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Weekly Rushes. 1 July 2015

A "Clueless" oral history, Nicolas Jarr scores Parajanov, the decline of the American actor, a rare photo of Chris Marker, Scorsese on Reed.
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.


  • Vanity Fair has an oral history celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the 1990s best films, Clueless.
  • The line-up for the 2015 Locarno Film Festival has yet to be revealed, but the fest has just announced the news that new films by Hong Sang-soo (Right Now, Wrong Then) and Andrej Zulawski (Cosmos) will be shown.
  • Ace electronica musician Nicolas Jaar has released a free download of his re-scoring of Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates.
  • One of our very favorite filmmakers, Claire Denis, is set to make her English-language feature debut, collaborating with writer Zadie Smith and artist Olafur Eliasson. Denis and Eliasson previously collaborated on the above short film.
  • The A.V. Club has an essential interview exploring a side of filmmaking rarely talked about in public, asking "What’s it like to be a second-unit director on Hollywood blockbusters?"
  • In a terrific rejoinder to Terrence Rafferty's piece in The Atlantic, "The Decline of the American Actor," the New Yorker's Richard Brody examines the possibilities and placement of the contemporary American actor and actress.
  • Above: A rare photo of Chris Marker, via @soysauuce.
Has it had an influence on my career? When I saw it, I was ripe for it – ready to understand what you can do with the camera. The themes of the picture made me feel comfortable about dealing with similar kinds of characters, characters you'd consider undesirable - the charm of evil. I did a paper on the film when I was 18 at NYU. The professor had different ideas. He wrote a note on the paper: "Remember, it's only a thriller." I disagreed.
  • That's Martin Scorsese, above, praising Carol Reed's The Third Man at The Independent.
  • Ever wondered what a video game made by the Fleischer brothers would look like? Cuphead, whose trailer you can find above, might just be your answer.
  • Speaking of animation, Pixar legend John Lasseter has put some of his Academy presentation "The New Audience: Moviegoing In a Connected World" up at Medium in the form of an article titled "Technology and the Evolution of Storytelling."
  • If you've been tantalized by coverage of Gaspar Noé's 3-D sex romance drama Love, perhaps this teaser will, uh, tease you further.

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