Archive for category: by Bruce Reid

The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of April 11

11 April, 2014 (10:58) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

Joseph McBride provides the best writing yet on Too Much Johnson, showing how the footage looks back to Welles’s love of silent film and forward to the sexual frankness of his later films. He also speculates on how the film went “missing” all those years; which, considering McBride’s the one who rediscovered The Hearts of […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of April 4

4 April, 2014 (11:10) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

With so many silent film rediscoveries of late stemming from the antipodal regions of New Zealand and Argentina, it’s almost charmingly old-fashioned to have a treasure pop up in the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmusem announced last week they’d uncovered a number of comedy and documentary shorts from America, including Mickey Rooney’s first starring role and […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 28

28 March, 2014 (08:56) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

Among the highlights of the new Senses of Cinema, an excerpt from the expanded and freshly translated Fare un film (released in English as Fellini on Fellini) has the director explaining how his intimidation at becoming a director, fostered by the sight of Blasetti, imperious on a crane with “shiny leather boots, an Indian silk […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 21

21 March, 2014 (09:27) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Was his goal to make a film, or was his goal to change the world? Well, if his goal was to change the world, then mission accomplished.” With his abandoned adaptation of Dune the subject of an acclaimed documentary (directed by Frank Pavich, quoted above) and his own first film since 1990 soon to have […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 14

14 March, 2014 (09:14) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“She did what men did, at a time when women were supposed to be delicate creatures, and she did it all with an easy, open joy. They called her the “I Don’t Care Girl.” Ten years later they would have called her a flapper, but flappers weren’t invented yet.” And that’s not the only way […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 7

7 March, 2014 (10:05) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Taken together, the white-hot writings of the Cahiers critics were not so much a peak in the history of criticism as a blazing, spontaneously generated collective artistic mission statement, as stirring as the Surrealist Manifesto or Whitman’s Democratic Vistas.” Acknowledging the great advancements and insights auteurist theory made possible, Kent Jones does his typical magisterial job exploring […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of February 28

28 February, 2014 (10:05) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

The past few years have seen several profiles of Megan Ellison, not one of which I’ve felt like passing along since the bulk of each consisted of anonymously sourced putdowns of Ellison’s inexperience and inability to understand the Hollywood game. The tide has shifted somewhat with Matthew Garrahan’s piece for the Financial Times; off-the-record carpers […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of February 21

21 February, 2014 (11:19) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

England’s ongoing celebration of Derek Jarman on the 20th anniversary of his death continues to lead to some fine reminiscences; here, friend and writer Philip Hoare on the city- and seascapes Jarman made his own: “From the midnight Thames running below his Bankside studio to Soho’s back alleys and eventually Dungeness’s bleak strand, Jarman’s eclecticism and […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of February 14

14 February, 2014 (11:12) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker | By: Bruce Reid

“It was my first exposure to a Hollywood player of power, and the lesson was clear:  the way to move is on the back of someone who matters until—if that day ever comes—you matter, at which point someone new will be mounting you.” From the chipper cynicism to the sexual imagery, who could that be […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of February 7

7 February, 2014 (10:16) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Los Angeles has never been a city that can be measured by its verticality. It’s a horizontal place, which can lead to charges of sprawl from those looking for a high-rise skyline to orient themselves by. L.A. has no center because it has a hundred different centers.” Building off her disappointment with the “sparkling and […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of January 31

31 January, 2014 (10:36) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

David Cairns, co-director of a new film on Bernard Natan, relates the tragic story of the pioneering film producer who oversaw Pathé’s transition to the sound era and the development of what would become CinemaScope, among other accomplishments, but whose reputation since has been sullied by accusations of his creating and starring in pornographic films; […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of January 24

24 January, 2014 (10:57) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians.” With Dr. Strangelove’s golden anniversary coming up, David Hudson spots a few tributes to the film. The BFI have posted […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of January 17

17 January, 2014 (10:38) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“I remember distinctly having this conversation with a higher-up at Corporation For Public Broadcasting [CPB] when we applied to them. He’s an executive who is African-American. He said, ‘It’s very interesting, but I don’t feel the stakes in this.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he goes, ‘If one of these guys became a […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of January 10

10 January, 2014 (10:26) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

There have been critiques, even some good ones, of her central argument, but Manohla Dargis’s plea in advance of Sundance still strikes a responsive chord: please movie buyers, don’t send another glut of unremarkable indies our way. “The attraction, Eisenstein wrote in 1923, shortly before he would make his first feature film, Strike, is ‘every element […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… begin 2014 with the best reads of 2013

3 January, 2014 (12:55) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

A month behind the annual spectacle of critics and awards groups racing to be first across the finish line with their year-end tallies—in some cases even before the films selected have been seen—we occupy the opposite extreme, finally coming in like Bing Crosby’s horse long after anyone has any further desire to look back at […]

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