4 items from 2016
Robert Drew‘s name is attached to a team of filmmakers who made revolutionary changes to documentary in the early 1960s. But today he’s probably the least-appreciated member of Drew Associates and the Direct Cinema movement after Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, and Ricky Leacock. Part of that is because he never became as well-known a solo director as his colleagues. He didn’t go on to make more revered classics like the Maysles Brothers’ Salesman and Grey Gardens or Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back and The War Room, and he didn’t have the kind of film history-spanning career and influence that Leacock’s legacy entails. That’s why Criterion’s new set “The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates” is so important. Not that it totally isolates Drew from the others — he barely gets to stand out alone even in the new bonus-feature documentary Robert Drew in His Own Words — but it at least »
- Christopher Campbell
★★★★★ Albert and David Maysles' cult documentary Grey Gardens evokes horror, humour, disgust and pathos, often all in the same moment. It finds its subjects, former high society ladies and would-be stars Edie Bouvier Beale and daughter 'Little' Edie (aunt and first cousin to none other than Jackie Kennedy), living in squalour in their dilapidated mansion in upscale East Hampton, New York. Filmed in the Maysles Direct Cinema style, Grey Gardens offers no overt commentary on proceedings and little in the way of context, save for a few preliminary shots of newspaper cuttings represent the media scandal surrounding the Beales' living conditions. The style allows Big and Little Edie to speak for themselves. More importantly, however, the film resists a focus on the eponymous house's restoration, instead representing the women's chaotic lives as a non-linear series of moments, with the film's editing often seeming to merge chronologically distinct events into singular emotional images. »
- CineVue UK
Tomorrow night, the Northwest Film Center kicks off their 39th annual Portland International Film Festival. They’ll be screening Klaus Härö’s The Fencer as the opening night film (unfortunately the screenings are sold out, but there will be an additional showing on Sunday the 14th). Over the course of the next sixteen days there will be over 90 feature films shown around town at various theaters.
This is one of my favorite festivals that I’ve had the privilege of attending, and I cannot wait to see a some of the films that they have programmed.
As usual, we here at the site will be covering a number of the films throughout the festival, but I wanted to make sure that any local Criterion Collection fans were alerted to some of the treats that we have in store. While there are many films at the festival that will align with »
- Ryan Gallagher
Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films featuring cats!
Need we say more? Meet the furry feline familiars that have graced some of the world’s greatest movies with their mercurial and mesmerizing presence.
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L’Atalante, the French Classic Drama by Jean Vigo
In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope.
Cléo from 5 to 7, the French Drama by Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.
- Ryan Gallagher
4 items from 2016
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