8 items from 2011
The novel long preceded the short story, and in his celebrated history of the short story Walter Allen calls Walter Scott's "The Two Drovers", written in the early 19th century, the first fully achieved example of the genre. It is a more difficult form to master, as well as being generally less lucrative; journalists who've made a name writing for newspapers seek publishers' contracts to write novels rather than try their hands at short stories.
Paradoxically, perhaps, short stories are better suited to the cinema than novels are, whether they conclude with O Henry-style twists in the tail or Chekhovian epiphanies to be absorbed. John Huston, who took on both The Bible and Moby-Dick in his prime, had his two greatest late successes with film versions of classic stories, »
- Philip French
Jury president neither shaken nor stirred by ex-wife's marriage, resentment simmers over Polanski's failure to credit screenwriter, and a banned Chinese film-maker heads home
All aboard as Ark sets sail
Jury president Darren Aronofsky was gliding about the opening night party on the Excelsior beach in a velvet Gucci dinner jacket. The director, who won the Golden Lion for The Wrestler three years ago, looked trim and happy despite recent upheavals in his private life – his ex-wife Rachel Weisz married James Bond. "I'm just getting on with prepping my next movie," he told me. After the success of Black Swan, Aronofsky can command the budget he needs for his long-cherished film Noah's Ark. "It's a proper, old-school Biblical epic," he said. "No one's really done it, except for a segment in John Huston's film The Bible, when Huston himself played Noah. So I'm going all out, floods, real animals, »
- Jason Solomons
From innovative camerawork in the 20s to the Dogme manifesto in the 90s, here are medium-defining moments in film history
There's a great moment in Carol Reed's Odd Man Out: James Mason spills a drink, looks into its bubbles, and sees his troubles in them. Twenty years later, Jean-Luc Godard, who admired Reed, had a similar scene in his movie Two or Three Things I Know About Her. Ten years after that, Martin Scorsese had Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver stare into the bubbles of a drink. Scorsese is a fan of Reed and Godard. To watch such a visual idea pass from film-maker to film-maker is to look into the DNA of the movies.
Cinema has been the autobiography of our times, glammed up like biographies often are. But the hoopla about its box office, the pay packets of movie stars and the production costs of blockbusters »
- Mark Cousins
Nero, the Italian star of Sergio Corbucci's classic spaghetti western Django, will direct and star in the film. On casting Tarantino, he told Box Office Magazine: "I made him [Tarantino] sign a letter of intent saying that he would do the movie. I am sure that very soon we will do it." The director also confirmed that The Angel, the Brute and the Wise will be a homage to John Huston (who cast him in 1966's The Bible: In the Beginning) and Sergio Leone, the godfather of the spaghetti western genre.
Tarantino is thought to be playing one of three bandits that Nero's character will kill with »
Franco Nero has been around. Since his star turn in the iconic Spaghetti Western Django, the Parma born movie star has appeared in more than 150 films, spanning all four corners of the globe. He’s been in musicals like Camelot (with his future wife Vanessa Redgrave), pumped up 80s action films like Die Hard 2, cop thrillers (The Marseille Connection), comedies (Cippola Colt) and even Bruce Lee inspired martial arts movies like Enter the Ninja.
“I did everything,” he explains,
“I think I’m the only actor who’s worked with the cinematography of all nations. I’ve done movies with a Brazilian director, an Australian director, films in Russia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, from all over the world. So I’ve had a lot of fun. Why not?”
Nero is in town to attend this year’s Cine Excess Film Festival, a three day conference on global cult cinema where »
- Tom Fallows
Everyone has a first love and mine was the western. When I was a child and dreamed of the movies, it was always as a cowboy on a white horse. Every actor wants to make a western. But when I was offered Django, I didn't want to do it. It was movies. I studied at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano: I was a theatre actor. I had done a few films – I was actually discovered by John Huston, who made me Abel in his movie of The Bible.
- Phelim O'Neill
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Josh Sternfeld
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
When this thriller premiered at Tribeca this past spring, Alison Willmore wrote, "the second film from writer/director Josh Sternfeld ("Winter Solstice") has ambitions reaching beyond being a straightforward police procedural," though critics, including her, were mixed about the end result. Nick Stahl and Rachel Nichols star as small-town sleuths who investigate a botched home invasion case that claims the life of a young child in an affluent community and enflames class divisions when the main suspects are from the poorer community nearby. Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's second daughter to go into the family profession, makes her film debut.
"Anywhere USA" (2008)
Directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine
Released by Cinevolve Studios
- Stephen Saito
Italian actor and one-time spaghetti western star Franco Nero announced his involvement with Quentin Tarantino in his next feature, a spaghetti western no doubt, which will also star Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz. The announcement came from Nero when speaking at the Los Angeles Italia festival where his latest effort, Pasquale Squitieri‘s Father made its world premiere. Nero was quoted saying:
“The film will be called The Angel, The Bad And The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot,” Nero said (via Movieplayer). “We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino , Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.”
There has »
8 items from 2011
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