5 items from 2016
By Dawn Dabell
Can it really be 25 years since the release of The Commitments? An acclaimed hit with audiences and critics alike when first seen, it quickly grew in stature into something of a modern classic and has remained perennially popular ever since. It has also inspired touring bands, a major stage production and a few million sub-standard karaoke renditions of the iconic Mustang Sally (and other ditties) in pubs up and down the land.
Unemployed Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) dreams of being a band manager, and places an ad in the local paper – “Have you got soul? If so the world’s hardest working band is looking for you.” Various losers, opportunists and drop-outs turn up at his door to audition, but bit by bit he manages to put together an inexperienced band comprising ten members: men, women, backing singers, guitarists, saxophonists, a drummer and an unlikely lead vocalist »
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Time for people of a certain age to start feeling old. It’s been a quarter of a century since director Alan Parker introduced us to an unlikely soul combo whose legacy still lives on via a hit stage show and countless concerts. So while their onscreen fortunes turned out to be mixed, The Commitments place in popular culture is absolutely assured.
Opening with a bustling Dublin street market with second hand goods, fiddle players and horses, this marks itself out from the blockbusters of the time as a gritty take on Roddy Doyle‘s source novel. Fast-talking wannabe music mogul Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) has a simple idea: reasoning that the oppressed Irish are “the blacks of Europe”, he wants to assemble a world class soul outfit from local talent. But like the best band stories the road to success is paved with false starts, egos and copious amounts of drink and swears. »
- Steve Palace
Konrad Wolf’s I Was Nineteen (Ich War Neunzehn) co-written with Wolfgang Kohlhaase; Marlen Khutsiev’s It Was In May (Byl Mesyats May) starring Pyotr Todorovskiy; Louis Malle's The Fire Within (Le Feu Follet) based on the novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle with Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau and Alexandra Stewart; Joseph Mankiewicz’s The Barefoot Contessa starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart; Jean-Pierre Melville's Les Enfants Terribles, adapted from Jean Cocteau’s novel with Nicole Stéphane and Édouard Dermit; and Fritz Lang's Spies (Spione) featuring Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Gerda Maurus, are the six films selected by Volker Schlöndorff as Guest Director of the 43rd Telluride Film Festival.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Volker Schlöndorff directs cast and crew on Return to Montauk set Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
When Volker Schlöndorff sent me the call sheet for his Return To Montauk shoot in New York City, we arranged a schedule for me to be on set to document the goings-on as he was filming at the New York Public Library and up at Lincoln Center. The film, co-written with Colm Tóibín, stars Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss with Niels Arestrup, Susanne Wolff (Dominik Graf's Dreileben 2: Don't Follow Me Around), Isioma Laborde-Edozien, Mathias Sanders and Bronagh Gallagher (Alan Parker's The Commitments).
Stellan Skarsgård as Max Zorn Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Volker and I met at his hotel the day after he was shooting in the Financial District, for a conversation that led us to a quote from Thoreau, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
London — Volker Schlondorff, who won Cannes’ Palme d’Or and an Oscar for “The Tin Drum,” has started shooting “Return to Montauk” in New York. Pic stars Stellan Skarsgard and Nina Hoss, and the screenplay is by “Brooklyn’s” Colm Toibin and Schlondorff. Gaumont is handling international sales in Cannes, and Wild Bunch Germany will release the film theatrically in Germany.
The film centers on the writer Max Zorn (Skarsgard), who comes to New York for the release of his book. His young wife Clara (Susanne Wolff) goes ahead to work on the U.S. release. In his novel, Max writes about the failure of love in this city 17 years ago. Almost by chance he meets Rebecca (Hoss). She is now a successful lawyer, originally from East Germany, and in New York for 20 years. They decide to spend a weekend together in Montauk, a fishing port on Long Island.
- Leo Barraclough
5 items from 2016
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