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Mark Allison Apr 13, 2017
Of all the art that the Beatles brought into the world, their cinematic misadventures are probably less fondly remembered than their music. But in addition to 12 studio albums, 13 EPs, and 22 singles, the Fab Four also released five films in their comparatively few years together. These efforts comprised two feature films, a TV movie, a cartoon, and a documentary, all of admittedly inconsistent quality. Looking back now, these films provide a fascinating insight into the phenomenon of Beatlemania.
For Beatles fanatics such as myself, the music alone makes them a joy to watch and re-watch, but as pieces of cinema in their own right there’s plenty to still be enjoyed and appreciated. »
Directors making small cameo appearances in their own films is nothing new. Let’s face it, we’ve all watched an Alfred Hitchcock movie and devoted time to keeping a look out for one of his trademark blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameos. Hitchcock’s appearances appeal more to our fun side, but the same can’t be said for Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese has in fact appeared in a cameo or a supporting role in nearly all of his movies. Even in his documentaries he’s a presence that can be seen alongside his subjects. But what if Scorsese’s cameos actually mean something for the movie at large? What if he’s doing more than just randomly inserting himself into the background of a shot?
A new video essay from the Fandor team »
- Zack Sharf
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The film follows Romero, a retired fisherman who was rejected by his community when, years ago, he discovered an oil field in his village that caused his friends and neighbors to lose their way of life. Haunted by his past, his alcoholism, and his schizophrenia, Romero makes it his mission to reclaim the love and honor he lost decades earlier.
“Tormentero” recently made its North American premiere at SXSW. »
- Allison Picurro
3 items from 2017
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