3 items from 2014
Mixing awe and irreverence, “Trespassing Bergman” informatively and entertainingly explores the home, life, films and legacy of legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman with the help of other world-cinema heavyweights. Calling on filmmakers including Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Lars von Trier, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Claire Denis, Wes Craven, Takeshi Kitano Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou to discuss the impact that films such as “Summer With Monika,” “The Seventh Seal,” “Persona” and “Fanny and Alexander” had on their lives and careers, this cinephile’s delight will be catnip to global fests, broadcasters and distribs.
Jane Magnusson and Hynek Pallas’ docu combines previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Bergman’s films, well-chosen clips and a chronology of his career with candid conversations with other filmmakers, some shot at Bergman’s remote Faro Island home and others at locations around the world. A playful tone is established early »
- Alissa Simon
Very few people see.
For Ever Mozart (1996) from Jean-Luc Godard is half Contempt (1963), a quarter The Seventh Seal (1957), and a quarter In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011). Like every Godard film I've ever seen, I was challenged, annoyed, depressed, and moved. Most films, if you're patient enough, can be appreciated in some way. Godard actively antagonizes patience by confusing the narrative, using theatricality, and hammering home philosophical dialogue. If you're on his wavelength, then the experience is probably an exhilarating one. But, as with other modern poets, I am a world apart. Where is the consistency? Where are we going? Where are the rest of the damn subtitles!?
- Jason Ratigan
The beginning of a calendar year is an active time for the serious movie-watcher. Besides providing the most accelerated moment of awards pre-season and a profusion of top 10 lists, the new year also portends surprises from the influx of films annually chosen for preservation by the Nfpb and the new streaming contracts that motivate some heavy updates on your Netflix queue. But the Duke School of Law has also annually contributed another litany of films to these annual aggregations: films (and other creative works) that, as of January 1st of each year, they argue should be, but aren’t, added to the public domain. According to the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, if the Copyright Act of 1976 (which went into effect in 1978) had never been passed, as of last week many works from 1957 would go into public domain in the United States, including classic films like David Lean’s Bridge on the River Kwai »
- Landon Palmer
3 items from 2014
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