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War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best
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As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills into the genre. Alistair Maclean stepped up, writing the screenplay and the novel of Where Eagles Dare simultaneously, and Brian G Hutton summoned up a better than usual cast headed by Richard Burton (Major Jonathan Smith), a still fresh-faced Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Morris Schaffer), and the late Mary Ure (Mary Elison).
Parachuted into the German Alps, they have one »
Spike Lee (who writes everything in title case but won't tell you the title of the film he's raising money for on Kickstarter) has just posted a list of the films every aspiring director must see to his Kickstarter campaign. It's the list he gives to all of his students on the first day of classes at Nyu.Check out the Kickstarter campaign for "The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint here and check out this video of Spike explaining the list.Here's The List In Its Entirety:"Bad Lieutenant," Abel Ferara (1992)"Rashomon," Akira Kurosawa (1950)"Yojimbo," "Akira Kurosawa (1961)"Ran," Akira Kurosawa (1985)"Rear Window," Alfred Hitchcock (1954)"Vertigo," Alfred Hitchcock (1958)"North by Northwest," Alfred Hitchcock (1959)"Bonnie and Clyde," Arthur Penn (1967)"The Conformist," Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)"Last Tango in Paris," Bernardo Bertolucci (1972)"Ace in the Hole," Billy Wilder (1951)"Some Like It Hot," Billy Wilder (1959)"Killer of Sheep," Charles Burnett (1977)"Night of the Hunter," »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Opening on July 18, the Durban Intl. Film Festival now ranks as one of the longest running, biggest and fastest growing of major African film events and a burgeoning platform for business in South Africa and beyond.
In this sense, the choice of Jahmil Xt Qubeka’s grisly “Of Good Report” as a curtain raiser was a statement of intent. Shot in b/w, laced by literary references — John Keats’ “Bright Star,” “Othello” are two — and described by Qubeka as a “cinephile’s passionate homage” to classic film noir, “Report” charts a English teacher’s discombobulated and soon increasingly demented obsession for a lively student with whom he begins an affair.
For Machen, “This year’s African and South African films have a freshness to them, »
- John Hopewell
Jahmil Xt Qubeka may be a young South African filmmaker, but he’s accomplished plenty in his time so far in the industry. His work has been highlighted at film festivals around the world, and his 2005 HIV/AIDS documentary, “Talk to Me,” won a 2005 Peabody Award. His 2010 film, “A Small Town Called Descent,” premiered at the 31st Durban Film Festival, and his latest pic, “Of Good Report,” which he calls “Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf’s perspective,” was set to open the 34th Durban Film Festival on Thursday, but the opening screening was cancelled when the South African government refused to grant the film a license. Before the dramatic events surrounding the cancelled opening night unfolded, he spoke to Variety about his approach to filmmaking.
Tell us about your new film project, “Of Good Report.”
The film charts the somber tale of a deranged man’s attempt at »
- Alex Stedman
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
The Criterion Collection has announced its batch of new releases for September, and we're particularly excited for this set: A new issue of The Seventh Art is now online, meaning there's a few great video interviews (Paul Schrader, Margarethe von Trotta, Barbara Hammer) well worth your time to watch. Steven Spielberg & George Lucas are predicting that the film industry will implode.
Above: Writing for the Independent Cinema Office, our own Adrian Curry takes a look at "The Aesthetics of Film Festival Posters" Above: via Revista Lumière's Facebook page, a photo of Jean-Luc Godard being arrested during May '68 in Paris. Via David Hudson and The Keyframe Daily, Daniel Ludwig has some insight from the set of Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage:
'On this particular drizzly day in Nyon by Lake Geneva, Ludwig, sitting in the back of a silver Mercedes Sl 500, is driven at breakneck speed, »
- Adam Cook
Akira Kurosawa Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "Ran," Kurosawa's existential epic of chaos with Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai in the King Lear-esque lead role.Like Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa found it difficult to find backing for projects in his later years. Producer Serge Silberman came to the rescue with a Japanese-French coproduction package to enable the director to make this dark spectacle based primarily on the exploits of an actual 16th century warlord, although there are undeniable similarities to King Lear. Kurosawa spent ten years storyboarding the film as paintings, accounting for the stunning visuals throughout. »
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Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Last Saturday marked the birthday of visionary director, Akira Kurosawa, on what would have been his 103rd birthday. For years, I have known the high regard reserved for Kurosawa but have never seen any one of his films all the way through. I vaguely remember falling asleep during Ran and Rashomon during my early teens. With so many films to choose from, I decided to watch Kurosawa’s winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival nominated for two Academy Awards, Seven Samurai (1954). The film is Kurosawa’s most popular in the West and has spawned dozens of remakes since its release.
This story of sixteenth century feudal Japan is deceptively simple: a poor farming village is terrorized by bandits who threaten to steal their entire crop and raze the village. The villagers »
- Katherine Springer
When you're one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, your life is likely to be thoroughly documented by others, and that's certainly the case for Akira Kurosawa. The director behind "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," "Ran" and many, many more seminal works has been boxed, written about, discussed at and more, all at length, but his work is so rich and influential, there is always more to discover. And for those looking for a bit of a film class to start of their week, you can perhaps spend your lunch hour on this. Alex Cox's 1999 documentary "Kurosawa: The Last Emperor" has surfaced online, and while it's brief at only 50-odd minutes or so, the participants are fairly heavyweight. Directors John Woo, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Paul Verhoeven are among those who share their thoughts on Kurosawa. The doc may not be comprehensive, but among the topics discussed are »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Writers Guild of America West (Wgaw) announced on Thursday that it is honoring Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, and Hideo Oguni with its Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
The Jean Renoir Award, which is the Wgaw’s lifetime achievement international screenwriting award, is given to international writers who have “advanced the literature of motion pictures through the years and who [have] made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter.”
Kurosawa (1910-1998) directed more than 30 films and wrote or contributed to more than 70 titles, including many classic films such as Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ikiru, Yojimbo, Kagemusha, Ran, Red Beard, and High and Low.
Kikushima (1914-1989) contributed to more than 60 films and collaborated with Kurosawa on Stray Dog, Scandal, The Last Fortress, High and Low, Yojimbo, The Bad Sleep Well, and Red Beard. He also worked on Tora! Tora! Tora! with Oguni, and Willful Murder, the latter of »
- Vesna Sunrider
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