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Film Is A Work Like Any Other: Talking with Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler

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Christian Petzold's The State I Am In (2000) and Christoph Hochhäusler's The City Below (2010) will be showing in September and October, 2017 on Mubi in most countries around the world.Christian Petzold (left) and Christoph Hochhäusler (right) on the set of Dreileben. Photo by Felix von Böhm.We meet in Christian Petzold’s office in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A giant wall of whispering books, almost like a Borgesian brain of fiction, encircles the table at which Christoph Hochhäusler, myself and the owner take place to discuss their films. The idea of the interview was to get Petzold’s take on Hochhäusler’s The City Below (2010) and Hochhäusler’s take on Petzold’s The State I Am In (2000). In the end, both filmmakers ended up talking about a lot more, as cinema for them has always been something that shines most brightly when remembering it, discussing it and loving it. The fictions proposed
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"Take This Waltz" Then Move On?: Breakups in the Age of Selfish

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Illustration by Leah BravoFive years ago, a film came and went with little fanfare, except a spattering of positive reviews, making around $4 million worldwide on a budget of about $10 million: Take This Waltz. More people know it as a Leonard Cohen song, from which its title comes. More people know Leonard Cohen than the director Sarah Polley, but as of this cultural moment, more people might know the star, Michelle Williams, than Leonard Cohen, due to her other movies and a popular TV show. These jejune concerns amplify less than we know and more than we'll admit. Name recognition: these go into the common denominators decision people look for when they decide to fund a film, a book, a play. How will it sell? How will it fit? What can it capitalize on? How can we make something that will not make people think too much or depress them? We
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Conversation with John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Joyce Carol Oates about Calvary

Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, Kelly Reilly and Chris O'Dowd on Calvary at the Explorers Club: "I can't go on. I'll go on" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After Kelly Reilly came three Calvary men - John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd. With McDonagh, I voyage through his many literary references, from Samuel Beckett to Herman Melville, from Albert Camus to James Joyce, and from Philip K. Dick to David Gates' Jernigan. James Cagney's Shanghai Lil with Busby Berkeley's choreography in Footlight Parade reveals Angels With Dirty Faces as another influence.

Peggy Siegal used her magic to snare O'Dowd, who is starring with James Franco on Broadway in John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men with Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Joyce Carol Oates, who sat next to me during lunch, elegantly sums up Calvary.

Kelly Reilly as Fiona, reading H.P. Lovecraft
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‘Too Late Blues’ Blu-ray Review (Masters of Cinema)

Stars: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis, Vince Edwards, Val Avery, Marilyn Clark, James Joyce, Rupert Crosse | Written by John Cassavetes, Richard Carr | Directed by John Cassavetes

Ghost (Darin), is an idealistic musician who would rather play in the park to the birds and at other small time gigs than compromise himself by going big time. For his band mates however, a little bit of fame wouldn’t go a miss. But when Ghost falls for a girl called Jess who he meets at a party (Stevens), she comes between him and his band members. Splitting off from the group and abandoning the life he once knew, he sets off on a search for fame and leaves his dreams behind.

Too Late Blues is another entry in the Masters of Cinema Series, a film made in 1961, filmed in black and white and directed by John Cassavetes. From the title,
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Forget The Pasty Abs And The Terrible Accents, This Here Is The Real Reason To Watch "True Blood"

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Happy Friday! Before I get to linking, one quick bit of business. Dearest, darling jubilat. Yesterday you sweetly asked for a reminder not to read this column. This is your gentle reminder, my dove. Don't keep reading! Get out while you can! Is he/she/it gone? Okay, good, we've done our good deed for the day. Happy Crowdsourced Friday! One of my favorite things about It Takes A Village People Pajiba Loves is that I get to find out what sites you, my rapacious readers, enjoy. Today we start with two Mental Floss links. The first one from paultera lists several words you may not know are trademarked. Really, Jacuzzi? I guess I'll go back to calling them Roiling Watery Stew Pots Of Human Filth And Contagion. Oh, or hot tubs. That works too. (Mental Floss)

Secondly Nat Kittyface sent in this list of historical figures who married their cousins.
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Joseph Campbell on Power of Myth With Bill Moyers - DVD Review

This fascinating program brought many people in 1988 the awareness of the importance of mythology in everyday life. In scholarly, but completely accessible conversations, Joseph Campbell examined the mythologies of the world. Looking both to illuminate origins and find similarities in the stories, Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers conversations defined the myths and their continuing influence on how human beings live. This fine program belongs in any home collection and will be of value to students, scholars and the general public. In 1949 Joseph Campbell published a book The Hero With A Thousand Faces, that was widely read and discussed. Taking a word from author James Joyce .monomyth. to describe his idea, Campbell suggested that there is a
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