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ANEW – A film for an exhibition

Letto: 25442 volte

A short movie #David Bowie

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Nicholas Ray: The Last Interview by Kathryn Bigelow

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In May 1979, during a break from filming Lightning Over Water in collaboration with Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray granted an interview to Kathryn Bigelow and Sarah Fatima Parsons.  It was to be Nick’s last interview before dying of heart failure about a month later.

A conversation with Nicholas Ray shortly before his death, which associates small memory pieces about his life and films.

Nicholas Ray:  You know, I hate watching Johnny Guitar on television.  But I really appreciate what Andrew Sarris wrote in the «VillageVoice»:  “With ‘Johnny Guitar’ Nick Ray reaches the absolute criteria of the auteur theory.”

Question: What did you think when you went to Europe and noticed how filmmakers, especially, the French ones, were influenced by your work? Truffaut, for example?

NR: And also Godard, Rohmer.  Yes, I did have a strong influence on their work.  I’m not sure if it was always for the best.  I remember one evening I was driving home during the filming of “Rebel Without A Cause.”  We shot a scene between Jim and Plato.  I was whistling.  I was really thrilled thinking, “My God, the French will adore that scene.”

Q: Your films have also influenced the new German and American cinema.

NR: I hear that Wim Wenders is going to start a new film soon, “Hammett.”   He’s a great guy.  I think he’s had a hard time with the screenplay.

Q: He originally wanted to write it with the author of the book, Joe Gores.

NR: He tried but it didn’t work out.  It seldom does with the author of a book.  A lot of filmmakers have failed.  I myself thought I could do it, but it was a failure.  Authors fall in love with their own words, and you have to be pitiless as a director or screenwriter.

Q: So that it won’t become literature?

NR: Yes, that’s right.  I mean it’s another kind of literature.  They tend to get excited about one sentence, visualize it, and then it becomes really monotonous.  You should never talk about something you can show, and never show something you can talk about.

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I FIDANZATI di Olmi – opening scene

Letto: 37266 volte

Italian Cinema: awesome opening scene

Se mi chiedete perché si ama il cinema, ecco.

Per Stefano e Paola, che hanno cominciato seriamente a studiare il cinema: la scena iniziale da I FIDANZATI di Olmi (1963) è una delle aperture più belle che abbia mai visto.


Per ricordare Franco Scaglia – Tre volte Gerusalemme

Letto: 7449 volte

Narratore tra cinema, teatro, libri e tv, uno dei documentari più belli prodotti dalla Rai



Appunti sul Noir – Notes on Film Noir by Paul Schrader, 1971

Letto: 41577 volte

A much-cited source in literature on film.

“Notes on Film Noir”

by Paul Schrader, 1971


In 1946 French critics, seeing the American films they had missed during the war, noticed the new mood of cynicism, pessimism and darkness which had crept into the American cinema. The darkening stain was most evident in routine crime thrillers, but was also apparent in prestigious melodramas.


The French cineastes soon realized they had seen only the tip of the iceberg: As the years went by, Hollywood lighting grew darker, characters more corrupt, themes more fatalistic and the tone more hopeless. By 1949 American movies were in the throes of their deepest and most creative funk. Never before had films dared to take such a harsh uncomplimentary look at American life, and they would not dare to do so again for twenty years.

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