18 items from 2016
All of my fantasies about meeting and talking to Anna Karina have been set in France, at her home, under constant worry of arrest, having just knocked on her door without an invitation. I ask her questions and she answers them all with tears in her eyes: "What was it like to act for Jean-Luc Godard, the man you loved, even when you were fighting like cats and dogs, even when he broke your heart? And how, in God's good name, did you manage to create performances that never age, that show no sign of origin, no influence, that absolutely confound me in the best possible way? How did you do it?” These fantasies found nourishment in the assumption that the icon of the French New Wave was fairly reclusive, not wanting to be bothered, certainly not wanting to talk anymore about those films, that time, that man. So imagine »
Opportunities to break into the industry are continuously expanding. In a search to discover new and unique talent in the sphere of indie TV, Seed&Spark and SeriesFest, as well as Band of Outsiders and Fullscreen, have partnered for the New Voice Crowdfunding Rally, a chance for creators behind independent series to either win a development deal from Band of Outsiders and $30,000, courtesy of MasterCard, or have their content go Straight-to-Series with Fullscreen.
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The fundraising rally starts on September 12 and ends on October 14 later this year. In order to get their pilot or teaser produced, the artists have to complete two objectives during the month: raising no less than $10,000 for production and amassing a following on Seed&Spark of no less than 1,000 people. Once the rally has ended, the creators will have until March 2017 to complete their pilot or teaser, »
- Kyle Kizu
Well, another year spent in the company of classic cinema curated by the TCM Classic Film Festival has come and gone, leaving me with several great experiences watching favorite films and ones I’d never before seen, some already cherished memories, and the usual weary bag of bones for a body in the aftermath. (I usually come down with something when I decompress post-festival and get back to the working week, and this year has been no exception.) There have now been seven TCMFFs since its inaugural run in 2010. I’ve been lucky enough to attend them all, and this time around I saw more movies than I ever have before—18 features zipping from auditorium to queue and back to auditorium like a gerbil in a tube maze. In order to make sure I got in to see everything I wanted to see, I had to make sure I was »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
Before his masterful Sunset Song begins its U.S. run, Terence Davies will be given a complete retrospective at MoMI. His self-titled trilogy screens on Saturday and Sunday; the latter day also brings Distant Voices, Still Lives and, with a post-screening Q & A to boot, The Long Day Closes.
- Nick Newman
I know just how hagiographic it sounds when I say, and nevertheless say with full sincerity, that being in Anna Karina’s presence is sort of a shocking thing. The French New Wave’s feminine icon — perhaps the screen icon of ‘60s cinema, period, at least if her recent immortalization in innumerable GIFs could count for anything — has often seemed inscrutable: as quick-witted as she is goofy, as likely to indulge in cartoonish physical gestures as she is to display her preternatural beauty, and always hiding something behind the eyes. With that perception established, you might understand why, as she walked down the steps of BAMcinématek’s theater 3 for a Q & A following Jean-Luc Godard’s A Woman Is a Woman, the seemingly innocuous figure almost immediately elicited this thought from myself and, I’d imagine, several others: “Holy shit — that’s Anna Karina.”
That feeling will soon dissipate — not »
- Nick Newman
Having charmed London in January, Anna Karina is in New York. On Tuesday, she was at Bam discussing her work with Jean-Luc Godard in A Woman Is a Woman (1961). Tonight, she's at the Museum of the Moving Image to talk about Pierrot le Fou (1965) and, on Friday, she'll be at Film Forum to talk about Band of Outsiders (1964) as a new restoration begins its weeklong run. The Film Forum series Anna & Jean-Luc features all three films as well as the other four the actress and the director made together, Vivre sa vie (1962), Alphaville (1965), Le Petit Soldat (1960) and Made in U.S.A. (1966). We're rounding up writing on the events. » - David Hudson »
The summer has arrived — at least if you’re going by Hollywood’s calendar. Our comprehensive preview for all four months will give you a hint as to what we most anticipate — but, for a more in-depth look, today we have our first monthly feature of the season. It should be noted that theatrical re-releases of the Jean-Luc Godard classic Band of Outsiders and Eiichi Yamamoto‘s animation, Belladonna of Sadness, both arriving on May 6th, as well as Fritz Lang‘s Destiny (on May 20th), are essential.
Getting to the new features, perhaps our most-anticipated studio release of the entire summer arrives, along with some of our festival favorites from the last year. To those lamenting the lack of superhero films: we figured it was best not to waste the space, as they are certainly already on your radar if you’re planning to buy a ticket. Check out »
- Jordan Raup
Above: Danish poster for Maid for Murder a.k.a. She’ll Have to Go (Robert Asher, UK, 1962).Next week is a red letter week for New York cinephiles because Anna Karina is coming to town. Nouvelle vague icon, muse of Jean-Luc Godard, and one of the most alluring presences in cinema, Anna Karina, now aged 75 and still gorgeous, is gracing us with her presence at three of New York’s temples of cinema: at Bam on Tuesday, May 3, where she will talk to Melissa Anderson following a screening of A Woman is a Woman; at MoMI on Wednesday, May 4, where she will have a conversation with Molly Haskell following a screening of Pierrot le fou; and at Film Forum on Friday, May 6, where she will kick off a week long run of Band of Outsiders and the accompanying series Anna & Jean-Luc. It would be easy to fill this post »
Anne Marie here, reporting from sunny Los Angeles!
The 6th Annual TCM Classic Film Fest starts today in Hollywood, kicking off 4 days of fan-friendly classic film viewing. Though Turner Classic Movies's festival is only six years old, the TV channel works to make each year bigger and broader than the year before it. This year, TCM will honor legendary director Francis Ford Coppola with a handprint ceremony, and call on the likes of Angela Lansbury, Faye Dunaway, Rita Moreno, and Anna Karina to introduce its decades-and-countries-spanning festival lineup. If you thought "Classic Movies" meant films shot in La from 1930-1950, TCM has some mind-altering revelations for you!
This year's theme is Moving Pictures; movies that not only move us to tears (It's A Wonderful Life and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), but also laughter (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid), trepidation (Band of Outsiders), spiritualism (The Passion of Joan of Arc), and introspection (Network, »
- Anne Marie
I live in Los Angeles, and my residency here means that a lot of great film programming-- revival screenings, advance looks at upcoming releases and vital, fascinating glimpses at unheralded, unexpected cinema from around the world—is available to me on a week-by-week basis. But I’ve never been to Cannes. Toronto, Tribeca, New York, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, SXSW, these festivals are all events that I have yet to be lucky enough to attend, and I can reasonably expect that it’s probably going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I never attended a film festival of any kind until I made my way to the outskirts of the Mojave Desert for the Lone Pine Film Festival in 2006, which was its own kind of grand adventure, even if it wasn’t exactly one for bumping shoulders with critics, stars and fanatics on the French Riviera.
But since 2010 there »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The ongoing vitality of the French New Wave doesn't need to be reiterated, nor the importance of Jean-Luc Godard. However, getting to see his films from that era on the big screen is a rare treat, which is why you'll want to make time this spring for "Band Of Outsiders." Read More: 10 Great European Neo-Noir Films Yep, it's the movie inspired the name of Quentin Tarantino's company, A Band Apart. Featuring Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur, and Anna Karina, and released four years after the groundbreaking "Breathess," it's a melancholy romance and crime flick rolled into one. Here's the synopsis: Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur) don’t have money, jobs, or prospects, but they do have a black convertible and a shared romantic interest in Odile (Anna Karina). When Odile lets slip that a stash of cash is ineptly hidden in the isolated villa where she lives, the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If one must sell the restoration of a Jean-Luc Godard film and the original trailer for said film was, in fact, cut together by Godard himself, why not use it? Credit to Rialto Pictures, then, for selling the latest theatrical run of Band of Outsiders with his original preview — a peppy, jaunty work that tells you nothing about the film and nearly everything you might want to know.
If you live in New York, note that the film will begin screening at Film Forum on May 6. If you don’t, keep your fingers crossed that it eventually swings around — or just plunk down some money on Criterion’s beautiful-looking Blu-ray.
See the preview below:
In the dreary Parisian suburb of Joinville, Brasseur and Frey (“Belmondo’s suburban cousins” – Godard) take turns romancing English language student Karina, then light up when she mentions the big pile of cash stashed at her aunt’s villa. »
- Nick Newman
2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at Tcl Chinese Theatre on Apr 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that renowned actor Burt Reynolds is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 – May 1, to participate in a sit-down interview about his life and career. In addition to the interview, Reynolds will be on-hand to introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974), for which he received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor. The interview will be taped Saturday, April 30 in front of a live audience of festival pass holders at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.
“For more than five decades, Burt Reynolds has been both a superstar and a force to be reckoned with on screens around the globe, having ranked among the top ten box office attractions in the world on 13 different occasions,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “He is one of the »
- Melissa Thompson
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 28thwith a 40th Anniversary screening of the Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman political thriller All The President’s Men (1976).
The festival, set to take place April 28 – May 1 in Hollywood, will also include tributes to the following screen legends:
· Director-writer Carl Reiner featuring a screening of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and an extended conversation
This year’s festival will include appearances by:
- Melissa Thompson
After her career-defining work with the French director, the actor went on to collaborate with Serge Gainsbourg, write novels and record two albums. She talks about a life of intense highs and lows ...
I love the scene in Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à Part where the stars dance the Madison inside a Paris cafe. I love its ramshackle energy and insouciant charm; its handclaps and its finger-clicks and the way that Godard keeps cutting the music, like a demented DJ, to tell us what each character is thinking at that precise moment. Godard was brilliant at creating such mischief. He liked lifting the bonnet to expose a film’s engine. He showed us the fictions and frictions behind the action on screen.
Back in the day, Anna Karina was Godard’s inspiration: his private passion and his public play-thing (and sometimes vice-versa). The pair married in 1961, divorced in 1965 and made eight films together, »
- Xan Brooks
Jean-Luc Godard’s early films were distinct from each other in tone and form – romantic comedies, outlaw-chic, dystopian visions – connected only by the ‘shifting centre’ of his cinematic world, his wife and muse, Anna Karina
Jean-Luc Godard had a problem with endings. His early films often finish with a throwaway closure, a death, not quite real, distantly presented. His films are all middle, yet a sense of ending imbues them. For Godard, even love itself is something that is always winding down and his lover, his wife, the muse of the best of his early movies, Anna Karina, embodies this problem. Watching Bande à Part (1964) and Pierrot le Fou (1965), I really didn’t want these films ever to finish; the deep pleasure of being in the company of Karina, and Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey and Jean-Paul Belmondo, is so beguiling that you want the fun to last a little longer. »
- Michael Newton
This evening at BFI Southbank, filmmaker and theorist Laura Mulvey (Visual and Other Pleasures) and professor and author Michael Witt (Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian) will kick off the British Film Institute's three-month-long Jean-Luc Godard season with "an in-depth conversation, richly illustrated with clips." The season takes off in earnest on Friday with a run for the new restoration of Le Mépris (Contempt, 1963)—and Anna Karina will be in London on January 16 to introduce that day's screening and to take part in discussions of Vivre sa vie (1962) and Band of Outsiders (1964). We'll be tracking coverage through March. » - David Hudson »
Le Mépris, 1963.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
Playwright, Paul Javal, is approached to write an adaptation for a film, directed by Fritz Lang. While he is conflicted about how he should proceed with such a commercial enterprise, his marriage to Camille is on the rocks and he is not entirely sure why…
The cool hats, imitating screen gods like Humphrey Bogart and Dean Martin, is integral to Jean Luc-Godard’s iconic films such as À bout de souffle, Bande à part and Le Mépris. What separates Le Mépris from the others is how sex and filmmaking is merged into one, using the iconic Brigitte Bardot to subtly dominate the screen with her sensual presence.
Panning slowly, through tricolour filters, Godard caresses Bardot’s body in the opening. As Camille, Bardot asks her husband Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli), whether he likes her »
- Simon Columb
18 items from 2016
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