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The Noteworthy: Rossellini & Bergman, On Set with JLG, Jodorowsky's Lessons

New releases from Criterion, filmmaking lessons from Alejandro Jodorowsky, trailers from Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho & more.

Edited by Adam Cook


  • The Criterion Collection has announced its batch of new releases for September, and we're particularly excited for this set:
  • Steven Spielberg & George Lucas are predicting that the film industry will implode.


  • Via David Hudson and The Keyframe Daily, Daniel Ludwig has some insight from the set of Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage:

'On this particular drizzly day in Nyon by Lake Geneva, Ludwig, sitting in the back of a silver Mercedes SL 500, is driven at breakneck speed, tires screeching, around two curves, after which, he leaps out, pistol at the ready, yells out his meager lines, and shoots. 27 times until Godard tells his assistant 'C’est bon,' who then relays the okay to the crew and actors. Godard is not to be spoken to directly. Besides the assistant, Godard works with one cameraman and another 'young man who ensures that the actors and props don’t go missing and no passersby wander into the frame.' All the equipment, he notes, fits neatly into a van: two 'tiny' 3D cameras—Godard carries a third handheld—a sound recorder, and an umbrella. 'That’s it.'"

  • In Moving Image Source, Fernando Croce has an appreciation of Akira Kurosawa's Ran:

"There’s no shortage of reasons to watch Ran on a big screen. A chance to better appreciate the film’s striking use of color. An opportunity to be engulfed by the torrential sweep of its battle sequences. And, perhaps most importantly, the ability to see the characters. How massive the landscapes and castle chambers are in Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 epic, and how small the people in them seem."

From the archives.

  • Resurrected from the archives is Jacques Rivette's Le pont du Nord, having been recently restored. The new print is touring now, and Masters of Cinema will be releasing the film soon:

wow… the colors in the pont du nord clip look extraordinaire.
I can’t think of a subject that is less ripe for satire than Wall Street and the venal, soulless d-bags who populate it. We are way past the point of satire when it comes to Wall Street. Especially toothless satire complete with funny teeth and facile equivalencies between financiers and gangsters. Wolf of Wall Street looks like it was directed by Bret Ratner. Hey, Martin Scorsese, I understand you don’t give a shit anymore, and that’s fine, but could you do the rest of us a favor and keep it to yourself?
You can take the director out of Korea but you can’t take the Korea out of the director. Obligatory Korean axe battle (looks like fun)! Clip from Pont du Nord is the best ever — can’t wait.

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