn and George Cukor on the set of My Fair Lady, 1963






Behind the Hollywood Scenes: Bob Willoughby Photography


Bob Willoughby Photography


112 set photos. Full bio.

His body of work, documenting this historic era of filmmaking, is unsurpassed. He captured with wonderful perception the most famous actors and directors of the time on and off the set, in unguarded moments of repose, vulnerability and high drama. He had a unique ability to capture what was essential to each film. Sydney Pollack said in the introduction to Bob’s autobiography: “Sometimes a filmmaker gets a look at a photograph taken on his own set and sees the ‘soul’ of his film in one still photograph. It’s rare, but it happens. It happened to me in 1969, the first time I looked at the work of Bob Willoughby during the filming of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.”




March 27, 2016 Posted by | Bob Willoughby, Film photography, unit photography | , | Leave a comment

FILM DIRECTOR Ingmar Bergman’s essay The Snakeskin





Ingmar Bergman, Sven Nykvist, Faro 1972

Ingmar Bergman, Sven Nykvist, Faro 1972




The Snakeskin


~ Possibly Bergman’s greatest essay, in which he explains his doubts of cinema and art in general.


Written in 1956. Translated into English in 1972 by Keith Bradfield.


From ingmarbergman.se



March 26, 2016 Posted by | Bergman, Ingmar Bergman | | Leave a comment

FILM VIDEO ESSAY How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene





FILM STILL VERTIGO from video essay




How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene


Another one of Evan Puschak’s highly polished video essays.


Aisha Harris in Slate has it down as :


If You’re a Hitchcock Nerd, This Insanely Deep Dive Into a Pivotal Vertigo Scene Is For You


Check out his video on Ansel Adams photography.



March 26, 2016 Posted by | Ansel Adams, Evan Puschak, video essay | , , , , | Leave a comment

FILM Style in film: La piscine [1969]





Jaques Deray, La piscine[1969]

Dir. Jaques Deray, La piscine[1969]




Style in film: La piscine


From Classiq



March 24, 2016 Posted by | Jacques Deray, La piscine [1969] | | Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHER Francesca Woodman





ART Greg Allum Francesca Woodman [slightly HDR-ish




ART FRANCESCA WOODMAN blur corner room




Francesca Woodman – Laurie Anderson


Enzo Amoruso’s slide show of many of Francesca Woodman’s photographs with 2 tracks, “statue of freedom” and “strange perfumes” from Laurie Anderson’s Transitory Life works quite well. Not being a Laurie Anderson expert, I have absolutely no idea if these are the correct tracks as suggested in the YouTube comments.

Coming to her for the first time, this is quite a good way to do it. Enzo has used a lot of them in the 15 minute video. It seems like a good idea to look at her photographs without wondering too much about who she is and what reputation she has. I have come to her from an visual point of view, if that makes any sense. Saw a blurry one and was struck by it and wanted to see more.

I have learnt who she is but do not want to spend much time on academic analyses of her photography. Listening to some dire presentations on YouTube, one going on for 20 mins. about her taking photographs in corners — no names, no pack-drill — one is drawn nonetheless by this inaccessible tripe to the fact that she was an artist who used a camera. So therein also, perhaps, photographic artist vs. installationist. If that also makes sense. She sets up a shot and then shoots it but not with video.

I feel there are parallels between her process and that of setting up a shot in a film. The mise-en-scene for one of her still images is often as meticulous as one might find in one of the classic films noted for it’s impeccable mis-en-scene.

Discussing the distinction between the artist as photographer and a photographer who is considered an artist of the trade is worthwhile. What’s the difference between Francesca Woodman and the war photography of Don MucCullin, say?



Francesca Woodman


A 39 1/2 min slide show also with music, but more soothing.


Interior geometries on Tumblr


A vast number of Francesca Woodmans. Some not Woodmans. Look enough elsewhere and this all falls into place. Some of these are not in the other places. Because it’s Tumblr, there are a number of repetitions. Most are not attributed or described or dated which would have been good. But hey, it’s Tumblr. Not particularly quick and easy to navigate but another way to get into her photography. ALSO SEE final remarks.


Wiki: Francesca Woodman has a table of Woodman’s photographs including links to where they can be found.


Google Images gives a good idea both of the extent of her work and how it has been taken up by all and sundry. Despite the photos being everywhere, there doesn’t seem to be one place where the vast majority of them are lodged online. And it’s hard work comparing sets of photos with so much duplication and overlap.


My recommendation is to search assiduously for her work online before delving into her life, then perhaps try:


The Woodmans [2010]


1 hr 20 min film based around family recollections, predominantly Dad’s. Both parents artists. Spanish subtitles which spoil it. So far not found a subtitle-free version. It is available on DVD. Watched this several months ago. It is The Woodman’s not Francesca Woodman, so is as well a promo for Mum and Dad’s art while at the same time telling us all about Francesca, which is o.k., but I have my reservations. That’s how they chose to make it, who am I to argue?


Francesca Woodman at SF MoMa- an artist decisively ahead of her time
By hannahkozak


Nice sepia set – half a dozen or so.


Francesca Woodman


by James Catchpole


Seriously essaying with three sets of photos sandwiched into the text.


Francesca Woodman, I’m trying my hand at fashion photography


Jonas Cuénin, The Eye of Photography, 28 February 28 2015


And finally, a great story. The top header photo is not by Francesca Woodman but by Greg Allum a British photographer. He explains in this July 2014 piece on his website:


The Francesca Woodman Conspiracy


If you are not an art expert specialising in Woodman, how do you know if what you are being told is a Woodman actually is? You don’t. It’s context. Because it’s with the others you are more likely to assume, expect, it to be a Woodman.

Searching the videos for good examples presenting a wide selection of Woodman photos, I found two which included the photo Greg says is his. I wrote to him pointing out the first one, then went away and found it again in a second video. He is amazed his photo has spread as a Woodman, but has not so far indicated any interest in proving it is his. In fact as you an see from his post, he has there a set of three Swirling Girls. Why was this particular one taken up and not the other two? Did he only put up the one or all three when he first put them online?

Who first got hold of his Woodmanesque Swirling Girl? The trail is there. Over to you Lloyd? Or is it over to David? Oh, never mind. Is Lloyd still alive?



March 18, 2016 Posted by | Francesca Woodman | , | Leave a comment

FILM ROBERT ALTMAN The Player [1992]





FILM ALTMAN THE PLAYER [RA on set]




How Would Lubitsch Do It?


cinearchive.org


Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’: What Lessons Hollywood Has Learned From The Showbiz Satire


moviephone.com


Untold Stories of Robert Altman’s The Player or Who the Hell is Thereza Ellis?


“If we can just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we’ve got something here.”


Last two by Edward Copeland, Edward Copeland’s Tangents. 2011.



March 11, 2016 Posted by | Robert Altman | | Leave a comment

FILM ADAPTATION And Its Discontents





DIAG Book to film




Part 1: The Process and Reception of Book to Film Adaptations


Part 2: The Process and Reception of Book to Film Adaptations


Part 3: The Process and Reception of Book to Film Adaptations


Steve McCarthy, Motion Brothers, 8 Sept 2014



March 11, 2016 Posted by | film adaptation, Film script/screenplay, screenplay, screenwriting, script, script-writer | | Leave a comment

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