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Weekly Rushes: 29 July 2015

The lineup and jury for the Venice Film Festival, "Son of Saul's disturbing trailer, 1954 director salaries, writings on Brakhage & Fuller.
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  • Above: the first trailer for controversial Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul, a prizewinner at Cannes.
  • You may have noticed that the first round of the Toronto International Film Festival's program has been revealed. We're particularly excited about news films by Johnnie To and Terence Davies.
  • The 72nd Venice Film Festival lineup has been unveiled, and includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Marco Bellocchio, Jerzy Skolimowski, Aleksandr Sokurov, Frederick Wiseman, and more. The jury has also been announced: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hou Hsaio-hsien, Lynne Ramsay and others, all led by Alfonso Cuarón.
  • Above: A film still from Prelude, a new film by Nathaniel Dorsky that will premiere during the New York Film Festival's retrospective of the director.
  • David Davidson's Toronto Film Review is featuring an epic compendium of "interviews with cinephile directors," including Matías Piñeiro, Dan Sallitt, Mark Rappaport, Rodney Ascher, Kurt Walker, and more.
  • Via Peter Labuza, a "list of non-contract directors in 1954 and their going rates as held as clients by the Jaffe Agency," offering a fascinating picture of how much it cost to hire directorial luminaries like Lupino, Tourneur and Walsh compared to their less talented peers.
"This is an article that may or may not have a purpose... he conundrum is this: Should I "prepare" you for these films with language?"
  • That's Michael Sicinski writing on the films of experimental filmmaking legend Stan Brakhage for Nashville Scene.
  • Congratulations to Brooklyn-based filmmaker, translator and projectionist Ted Fendt—who contributes to the Notebook and whose short films were recently shown on MUBI—for being named by Filmmaker Magazine one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film."
  • Above: Director Wong Kar-wai and actor Takeshi Kaneshiro at a 1994 press conference for Chungking Express.
"Hollywood and its drapery in a patient search (abandoned today) for origins."
  • Andy Rector has translated Jean-Claude Biette's 1978 article in Cahiers du cinéma on directors Allan Dwan and Jean Renoir.
"I need the opposite of [Gary] Cooper. The character’s hateful, a misfit. I want this newcomer, Steiger. He’s got a sour face and a fat ass. He’ll look awkward, especially when he climbs up on a horse. See, my yarn’s about a sore loser, not a gallant hero"
  • That's Sam Fuller, talking about Rod Steiger in his 1957 film Run of the Arrow. R. Emmet Sweeney tells us more about this great film.
  • Above: Stanley Kubrick by Katsuhiro Otomo.


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