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In the wake of the devastating loss of one of our greatest actors, countless remembrances of Philip Seymour Hoffman have flooded the internet. Here is a small sampling:
"It’s been said that the best actors are the ones who make it look easy. But Philip Seymour Hoffman was the opposite of self-effacing—he was incandescent. His acting had the sort of glow that could illuminate dim movies and burn holes through the middle of vivid ones."
Above: from Nelson Carvajal, a reel of some of Hoffman's greatest on-screen moments. For The New Yorker, Richard Brody pays tribute:
"Genius, whether at its most constructive or destructive, its most sublime or its most repugnant, is unnatural; Hoffman lived for great art, and it’s impossible to escape the idea that he died for it. »
- Adam Cook
Raro Video resurrects an excitingly obscure title this month with Liliana Cavani’s 1967 film, The Year of the Cannibals, a counter culture art house film modernizing Sophocles’ play Antigone to explore modern political unrest, here in the streets of Milan. Cavani, perhaps best known for her notorious 1974 film The Night Porter, posing star Charlotte Rampling in one of her most iconic roles, has crafted a stunningly photographed and arresting film in this early work that’s ripe for rediscovery. Shown in art houses and retrospectives after receiving favorable reaction upon domestic release and major film festival play (Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes), the title never secured distribution in the Us, though this is mostly due to Cavani’s refusal to change the bleak finale when a major studio approached her to buy the film.
Set in a dystopic Milan, corpses litter the bustling streets after the government has squashed a vicious rebellion. »
- Nicholas Bell
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