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Rushes: An “Eyes Wide Shut” Oral History, Jason Statham & Donnie Yen, Angolan Cinemas

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RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • From the Criterion Collection, an excerpted clip from B. Ruby Rich's overview of pioneering female (and openly gay) filmmaker Dorothy Arzner's career and feminist reshaping of the woman's-picture.
  • A trailer for Les Blank's recently restored Chulas Fronteras, which documents the lives of the Norteño musicians from the Texas-Mexican border and the social protests of their songs.
 
RECOMMENDED READING
On the set of Eyes Wide Shut.
  • Indiewire has gathered an invaluable set of reflections on the state and the future of moviegoing from the perspective of exhibitors.
  • Bilge Ebiri delves into the oral history of the notorious orgy scene from Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, from its lengthy planning period to a more improvised shoot.
  • Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Paul Schrader, and more, have published a letter in response to a string of violent attacks by far-right fascists against the Rome-based collective Cinema America. Connecting the event to the protests of May 1968 and the cancellation of the Cannes Film Festival, Paul Schrader notes that "we’re having a battle that we had over 50 years ago, when cinema was at the forefront of politics."
  • For The Outline, Nathan Smith explores the Chucky franchise's primary concern with consumerism and consumption: "Chucky was literally made to be merchandised; he’s all our fears about the soullessness of mass production come to life."
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
  • In Katharina Wyss's Sarah Plays a Werewolf (now showing from July 2 – July 31, 2019 in MUBI's Debuts series), "all the world is a stage, and the teenage girl is merely a player." Read Kelley Dong's Close-Up.
  • Albert Serra discusses the conception and production of Liberté, his no-holds-barred depiction of sexual debauchery over the course of a night in 1774.
  • Ari Aster's Midsommar is a film in which "the spark of talent [is] placed in service of empty form," writes Lawrence Garcia.
EXTRAS
  • We are in awe of what now appears to be an on going, healthy competition between cinema's most agile artists.
  •  Furthermore: the legendary Donnie Yen.
  • Per author Darran Anderson, a look at Angola's modernist theaters, which writer Samuel Goff says derive from the work of Portuguese architects in the late colonial period.
 




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