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Adela Quested (Judy Davis) finishes A Passage to India in the same manner she started the movie: her face is deformed by a window full of drops of rain. In both cases, she is looking at something more or less out of frame, blurred or uncertain, imaginary or physical. The placement of the camera, in the beginning and in the end, is at a different location. When the film starts, we are inside of a traveling agency and Adela is walking past the panoramic window. She stops for a second and stares at a large-sized model of a ship. We can’t see the ship entirely: just some chimneys, masts and ropes. We only know this is a ship because the previous shot—the first shot of the picture, actually—showed us this model.In the end of the movie, Adela is reading a letter concerning events that we have seen. »
- Victor Bruno
The 2015 St. Louis International Film Festival, also known as Sliff, has begun. Even though Alex Winter couldn’t bring Freaked in town, he did bring his two great tech documentaries, Downloaded and Deep Web – in addition to being awesome to us and presenting Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Sliff has a robust schedule full of independent and foreign cinema along with some mainstream affair like Legend starring Tom Hardy and some possible future Oscar contenders like Carol. However, since we are a horror website, we are going to highlight some films that should definitely be on your radar!
Filmed in “The Exorcist House” here in St. Louis, which most of you might have seen last weekend during Discovery Channel’s laughable Exorcism: Live!, this thriller borrows from the premise that The Exorcist was based out of by having a main character, Amy, return to the house »
- Andy Triefenbach
Clockwise from top left: Hitchcock/Truffaut, Women He's Undressed, Best Of Enemies, Where To Invade Next Photo: Courtesy Doc NYC Doc NYC is the place to see on the big screen costume designers Ann Roth, Colleen Atwood, Catherine Martin, Michael Wilkinson and Kym Barrett speak about Orry-Kelly - Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader discuss Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut - Michael Moore conquering Europe and Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. trying to conquer each other.
Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed, Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's Best of Enemies, Hitchcock/Truffaut directed by Kent Jones and Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next, are four of this year's early bird highlights.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Francois Truffaut lived a life of peaks and valleys, of epochal successes and resounding failures. He is one of the principal architects of France’s nouvelle vague movement, and is generally regarded as one of the 20th century’s foremost cinematic humanists. But how much do we really know Francois Truffaut: the mad, empathetic genius behind such landmark pictures as “The 400 Blows” and “Jules & Jim”? Here to help us answer the question is “Le Lecon de Cinema,” a recently dug-up doc, via Eyes On, from 1981 that takes a good, hard look at the man who once asked “is cinema more important than life?” Read More: Francois Truffaut's 15 Greatest Films The video examines Truffaut’s life and career in astonishing totality, highlighting selected clips from many of his best and most-loved films, including under-appreciated gems like his crackerjack movie-within-a-movie, “Day for Night,” and his tender and insightful portrait of married ennui, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Chicago – As the 2015 edition of the 51st Chicago International Film Festival winds down into its second week, it continues wtih international and U.S. film offerings, plus additional festival favorites. All screenings are taking place at the AMC River North 21, 322 Illinois Street, Chicago, and the festival runs through October 29th.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Brendan Hodges and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the fest, and provides this preview to cover the second week of the event. Over 50 countries are represented, and many of the films from the U.S. and elsewhere will be Oscar contenders. Each capsule is designated with Bh (Brendan) or Pm (Patrick) to indicate the author.
“Feel the Illinoise – City and State Short Films”
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival also features short film programs in over eight categories. The City and State short films is the festival’s biggest celebrations, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With his documentary "Hitchcock/Truffaut" (December 2), New York Film Festival programming director Kent Jones takes us back to the legendary 1962 27-hour interview between French critic-auteur Francois Truffaut and British master Alfred Hitchcock. The movie plays some of the recordings that were translated and transcribed by Helen Scott in Truffaut’s classic 1966 cinephile must-read, “Cinema According to Hitchcock.” Truffaut was at the beginning of his career, while Hitchcock was nearing the end of his. Jones ("A Letter to Elia"), who wrote the film with French critic Serge Toubiana, also brings in directors David Fincher, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Olivier Assayas, friend/collaborator Arnaud Desplechin ("Jimmy P.") and more to add insight to what Hitchcock means to filmmakers. They focus, especially, on two of Hitchcock's most seminal and influential works, »
- Anne Thompson
AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »
- Melissa Thompson
Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.
Hitfix polled 100 directors for their favorite horror movies and The Exorcist came out on top.
Watch a video essay on how spectacle eclipses story in Interstellar:
At Criterion, Hou Hsiao-hsien on the films that changed his life:
The films that we watched had been made after World War II in different countries. So you had films being made in Italy with neorealism, including Bicycle Thieves. In France you had Godard with Breathless and François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, and in Germany you had this new cinema with Rainer Werner Fassbinder. These were films we would watch and discuss. We were all filmmakers who had gone abroad to study film, »
- TFS Staff
The American Film Institute has completed its AFI Fest lineup: 127 films from 45 countries will screen from Nov. 5 to 12.
The festival includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries and 10 official foreign-language Oscar contenders, including Argentina’s entry “The Clan,” Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and Romania’s “Aferim!” along with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” The screenings and events will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt.
AFI has already announced a trio of world premieres: the opening night film, Angelina Pitt Jolie’s “By the Sea,” on Nov. 5; the Will Smith drama “Concussion” on Nov. 10; and the closing night film, Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” on Nov. 12. It’s also scheduled galas for Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” on Nov. 7 and the Chilean miners drama “The 33” on Nov. »
- Dave McNary
This letter is part of "Behind the Celluloid Curtain," a series of correspondences between Scout Tafoya and Veronika Ferdman on the topic of Soviet cinema, with each series organized around a theme. This particular series focuses on love in a time of discontent.Dear Scout,Those Soviets are really unlucky in love, aren’t they? At any period of time and age—from the star-crossed adult lovers of the 1800s of The Lady with the Dog to the summer campers in their early to mid-teens in One Hundred Days After Childhood (for which director Sergei Solovyov won the Silver Bear fat the Berlinale in 1975)—love has never saved anyone, or cleared the cobwebs out of eyes and minds. Not when there are such big pressures—whether the general malaise brought on by social misalignment of July Rain and Lady with the Dog, or the struggle to find the value and »
- Veronika Ferdman
Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days bears some superficial similarities to national compatriots Eric Rohmer and Olivier Assayas, two directors who tend to make films about beautiful, young, artistic people going through tough times that results from some combination of inner conflict, government, and the sensibilities of other, equally fashionable people. Of course, these directors aren’t especially alike; Rohmer is concerned with the way a person’s desires and actions — or their ideas and realities — may conflict, particularly in concerns of (heterosexual) love; Assayas’ characters drift apart and float together through means largely outside their control, or at least through means incident rather than integral to their decisions. (His protagonists are generally undone by loneliness and isolation, whereas Rohmer’s encounter trouble when they interact with one another.) My Golden Days contains much of Rohmer’s hapless romance and Assayas’ internal depression, but it is temporally expansive and deploys »
- Forrest Cardamenis
Directed by Miguel Gomes
As each separate volume stresses in its title sequence, this is not an adaptation of the original book Arabian Nights. While it’s not a surefire adaptation, Miguel Gomes’ series certainly takes a lot from it, including the structure (which the films admit to) and the lead character of Scheherazade. Ultimately it uses the basis from the original Arabian Nights to provide commentary on a period in Portugal in which the country faced economic and political turmoil. Gomes’ Arabian Nights trilogy includes Volume One – The Restless One, Volume Two – The Desolate One, and Volume Three – The Enchanted One. Each volume consists of three stories, with a prologue in volume one. While the film captures the epic quality of the novel, Gomes takes the idea of adaptation to a new level, capturing the essence of »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Directed by Kent Jones
In 1962, Francois Truffaut, one of the glittering leading lights of the French nouvelle vague sat down for a fortnight of intricate and comprehensive interviews with master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock at his offices in sun-blessed Hollywood. Contrary to his current position as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, in this period Hitch was critically considered as merely an adept showman, a fine purveyor of whimsical thrillers, and a household name due to his popular TV crime and mystery serials. Since then, his work has been autopsied and analysed at a level arguably unmatched by any other auteur, and he is now considered one of the great psychological and semiotic cartographers of cinematic space and culture, with his 1958 picture Vertigo recently promoted to the pedestal of greatest film of all time. Flattered by the »
Chicago – One of the most exciting times of the Fall Season for Chicago film buffs is the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2015, the 51st edition takes place beginning this Thursday, October 15th through October 29th. With over 130 films, which ten are the contributors of HollywoodChicago.com anticipating? Read on…
The 51st International Chicago Film Festival offers films in many categories, with a Main Competition for feature films, a New Directors Competition, and awards for Documentary, short films, Lbgtq films (Q Hugo Award) and local filmmakers. The festival also offers a variety of short film presentations, Black Perspectives, Out-look (associated with the Q Hugo), U.S. Indies, World Cinema and the ever-popular After Dark series of films. Click here for a full schedule of events and ticket information.
HollywoodChicago.com welcomes a new contributor this year, who will be providing coverage and previews through the fest. Brendan Hodges will be that contributor, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Arnaud Desplechin shows off Film4Climate bracelet from Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Brian De Palma, Wes Anderson, De Palma directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, along with Hitchcock/Truffaut and Festival Director Kent Jones, joined Arnaud Desplechin on the red carpet of the New York Film Festival North American premiere of My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) at Alice Tully Hall for a boys on film moment.
Roman Polanski's Tess d'Urbervilles, a Chekhovian scene, François Truffaut's autobiographical Mississippi Mermaid, Strindberg in Paris, and a theory from our previous conversation including the Under Capricorn complex come into play in our conversation.
Desplechin hero Paul Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric)
Paul Dédalus is Mathieu Amalric in adult form and a teenage Paul (Quentin Dolmaire) has always had an affinity for plaid. Fabric samples are everywhere in Esther's (Lou Roy-Lecollinet) family home and a great big green neon sign in »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Mathieu Amalric, André Dussollier, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Quentin Dolmaire, Antoine Bui, Cécile Garcia-Fogel, Olivier Rabourdin, Irina Vavilova, Françoise Lebrun, Dinara Drukarova, Raphaël Cohen and Lily Taieb make My Golden Days burst with life.
How André Dussollier becomes a smiling Ernst Lubitsch devil out of Heaven Can Wait, location scouting in Roubaix, green Alfred Hitchcock scissors, New York Film Festival director Kent Jones's Hitchcock/Truffaut, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Roman Polanski's Tess d'Urbervilles became part of my animated conversation with Arnaud.
We spoke about François Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène Du Mississipi), Esther’s siren song and Paul’s knightly mourning, how Stanley Cavell and John Ford make for a good epilogue, and why Arnaud no longer writes small talk but does dance choreography. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The trouble with this business of watching movies is that, sooner or later, you encounter people that view films not as escapism, but as an art form.
You know the type: they have PhDs and MAs, use big words and probably shook Jean-Luc Goddard’s hand one time. In their circle, you’re obliged to say that you loved Francois Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows), but if you start talking about monster movies, they’ll look at you as though you just asked them to pull your finger.
Truffaut’s movie may have helped start the French New Wave, but if you want a trend-setting movie with teenage leads, you need look no further than The Blob. Not only is this the archetypal movie about kids saving their town from a monster from space, but it features the King Of Cool himself, Steve McQueen, »
- Ian Watson
A trailer has arrived online for director Kent Jones’ upcoming documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut which focuses the on recordings from the week long interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut for Truffaut’s acclaimed book on the master of suspense. Check it out below…
1962 – Two of the greatest minds in cinema sat down for a historic conversation. Hitchcock/Truffaut invites you to sit down at the table as François Truffaut’s intimate and expansive interview with Alfred Hitchcock unfolds. David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Martin Scorsese and other legendary filmmakers add to the discussion of Hitchcock’s enduring legacy and influence on cinema.
Hitchcock/Truffaut opens on October 10th in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
This is the case in the first trailer for the documentary, Hitchcock/Truffaut, which is based on the book of the same name and dives deeper into the conversations between the famed director and the (at the time) up-and-coming director. The film is directed by Kent Jones and features interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader.
The book featured Truffaut asking about each of Hitchcock’s films with the director breaking them down and discussing in depth about each one. It is an enlightening read for any film fan and the film is being heralded as a wonderful companion piece to the book.
The film has played the festival circuit so far and is set for a release later this year. »
- Zach Dennis
The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told. The first official trailer has debuted for Kent Jones' documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, about the relationship between the two legendary filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut. The film is also about, and focuses on, the book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" also known as "Hitchcock/Truffaut" - which is easily available on Amazon now for anyone interested. The documentary also spends time with many of today's great filmmakers, asking them about the book and the influence that Hitchcock/Truffaut had on them. It looks like a fascinating, must-see documentary for any and every last movie nerd or cinephile to seek out as soon as possible. It arrives in theaters later this year. Here's the first trailer for Kent Jones' doc Hitchcock/Truffaut, on YouTube (via The Film Stage): In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the »
- Alex Billington
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