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Rushes. Nicolas Cage’s Self-Analysis, Luca Guadagnino Designs a Mansion, Manspreading Cinema

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  • Jia Zhangke's In the Qing Dynasty, a project the auteur has been preparing since as early as 2007, is set to begin shooting in Spring 2019.

  • A neon-lit trailer for Harmony Korine's highly-anticipated The Beach Bum, which will be released in March of 2019.
  • For GQ, Nicolas Cage provides a candid self-analysis of his personal favorite characters he has played in his singular acting career, from Castor Troy to Charlie Kaufman (with nods to German Expressionism and Fritz Lang!).
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest, The Wild Pear Tree, has been selected as the Turkish entry for the Foreign Language award at the 91st Academy Awards next year. A new trailer for the film provides a small glimpse into what Notebook's Daniel Kasman describes as Ceylan's "impressively detailed, if occasionally ponderous portrait of a new generation of young men in Turkey."
  • For the Criterion Collection, David Cairns continues his Anatomy of a Gag series with a video essay on Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth, specifically regarding the performance of its "top dog," Skippy the wire fox terrier. Watch Cairns's wonderfully amusing analysis here.
  • A gorgeous, enigmatic trailer for Rita Azevedo Gomes's forthcoming A Portuguesa, based on Austrian author Robert Musil's Die Portugiesin.
  • To coincide with its release of Orson Welles's posthumous The Other Side of the Wind, Netflix has provided a trailer for the film's accompanying behind-the-scenes documentary, Morgan Neville's They'll Love Me When I'm Dead.
  • An enchanting trailer for this year's Viennale, directed by Lav Diaz. The two-minute video—possibly Diaz's shortest film—follows a young boy envisioning his future, who steps out into the rain at night.
  • Finally, a trailer for Frederick Wiseman's last documentary, Monrovia, Indiana, which we reviewed earlier this month from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
  • Film Comment's Nellie Killian provides an overview of this year's Wavelengths program at TIFF, including keen commentary on both the "the arbitrariness of some of the [festival's] slotting" and the "vital" resonances of the programming itself.
  • For Film Quarterly, Girish Shambu critiques the "manspreading machine" of cinema's "male canon," and its roots in classical auteurism and "male-dominated film institutions".
  • With The Arboretum Cycle premiering in Chicago, The Chicago Reader's Ben Sachs interviews Nathaniel Dorsky, discussing the relationship between "montage and the human spirit."
  • Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino and architect Giulio Ghirardi have collaborated in designing a house by Italy's Lake Como. The New York Times details Guadagnino's eye for décor: "The house more accurately evokes a puzzle, one whose interlocking pieces seamlessly, and seemingly inevitably, fit together."
  • Lawrence Garcia contextualizes the "unending, Kafkaesque nightmare" of Huang Weikai's Guangzhou-set documentary Disorder. 
  • At the TIFF premiere of his latest Killing, Shin'ya Tsukamoto sat with editor Daniel Kasman to discuss the "insanity of reality," and his intention to "not just [...] subvert expectation, but more to betray the audience’s expectation."
  • Jeremy Carr gives Alfred Hitchcock's "rare, straight comedy" The Trouble With Harry its Close-Up: "[The film] is an exemplary Hitchcock feature: subversive, inviting, entertaining, and containing a throwaway bathtub gag."
  • A gorgeous hand-painted Hungarian poster for François Truffaut's classic The 400 Blows. Other international variations of Truffaut's singular image of a lost boy can be found here.
  • "Is this closed-mindedness something we want to pass along to future generations?" asks Martin Scorsese in a moving 1993 letter addressed to Bruce Weber of The New York Times.

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