Posts tagged with “film”

Posted 4 months ago

The Essay Film A Manifesto by Mark Cousins

In the last two years I have made three essay films – What is This Film Called Love?, A Story of Children and Film, and Here be Dragons. In the next year, I will make two more – I am Belfast and Stockholm My Love.

In making these, and watching many more – by Anand Patwardhan and Agnes Varda, for example – and after reading Philip Lopate’s book on the essay, I started to make a mental list of the elements of, and the principles behind, essay films. This list is a kind of manifesto.

A fiction film is a bubble. An essay film bursts it.

An essay film takes an idea for a walk.

Essay films are visual thinking.

Essay films reverse film production: the images come first, the script, last.

Filming an essay is gathering, like a carpenter gathers wood.

A fiction film is a car, an essay film is a bike; it can nip up an alleyway, you can feel the wind in its hair.

A road movie has outer movement, an essay film has inner movement.

An essay film is the opposite of fly on the wall.

An essay film can go anywhere, and should.

Two essay films should be made every year. Why? Because, after F for Fake, Orson Welles said this to Henry Jaglom during lunch at Ma Maison: “I could have made an essay film – two of ‘em a year, you see. On different subjects. Various variations of that form.”

Commentary is to the essay film, what dance is to the musical.

All essay films would be improved by a clip of Dietrich (see Marcel Ophuls).

An essay film cannot create the atmosphere of Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard;
A fiction film cannot explain that atmosphere.

Even Hollywood makes essay films – look at DW Griffith’s Intolerance.

Essay films are what Astruc dreamt of.

Digital had made Astruc’s dream come true.

from: A Story of Children and Film website

Posted 9 months ago

Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993), every inch a film director.

Posted 9 months ago



Is there a classic movie bloopers fandom because there needs to be one


Posted 9 months ago

Su JunkiePop c’è una specie di mia recensione di Only Lovers Left Alive, il nuovo film di Jim Jarmusch con Tilda Swinton e Tom Hiddleston, All’incirca un film di vampiri col dito medio ben alzato nella direzione generale di Bella & Edward. Dai, leggi.

Posted 9 months ago

Anonymous said: Do you know where the Lubitsch sign that hung in Billy Wilder's office is today? Or who to ask? Thanks.


Hmm. Since the only photo I’ve seen of this sign (drawn by Saul Bass!) seems to be modern and museum-like, I want to say it’s hanging in the lobby of the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village in southern California. That’s my guess. I wouldn’t know who to ask except the executor of his estate or his relatives.

Any readers know the whereabouts of the Lubitsch sign?

If you are talking about the “how would Lubitsch do it?” sign, it’s in the Deutsche Kinematek Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin > 

It’s my 2nd-favourite item in the permanent collection, number 1 being the vast array of Peter Lorre’s passports under different names/disguises from when he escaped Germany and subsequently moved to Hollywood. Also, Marlene Dietrich’s complete luggage set and the original backdrop art for Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. A fabulous film museum.

Posted 9 months ago


8 Films by Federico Fellini

8½, Amarcord, La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits, I Vitelloni, 

Nights of Cabiria, City of Women, La Dolce Vita

Posted 9 months ago

This Halloween I’m going as a vampire - the right kind of vampire, this kind of vampire. (***Potential Film of the Year alert***)

Posted 9 months ago


Cannes Film Festival 1983 - Special Jury Prize: Robert Bresson (L’Argent) and Andrei Tarkovsky (Nostalghia).

I have a videotape of the awards ceremony from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, where a Special Jury Prize was jointly awarded to the then seventy-six-year-old Bresson for his last film, L’Argent, and to Andrei Tarkovksy, for Nostalghia. As Bresson, called up by Orson Welles, stepped on to the stage, a tumult broke out, a furious acoustic battle between those booing and those acclaiming him; the audience was asked for calm a number of times—only as Tarkovsky was invited on stage did the storm of protest abate.

—Michael Haneke

Posted 9 months ago

Ivan’s Childhood / Иваново детство, dir Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962 

Posted 9 months ago


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007

Director - Andrew Dominik
Cinematography - Roger Deakins