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Some of the best filmmakers working today are renowned for their passion for cinema as an art form – Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino are all known for their cinephilia, and their vast knowledge of movies shines through in each of their films.
Martin Scorsese, however, is considered by many to be the ultimate filmmaker’s director. With an illustrious career spanning decades, his filmography is a rich reflection of his encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of cinema, while his activities outside of his own filmmaking demonstrates an enthusiasm for restoring and reviving hidden gems from around the world.
This obsession is perhaps best reflected in his book and documentary series A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies – a 225 minute foray into the obscure and influential movies which shaped both the medium and his own approach to movies. Its comprehensive nature has perhaps only »
- Andrew Dilks
Documentary filmmaker and author Michael Henry Wilson died of lung cancer June 26 in Westlake, Calif. He was 67.
Known for his deep knowledge of film history and close relationships with filmmakers, Wilson directed documentaries including “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies,” “In Search of Kundun” with Martin Scorsese and “Le Franc-Tireur” on Clint Eastwood. He also wrote the documentaries “Hollywood Mavericks” (with Todd McCarthy) and “Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle” as well as Alan Rudolphi’s 2002 film “Intimate Affairs.”
His books included works on Eastwood, Scorsese, Jacques Torneur, Raoul Walsh and his latest, “At the Gate of Paradise,” about 58 American directors from D.W. Griffith to David Lynch, with a forward by Scorsese.
Wilson was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, and in his twenties published a book on German expressionist cinema and a book on Frank Borzage. He also served as producer Anatole Dauman’s assistant at Argos Films.
For many years, »
- Pat Saperstein
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
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