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Video of the day. New Film by Kenneth Anger
Image of the day. Marilyn Monroe
The Forgotten: The Filth
The Forgotten: Dance of Death
The Forgotten: One Way Street
The Forgotten: Swift Boat Veterans
The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Shifts Direction
Movie Poster of the Week: "Independence Day"
Movie Poster of the Week: The Movie Posters of Norman Rockwell
Movie Poster of the Week: "Life During Wartime"
Movie Poster of the Week: "Betty Blue"
Movie Poster of the Week: "Summer Holiday"
Quote of the day
Robert Flaherty Seminar 2010, Part 2: Work Forces
The Details: "Les rendez-vous d'Anna" (Akerman, 1978)
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In a 20-minute interview that is one of the supplements to this excellent DVD edition (a Region 2 Pal UK set from the label Axiom) of Kings of the Road, a contemporary Wenders considers this film and all of his films prior and subsequent to it, and tries to tie them together. "All these films have in common," he says (in German), "is not a theme, but what ties them together, from this one, to Buena Vista Social Club, to Until The End Of The World, is the question: 'How should one live?''' In this case, for one of its characters, Robert (Hanns Zischler), the question might better be put, "How can one live?" He has driven his car into a river, and instead of drowning, he is left bereft of personal possessions. Including the car. Wenders knows his Kristofferson, that is, that freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. »
Wim Wenders' 1984 film Paris, Texas, now available on Blu-ray disc from the Criterion Collection, centers around a man named Travis (Harry Dean Stanton). Long thought to be dead since disappearing four years ago, Travis reappears from the desert near the Mexico border, mute, world-weary and an amnesiac. After collapsing at a rundown gas station, a doctor manages to connect the mysterious stranger back to his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell), who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Anne (Aurore Clement) and Hunter (Kit Carson), the abandoned seven-year-old son of Travis and his estranged wife, Jane (Natassja Kinski).
Bringing his brother back to Los Angeles, Walt begins the slow process of reconnecting his long-lost brother to his past. Hunter and Travis, who really don't know each other, begin to build a guarded friendship that leads to the estranged duo to plan a road trip back to Texas to track down and reunite with Jane. »
The Barbican's decision to shut two of its three screens to placate luxury-flat owners is a slap in the face for everyone who cares about cinema
What's the best way for an arts centre to celebrate a year of record ticket sales and an unexpected 13% increase in visitors to its hallowed space? Experiment with cutting-edge programming? Fill the foyer with bunting? Taunt the competition?
Well, if you're the Barbican, you put the party hats away and, instead, close down two of your three cinema screens with the hope that punters will be too distracted by the rumours of a swanky new caff to notice.
The Barbican, London's beloved concrete Rubik's cube of an arts complex, spent millions in 2007 to refurbish its three cinemas, nicing up the lighting and putting in quality digital projectors – that kind of thing. Now, two of those very busy screening rooms are set to close in »
- Nosheen Iqbal
4 items from 2010
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