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The Noteworthy: Film Acting, "Hypnosis Display", An 8-Bit Tribute to Studio Ghibili

Issue 6 of "The Cine-Files", Hello Cinema podcast on early Kiarostami, Paul Clipson's latest, John Torres' films online, and more.

Edited by Adam Cook

  • Issue 6 of The Cine-Files, on "Film Acting", is now online and features a dialogue between Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore.
  • In the latest Hello Cinema podcast, the first of a two-parter, Tina Hassannia and Amir Soltani talk to film critic Godfrey Cheshire about Abbas Kiarostami's early cinema. 

  • Above: the trailer for Paul Clipson's Hypnosis Display, currently touring in the UK with musical artist Grouper. Check out Dummy's interview with Clipson and Grouper.

"Varda’s curiosity about human beings is bottomless and unpredictable. (I can personally attest: I briefly met her at a screening of The Beaches of Agnès, and a question about my accent somehow led to a conversation about my grandmother’s days in Czechoslovakia and my brother’s passion for tubas.) From Here to There is an unabashed self-portrait in which the auteur is luminously reflected in the friendships she’s gathered over the course of her life. Varda ruminates on mortality as the film’s travels come to a close, pondering gravely morbid, ancient sculptures before deciding that the jolly-skeleton folk art at Mexican Día de los Muertos festivities is more her speed. Watching this fond, vibrant documentary, one can easily imagine Varda continuing her search, camera in hand, into the great beyond—after all, heaven for her has always been other people."

  • Craig Keller collects his twitter-posted thoughts on Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage for his blog.
  • The first image from Michael Mann's forthcoming film, Cyber.
  • In a unique self released VOD strategy, you can pay to watch the films of John Torres at this web site.

  • Above: Paul Vecchiali's trailer for the Sicilia Queer filmfest 2014.
  • Richard Brody writes on the digital trickery that unexpectedly links The Immigrant and Godzilla.
  • For Movie Morlocks, R. Emmet Sweeney writes on Edward Ludwig's Wake of the Red Witch:

"In 1948 John Wayne appeared in Fort Apache, Red River, 3 Godfathers and Wake of the Red Witch. After seeing Red River, John Ford was reported to say, 'I never knew that big son of a bitch could act.' He wouldn’t have been so surprised if he had seen Wake of the Red Witch first. Playing an alcoholic, obsessive sea captain hell bent on avenging his lost love, Wayne finds pockets of instability in his individualist persona."

  • Above: via our official Tumblr, Arseny and Andrei Tarkovsky by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

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