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This Year In Film / Re: All the Beauty and the Blo...
Last post by wilder - Today at 01:56:55 AM
Quote from: Nan GoldinI mean that's the problem, you know? You grow up being told, "That didn't happen. You didn't see that. You didn't hear that." And what do you do? How do you believe yourself? How do you trust yourself? How do you continue to trust yourself? And then how do you show the world that you did experience that, that you did hear that? And so that's the reason I take pictures.
News and Theory / HACKANUT'S three-hour tour
Last post by Scrooby - Yesterday at 08:53:31 PM

Whoa, hold on here . . . does the crosstree on the ἀλήθεια remind us of a cross ?!

Art . . . and religion. What HACKANUT said : "like-minded" ships—an awesome observation.

("crosstree" : a word I learned from the last line of chapter 3 of Joyce's Ulysses.)

Footnote : ARTSHIP is kinda like, from one POV, the use of "Alan Smithee", you think? (This doesn't invalidate all the other resonances. This is just a fun footnote.)
The Grapevine / Enys Men (Mark Jenkin)
Last post by wilder - Yesterday at 05:35:44 PM

A wildlife volunteer on an uninhabited island off the British coast descends into a terrifying madness that challenges her grip on reality and pushes her into a living nightmare. Evoking the feeling of discovering a reel of never-before-seen celluloid unspooling in a haunted movie palace, this provocative and masterful vision of horror asserts Mark Jenkin as one of the U.K.'s most exciting and singular filmmakers.

Written and Directed by Mark Jenkin
In theaters March 29, 2023

Neon is also releasing Jenkin's first feature, Bait (2019) in theaters March 31, 2023

Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbor. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
News and Theory / Re: Scrooby's Musings
Last post by HACKANUT - Yesterday at 02:26:15 PM

The Alethia it is not... but ported in the same marina. Implying "like-minded" ships. Freddie/ID stumbling drunk in to the world of creation even if just to sleep.
The Grapevine / Re: R.M.N. (Cristian Mungiu)
Last post by wilder - Yesterday at 02:15:43 PM
In theaters April 28, 2023

The Director's Chair / Re: Powell & Pressburger
Last post by wilder - March 23, 2023, 08:23:58 PM
October 5, 2023

Delving into their magical, mystical and obsessive worlds, this lavishly illustrated publication – which ties in with a major BFI exhibition and film programme – presents fresh perspectives on the film-making duo, shining the spotlight not only on them, but also on their circle of talented collaborators, including cinematographer Jack Cardiff, designers Alfred Junge and Hein Heckroth and composers Brian Easdale and Allan Gray. The book's high profile contributors consider the concept of influence, too: those who had an impact on Powell and Pressburger's creative development, and the vast range of contemporary voices - from director Martin Scorsese to musician Kate Bush - who have found themselves haunted by their stories and images. Drawing on the BFI's stunning design and archive collections, as well as key objects held in other public and private collections, many of the images presented here are unique, previously unseen and unpublished.

QuoteTable of Contents

A Letter from Tilda Swinton
A Letter from Michael Powell to Emeric Pressburger
1. INTRODUCTION by Claire Smith and Nathalie Morris
A Note on Collaboration by Thelma Schoonmaker
2. EXILES by Caitlin MacDonald
Notes from a Photographer by Tim Walker
3. PILGRIMS by Alexandra Harris
Notes from a Production Designer by Sarah Greenwood
4. BLACK NARCISSUS by Mahesh Rao
Notes from an Artist by Michelle Williams Gamaker
Notes from a Costume Designer by Sandy Powell
6. METAPHORS OF VISION by Ian Christie
Notes from a Director by Joanna Hogg
7. THE RED SHOES by Marina Warner
Notes from a Milliner by Stephen Jones
News and Theory / Re: Film Restoration and Prese...
Last post by wilder - March 23, 2023, 08:19:19 PM
Severin Reveals New Restorations of Cult Juraj Herz and Yoshihiro Ishikawa Films

Severin has revealed brand new restorations of three cult films, two directed by Juraj Herz, and one directed by Yoshihiro Ishikawa. The films are: Morgiana (1972)The Ninth Heart (1979), and Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit (1968).

All three restorations will make their debut on the big screen at the Salem Horror Fest next month, with Blu-ray editions to follow later this year.

MORGIANA (Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia 1972)

US Theatrical Premiere of new restoration courtesy of Severin Films
Introduced by House of Psychotic Women author Kier-La Janisse

The best known in the West of Slovak filmmaker Juraj Herz' enchanting genre films (The Cremator (1969), Beauty and the Beast (1978), The Ninth Heart (1979) and Ferat Vampir (1982) among them), Morgiana is about two sisters – neither of whom is named Morgiana, that's the cat, who gets her own cat-cam – who are placed in opposition when one of them inherits the majority of their father's estate. In a brilliantly affecting dual performance by actress Iva Janžurová, the raven-haired Viktorie contrives to poison her naive fair-haired sister Klara when she is driven mad with jealousy over both their financial predicament and Klara's abundance of attention from possible suitors. As her sister becomes weaker and more prone to kaleidoscopic hallucinations, Viktorie's flamboyance threatens to foil her own murderous plans.

Morgiana is a dark fairytale bursting with extravagance - baroque garden parties, dramatic eye makeup, vintage tarot cards, fish-eye lenses – absolutely breathtaking stuff and a fitting gateway to Herz' brilliant ouevre. (Kier-La Janisse, excerpted from House of Psychotic Women)

House of Psychotic Women books and box sets will be available at the Severin table throughout the first weekend of the festival.

THE NINTH HEART (Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia 1979)

US Theatrical Premiere of new restoration courtesy of Severin Films

Though Juraj Herz' most critically-lauded work remains his 1969 film The Cremator – first released on DVD in 2006 and given the Criterion treatment in 2020 – his opulent fairytale The Ninth Heart (featured briefly in the documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, playing elsewhere in the festival) is an uncanny trip into an underworld of automatons, stolen hearts and magic. A struggling student befriends an itinerant marionette troupe (led by iconic actor Josef Kemr, who also appeared in folk horror favorites Marketa Lazarová and Witchhammer), and when they collectively run afoul of the local Lord, he volunteers to rescue the Lord's daughter, who has been put under a spell by an evil alchemist. Inanimate objects spring to life as the living succumb to death in the topsy-turvy world of this dark fable.

Herz has been noted by historian Kat Ellinger as the only filmmaker in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia to openly identify as a horror director, and studied puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague alongside Jan Svankmajer, who would remain a key collaborator (Svankmajer's wife Eva designed the poster for The Ninth Heart and both provided visual effects and animation). It is thus in The Ninth Heart that many of his aesthetic and thematic obsessions converge — puppetry, poverty, imprisonment and death — illuminated by a parade of golden candelabras and a playful sense of the grotesque. (Kier-La Janisse)

Copies of Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched and the accompanying box set All the Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium of Folk Horror will be available at the Severin Table throughout the first weekend of the festival.

BAKENEKO: A VENGEFUL SPIRIT (Yoshihiro Ishikawa, Japan 1968)

World Premiere of New 2K restoration from Severin Films

Also known as Ghost Cat of the Cursed Pond, Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit is one of the many mid-century Japanese explorations of "Kaibyo" or "ghost cat" mythology, and one of the best. Director Yoshihiro Ishikawa was no stranger to kaibyo country, having co-written Nobuo Nakagawa's equally chilling Black Cat Mansion (1958) and directed Ghost Cat of Otama Pond (1960). Released the same year as Kaneto Shindo's more well-known Kuroneko, Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit mines that indelible trope of the cat ghost story: a violent and greedy Lord kills a young woman when she refuses to become his concubine, only for her cat to drink her blood and become her shapeshifting avenger. "Beginning in a quietly haunting vein reminiscent of Ugetsu," wrote Spectacle Theatre in their promotional text for a 2016 screening of the film, "Bakeneko descends into a nightmarish parade of splattered blood, decapitations and ghosts gnawing on severed limbs." Not to be missed by anyone with a beloved feline familiar! (Kier-La Janisse)

This screening of Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit is held in conjunction with the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies' presentation of Alexandra West's multimedia lecture "The Cat Came Back: Feline Familiars in the Horror Genre".
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Hip Hop
Last post by WorldForgot - March 22, 2023, 06:50:26 PM
Soulo came back this year, KRS-TWO, Herbert --

The Director's Chair / Re: David Lowery
Last post by HACKANUT - March 22, 2023, 08:31:56 AM
Quote from: WorldForgot on March 21, 2023, 12:04:41 PMIt iz fantastic how well geared his work iz for Target dvd sections.

haha, perfectly put.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Licorice Pizza - SPOILERS!
Last post by wilberfan - March 21, 2023, 04:58:09 PM