- The Criterion Collection has announced its batch of new releases for September, and we're particularly excited for this set:
- A new issue of The Seventh Art is now online, meaning there's a few great video interviews (Paul Schrader, Margarethe von Trotta, Barbara Hammer) well worth your time to watch.
- Steven Spielberg & George Lucas are predicting that the film industry will implode.
- Above: Writing for the Independent Cinema Office, our own Adrian Curry takes a look at "The Aesthetics of Film Festival Posters"
- Above: via Revista Lumière's Facebook page, a photo of Jean-Luc Godard being arrested during May '68 in Paris.
- Via David Hudson and The Keyframe Daily, Daniel Ludwig has some insight from the set of Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage:
'On this particular drizzly day in Nyon by Lake Geneva, Ludwig, sitting in the back of a silver Mercedes SL 500, is driven at breakneck speed, tires screeching, around two curves, after which, he leaps out, pistol at the ready, yells out his meager lines, and shoots. 27 times until Godard tells his assistant 'C’est bon,' who then relays the okay to the crew and actors. Godard is not to be spoken to directly. Besides the assistant, Godard works with one cameraman and another 'young man who ensures that the actors and props don’t go missing and no passersby wander into the frame.' All the equipment, he notes, fits neatly into a van: two 'tiny' 3D cameras—Godard carries a third handheld—a sound recorder, and an umbrella. 'That’s it.'"
- In Moving Image Source, Fernando Croce has an appreciation of Akira Kurosawa's Ran:
"There’s no shortage of reasons to watch Ran on a big screen. A chance to better appreciate the film’s striking use of color. An opportunity to be engulfed by the torrential sweep of its battle sequences. And, perhaps most importantly, the ability to see the characters. How massive the landscapes and castle chambers are in Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 epic, and how small the people in them seem."
- Above: new trailers for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, Joshua Oppenheimer & Christine Cynn's The Act of Killing, and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
From the archives.