5 items from 2010
Two time Oscar nominated actress Jill Clayburgh died yesterday after a long long struggle with leukemia. She was 66 years old.
Clayburgh in Starting Over (1979) and Running With Scissors (2006)Younger moviegoers may remember her as the rundown matriarch of that chaotic impossibly neurotic brood in Running With Scissors (2006) or the well heeled matriarch in television's Dirty Sexy Money. (2007-2009). Those were both part of a mini Clayburgh revival in the Aughts which was kicked off by two Broadway runs in Naked Girl on the Appalachian Way (2005) and the revival of Barefoot in the Park (2006).
But Clayburgh's heyday was unquestionably in the late 1970s, when she became something like the screen embodiment of Modern Liberated Woman. Clayburgh will always be connected in cultural history to her zeitgeist moment in 1978 when she starred in Paul Mazurky's frisky Best Picture nominee An Unmarried Woman. In the film her husband suddenly leaves her for a »
- NATHANIEL R
Jean‑Luc Godard's masterpiece remains a startling example of the French new wave and marked the arrival of one of cinema's most influential directors
Two trailers bookend my half-a-century of writing professionally about the cinema and bracket the career of the man who is arguably the most influential moviemaker of my lifetime. Fifty years ago this month I dropped into an Oslo cinema while waiting for a midnight train and saw an unforgettable trailer for a French picture. It cut abruptly between a handsome, broken-nosed actor I'd never come across before, giant posters of Humphrey Bogart, and the familiar features of Jean Seberg, whom I knew to be an idol of French cinéastes as the protegee of Otto Preminger. Shot in high contrast monochrome, rapidly edited, interspersed with puzzling statements in white-on-black and black-on-white lettering, it was like no other trailer I'd seen, and I was captivated. Not until my »
- Philip French
Now on DVD: Chantal Akerman in the Seventies
The Forgotten: Sunday, Lovely Sunday
The Forgotten: The Dumb Bomb
The Forgotten: The Man Who Never Was
The Forgotten: It Was So Nice Inside His Head
Fernando F. Croce:
“One for Them”? Scorsese’s “Cape Fear”
Now on DVD: “Il posto” (Ermanno Olmi, 1961)
Movie Poster of the Week: "Do It Again"
Movie Posters of the Week: The Best of Rotterdam
Movie Poster of the Week: "The Art of the Steal"
Movie Poster of the Week: "I Am Love" and the Curious Case of Tilda Swinton
Berlinale: Zhang Yimou's "A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop" Review
Berlinale. Philip Scheffner's "Day of the Sparrow" Review
Rotterdam 2010: 4 in the Running for Vpro Tiger Awards
Berlinale. "Apart Together" Review + Roundup
Berlinale. "The Ghost Writer" Review + Roundup
I can't recall precisely where and when I first saw Jean-Luc Godard's landmark 1964 picture Une femme mariée, but I know it wasn't until well after I had seen Alphaville, which came slightly after Une femme, or Le mepris, which appeared slightly before it—the years 1962 to 1968 represented a rather incredible flurry of activity for the director, seeing the creation/release of fourteen features and, depending on which source you believe, eight or nine shorts. That's practically Fassbinderean output. I imagine a good statistician might be able to prove that it actually outpaces Fassbinder at his most fecund. The more salient point is that each of these films—also among them are Vivre sa vie, Bandé a part, Made In USA, and so on—are remarkably different from each other in perspective, look and tone, and yet all are unmistakably Godardian. Nevertheless, a triple feature comprised of Le mepris, Une femme mariée, »
To get a good idea of just how unhinged and bizarre this lost 1977 classic is, one only needs to look at the DVD's chapter headings. They start off quite innocently - "Summer Holiday", "Journey", "Supper" - but for the closing quarters of the film they are reduced to: "Not Good", "Blimey", "Indescribable" and "...!!!". When you watch the film you'll see these descriptions are perfectly accurate. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi managed to convince producers that his debut movie would be as entertaining as Jaws, hence the vogueish one-word title. Instead of a shark, though, he relied on suggestions from his 13-year-old daughter as to what would supply the scares. Her list included a piano that bites fingers off and a severed head dropped down a well. He did the right thing listening to her. The story concerns a group of schoolgirls with names that sum up their character traits – Prof, »
- Phelim O'Neill
5 items from 2010
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