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Rushes. Criterion Channel Reboot, Steve McQueen & Viola Davis, Film’s First “Frankenstein”

This week’s essential news, articles, sounds, videos and more from the film world.
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
NEWS
  • Pablo Ferro, the renowned title designer of Dr. Strangelove, Beetlejuice, Stop Making Sense, and many more, has died at the age of 83. Harrison Smith of the Washington Post has written an expansive obituary and informative summation of Ferro's signature style.
  • Following the closing of FilmStruck, the Criterion Collection has announced that it will be launching the Criterion Channel as "a freestanding service," wholly owned and operated by Criterion, in spring of 2019. Read the full press statement, including details on how to sign up, here.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • Peter Jackson attempts to resurrect history, via colorizing and dubbing, in the trailer for his forthcoming WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old.
  • An official trailer for Aleksei German's Khrustalyov, My Car! highlights its morbid humor and stunning style. Originally released in 1998, German's film will be released in UK cinemas on December 14 with a new restoration.
  • For his Festival of Disruption, David Lynch has released an eerie short film entitled Ant Head, which includes two songs from Thought Gang, the musical collaboration between Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.
  • The first film adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, released in 1910, has been restored by the Library of Congress and made available online. For the Library's blog, Mike Mashon introduces the film and the story behind its discovery and revival.
RECOMMENDED READING
Viola Davis and Steve McQueen
  • With Widows now in theaters, its masterminds Steve McQueen and Viola Davis unite for a joint interview with The New York Times to discuss the film's genesis and the state of Hollywood today. You can also find our review of the film from earlier this year here.
  • Adam Woodward of The Spaces explores the Berlin sets of Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria, designed by Inbal Weinberg, and traces its artistic influences.
  • Over at Topic, Madeline Leung Coleman has arranged and analyzed the distinct history of live-action commingled with animation in cinema, covering everything from Pete's Dragon to the landmark developments of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • For 4Columns, Melissa Anderson reviews Bertrand Mandico's The Wild Boys (which premiered on MUBI in September as a Special Discovery), a "gender-detonating fantasia" and its scrambling of a male and female binary.
RECOMMENDED LISTENING
  • On the latest episode of Marc Maron's WTFPod, Kenneth Lonergan discusses "the lie of sentimentality, how ideas collapse when he’s writing and new ideas emerge, and why he hopes to get to 95% satisfaction with his work."
  • At the recent Indigenous Comic Con, the CBC caught up with the voiceover artists who, in an act of language preservation, gave the world the first Navajo dub of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
  • Kelley Dong takes a look back at the otherworldly sensuality and angst of Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight.
  • Christina Newland considers the feminist legacy of actress-director Ida Lupino.
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky navigates through the "labyrinth" that is Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria.
EXTRAS AND RE-DISCOVERIES
  • Spike Lee on the set of Malcolm X in Soweto, South Africa, where the film's closing scenes take place. Read more about Lee's trek to South Africa, both a personally and politically significant trek for the auteur, here.
  • Happy belated birthday to Martin Scorsese! Here he is with Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, both of whom are starring in Scorsese's forthcoming The Irishman.

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