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Noriaki Tsuchimoto

Noriaki Tsuchimoto’s ‘Shiranui Sea’ (1975)

The new Winter 2013 issue of Cineaste is out, and online, we find Aaron Cutler on Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Dan Georgakas on John Huston‘s The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Leonard Quart on Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets (1968), Giovanni Vimercati on the collection of essays Working Together: Notes on British Film Collectives in the 1970s, Peter Tonguette on Curtis Harrington‘s memoir Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business, festival reports, and a few previews of longer articles and interviews.

“Ostensibly, The Cronenberg Project is trying to get you inside the mind of David Cronenberg,” writes Haley Mlotek for the Los Angeles Review of Books. “In reality, The Cronenberg Project achieves the exact opposite. The exhibit gets inside of you.”

The TLS has posted Lindsay Anderson‘s 1989 review of Neal Gabler’s An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood and A. Scott Berg’s Goldwyn: A Biography.

Actors Anonymous is what people used to call a ‘provocation.'” Choire Sicha reviews James Franco’s novel in the new issue of Bookforum.

Featuring interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnès Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater, and John Sayles

“In the history of British film posters there are few characters as significant and influential as the designer and artist Vic Fair,” writes Eddie Shannon, introducing a wide-ranging and generously illustrated conversation at Film on Paper.


“A research study from the Library of Congress reveals for the first time how many feature films produced by U.S. studios during the silent film era still exist, what condition they’re in and where they are located,” reports Paul Harris for Variety. “To no one’s surprise, the news is bleak. Only 14% of the 10,919 silent films released by major studios exist in their original 35mm or other format, according to the report, ‘The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929.’ [PDF] Another 11% survive in full-length foreign versions or on film formats of lesser image quality.”

Key figures in the Japanese movie industry “formed a group Dec. 3 to oppose the state secrets protection bill, saying the Abe administration is returning Japan to its dangerous World War II days,” reports Yuka Orii for the Asahi Shimbun (via Movie City News). “Film directors Isao Takahata, Yasuo Furuhata and Yoji Yamada were among those who had called for the establishment of ‘Tokutei Himitsu Hogo Hoan ni Hantaisuru Eigajin no Kai’ (Group of movie people who oppose the state secrets protection bill)…. In just four days, the group gained 264 supporters, including film directors Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hayao Miyazaki, Hirokazu Koreeda and Kazuyuki Izutsu, actresses Sayuri Yoshinaga and Shinobu Otake, and scriptwriters Taichi Yamada and James Miki.”

New trailer for Spike Jonze’s Her


Movie City News has the list of 15 documentaries that are now advancing on to the next round of the Academy’s nominating process. The Oscars nominations will be announced on January 16 and the awards will be presented on March 2.

TIFF will be screening Canada’s Top Ten from January 3 through 12.

The Playlist celebrates the “25 Best Breakthrough Performances of 2013.”

NME presents its list of the “50 Best Albums of 2013.”


New York. There are still a few more days to catch the last handful of films screening in MoMA’s series The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule. We ran Michael Sicinski‘s overview a couple of weeks ago, followed by his excellent piece on Thomas Arslan’s Gold. For more, see Jaimey Fisher (Brooklyn Rail), R. Emmet Sweeney (Movie Morlocks), and Ben Umstead (Twitch). And for those who read German, Lars-Olav Beier‘s spoken with Christian Petzold about the series for Spiegel Online, while Georg Seesslen‘s posted the essay he wrote for a similar retrospective that took place at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival this fall.

A preview of The Discreet Charm of George Cukor

A retrospective of the work of Marc Levin, beginning tomorrow with a 15th anniversary screening of Slam, will carry on through the weekend at the Maysles Cinema. Levin will also be conducting masterclasses, and several cast members and producers who’ve worked with Levin will be on hand as well.

Of Freaks and Men: The Films of Aleksei Balabanov is on at BAM through Tuesday and, at the L, Henry Stewart recommends Brother (1997).

In the Flesh, a series reviving the “porno chic” of the mid-70s, runs from tomorrow through Sunday at Anthology Film Archives.


The Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth notes that, in an interview with Swide magazine, Martin Scorsese says his Sinatra is “still going strong.” First up, though, will be Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel, then the The Irishman, a gangster movie with Robert De Niro and possibly Al Pacino and Joe Pesci as well.

Replacing Javier Bardem, Oscar Isaac will join Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. Scott Feinberg and Tatiana Siegel have details in the Hollywood Reporter.

“13 Little Pictures has announced cinematographer Christopher Doyle is attached to shoot director Glen Goei’s upcoming Yellow Flowers, a.k.a. The Hangman’s Breakfast,” reports Jean Noh for Screen Daily.

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