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In Venice this year, there's the more "known" tale of rivalry between young females in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and then we have an additional, lesser-known girls "backstabbing one another" with Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere. Best known for Two-Lane Blacktop and he helped produce Venice head jury member Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, the 77 year-old Hellman has been inactive for some time (he did direct "Stanley's Girlfriend" - an episode for Trapped Ashes alongside folks such as Ken Russell and Joe Dante, but for the most part, it's been a job in teaching film in California that has kept the director occupied. How will this romantic film noir thriller play out in the Main Competition of a major film festival is anyone's guess. Written by Variety’s Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, this is about a young filmmaker who becomes enmeshed in a criminal scheme while making a movie on location. »
Filmmaker Curtis Harrington: 1926-2007.
Our Friend Curtis Harrington
by Jon Zelazny
Curtis Harrington was born in Los Angeles in 1926. He made short films as a teenager, graduated from USC, and began his Hollywood career in the 1950’s. By the end of the decade, he was directing: independent films, studio pictures, made-for-tv movies, and episodic TV. He completed his last short film in 2002, and died in 2007 at the age of 80.
I knew Curtis well in his final years, as did writer-producer Dennis Bartok, the former head programmer of L.A.’s famed American Cinematheque.
Dennis Bartok: I think the most interesting aspect of Curtis’s career is that he was really the only filmmaker to successfully transition from the avant-garde scene of the late 1940’s to directing Hollywood feature films. And when you see how distinctive his movies are, you wish he could’ve made more… but when you »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
2 items from 2010
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