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7 items from 2009


"La Jetée": The Story of a Man Marked By An Image of His Childhood

27 December 2009 6:19 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"La Jetée belongs to a genre that breeds opportunity for elaborate vision and little thought; the film is responsibly contrary to both assessments," writes Rumsey Taylor at Not Coming to a Theater Near You. "Its strength is its simplification."

"Lasting 29 minutes, shot in black and white and consisting almost entirely of still photographs - imaginatively blended with dissolves, wipes and fades - this is the bare bones of science fiction." Simon Sellars at Ballardian: "It highlights why we are attracted to Sf in the first place: not for bug-eyed aliens or galaxy-hopping spaceships, but for the way in which the form can twist our most cherished versions of reality inside out.... La Jetée's influence is palpable. In a 1966 review for New Worlds magazine, Jg Ballard considered it to be one of the few convincing acts of Sf cinema, while a scene from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner - in »

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Stella Artois and The Auteurs Present 7 French Classics

10 December 2009 3:27 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

From December 15 through 22, The Auteurs and Stella Artois will be presenting to viewers over 18 in the UK a daily series of French films for free. Titles include Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin, Féminin and Vivre sa vie, François Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Jules et Jim, Jacques Demy's Lola, Chris Marker's La Jetée and Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour.

The occasion is France 7 Ways | 7 Days | 7 Films: French New Wave Film Festival, celebrating the closing week of Stella Artois' Recyclage de Luxe campaign. Enjoy! »

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Storming the Streets

8 December 2009 7:28 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Somehow, there hardly seems a more pertinent time for a wide U.S. release of Patricio Guzmán's epochal "The Battle of Chile" (1975-78), a massive, three-part vérité documentary about the rise of Salvador Allende's socialist government and its subsequent usurpation by the country's American-backed military junta.

The title of Part 1 -- "The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie" -- says it all: imagine, if you can, the heaven-sent Bizarro-world where a people-power government is successfully installed, triumphantly wresting control of the starving nation's major industries and resources from corporations and multinationals, and thereby precipitating an overt and covert insurrection led by the business owners and bankers and moneyed class.

You know a truly democratic, for-the-people policy is working if you enrage the wealthy, a rare situation that smacks, lightly, of what's happening in this country at the moment, as Republicans and corporations have gone berserk trying to stop Obama from »

- Michael Atkinson

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Agnès Varda in person at American Cinematheque

17 June 2009 6:09 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Start: 06/24/2009 End: 06/27/2009 Timezone: America/Los Angeles Start: 06/24/2009 End: 06/27/2009 Timezone: America/Los Angeles If you're in Los Angeles, catch a crapload of films by legendary Varda June 24-27th 2009! A gifted and outspoken feminist and one of the most acclaimed directors anywhere in the world, Agnès Varda could be considered the prototype of today's independent filmmaker. Varda is a survivor, a stubborn and patient observer of her time and her people, like the pop singer in Cleo from 5 to 7, the lovers in Le Bonheur or the drifter in Vagabond. "I have fought so much since I started ... for something that comes from emotion, from visual emotion, sound emotion, feeling, and finding a shape for that," Varda has said...

Varda directed her first feature, La Pointe Courte, in 1954, with no formal training in filmmaking. The movie has often been identified as the film that started the French New Wave ("and a famous flop, »

- Superheidi

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12th Annual EU Film Festival Highlights, Week One: ‘I’m All Good,’ ‘Zift,’ ‘Kisses,’ ‘Shall We Kiss’

4 March 2009 1:04 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Annual European Union Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center has become a calendar-clearing event for foreign film and arthouse movie lovers in the city of Chicago, but working your way through what to see of the five dozen films can be overwhelming. Let us guide the way.

This year’s edition, running from March 6th to April 2nd, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Peter Greenaway, Francois Ozon, Agnes Varda, Nicholas Roeg, Shane Meadows, Olga Malea, and Olivier Assayas, along with some movies that probably won’t be seen outside of the EU in the Windy City.

The 12th Annual European Union Film Festival includes 59 feature films, all of which are making their Chicago premiere. If you’re interested in seeing something off the beaten path, the EU is the fest for you. Week by week, every Wednesday, come back to HollywoodChicago.com for »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Criterion To Release Akira Kurosawa’s Ran on Blu-Ray

18 February 2009 3:19 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Criterion Collection has announced that they will be releasing Akira Kurosawa’s Ran on Blu-Ray in May. The release will include: Restored high-definition digital transfer, with an uncompressed stereo soundtrack Audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince An appreciation of the film by director Sidney Lumet A.K., a 74-minute film by director Chris Marker A 30-minute documentary on the making of [...] »

- Peter Sciretta

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Bruce McDonald Wants You to Fund His Film

29 January 2009 11:21 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I’ve just been tempted by something very exciting over at Twitch.

For a thousand dollars, one can become be an Executive Producer on Bruce McDonald’s upcoming musical romance, A Love Supreme. Inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetee, this won’t be “filmed” in the traditional sense, but instead be constructed from a series of around 20,000 still photographs. The film will be set in Toronto’s Little Italy and is pitched as being “about how a boy meets a girl through Jazz”. It is based upon a novel by Kent Nussey that has been compared to Camus, Beckett and Sartre. The necessary funds to complete filming seem to amount to no more than $20,000 dollars - Canadian, I assume?

Not rushing to get your checkbook? Then let me try and twist your arm with some video clips of Ellen Page and zombie invasions, as well as a short test piece of the film itself… »

- Brendon Connelly

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