Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Few Links

-- Jonathan Rosenbaum's "A la recherche de Luc Moullet: 25 Propositions" is a 1977 piece that will appear in his upcoming book Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia, out from University of Chicago Press next year. Also: there are several interesting entries in his Notes section.

-- Two recent blog discoveries: Jeffrey Sconce's Ludic Despair; and Damon Smith's The Hands of Bresson.

-- Dennis Cozzalio has a lengthy interview with Joe Dante.

-- The New York Film Festival has announced its lineup; it includes new films by Resnais, Denis, Rivette, Breillat, Costa, Almodovar, von Trier, Oliveira, Haneke, etc.

-- Lots of new reading at The Auteurs, including Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on D.W. Griffith (who is "always modern"); David Cairns on Nicholas Ray's You Can't Go Home Again; and a roundtable on Alejandro Adams' Canary with Ignatiy, Michael Sicinski, Craig Keller and Dave Macdougall.

-- Dave Kehr on the 1986 film Combat Shock ("one uncompromising picture, a movie so eccentric and so relentless that no mere profit motive could possibly explain it.")

-- Doug Cummings provides illuminating excerpts from Hayao Miyazaki's Starting Point: 1979-1996, a compendium of Miyazaki’s writings and conversations.

-- Dana Polan at Moving Image Source on "The generous pedagogy of Julia Child and The French Chef."

-- I've been reading, with great pleasure, the new collection Vincente Minnelli: The Art of Entertainment, edited by Joe McElhaney.

Any other web reading you'd like to recommend? Please feel free to suggest in the comments.

pic: Alain Resnais' latest, Les Herbes Folles, is playing at the New York and Toronto film festivals, and just got picked up by Sony for US distribution.


Anonymous Tomás Sánchez said...

In the Spanish-language web www.miradas.net, there's a study about cinema in the 30s, and a poll about the best films from that decade, including Chris Fujiwara and Jonathan Rosenbaum's votes, and a large list with Miguel Marías' 170 favourites.

August 12, 2009 2:59 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Tomás.
And here's a clickable link to Miradas de Cine.

August 12, 2009 9:36 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

Fingers crossed that the Resnais will stay on the TIFF schedule. It's still listed on the site, but the opening night film at NYFF is always a North American premiere, and Cameron Bailey has been tweeting about a big-name film that dropped out yesterday. Same thing happened last year with Cantet's THE CLASS.

August 12, 2009 10:03 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

I never go online so I have no tips to contribute. I don't believe in computers; they're the scourge of the earth.

August 12, 2009 12:40 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Wow... Brenez prefers Taris to L'Atalante or Zéro de Conduite!
I expected to be surprised by her list, and voilà! :)

August 12, 2009 5:49 PM  
Blogger Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said...

Thanks for the links, Girish. I highly recommend a Notebook piece that I think might've posted after you compiled this: Zach Campbell's The Peking Order, on Nick Ray's 55 Days at Peking.

August 13, 2009 1:41 AM  
Anonymous Mike Grost said...

Brenez has picked almost all avant-garde films. The choice of Lot in Sodom (Melville Webber, James Sibley Watson) is especially welcome. The recent DVD releases of Watson & Webber's two major films - the other is The Fall of the House of Usher - reveals an impressive chapter in the history of experimental film.

She also has some good "abstract films" on her list, from Len Lye and László Moholy-Nagy. My favorite abstract films so far:

Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921)

Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1924)

Light Rhythms (Francis Bruguière, Oswell Blakeston, 1930)

Lichtspiel: Schwartz-Weiß-Grau (László Moholy-Nagy, 1930)

A Colour Box (Len Lye, 1935) Rainbow Dance, Trade Tattoo, Colour Flight, Swinging the Lambeth Walk, Free Radicals

Composition 1 (Themis) (Dwinell Grant, 1940) Contrathemis

An American March (Oskar Fischinger, 1941) Circles, Komposition in Blau / Composition in Blue, Allegretto / Radio Dynamics, Motion Painting No. 1

1941 (Francis Lee, 1941)

Early Abstractions (Harry Smith, 1946-1957)

Come Closer (Hy Hirsch, 1952)

Catalog (John Whitney, 1961) Arabesque

Lapis (James Whitney, 1963-1966) Yantra

Samadhi (Jordan Belson, 1967) Allures, Light, Fountain of Dreams, Epilogue. Belson also made special effects for The Right Stuff.

Midweekend (Caroline Avery, 1985)

Untitled (For Marilyn) (Stan Brakhage, 1992) Night Music, The Dante Quartet, Rage Net, Glaze of Cathexis, Stellar, Study in Color and Black and White, The Dark Tower, Water for Maya, Lovesong

Zwerk (Bart Vegter, 2004)

On a drastic change of pace:
What, no "singing cowboy" movies?
The 1930's were the home of Gene Autry and Bob Baker!
A real index of the diversity of 1930's filmmaking would be a double bill of Lichtspiel: Schwartz-Weiß-Grau (László Moholy-Nagy, 1930) and Courge of the West (Joseph H. Lewis, 1937).
You need to see Bob Baker singing "Ring Along, Free Rangers" with a troupe of cowboys on horseback...

August 13, 2009 10:50 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Lot in Soddom is indeed dazzling... Although all I saw was youtube quality. Where is it available on dvd? The Salome-supplement version is apparently not that great.
Most of the films I could see on the list are beautiful. Taris is actually probably the one I love least, but the reason I'm surprised is that Brenez included l'Atalante as one of her key films in her MM letters. Still a beginner on avant-garde and/or abstract films.

August 13, 2009 12:59 PM  
Blogger metin said...

thank you for the links, girish.

three more recommendations:

* Jeremy Richey at Moon In The Gutter on John Cazale retrospective at BAM.

* Harry Tuttle at Unspoken Cinema published a review of Yvette Biró on prize winner at Berlin, 2009: Fausta (2009/Peru).

* Vadim Rizov is writing about some "Buried Treasures" from the 70, at Green Cine Daily.

metin cavus

August 13, 2009 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A link to ongoing serie of posting Manny Farber's classic articles for "The Nation" and "New Leader":

August 18, 2009 5:07 AM  
Blogger girish said...

A few more reads:

-- Andy Rector links to an interview with Tag Gallagher about his video criticism.

-- The new issue of Sight & Sound.

-- Emilie Bickerton on Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses in the Guardian.

-- Todd Haynes is remaking "Mildred Pierce" as a HBO mini-series.

-- Dan Sallitt on Andre de Toth's "Ramrod" and "Pitfall": "Andrew Sarris's blurb on André de Toth in The American Cinema contains a hint about de Toth's style that is worth following: "Raymond Burr's soft-spoken Machiavellian schemer in Pitfall and Paul Kelly's quietly desperate traitor in Springfield Rifle are memorably de Tothian in their adaptability to a world of conflicting interests." Sarris's central idea was that de Toth had a knack and preference for depicting baseness and treachery; I don't know if I fully agree with that concept, but along the way he noted that de Toth's villains speak quietly."

August 19, 2009 8:25 AM  
Blogger girish said...

The Toronto film festival releases its full film list tomorrow. I hope to return with a post then!

August 19, 2009 8:27 AM  
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