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Throughout this entire sequence, we never once see Dorothy from Frank’s point of view. In fact, the camera stays positioned entirely on Jeffrey’s side of the room, adopting, if not his precise point of view from within the closet, then at least his general angle of vision throughout. Even when we see Dorothy’s face close up, it is not from Frank’s point of view; we are never permitted to cross the invisible line that divides the room to see things from Frank’s side. On one level, this increases our identification with Jeffrey; for the most part, we see what he sees. But more fundamentally, the refusal of the camera to adopt Frank’s perspective makes his actions both more terrifying and more banal. It is the specific, fetishistic details of his assault that propel him deep into the imagination, where he burns like a hot ember. »
- Nicholas Rombes
The films that weren't even given a shot at winning best picture
• Charles Saatchi: my love affair with Orson Welles
Here, in no particular order, is Charles Saatchi's list of the post-1950 films that should have been nominated for a best film Oscar. Tell us your picks below.
What's Up Doc?
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Advise and Consent
King of Comedy
- Charles Saatchi
These are times to get your hands dirty.
Revolutions are ripping up the map overseas. Mobs are taking the streets at home. Industries from film to finance are discovering their idols have clay feet.
We're living in Corman's World.
Director Alex Stapleton gets this. It's not just gloss on her eye-catching documentary, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. It's the core of the film — the do-or-die meat of it. She knows these are Diy times, and Alex is a Diy Lady.
"Get off your butt," Alex Stapleton says to new filmmakers, "and go do something . . . You're never going to read enough books or have enough lectures to teach you to make a film. You learn by doing."
Armed with simple tools and an ambitious will, Stapleton has managed to assemble a stellar first effort. Corman's World has an array of luminary facets going for it: sharp technical skill; a »
- M C Funk
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
I was recently afforded the opportunity to talk to Alex Stapleton, the director of the wonderful documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (review here) about the many sides of the “schlock king” Roger Corman. Through a tenuous phone connection (I do have an At&T iPhone and live in New York City, after all), we discussed the process of making this film, how she got roped into doing crew on a Corman movie, Jack Nicholson‘s lounging gear, and doing interviews from the barber’s chair. The Film Stage’s questions are in bold, Alex’s responses follow.
Is there going to be a big premiere out there?
Well we had our kind of fancy premiere at Lacma [Los Angeles County Museum of Art], actually as a part of Film Independent’s series that they were running with Elvis Mitchell. So that was kind of our fancy night. So we will have on the 16th of December, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
"Bert Schneider, the iconoclastic producer behind a trio of influential movies — Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show — that captured the rootlessness and discontent of the late 1960s and 70s and became symbols of a new era in Hollywood, has died," reports Elaine Woo in the Los Angeles Times. "The son of a Hollywood power broker — his father, Abraham, ran Columbia Pictures in the late 1960s — Schneider helped revitalize moviemaking in the 'New Hollywood' movement in which directors, not studios, held the creative reins and made movies that embraced the sensibilities of the emerging counterculture. 'This was a beginning of the independent movies and, more than that, a kind of celebration of anti-establishment movie subjects,' producer-director Bob Rafelson, who was one of Schneider's partners in the company that produced Easy Rider and six other films, said in an interview Tuesday. »
In the late 60s and early 70s, youth movies identified with the draft-dodging campus rebels disillusioned by their elders and the war in Vietnam. Among the leading lights that embodied the counterculture were the producer Bert Schneider, who has died aged 78, and the director Bob Rafelson. They came together to form Raybert Productions, and then Bbs Productions (with Steve Blauner), which produced several pictures that expressed the zeitgeist, such as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Drive, He Said (1971) and the Oscar-winning anti-Vietnam war documentary Hearts and Minds (1974).
Schneider was no bandwagon jumper, but a committed leftist, who vigorously opposed the American presence in Vietnam. He was also close to the 1960s political activists Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther party, the African-American radical organisation, and Abbie Hoffman »
- Ronald Bergan
Berton "Bert" Schneider made his big mark in the world as movie producer, most famously responsible for the countercultural landmark, Easy Rider. The 1969 film took on the themes of the counterculture and ushered in the era of New Hollywood. Schneider continued to produce films throughout the 1970s including Hearts and Minds in 1974, which won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary". »
Oscar-winning movie producer Bert Schneider has died, aged 78.
The Easy Rider filmmaker passed away from natural causes on Monday, his daughter Audrey Simon has confirmed.
The group went on to be a successful international pop act, and helped Schneider and Rafelson break into feature films.
Schneider and Rafelson went on to create films including The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens, while Schneider also won a Best Documentary Oscar for 1974's Hearts and Minds, about opposition to the Vietnam War.
Schneider married four times throughout his life, and once dated actress Candice Bergen. »
He’ll Set Things Straight: Get ready for Denzel Washington as ... The Equalizer! A big-screen version of the 80s TV series is under development wth Washington is attached to star; Richard Wenk (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) is poised to pen the script. (Variety) We Know He Can Kick ... Balls: Could soccer star David Beckham make the transition to the big screen? Tom Cruise thinks so, saying: “I’d love to do action movies with Beckham. He would be great, he could kick ass.” So get on that, Hollywood! (Daily Mirror) ‘Easy Rider’ Producer Dies: Producer Bert Schneider has died, aged 78. Among his many accomplishments, he won an Academy Award for Vietnam War protect documentary Hearts and Minds and produced...
- Peter Martin
Filed under: Movie News
You might not know the name Bert Schneider, but you certainly know his movies: 'Easy Rider,' 'The Last Picture Show,' 'Days of Heaven' and even the bananas Monkees film 'Head.' Schneider died on Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 78. He was in a state of failing health, according to his daughter.
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- Christopher Rosen
Punishment Park (Masters of Cinema) is to be released in the UK in a new Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD edition on 23 January 2012. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away.
Both controversial and relentless in its depiction of suppression and brutality, Punishment Park was heavily attacked by the mainstream press and permitted only the barest of releases in 1971. However, like Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool (1969) and Robert Kramer’s Ice (1969), Peter Watkins’ film has established itself as one of the key, yet rarely seen, radical films of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Giving voice to the disaffected youth of America that had lived through the campus riots at Berkeley, the trial of the Chicago Seven and who were witnessing the escalation of the Vietnam War, Punishment Park was named by Rolling Stone as one of their top ten films of 1971 and has earned many admirers in the four decades since its release. »
- Matt Holmes
Now I realise that this film is not exactly forgotten, indeed it has just been re-released by the Criterion Collection in a lavish DVD/Blu-ray edition, but it isn’t an Easy Rider or Bonnie and Clyde, it’s not a picture that comes straight to mind when one thinks about 1960s American cinema, but it should be. Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor is a primitive, angst ridden allegory, fusing a noir inflected style with intense psychodrama which is still shocking and relevant today, “it has to be seen to be believed” wrote Andrew Saris in the American cinema, such a phrase is simply apt.
With a performance as smouldering as hot coals, Peter Breck plays investigative journalist Johnny Barrett, an ambitious and daring reporter with his eyes on a Pulitzer Prize. Johnny envisions his prize winning piece as an exposé on a recent murder at a local mental hospital, »
- Tom Day
Two-lane Blacktop (Masters of Cinema) is to be released in the UK on Blu-ray & Ltd Edition Blu-ray Steelbook on 23 January 2012. We have 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
With the melancholy open-road epic Two-Lane Blacktop, American auteur Monte Hellman (The Shooting, Cockfighter, and the recent Road to Nowhere) poeticised the beautiful, terrible rootlessness of his nation in the era of Vietnam. Funded by Universal in a bid to recreate the success of Easy Rider – by giving a number of filmmakers $1m and final cut – Hellman’s effort is now regarded as one of the key films of the New Hollywood renaissance of the early 1970s.
While driving eastward on Route 66, two rival car owners – The Driver (singer-songwriter James Taylor) and The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys) in a souped-up, drag-racing ’55 Chevy, and a middle-aged braggart (Warren Oates) in a gleaming Gto – begin to »
- Matt Holmes
Footage of Ken Kesey's 1964 LSD road trip has finally been edited into a (mostly) coherent film
In 1964 Ken Kesey embarked on a coast-to-coast-and-back road trip, spreading the word of LSD with a busload of costumed cohorts; it is the stuff of pop-culture legend, and the founding gospel of the hippie movement. But most of what we know comes from Tom Wolfe's florid account in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. It's said that if you can remember the 60s, you weren't there, and in a way, Wolfe wasn't; he didn't meet Kesey and his Merry Pranksters until they had returned.
It was largely forgotten that Kesey planned his own account of the trip in the form of an improvised movie. The film would be "a total breakthrough of expression", wrote Wolfe, "but also something that would amaze and delight many multitudes, a movie that could be shown commercially as »
- Steve Rose
Peter Fonda, Parky Fonda Oscar-nominated Actor Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold) and wife Parky attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar recipient, as Jones is co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Death Becomes Her, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Son of Oscar winner Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond) and brother of two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), among Peter Fonda's credits are The Wild Angels, The Trip, Easy Rider, with »
- D. Zhea
In April 1979, Francis Ford Coppola threw a characteristically grandiose bash to celebrate the completion of Apocalypse Now, the picture that had threatened to become his Waterloo. It was at the apogee of the 1970s Hollywood renaissance, whose directors were suspended in that delightfully rarified moment after their biggest blockbusters and before their flops – and they all had at least one gargantuan flop ahead of them.
Coppola, as usual, was ahead of the game, or so it seemed. Apocalypse Now's chequered production history had produced wild press rumours of directorial overindulgence, perhaps even of a full swandive into film-making insanity, and the film's subsequent lofty place in the cinematic firmament was then far from secure. The film historian Peter Biskind, in his book Easy Riders, »
- John Patterson
Tevye (Topol) is a Russian Jew, eking out a meagre living as a milkman in the early 20th century, in what is now the Ukraine. He is married with five children and wishes to marry them all off as well as he can, given he has no money for the sort of dowry that would secure the most eligible (i.e. wealthy) suitors. But the times are changing and each of his eldest three daughters have other ideas, setting their sights on a poor but kind tailor, a “modern” intellectual with seemingly fanciful notions of development and even revolution and (horror of horrors) a non-Jew Ukrainian. As all of the match-making progresses, Tevye must also reckon with a further spectre hanging over him and his family, the prospect of the entire village being moved on and displaced by increasingly inhospitable and anti-Semitic forces within Tsarist Russia.
- Dave Roper
There aren't many science-fiction movies that will make you cry (bored to tears doesn't count, nor do tears of laughter).
Douglas Trumbull's much-loved 1972 classic comes with an emotional punch that's rare in the genre. After Easy Rider hit big, major studios were keen to invest modest sums on more unusual projects, so first-time director Trumbull shot his hippies into space. After spending five glorious years as a key special effects artist on 2001, he saw this as an opportunity to make a space movie full of the sort of passion and emotion that were absent from Kubrick's futuristic vision. Bruce Dern plays Freeman Lowell, one of a small team of astronauts charged with looking after the overpolluted Earth's remaining forests, which have been sealed into domes and sent orbiting Saturn. The complex geometrical design and model work is as dazzling as you'd expect from someone with Trumbull's technical credentials, »
- Phelim O'Neill
Reading is fun.
Sometimes my computer gets real slow because I have a lot of browser windows open, each containing something of note. Today is one of those days, so let’s just dive in to the things that the internet hath brought us, shall we?
Loveable Brit Edgar Wright stopped by The Av Club earlier this week with his selections for a 24-hour horror-themed movie marathon. It’s full of lovely movies (many of which we’ve featured on the site before, including one from Edgar himself) and Professor Wright even managed to work the whole block of films around the seven ages of man as laid out in As You Like It by one Mr. William Shakespeare*.
I had this crazy idea, which mostly works, and then there’s one film that completely doesn’t work, and I sort of just lobbed it in. I was trying to think, »
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