"The late writer David Foster Wallace defined the word 'Lynchian' as referring to 'a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former's perpetual containment within the latter.' And this seems a pretty accurate description of my morning at Lynch's house." Craig McLean's conversation with Lynch for the Telegraph about teeth for quite a while before it eventually steers to the new album, Crazy Clown Time.
And via Ray Pride, NOWNESS meets Lynch in Paris to chat about Club Silencio, buried "six flights below ground level at 142 rue Montmartre": "Accessed through a glittering tunnel leading off the cocktail bar, Silencio has an art deco cinema, reflective dance floor, a Fire Walk With Me-style stage, and a 50s art library featuring a selection of the director's most treasured books from Kafka to Dostoevsky — not to mention the smoking room disguised as a mini indoor forest. During the week-long Carte Blanche festival, Lynch will be programming events at the club, with live shows from the likes of The Kills and Lykke Li, and screenings of his favorite films, from Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard to Stanley Kubrick's Lolita." NOWNESS shows us a few of the photos Lynch has taken himself and follows up with a brief audio interview in which Lynch discusses his love for wood and smoking.
On the final day of the New York Film Festival, one week ago today, Wim Wenders was on stage for an 1½-long Q&A and Edward Davis was there. He's organized his extensive notes by topic for a post at the Playlist, noting that Wenders "charted most of his career, from the early, still-unreleased student film Summer in the City, to his laborious collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola in the 70s, to his strong friendships with filmmaking greats Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller and his many documentaries."
"The Film Independent Forum opened Saturday at the DGA in Los Angeles with a 'keynote Q&A' from Werner Herzog." IndieWIRE's Dana Harris notes that "Herzog held forth on a range of topics that included capital punishment, his latest film (Into the Abyss) and why he believes that independent film is a myth." She presents "a roundup of the eight best notions that came out of the Herzog keynote."
Luke McKernan spent four days at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, aka the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, earlier this month and kept an impressive diary: Days one, two, three and four.
The retrospective of films by Adolfas Mekas runs on at Anthology Film Archives through Thursday and Daniel Guzmán, who's been following it, posts a few thoughts at Cinespect.
Astra Taylor (Examined Life, Zizek!) and Sarah Leonard of Dissent have helped n+1 put together Occupy! An OWS-Inspired Gazette, "a history, both personal and documentary, and the beginning of an analysis of the first month of the occupation."
Catherine Grant has updated her list of "Open Access Film E-books"; eight more, and she'll have a round hundred. To reiterate: These are full-blown books on film history and criticism, many of them classics, available for free.
Speaking of updates, I'm still adding to these entries: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Le Havre, Margin Call, Tintin, Melancholia, Bernard Herrmann, Pauline Kael, Leon Cakoff, Minnelli and the London Film Festival.
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