Way Down East (1920)
And the veteran producer/distributor believes that even among those filmmakers who are steeped in screen history, some have little or no knowledge of the countless classic films produced in the decades before the 1970s.
That.s part of the motivation for Ginnane.s new book, The Unusual Suspects: 104 Films That Made World Cinema, which Currency Press is launching next month.
His eclectic choices range from D.W. Griffith.s Way Down East (1920) through to Quentin Tarantino.s Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003).
Omitting any title produced after 2003, he explains, does not suggest that no great films had been made since then, but rather that the grammar of cinema had already been laid down.
He is quick to point out his list, which includes Alfred Hitchcock.s Vertigo,
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But can its dark history be looked past for Griffith’s ground-breaking camerawork that changed cinema forever? That’s the immortal question. Either way, Kino will do a superb job on the film, as we can see by its extras:
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Adolfas Mekas, who has died aged 85, was the director of Hallelujah the Hills (1963), perhaps the most light-hearted, amusing, innovative, allusive and freewheeling film to come out of the New American Cinema Group established in 1962. One of the clauses in its manifesto reads: "We believe that cinema is indivisibly a personal expression. We therefore reject the interference of producers, distributors and investors until our work is ready to be projected on the screen." Mekas, his older brother Jonas, and other avant-garde members of the group, such as Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, Shirley Clarke and Gregory Markopoulos, lived by this doctrine in all their film-making.
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This year the festival lost one of their more popular screening venues, The Racquet Club, and they continue to deal with the “riff-raff,” as festival director John Cooper calls the ambush marketers that glut the street. But Redford chimed in that the festival had always faced problems. Money, for many years, was a huge concern, he said. There were also misfires in programming. Redford told a funny story about an early effort to present Way Down East, the great D.W. Griffith silent with Lillian Gish, as part of their curation...
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