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In memory of Chantal Akerman, the New York Film Festival has scheduled two free screenings of her films for today, October 9. Chantal Akerman By Chantal Akerman and Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles join the World Premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog, Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma, and László Nemes’s Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), the Film Comment Presents selection in the Special Events program.
Je Tu Il Elle (I, You, He, She), Saute Ma Ville and Jeanne Dielman will be screened in November at the Museum of Modern Art in the 13th annual edition of To Save and Project, curated by Josh Siegel and Dave Kehr.
Josh wrote me: "One thing too often overlooked, and well worth mentioning, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Read More: Watch: First International Trailer And Images For Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Years' Starring Mathieu Amalric At the New York Film Festival premiere of Arnaud Desplechin's latest film, "My Golden Days," the French director met up with a cast of colleagues that may just qualify as legendary. Flanked on his left by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, and accompanied by Brian De Palma, "De Palma" co-director Jake Paltrow, and writer-director (and Nyff director of programming) Kent Jones on his right, these five filmmakers made for an awesome crowd at the coming-of-age romance's Nyff premiere. Such a meeting of the minds occurs only rarely, but leave it to New York Film Festival to bring together some of the best names in contemporary filmmaking. While this legendary filmmakers' meet-up sets one thinking about potential collaborations, it also conjures images of what could be an incredible Power Rangers' reboot, targeted specifically at. »
- Ryan Anielski
“Logic” is a word that Brian De Palma uses a lot. It turns out that many of his most notorious scenes weren’t conceived for effect, but as a result of problem solving. The almost comically overblown shootout that closes “Scarface” came about because Al Pacino had injured his hand, so De Palma had to keep filming his assembled gunmen for two weeks while awaiting his star’s return. The great length of drill that kills Deborah Shelton in “Body Double” – its preposterous size adding to the furor from women’s groups – was simply because it needed to be long enough to pass through its victim, her floor and the hero’s ceiling. These observations are made by the director himself in this utterly engrossing documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. And they’re pertinent to so much about him – the controversy that has peppered his career and his »
- Demetrios Matheou
After a passionate explanation of the innovation found in his 1978 film The Fury, Brian De Palma shrugs and laughs. “In France it played for 10 years.” You know you are a special kind of Hollywood failure when they love you in France.
There is only one cast member in De Palma, and that’s De Palma, seated in front of a fireplace, talking. It’s curriculum vitae-as-documentary, a legendary figure in cinema who occasionally dabbled in success, walking us through his 29 feature films, a few shorts, a beloved music video plus some projects that never got off the ground. Co-directors Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach overlay relevant images from the discussed movies, creating a patchwork of film theory and juicy from-the-set gossip.
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- Jordan Hoffman
Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s De Palma is a fans-only interview session with the director. Straightforward, even staid in its construction, it consists almost entirely of two shots of a seated De Palma — one in medium close-up, the other presumably punched-in in post — and appositely illustrative clips and stills. The film currently only has two credits: the opening all-caps title “De Palma” scrolling left to right in lurid red, and a closing copyright credit (hard-working editors will, presumably, be thanked at a later date). Interlocutors Baumbach and Paltrow are never heard; according to this useful interview, they never even considered […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Noah Baumbach isn’t exactly the first name in a list of directors that comes to mind for a documentary about renowned filmmaker Brian De Palma. With Baumbach’s own work as of late revolving around young and somewhat hip New Yorkers (Frances Ha and his recent release Mistress America), it’s not what anyone might naturally expect him to take on as his next project. But he does so with the help of writer-director Jake Paltrow, together delving into the filmmaker’s extensive and diverse filmography in the aptly named De Palma.
Going chronologically through all of his films, De Palma explores the career of a man with many substantial successes under his belt and a handful of failures along the way. The film is essentially one long interview with De Palma, intercut with footage from his movies. The »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
We posted a first round of reviews of De Palma when it premiered in Venice. Now we've got fresh reviews and video of a Q&A with the filmmakers. "One of the most revealing documentaries ever made about a filmmaker," begins Time Out's Joshua Rothkopf, "Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s juicy profile of suspense expert Brian De Palma doubles down on its subject’s famous obsessions with Hitchcock, gorgeous women in peril and coke-snorting gangsters. In the process, it reclaims a peevish Hollywood giant from his own worst instincts." » - David Hudson »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about what an incredibly lucrative year Universal Studios is having despite no existing superhero property in its lineup. This week, we’ll be looking at a similar type of success on the independent film market scale. Indie film distributors A24 have had an all-time, champagne-popping great year. A24 has had a total domestic return of $50 million this year, which is almost four times more than their 2014 total of $13 million. $50 million may be chump change to some studios, but for a small market contender like A24, that’s a huge improvement. $50 million is a lot more than $13 million. They jumped from the 20th highest grossing studio in 2014 to currently the 13th highest this year, a significant leap.
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- Dylan Griffin
Nanni Moretti, with John Turturro for Mia Madre, and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz and Ariane Labed will appear today, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson discuss The Forbidden Room on both nights.
Thomas Bidegain's take on John Ford’s The Searchers, Les Cowboys, and star Finnegan Oldfield plus Michel Gondry for Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) will appear later in the week. Jia Zhangke with Zhao Tao will present Mountains May Depart and Walter Salles for Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.
Two documentaries with their subjects appearing - Robert Frank joins Laura Israel for Don't Blink: Robert Frank and Brian De Palma blow in with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for De Palma. Michael Moore for Where To Invade Next and My Golden Days »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
With the 53rd New York Film Festival now in full swing and the visit of Pope Francis to New York ongoing, here are four more films to look forward to. Stig Björkman's portrait on Ingrid Bergman with Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger and her children providing personal memories accompany Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words and Arnaud Desplechin's resplendent My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) stars Mathieu Amalric, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Quentin Dolmaire and André Dussollier. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives fame) has his Cemetery Of Splendour, starring Jenjira Pongpas Widner, haunting us, and Brian De Palma discussing his films with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow in De Palma will keep you awake.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center raises the curtain with six free opening day screenings in celebration of 25 years for The Film. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Everywhere you look, filmmakers are talking about how they make films — from behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode of a cable series to now-ubiquitous YouTube interviews with directors of even the most artless action movies. So perhaps it’s no wonder that the most august of fests, the 53rd New York Film Festival, is presenting documentaries on filmmakers Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, Haskell Wexler, Robert Frank, Jia Zhang-ke and even one-time producer Ingrid Bergman. It’s a bigger reflexive lineup than at any Nyff in recent memory.
No film embodies this trend better than “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which examines the two legendary auteurs through interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and other filmmakers. Yet in a strange twist, despite garnering acclaim in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, it was overtly snubbed by Nyff’s director, Kent Jones — who also happens to be the director of “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”
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- Gregg Goldstein
Being a great admirer of Brian De Palma, I found that no film from 2015 was as purely pleasurable as Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s De Palma, a blow-by-blow examination of the director’s massive oeuvre. Its structure is simple — De Palma speaks candidly about his upbringing, early efforts, and subsequent successes (as well as failures); many clips and archival materials are interspersed — but the effect to which their resources are wrung evinces a great deal of attention and care. In Baumbach’s own words, “This is the only movie, probably, I can safely say, that I’ll be involved with that I can just keep watching over and over again. I find it so interesting.”
After screening their work for press and industry members at this year’s New York Film Festival, the pair engaged in an Amy Taubin-led Q & A featuring audience questions. It’s hit-and-miss, as »
- Nick Newman
Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s fleet and bountiful portrait covers the career of the number one iconoclast of American cinema, the man who gave us Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, and Carlito’s Way. Their film moves at the speed of De Palma’s thought (and sometimes works in subtle, witty counterpoint) as he goes title by title, covering his life from science nerd to New Hollywood bad boy to grand old man, and describes his ever-shifting position in this thing we call the movie business. Deceptively simple, De Palma is finally many things at once. It is a film about the craft of filmmaking—how it’s practiced and how it can [ Read More ]
The post New York Film Festival 2015: De Palma Press Conference appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
While Cannes, Toronto, and Venice premiere some of the year’s best films, no annual cinematic event is better curated than the New York Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. Those attending will witness, over two weeks, some of the best features this year — and next — have to offer.
A simple copy-and-pasting of the line-up would suffice, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down to 25 selections that are the most worth your time. For honorable mentions, we’re looking forward to the stellar line-up of revivals, including The King of Comedy, All That Jazz, Blow Out, Rocco and His Brothers, Ran, Heaven Can Wait, and The Boys from Fengkuei.
We’ve also reviewed a few titles (The Forbidden Room, My Mother, Chevalier) that we were a bit cooler on. Lastly, the festival announced a sneak preview screening of Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, and one can read our review here. »
- TFS Staff
Just announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center - A Sneak Preview of Ridley Scott’s The Martian in RealD 3D, starring Matt Damon, with Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain and Donald Glover has been added to the Special Events program of the New York Film Festival, joining Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun and Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma.
The 20th Century Fox release will screen on Sunday, September 29 at 9:00pm - Alice Tully Hall with the director and members of the cast in attendance.
This year's New York Film Festival runs from September 25 through October 11.
The Martian goes on general release on September 30 in the UK and October 2 in the Us. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"The Hollywood system destroys creativity," Brian De Palma tells us in Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's documentary. That's not the first nor the last of the impassioned statements the director makes throughout the course of the film, which feels less like a retrospective and more like a cinephile confessional. "It's in the same spirit as having coffee with him," said Paltrow. That is, if you take your coffee blood red. Unlike most movies about directors — really, unlike most movies about famous people — Baumbach and Paltrow keep us squarely in De Palma's subjectivity. The only interview subject is De Palma himself, because the directors "didn't want to affect Brian with people talking about him," said Paltrow. "It wasn’t about trying to get answers out of him that we already had in our head," said Baumbach. "We were trying to tell it the way he wanted to tell it. »
- Emily Buder
At the press conference for De Palma, one of the New York Film Festival's engaging Special Events, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, in a conversation with selection committee member Amy Taubin of Film Comment, disclosed that on that particular day Paltrow considered Blow Out to be Brian De Palma's best movie and Carlito's Way one of his favourites - but that changes. Baumbach cites Body Double and The Untouchables as his first encounters with De Palma in the cinema, an entry way into the world of grown-ups that "felt like I was going to be in on some kind of secret."
The eye-opening documentary follows the filmmaker's career, film by film in chronological order, with De Palma talking about each individual movie. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"Would you mind awfully if Brian De Palma was also present at your interview?" is maybe the definition of a rhetorical question. In Venice to promote the terrifically entertaining documentary "De Palma," directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow (review here), the co-directors, who were due to do interviews as a pair, and the film's titular star, had decided to do all their press engagements as a threesome. In reply, employing my world-class poker face, and, sounding only very slightly put out, I told the organizer that no, I would not mind awfully. In fact, of course, I was delighted to be meeting De Palma, and had I not been, for some crazy reason, prior to watching the film, "De Palma" would have seen to that. It's a doc so genial and witty and candid that could turn even a lukewarm non-fan into a weak-kneed acolyte. One of its chief »
- Jessica Kiang
There were not many surprises at this year’s Venice Film Festival, but one film that proved an unexpected joy was De Palma. A simple talking-head documentary, featuring Brian De Palma gassing happily about his entire CV from Murder A La Mod to Carrie to Scarface to Passion, it’s directed by the unlikely team of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.“I met Noah at a birthday party for Paul Schrader twenty years ago and Jake at a party about ten years ago,” De Palma told Empire in Venice. “And we just had a rapport and a love for movies”.“There were so many conversations we had with Brian and things he would talk about that at a certain point we thought we should just ask him to talk about it on camera,” says Paltrow. “It was selfish at first. So we asked and he was up for it.”The »
You famously like to attend festivals just to watch movies. What’s the special appeal of Venice?
I love the city. I spend a lot of time here because my composer [Pino Donaggio] lives here. Each festival has its ambience, but Venice… The food, the location, the canals, and when you’re at the Excelsior, where I usually stay, you run into all your friends in the lobby. It’s a very casual atmosphere.
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- Interview by Jonathan Romney
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