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Rushes. Robby Müller, 1 Minute Godard, The Grandmaster of Kung Fu Films

This week’s essential news, articles, sounds, videos and more from the film world.
NEWS
Robby Müller
  • The great cinematographer Robby Müller has died at the age of 78. His contributions to films by Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas), William Friedkin (To Live and Die in L.A.), and Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man), among many others, mark him as one of the most important artists in cinema history.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • Jean-Luc Godard's trailer, which doubles as a charming self-portrait, for the Ji.hlava Film Festival is sublime in ways similar to his latest feature, The Image Book:
  • On the other side of the spectrum of "old man movies," there is Robert Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen, as glimpsed by this tonally manic and strangely beguiling trailer—a companion piece to Joe Dante's Small Soldiers, perhaps?
  • A rousing trailer for what looks to be an incendiary political film from the American non-fiction filmmaker Robert Greene, Bisbee '17.
  • Museum of Modern Art curator La Frances Hui takes an insightful jaunt through the films of Lau Kar-leung and the practice (and distinctions) of kung fu in this remarkable video essay...
RECOMMENDED READING
  • The new issues of Cinema Scope and Film Comment are here. From their pieces available online, the former offers a rare in-depth interview with Lars Von Trier; whilst Film Comment has an interview with the ingenious wits of American independent cinema, Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn, regarding their new feature Two Plains & a Fancy.
  • The editors of Remezcla have challenged the absent analysis of Latino representation in the newly released Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado with several capsule reviews from Latino critics. A must read.
  • The infamous French gangster Rédoine Faïd has just escaped from prison yet again. In the event of this spectacle, Julie Miller traces the criminal's reverence of the films of Michael Mann, climaxing with a video of Faïd asking Mann a perceptive question in a Q&A at the Cinémathèque Française. A fascinating read and watch.
  • In the event of Metrograph's ongoing Gus Van Sant retrospective in New York, and in time for the U.S. distribution of his new feature Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, Fanta Sylla has a penned an astute piece on the nigh indefinable independent and studio film-maker, and where this new feature figures within his eclectic oeuvre.
  • At Crooked Marquee, Eric D. Snider offers an enlightening (and rare!) statistical survey of movies released in the U.S. during the first half of 2018, broken down by language, country, gender of director, and more.
  • Liam Callanan answers the question, "How did the director of The Red Balloon end up making a propaganda film for the Shah of Iran?" and more in an act of investigative remembrance of the great director (and inventor of the board game "Risk"!), Albert Lamorisse.
RECOMMENDED LISTENING
  • Karina Longworth interrogates the myth-making, truths, & half-truths of Kenneth Anger's legendary book Hollywood Babylon, for her podcast Your Must Remember This.
EXTRAS
  • Your guess is as good as ours.
  • We doubt there will ever be a time where we don't anticipate a film from this most decisive auteur.
  • Last, but certainly not least.
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