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The Noteworthy: Cahiers du Cinéma's Top Ten of 2013, Golden Horse Awards, The Return of "Ms. 45"

Alain Guiradie tops Cahiers du Cinéma's 2013 top 10, _Ilo Ilo_ wins the Golden Horse, Spirit Award noms, Russian minimalist posters, & more.

Edited by Adam Cook

 News.

  • Above: via The Cinephiliacs, the ten best films of 2013, as decided by Cahiers du Cinéma. Here's the complete list in English:

1. Stranger by the Lake

2. Spring Breakers

3. Blue is the Warmest Color

4. Gravity

5. A Touch of Sin

6. Lincoln

7. Jealousy

8. Nobody's Daughter Haewon

9. You and the Night

10. Age of Panic

Finds.

"I’m interested, primarily, in one aspect of this film. I saw Blue is the Warmest Color projected onto a large screen in a wide ratio (2.35:1). If IMDb is to be trusted, it was shot on a Canon C300, and the resulting image is uncannily detailed in that too-real-to-feel-real style of hi-def video. Because Kechiche frames nearly every shot in a tight closeup (an unusual move, generally, but especially so in this aspect ratio), and because of the film’s 179-minute run time, watching Blue is the Warmest Color in a theater means spending more than two hours looking at faces through a telescope. When my attention drifted from the content of the film, as it did fairly often, I’d distract myself by looking at Léa Seydoux’s teeth and gums or at the warts on the back of Adèle Exarchopoulos’s hand. (This is a cinephile’s prerogative. We are habitual voyeurs, and there are few opportunities in real life for this kind of intimate examination.)"

  • Above: "Original Russian film posters in minimalist style" from Russia Beyond the Headlines (thanks to Batuhan Albaş for the link!).
  • For Artforum, Travis Jeppesen writes on this year's DocLisboa.

"When the émigré filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer passed away on the last day of September 1972 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, the prevailing fear among family members was that his work would be forgotten forever — something he himself had articulated near the end of his life — that it would slowly, inexorably drift into oblivion. Although his departure did not go entirely unnoticed, with obituaries published in Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, the legacy of his life and career was surely in jeopardy. Because of the irreversible decline in his health, he was never able to finish the multisession interview with Peter Bogdanovich that he began in February 1970, after the initial strokes had already left him partially paralyzed (the recordings essentially trail off after the two men discussed Ruthless and Carnegie Hall, both from the late 1940s, with only passing mention of the films Ulmer made in the 1950s and ’60s). By the time the interview was published, in Jonas Mekas’s Film Culture magazine in 1974, Ulmer was already an obscure figure, someone who was recognized — if at all — only by fringe cinephiles, devotees of the Cahiers circle, of film societies and the art-house circuit, and of the film pages of the independent weeklies like the Village Voice, the Chicago Reader, and the Boston Phoenix."

From the archives.


“Haewon et les Hommes” (Un)intentional homage to Renoir’s Elena? ;)
More French than American films on Cahiers’ list—a nice change from last year.
Great poster for Battleship Potemkin. For a moment there I thought it could have been for Rosemary’s Baby.
I’m watching Menschen am Sonntag, a 1930 German silent for which Edgar G. Ulmer shared director and screenwriter credits. He’ll not be forgotten.
It’s kind of unpleasant to see Spring Breakers on that list, more so since it’s at number 2. Sorry Korine fans, maybe I simply don’t “get it”…
L’inconnu du lac it’s a very great film, It has the right view on the erotism, understanding how the secret, the fear and the ignotus are its basis. I enjoyed it very much, and so did my girlfriend when we went to see it. However, in the theatre that day the only girl inside was mine. Surely, i think that most of the success is due to having chosen omosexual relationship e to have shown very explicit sex. Not too bad, anyway.

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