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FILM POSTER paths of Glory [2]

Why use my own words when those of the website are readily available and, well, they know what they’re doing. I’m just shining my spotlight on another corner of the film world magnificently exposed to everyone – film expert, buff, film student, even those unsure about film over book – through the wonders of the interweb:

INTERCUT is a film podcast supported by the #yegfilm collective which explores a love of film, the process of filmmaking, and filmmakers themselves.

I started with Dailies #1 purely because it has Michael Douglas in Kubrick’s 1957 Paths of Glory as it’s cover. Think it’s time to watch that again. What a pleasure to hear them start talking about Bela Tarr. Since I’ve spent hours rewinding the opening cow sequence of Tarr’s Satantango, hearing anyone at all talking about his films is really exciting.

My Tarr’s can be found in this search on Cutting on the action. Slow, slow film, requires slow, long posts.

N.B. I’m not a film expert, I just watch films and dream of making my own. (The making equivalent of the guy working in the New York restaurant as a waiter who says he’s an actor, usually seen as a scene in a film…). So don’t expect illumination: you might be disappointed. Anywhere I have written at length about a film is mostly me working through things about a particular film I’ve just seen. It won’t be expert analysis or criticism. Or if turns out to be either or both, that’s probably purely accidental.

P.S. Check out these images of Paths to Glory. There’s a whole set of posts in there on colour and black & White film…

….note the way light rays and blocks of light on objects work so well in monochrome.

June 23, 2013 Posted by | Bela Tarr, film, film analysis, film blog, film directors, film editing, film podcast, film production, film reflexivity, Film script/screenplay, film short, film sound, film still, film watching | , | Leave a comment

FILM unfilm


Bored with film? Same old thing? A Gun, a Girl; a Girl and her Gun; A Girl Without a Gun but a lot of fun, that type of thing.

Critics unsatisfying? Theorists obtuse, incomprehensible? What else is there? What can a film enthusiast do? Read film books? Sit in a dark, quiet room? Or even a quiet, dark room.

At last a real alternative.

Enter the world of unfilm.

Investigative journalists Ivan Rigor and Fern F. Feliciano recently unearthed film in the Archive of the Soviet Film Academy. So far no has come forwards with a plausible explanation. Who’d want to bury a film? Oh, yes, critics, forgot that.

Eisenstein, famous director of iconic Battleship Potemkin. Early unrealised project: All You Didn’t Know About Film But Were Afraid To Ask.

All You Wanted To Know About Film But Were Afraid To Imagine.

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June 11, 2013 Posted by | film | Leave a comment