8 items from 2010
Two stories of tempting the agony of hell separated by centuries are interesting both in their similarities and their differences. In Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Faust forsakes his earthly knowledge, of which he seems to have exhausted, for the forbidden knowledge of rituals, incantations, alchemy, and the summoning of demons to do one’s bidding. In Clive Barker’s film Hellraiser, like Faust, Frank Cotton also craves the forbidden, and although he follows the path of Faust in raising devils, his ends are distinctive and his desire unwavering. The initial desires of both men are similar in their intensity, but upon each man opening the horrid gates to their own hell, their willingness to continue sets the two men apart.
Between the two accounts, themes and characters converge; there are the »
The 9th annual Lausanne Underground Film Festival may just run for a mere five days in Switzerland on Oct. 20-24, but it hits with the force of a 10p-ton megaton bomb over that time period, packing in so much mind-boggling underground madness it’ll make your head explode.
Every year, the fest feels like 5 or 6 festivals crammed into one. There’s the fest that pays homage to the history of experimental filmmaking, there are the retrospectives of several cult festivals, a feature film competition section, a short film competition section and more.
Three filmmakers are especially getting major retrospective love this year. First, there’s legendary Canadian experimental filmmaker Michael Snow who will be in attendance at screenings of his classic films Wavelength, <–> and La région centrale, plus several of his other short films.
Also being feted are German extreme horror filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit, who will attend screenings of his classic Nekromantik, »
- Mike Everleth
For those who still need a sporting fix even after World Cup saturation, it's the running and jumping season. With athletes from across the continent preparing for the European Championships in Barcelona later this month, tonight's meeting at the Stade de France in Paris promises some star turns, including highly rated French sprinter Christophe Lemaître taking on Usain Bolt and an appearance by triple jumper Teddy Tamgho. Jonathan Edwards hosts the coverage. Plus, at 9pm, there's Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Who Has Ever Lived, a profile of the 23-year-old Jamaican presented by athletics legend Michael Johnson.
BBC Proms 2010
The Proms kicks off at the Royal Albert Hall with a concert that promises to be one of the highlights. It's devoted to Mahler's Symphony No 8, Symphony of a Thousand, »
- Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Will Hodgkinson, John Robinson
• Eno hopes to repeat Minghella success
• Company says 'It's our most ambitious season yet'
Terry Gilliam is to direct The Damnation of Faust at English National Opera next summer – where it is hoped that his production of Berlioz's masterpiece will not be beset by the problems that have harried the director in other contexts.
Heath Ledger died part way through the production of The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, while The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was abandoned after Jean Rochefort, the star, suffered a herniated disc and the set flooded.
John Berry, Eno's artistic director, acknowledged the risks for newcomers attempting to take on opera. "It can be like a car crash coming at you from every angle, »
- Charlotte Higgins
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote isn't the only Terry Gilliam project we have to look forward to. Although Quixote has been an on-going project for years, eliciting all sorts of fan anticipation, something is coming to steal its thunder. The Playlist reports that Gilliam is making his opera debut with Hector Berlioz's 1846 opera The Damnation of Faust, which will be performed at the English National Opera in London next year.
Is there any aspect of this news that is not killer? It's right up Gilliam's alley, setting aside the devilish pacts of Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for an operatic take on a true classic, Goethe's Faust, where the old and weary doctor is dazzled by the promises of Mephistopheles , for the love of Marguerite. The best part is also, sadly, the worst -- I can't imagine much that would rival an in-person experience with Gilliam's artistic vision, »
- Monika Bartyzel
English National Opera will hope to repeat the successes of Anthony Minghella's Madam Butterfly
You can sometimes hear complaints about English National Opera – they just grab the most fashionable names from the theatre, say the company's critics, and stick them in opera and hope for the best. (Rupert "Enron" Goold's 2009 Turandot was the one that really split opinion – some found it wayward but with flashes of brilliance, others felt it proved that the only really successful opera directors are those who are primarily musicians.)
For next season, announced today, at least one can see that Eno are being consistent – they are forging a distinctive identity based on the idea of hooking talent out of other artforms and using that as a way of tempting new audiences into the London Coliseum.
And certainly, I'll be dying to see how Terry Gilliam envisions Berlioz's Damnation of Faust next May – as well »
- Charlotte Higgins
Just over a week ago Twitch brought you word of a Surviving Life [Theory and Practice] -- the latest effort from legendary director Jan Svankmajer. Svankmajer has built an international cult on the strength of films like Little Otik and Faust and is one of the most unique and compelling animators on the face of the planet. Anything new from the man is cause for immediate celebration and we're proud to bring you the first images released from Surviving Life.
Eugene leads a double life - one real life, and another life in his dreams. In real life, he is married to Milada; in his dreams, he has a young lover called Eugenia. Sensing that these dreams have a deeper meaning, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who interprets his dreams for him. Gradually we learn that Eugene lost his parents in early childhood and was brought up in an orphanage. In the meantime, »
Not a remake of Murnau's 1926 film, but the closing chapter in Sokurov's grouping of four films under the theme of corruption is an absolute must for film snobs. Having only seen three of his works, I can't say I'm much of an expert on the filmmaker, but the chosen subject should be an interesting figure to highlight in Sokurov commonly known aesthetic that draws upon nature's surroundings and natural light to add descriptive layers to his characters. - #43. Faust Director/Writer: Aleksandr SokurovProducers: Andrey Sigle (Alexandra)Distributor: Rights Available. The Gist: This is the fourth and final film in the corrupting effects of power after Hitler ("Moloch," 1999), Vladimir Lenin ("Taurus," 2000) and Japanese emperor Hirohito ("The Sun," 2004). Inspired by the German legend of a man who makes a pact with the devil in return for knowledge, and drawing on works by Goethe and Thomas Mann, Sokurov's "Faust" aims to draw »
8 items from 2010
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