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Rushes. Spielberg's Best Set Pieces, Nicholas Ray's Final Interview, Georges Méliès's Autobiography

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NEWS
  • This year the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) in Cannes is celebrating its 50th anniversery. The poster for this year's festival uses a photo by William Klein, whose film The Pan-African Festival of Algiers was in the 1971 edition.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • The trailer for Paul Schrader's fabulous new film First Reformed. Our critics raved about it (here and here) last year from the Toronto International Film Festival.
RECOMMENDED READING
Burt Reynolds
Catherine Deneuve is often cited as the epitome of cool French beauty, but Audran, who died last week at the age of 85, had an equal claim to that title, with her sculpted face, extraordinary eyes, and chicly slender figure. 
  • INTO magazine goes into the details and controversy surrounding the possibility of adapting Leslie Feinberg's trailblazing novel about a gender non-conforming person, Stone Butch Blues, into a movie, despite the author's expressed lack of permission.
  • Interview is running two delightful conversations, one between Will Ferrell and Joaquin Phoenix, and the other featuring Al Pacino in conversation with, variously, Jessica Chastain and directors Christopher Nolan, Mike Newell, and Michael Radford.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
He was an enigmatic tough guy, as emotive as a six-foot fist, labile, his facial features clenched like four fingers and a thumb, and behind that stony facade something seemed to seethe. He wielded a weapon deftly, as if it was an organic appendage, yet he seemed to get no pleasure from using it. Violence for Marvin was an unfortunate inevitability, one he for which was exceedingly qualified. 
EXTRAS
  • New images—no doubt publicity photographs—from Claire Denis's new film, High Life, a sci-fi starring Robert Pattison and Juliette Binoche.
  • A Kickstarter has been launched to fund an English edition of the 1937 autobiography of none other than Georges Méliès!

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