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Weekly Rushes. Super 8 Camera, Mikio Naruse, Posters for Never Made Films

This week’s essential news, articles, sounds, videos and more from the film world.
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.
NEWS
  • We must of missed this news earlier, but nevertheless we're super jazzed about a brand new Super 8 camera from Kodak coming this fall. Not unexpectedly, the company is trying to make this analog technology digitally convenient:
  • When you purchase film you will be buying the film, processing and digital transfer. The lab will send you your developed film back and email you a password to retrieve your digital scans from the cloud so you can edit and share in any way you choose.
  • With the next part of our Werner Herzog retrospective now playing, we've been eager for any news for the director's next film—no, not the Sundance-premiering documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which we are also excited to see, but rather his next fiction feature, his "environmental thriller" Salt and Fire. Now word has come it will premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June, an odd venue for such a major filmmaker. But perhaps the tepid response to his last drama, Queen of the Desert (read our take), at the 2015 Berlinale has altered the director's festival cache.
  • Fireflies magazine, whose unique focus targets only two filmmakers per issue, is following up its Jia Zhangke / Claire Denis dossier with a request for submissions for issue #4, dedicated to Portuguese director Pedro Costa and British artist Ben Rivers:
We print responses to cinema that are personal, daring and that wouldn’t necessarily be found in other film journals­: short fiction, visual art, poetry, memoir, comics, and creative non-fiction that experiments with multiple forms.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • Speaking of Werner Herzog's documentary about the Internet (!), Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, here is the trailer.
RECOMMENDED READING
Mikio Naruse
This book is intended as a reference work for film lovers who are navigating Mikio Naruse’s long and long-inaccessible career.
Directors often talk, sincerely or not, about their respect for the book on which a film is based. Laughton meant it, and he and Grubb maintained a close working relationship throughout the making of the film. Couchman’s book includes a selection of the drawings that Grubb made when Laughton asked him to illustrate how he’d imagined certain scenes. As it happened, Grubb could draw, and Couchman points out the similarities between his drawings and those of William Blake and the German Expressionists. Several of these drawings made it into the final cut...
The Bride of Frankenstein doesn’t romp. It’s oneiric, a beautiful, formless sequence of silver nitrate shadows, and when it ends I wonder what happened, and then I begin to rebuild it in my head. I’ve seen it I do not know how many times since I was a boy, and I’m almost pleased to say that I still can’t quite tell you the plot. Or rather, I can tell you the plot as it goes along. And then, when it’s done, the film begins to scum over in my mind, to reconfigure like a dream does once you’ve wakened, and it all becomes much harder to explain.
In making these early films Hou discovered techniques that not only suited the stories he had to tell but also suggested more unusual possibilities of staging. He pushed those techniques further in his later films, with powerful results. The charming early films show him developing, in almost casual ways, techniques of staging and shooting that will become his artistic hallmarks. One basis of his approach, I argue, is his adoption of the telephoto lens.
Movie Journal is a dense book, but as you might expect, it’s decidedly not a book of criticism. Indeed, Mekas practiced a kind of anticriticism, a bombastic evangelization more concerned with gleefully picking fights and snuffing out apathy than passing judgment on a film or serving as a consumer-guide reviewer. 
EXTRAS
  • Via Dangerousminds, we've discovered a series of stunning fan art posters by Fernando Reza for films that were never made, like Stanley Kubrick's The Aryan Papers and David Lynch's maybe-it-will-see-the-light-of-day comedy, Ronnie Rocket.
  • The poster for the 43rd Telluride Film Festival, designed by Yann Legendre.

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