12 items from 2013
She's played a seductive killer, a damaged prostitute, and an anguished schizophrenic. Does Ruth Wilson never fancy doing something lighter? As she makes her directing debut, she talks to Andrew Dickson
"Um," says Ruth Wilson worriedly, her brow furrowing and her long limbs coiling in embarrassment around her chair. "I am a bit of a control freak. Well, not really. Not totally." She halts. "Ok, I am a bit." Blimey. All I've asked is whether she's ever performed drunk. She seems scandalised by the notion. "No, no," she says. "The idea of not being in control of your faculties, I don't think so. Too much responsibility. Too scared!"
Fear isn't a concept you associate with Wilson, who has made her reputation in some unflinching roles: a sensuous Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, a psychologically harrowing Karin in Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's »
- Andrew Dickson
Directed by Georges Franju
France and Italy, 1960
The idea of what a quintessential French horror film might be, especially in the middle of the last century, would be a conflicting concept, the French being culturally revered as the custodians of the high-brow, the poetically human, and the avant-garde (we even import the word in its French form); horror is a genre maintained to provoke the base and primal, better left to B-movie thrills. Enter Georges Franju, a co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française, to helm Eyes Without a Face, a work to arrive with scorn from both French and Anglophone audiences as it had not been crafted to either of their palettes, but rather an amalgamation of tastes and something completely new.
When Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) identifies the body of his daughter Christiane »
- Zach Lewis
Elitist and pretentious, or an endangered species? Whatever your feelings, there's no doubt that arthouse movies are among the finest ever made. Here the Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 comedy movies
• Top 10 horror movies
• Top 10 sci-fi movies
• Top 10 crime movies
Peter Bradshaw on art movies
This is a red rag to a number of different bulls. Lovers of what are called arthouse movies resent the label for being derisive and philistine. And those who detest it bristle at the implication that there is no artistry or intelligence in mainstream entertainment.
For many, the stereotypical arthouse film is Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was a classic art film from the 1920s and Luis Buñuel investigated cinema's potential for surreality like no one before or since. The Italian neorealists applied the severity of art to a representation »
As I sat in the dark, surrounded by four projectors displaying synched clips from Ingmar Bergman's oeuvre, I felt both overwhelmed and relaxed, viscerally excited and deeply contemplative. In 15 minutes the installation managed to have the same effect as a good Bergman film. Created for the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, but now on display in the newly renovated Bergman Center on the Swedish island of Fårö, "Lanterna Magica" intends to distill Bergman's style and its development into 15 minutes of screen time spread over four simultaneously projected screens. But it actually forces the viewer to confront Bergman's legacy and examine its relevance. For the past 10 years, Fårö has hosted a week each summer to do just that, by celebrating the life, legacy and work of its most famous inhabitant. The director not only built his home on a remote spot on the island; he used it as the filming location »
- Ari Gunnar Thorsteinsson
Before Lena Dunham was Hannah Horvath, she was a highly regarded indie filmmaker. Case in point: Dunham's second feature, "Tiny Furniture," was curated for release by The Criterion Collection, which is "dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements." (Translation: special edition Blu-rays and DVDs.)
As a perk of being in the Criterion club, Dunham was asked to compile a list of her 10 favorite Criterion Collection features. "I am Criterion-obsessed and even own some Janus Films VHS's," Dunham said in a statement that accompanied her list. "I'm embarrassed so many of these films are in English, but I just love speaking English." The full, eclectic list is below.
"Fish Tank" (2009) "Days of Heaven" (1978) "Broadcast News" (1987) "Weekend" (2011) (t) "La Pointe Courte" (1956), "Cleo From 5 to 7" (1962), "Le bonheur" (1965), "Vagabond" (1985) (t) "The Marriage of Maria Braun »
- The Huffington Post
The director Ingmar Bergman shot his masterpieces Persona and Through a Glass Darkly and several other films in and around his house on Fårö, an island off the coast of Sweden. In Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's moody What Richard Did, a family beach house on the coast of Dublin strongly evokes Bergman's beloved home, one of many elements that makes the film feel like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque." Based on Kevin Power's novel Bad Day in Blackrock, the film follows Dublin teenager Richard (Jack Reynor, giving a performance worth savoring before he stars in Transformers 4) as his soul unravels after he does something very bad in a moment of pas »
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
“Movie Houses of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, we highlight the important theaters in Roger Ebert‘s life. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. The Art Theatre Location: 126 W. Church Street, Champaign, Il Opened: November 12, 1913, as The Park Theatre. Reopened as The Art on October 3, 1958. No. of screens: 1 Why Ebert worshipped here: ”I learned about the art of film [here]…The atmosphere of the Art reflected the new beatnik culture of the ’50s, and to walk through the doors was like breathing the air of freedom. There wasn’t any popcorn for sale, but the coffee was free, black, and strong, and at the age of 16, sitting in the dark wired on caffeine and trying to puzzle »
- Christopher Campbell
London, Apr 6: Carey Mulligan, who has got naked in the films 'And When Did You Last See Your Father?' 'An Education' and 'Shame,' as well as in the stage play 'Through A Glass Darkly', has said that she is quite shy about showing off her charms in everyday life.
The 27-year-old actress told the Sun that in her own life she is very prudish about her body, or at least has been in the past.
She said that she is always covering herself up rather than wearing skimpy outfits and thinks that she doesn't look good in very short skirts.
Mulligan admitted that she has not been entirely comfortable with revealing her most intimate body parts for roles and needed real guts to stand without any clothes in her film 'Shame' in. »
- Leon David
Schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness which affects roughly 1 in a hundred people. It usually strikes first in the sufferer’s teenage years (but can afflict anyone at any age) and leads to a life of visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, and in many sufferers loss of enjoyment in things they used to find interesting and fun, no motivation and a paucity of emotional feelings.
Schizophrenia is an illness which simultaneously horrifies and fascinates people. It has also intrigued film directors for several decades. Usually the director tries to recreate the mental experiences of the sufferer – to take us inside of all the horrors of the disease. A good film on schizophrenia is usually judged on the basis of its verisimilitude – how accurately the disease is portrayed.
- Clare Simpson
Eurotrash? I would call it Eurotreasure. But that’s just me. Folks are used to the mid to high brow films coming from our Continental friends. Virtually everyone has heard of Bergman, they may have no clue of his films but they know they are high art gloominess. Now I happen to be a huge fan of old Bergy and if I felt like it, I could discuss his films until the cows come home.
But I am schizophrenic in my tastes. As much as I love Through a Glass Darkly, I also love The Seduction of Inga - a Swedish sexploiter. As happy in the gutter as I am in the arthouse, I have put aside my Bresson DVDs to bring you the Top 50 Eurotrash films. These films are not ranked by the best as that would have scrambled my mind, but it is a pretty good general guide »
- Clare Simpson
12 items from 2013
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