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Written by Joan Tewkesbury
Directed by Robert Altman
At the Cannes preview screening of Apocalypse Now in 1979, Francis Ford Coppola infamously declared, “Apocalypse Now is not about Vietnam; it is Vietnam.” Watching Robert Altman’s 1975 opus Nashville, perhaps the best film in a career full of exceptional work, one gets the feeling that it isn’t really about America; it is America. With its eclectic cast of individuals from all walks of life (typical for Altman), its sprawling narrative of disjointed personal and professional connections (ditto), and its setting of a distinctly American city around the time of our nation’s bicentennial, Nashville comes across as more than a fictional depiction of characters embodying certain nationalistic traits; it truly feels like the film is America in a nutshell. In the words of Keith Carradine, it’s an “extraordinary accomplishment.”
Now, with The Criterion Collection release of the film »
- Jeremy Carr
Trevor Hogg chats with author J.W. Rinzler about a space opera which established a moviemaking empire for George Lucas....
“Right after finishing the Episode III [Revenge of the Sith] book, somewhere around 2005, I knew that the 30th anniversary was coming up and that there had never been a real making of Star Wars  book,” recalls Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer J.W. Rinzler. “There was almost no advance publicity. The Making of Star Wars got a couple of big reviews early on and people got excited. For me, I was trying to bring to it the feeling I had gotten from reading The Jaws Log when I was a kid; I found it to be an inspiration because the book told the story of production and not just how they did all of the trick shots.” Rinzler notes, “I don’t like it when writers get between the subject and the reader because »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes production details for the documentary, Why Horror?, trailers for Muck, House of Last Things, and Xmas Tales, details on a horror novel giveaway, reviews for The Facility and In the Woods, and much more:
“Why Horror?” Production Details: “Why Horror? is a documentary look at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared.
You either love it or hate it … but horror entertainment is truly a global phenomenon. If you’re reading this, chances are you count yourself among the millions of people who love it. We do!
This documentary aims to be the most comprehensive film ever assembled on the topic. We have an incredible line-up of horror experts on hand to talk. From legendary filmmakers to performers to authors, »
- Tamika Jones
Davis Cup Tennis: Croatia v Great Britain | Proms On Four: The Film Music Prom | Gino's Italian Escape | Celebrity Big Brother: Live Final | Brits Icon: Elton John | Celebrity Super Spa | Hard | Children Of Waco
Davis Cup Tennis: Croatia v Great Britain
9.45am, British Eurosport
Coverage of Great Britain's World Group play-off against Croatia, on the clay of Stadion Stella Maris in Umag. Croatia face relegation from the elite World Group after losing to Italy in the first round, while Great Britain aim to return to the World Group after five years. Captain Leon Smith's side will be relying on the post-us Open form of Andy Murray. Croatia face the tough task of replacing Marin Cilic, absent after reports of an investigation into a doping offence. Andrew Mueller
Proms On Four: The Film Music Prom
Film scores performed by an orchestra are the most middlebrow bit of culture imaginable, »
- Andrew Mueller, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Rachel Aroesti, Bim Adewunmi, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs
Director Robert Altman.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the April 1999 issue of Venice Magazine.
It's the Fall of 1977 and I'm a bored and rebellious ten year old in search of a new movie to occupy my underworked and creativity-starved brain, feeling far too mature for previous favorites Wily Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and wanting something more up-to-date and edgy than Chaplin's City Lights (1931). I needed a movie to call my favorite that would be symbolic of my own new-found manhood (and something that would really piss off my parents and teachers). Mom and Dad were going out for the evening, leaving me with whatever unfortunate baby-sitter happened to need the $10 badly enough to play mother hen to an obnoxiously precocious only child like myself. I scanned the TV Guide for what »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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