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Hungarian director Béla Tarr announced that the University of Split (Croatia) curriculum will be a three-year course, which will in the first year take 16 international students. The classes are meant as a combination of theoretical courses, workshops with filmmakers and practical work.
“In my view, it is impossible to teach art, because every artist is different: they have their language and cultural background, they possess a talent of their own. In order for that talent to develop, they need to be free and brave,” Tarr said. “This is why I want this film school to give them a chance to do what they want. Myself and other teachers will support that process, protect them and put them ‘under an umbrella’. Because once they enter the film industry, they will suffer enough pain and humiliation, and here they can learn how to resist that.”
The impressive list of lecturers includes Jim Jarmusch, »
"It may not be true that 'the three most written-about subjects of all time are Jesus, the Civil War, and the Titanic,' as one historian has put it, but it's not much of an exaggeration," writes Daniel Mendelsohn in this week's New Yorker. "Since the early morning of April 15, 1912, when the great liner went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, taking with it five grand pianos, eight thousand dinner forks, an automobile, a fifty-line telephone switchboard, twenty-nine boilers, a jeweled copy of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, and more than fifteen hundred lives, the writing hasn't stopped."
What follows is an epic and irresistibly readable survey of 100 years' worth of Titanic lore. The disaster immediately inspired a "glut" of poems, "more than a hundred songs," countless histories, novels and plays and, of course, innumerable films, both narrative and documentary:
A scant month after the sinking, a one-reel movie »
Right now is not a bad time for admirers of Robert Bresson. A traveling retrospective has made its way across numerous cities, and people who'd never gotten a chance to glimpse Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971) now get to watch it on the big screen in a proper print. Furthermore, the critical and cinephilic culture surrounding Bresson's work is probably more alive now than it has been in a long time. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the wider interest in (and affection for) the director's late color films, earlier misunderstood and dismissed in some quarters as odd aberrations which lacked the spiritual clarity or asceticism of the black-and-white work. It's for this reason that film culture can welcome a second, revised edition of James Quandt's crucial anthology, Robert Bresson.
There is simply no more essential book of material on Bresson to be found in the English language, unless »
In 2009, the best film in Competition at the Berlinale was Maren Ade's Everyone Else (Fwiw, it came away with 1.5 Silver Bears, the 1 for Best Actress Birgit Minichmayr, the .5 for tying with Adrián Biniez's Gigante for the Jury Grand Prix; the Golden Bear that year went to Claudia Llosa's The Milk of Sorrow). Three years on (!), the trio that made Everyone Else worth talking up to this day (see, for example, Kevin B Lee's new video essay on a key scene at Fandor; see, too, Mike D'Angelo on the same scene a year ago at the Av Club) is back in Competition, albeit in three different films. Lars Eidinger has drawn the shortest straw, taking on the lead in Hans-Christian Schmid's rather dismal Home for the Weekend. Minichmayr's fared better opposite Jürgen Vogel in Matthias Glasner's new film, though I seriously doubt many of us will »
"From the scary thuds and mysterious roars that accompany the no-frills titles to the bizarrely poignant final image of the monster, alone at the bottom of the ocean, Ishiro Honda's 1954 Godzilla is all business and pure dream." So begins the essay by J Hoberman included in the typically extensive Criterion DVD and Blu-ray packages, out today, reviewed and recommended by David Anderson at Ioncinema and Bill Ryan; Gary Tooze takes a close look and listen to the image and audio quality. Related reading: Sean Axmaker's Godzilla primer at GreenCine. Updates, 1/25: Budd Wilkins reviews the "monstrously entertaining package" for Slant, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. More from Steven James Snyder in Time.
R Emmet Sweeney at Movie Morlocks: "The intrepid Twilight Time label continues their line of limited edition Blu-Ray releases with an absolutely gorgeous version of Picnic, Columbia's romantic smash of 1955-1956. Sold exclusively through on-line retailer Screen Archives, »
5 items from 2012
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