….on a grotty old third or fourth generation Betamax video tape where the film fluctuated between black and white, and colour. While this sounds a terrible way to watch any film, when you are 11 years old and this is the one film that you have been waiting all summer to see, you really don’t … Continue reading
Here’s a series of posts I put together for The Criterion Collection website to celebrate 70 years of the Cannes Film Festival back in May. The Wages of Fear (1953) Blow-up (1967) The Tin Drum (1979) Kagemusha (1980) Taste of Cherry (1997) The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Dheepan (2015)
A veritable feast of films on show over the last two days with some real stand-out contenders for the coveted Palme d’Or ! First up is Michael Haneke’s Happy End – perhaps, for me, the film I have been looking to hear about the most as he is one of my favourite directors. Returning to … Continue reading
D’accord mes amis, here’s a quick round-up of the last couple of days at the festival they call Cannes, mainly because that is where it takes place. One of the competition films I forgot to mention that was screened on Day 2 was Jupiter’s Moon, made by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó (who directed the excellent White … Continue reading
Yesterday saw the first full day of screenings at the festival, with Todd Haynes (Carol) Wonderstruck being perhaps the most anticipated, and the first of the day. The film stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams (pictured above from the red carpet premiere), is based on Brian Selznick’s novel (he wrote Hugo that Scorsese filmed a few … Continue reading
Bonjour mes amis, and welcome to a satirical and light-hearted daily round up of all the hot gossip, daily controversies and what’s hot and what’s not from the sun-drenched Croisette of the hottest festival on the film calendar! Well, not quite, I am not actually at the festival but will be posting daily reports by … Continue reading
Whilst at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this year I conducted an interview with the US screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, for The Criterion Collection. It can be read here: https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4177-from-pen-to-screen-an-interview-with-charlie-kaufman
Day 7 Leopold Lindtberg’s 1945 film, DIE LETZTE CHANCE, was the first film for me today, screened here in a new restoration by the Cinematheque Suisse. Shot during the Second World War, but not released until afterwards, the film tells the story of a group of refugees persecuted by the Nazis and on the run. … Continue reading
Day 5 Today started with a film by a friend about another, dear departed friend and former Artistic Director of the festival, Peter Von Bagh. Tapio Piirainen had been filming Peter Von Bagh over the last 8 years of his life and his film reveals the true, warm, kind and humourous man that he was. … Continue reading
Day 3 Monday morning kicked off with another from Dave Kehr’s “Universal” strand and Edward L. Cahn’s, LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933). This proved to be yet another fine discovery and considering the themes of adultery, racism, murder and some quite brutal scenes of a group of black prisoners being hung – all quite hard-hitting and … Continue reading
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