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Two years before Patricia Highsmith would earn acclaim with the release of her 1950 suspense novel, Strangers on a Train, she was working as a shopgirl selling dolls at a department store. Legend goes that one day an elegant, beautiful blond came to the store in search of a doll, casting an enchanting spell on young Pat Highsmith. At the time, Pat happened to be in the throes of chicken pox. Her love at first sight afterglow fused well with her potent illness, resulting in a night of fevered inspiration, wherein The Price of Salt was wholly conceived as an outline. Three years later, after Highsmith finished her impassioned novel, she found her publishers less than enthused to follow up Strangers on a Train with a...
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Made of crystal and suppressed tears, shot eternally through windows and mirrors and half-closed doors, Todd Haynes' "Carol" is a love story that starts at a trickle, swells gradually to a torrent, and finally bursts the banks of your heart. A beautiful film in every way, immaculately made, and featuring two pristine actresses glowing across rooms and tousled bedclothes at each other like beacons of tentative, unspoken hope, the film is based on a novel by "The Talented Mr Ripley" and "Strangers on a Train"'s Patricia Highsmith. But "Carol" is not those stories, nor their filmic adaptations. It is not dark and it is not cutting. Instead it is an aching, pining film that layers the simplicity of this love affair with such strata of feeling that the story eventually becomes the essence of every affair ever, gay or straight, in which true, luminous love has been denied by circumstance. »
- Jessica Kiang
In Todd Haynes’ exquisite Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play two women in 1952 New York, who fall in love and must face prejudice and societal conventions, but most importantly must face their own notions of what they’re allowed to desire. With its overpowering beauty, both dreamlike and earthly, the film presents us with a snapshot of a time and place that make a case for Haynes being one of the greatest anthropologists in all of cinema, a filmmaker whose attention to detail is surpassed only by his humanism.
At a press conference in New York, attended by Haynes, Blanchett, Mara, screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, and co-stars Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson and Jake Lacy, the director commented on one of the many qualities that attracted him to tell this love story, and how it reveals “a kind of expression of intimacy that is hard to find a parallel to among gay men, »
- TFS Staff
At the Carol press conference inside the Jw Marriott Essex House, on Central Park South, attended by Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson and Jake Lacy, director Todd Haynes connected smoking to Hollywood's Golden Age Cinema. Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy spoke about Patricia Highsmith's dislike of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train and fondness for Robert Walker and Alain Delon in René Clément's Plein Soleil (Purple Noon).
Carol, adapted from Highsmith's The Price Of Salt, costumes by Sandy Powell (The Wolf Of Wall Street), music by Carter Burwell (Anomalisa), cinematography by Ed Lachman (Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Love, Paradise: Faith, Paradise: Hope) had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and was screened in the 53rd New York Film Festival last month.
Carol dancing with her husband Harge »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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The Criterion Collection have revealed their February 2016 line-up (click titles for more information):
On The Cinephiliacs, Peter Labuza talks with Jonathan Rosenbaum about his career and Out 1.
David Bordwell discusses the women crime writers of the 1940s and 1950s:
You might say that Double Indemnity and Out of the Past are quintessentially 1940s-1950s films, and I’d agree. But so too are works based on women writers. The list of Highsmith adaptations, starting with Strangers on a Train (1951), is too long to recite here, but let’s remember that »
- TFS Staff
Los Angeles is uncommonly windy at the moment. Dorothy Gale windy even. Nature Attacks!
But nevertheless I'm off to the airport to fly home to NYC after quite a fun busy week of Oscar buzz and AFI festivities. We'll catch up on anything we missed (surely a lot) in the next couple of days. In the meantime please to enjoy tweets that amused us most this week.
— Ryan Adams (@filmystic) November 13, 2015
- NATHANIEL R
Author Patricia Highsmith is most well-known for her six Tom Ripley novels (currently heading for the small screen), and many of her works have been made into movies, from Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" to Anthony Minghella's 1999 "The Talented Mr. Ripley." When Phyllis Nagy was working as a researcher at the New York Times when she was in her early 20s, she was assigned to accompany Highsmith on a walking tour of the Greenwood Cemetery. They became friends, and thus Nagy came to know the novelist, who lived in Switzerland, in the last ten years of her life. They corresponded, and when Nagy moved to London a few years later, they saw each other more often. Highsmith suggested that Nagy, who was establishing her career as a playwright ("Butterfly Kiss"), should adapt one of her books. "I’d heard her talk about how much she hated all of her adaptations, »
- Anne Thompson
1: Dr No – Opening Title Sequence
The schizophrenic title sequence introduces John Barry’s famous James Bond theme, but instead of transitioning into the now traditional pop song (which uses the title as a lyric), random portions of two calypso songs were used instead. This was also of course the first of Maurice Binder’s many fantastic title sequences, and while some of the standard conventions are absent (such as the silhouetted nude bodies floating about), we still do get the lines of white dots sliding across the screen before transforming into a gun barrel, through which Bob Simmons fires his gun. From then it’s on to a procession of primary colours and shapes and an Atari-like animated sequence. All in all, this remains one of the most distinctive opening title sequences of the series.
(Watch the clip here)
There’s little doubt »
- Ricky da Conceição
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
While Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies, which had its (world premiere was at the New York Film Festival) and stars Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, Billy Magnussen and Eve Hewson, is showing on three screens tonight, there will be a Meadowland conversation with Olivia Wilde and director/cinematographer Reed Morano, moderated by Anne-Katrin Titze following the 7:40pm screening.
Hitchcocktober, a series of Alfred Hitchcock films that includes North By Northwest, Rope, Psycho, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Strangers On A Train is also going on this month at Village East Cinema.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Directed by Kent Jones
In 1962, Francois Truffaut, one of the glittering leading lights of the French nouvelle vague sat down for a fortnight of intricate and comprehensive interviews with master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock at his offices in sun-blessed Hollywood. Contrary to his current position as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, in this period Hitch was critically considered as merely an adept showman, a fine purveyor of whimsical thrillers, and a household name due to his popular TV crime and mystery serials. Since then, his work has been autopsied and analysed at a level arguably unmatched by any other auteur, and he is now considered one of the great psychological and semiotic cartographers of cinematic space and culture, with his 1958 picture Vertigo recently promoted to the pedestal of greatest film of all time. Flattered by the »
Woody Allen presents his movie for 2015, a new drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone entitled Irrational Man. The film revolves around the character of Abe Lucas (Phoenix), a newcomer to a small American town just outside of Providence. A philosophy professor, and at an apparent all-time low emotionally, Abe starts his new position at the town’s local college and immediately forms a relationship with two women; chemistry teacher Rita Richards (Parker Posey), and Stone’s Jill Pollard, one of his own students. While battling against alcoholism and other inner demons, Lucas overhears a conversation in a diner one fateful afternoon, and his actions, which eventually lead to sobriety and inner happiness, trigger a separate chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.
Irrational Man review »
- Paul Heath
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Robert Walker: Actor in MGM films of the '40s. Robert Walker: Actor who conveyed boy-next-door charms, psychoses At least on screen, I've always found the underrated actor Robert Walker to be everything his fellow – and more famous – MGM contract player James Stewart only pretended to be: shy, amiable, naive. The one thing that made Walker look less like an idealized “Average Joe” than Stewart was that the former did not have a vacuous look. Walker's intelligence shone clearly through his bright (in black and white) grey eyes. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” programming, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating today, Aug. 9, '15, to Robert Walker, who was featured in 20 films between 1943 and his untimely death at age 32 in 1951. Time Warner (via Ted Turner) owns the pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library (and almost got to buy the studio outright in 2009), so most of Walker's movies have »
- Andre Soares
We don't want to get involved in the whole 'Poor Jen' narrative - painting her like some kind of modern day Ophelia - but it's true that the recently married actress has struggled to replicate her success outside of Friends (not that's she's alone there).
But among the laboured romantic 'comedies' and dramas rank with the stench of pathos, Aniston has actually appeared in a few cinematic gems. We've searched out these tranquil islands in the sea of Metacritic reds and yellows:
A cult comedy with a dark edge but soft heart, Mike 'Beavis & Butt-head' Judge's Office Space was a flop on release in 1999 but has rightly become a cult classic in the years since. Peter, Samir and Michael are three programmers stuck in an office job from hell, which only gets more hellish with the arrival of a pair of consultants looking to "downsize".
A mishap at »
Directed by Philip Ridley
Written by Philip Ridley
The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor am I sure the movie knows what it wants to be. Although, most people easily label it a psychological horror film, The Reflecting Skin is not a film that is easily pigeonholed. It appears to be a film about the trauma of growing up and more importantly, growing up with a dysfunctional family that is haunted by their past. And it’s all told in a series of twisted events.
This independent feature was the directorial debut of Philip Ridley, a British painter-illustrator-novelist who had supplied the script to Peter Medek’s mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays. The Reflecting Skin was celebrated as one of the unique films of its year and received a good deal of favorable reviews. »
As distasteful as the idea of remaking one of Alfred Hitchcock's best may be, knowing that it was in the hands of David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, and Ben Affleck made the whole idea a little more palatable. It was January of this year when we first learned of the intentions of the Gone Girl team of moving ahead with a remake of Strangers On A Train; however as the trio have found... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
After Gone Girl, author Gillian Flynn was quickly established as a screenwriter and developer of TV and film projects. One project announced last year that raised eyebrows more than any other was a remake of Strangers on a Train, the Alfred Hitchcock film in which a theoretical conversation between two men about murdering each others’ respective relations […]
The post That ‘Strangers on a Train’ Remake May Face Big Delays appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
One of the more surprising announcements of the year occurred right back in January when it was revealed that the "Gone Girl" team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck were coming together again for remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train".
Itself an adaptation of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" series Patricia Highsmith's novel, the original film followed two strangers - a tennis pro seeking a divorce, and a mentally unstable socialite - who strike up a conversation. Each has someone they want to get out of the way, so the socialite proposes they 'swap murders' and thus the killings could not be traced back to them.
The new take would shift the action to a private plane with Affleck playing a film star in the midst of Oscar campaigning who is given a ride to La on the jet of a wealthy and dangerous stranger. »
- Garth Franklin
Coming into the new year fresh off the success of "Gone Girl," it looked like the trio of David Fincher, Ben Affleck and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn were eager to team up again. And indeed, a new project was announced, "Strangers," a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train," but with a bit of a twist. But in the months that have passed, everyone has gotten very busy. Flynn and Fincher and gearing up "Utopia" for HBO, while Affleck has "Live By Night" and a solo Batman movie on his directing plate. So perhaps it's not a shock that Flynn has confirmed that "Strangers" is taking a back seat. "We’re all so overcommitted right now that we’ll see on that one," she told Vulture about the potential project. And while our knee-jerk reaction to remakes is to lament the lack of originality in Hollywood, this one did have an interesting concept. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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