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    • It was announced this week that French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud will receive the annual honorary Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, currently under way.
    • Interview has republished a conversation between writer Gary Indiana and Laura Dern from 1990, on the heels of the Palme d’Or win of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, in which she starred. Discussing Dern’s reports of shocked audience reactions to the film’s “sexual frankness,” Indiana says:
    • INDIANA: Well, especially lately, anything that deals with the body or with sexuality gets talked about in terms of obscenity, even things that everybody does—everybody who has any kind of life, anyway.

      DERN: There are people on the ratings board and so froth who don’t want certain scenes in the film.

      INDIANA: See, I find that shocking.

      DERN: It is! There are people who come up and say, “What graphic love scenes.” I think, How can a love scene be graphic? Have you seen Total Recall? In this R-rated movie you see a man who you’ve seen being in love with and sleeping with this fabulous woman shoot her right through the head. “Consider this a divorce” is supposed to be the funniest line in the movie. And Nick and I can’t make love? That’s scary. And our hero? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Using a body as a shield against bullets? Hey—the world’s a big place, and people get away with what they get away with, but to attack David for doing things I’ve seen in many movies, that’s weird.
    • David Bowie was set to make an appearance in David Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks, reveals actor Harry Goaz—who played Deputy Andy Brennan in the original series—in a new interview. And talking about what it was like reuniting with the director who gave him his first break, he says: “We have a very maternal, psychic connection.”
    • frieze editor Jennifer Higgie presents a survey of websites dedicated to celebrating women in the film industry.
    • Insightful observations from David Bordwell on the work of Terence Davies, as the British filmmaker’s new film Sunset Song heads into theaters. “Davies understood, as so many postwar critics of mass culture didn’t, that Hollywood, for all its formulas and conventions, captured genuine feeling; indeed, those very formulas and conventions released that feeling,” Bordwell writes. “In Davies’s hands, however, the feelings gain a rougher texture . . . Davies finds the evanescence hidden in Yankee exuberance, and he takes it very personally.”
    • Stanley Kubrick’s stunning black-and-white photographs of New York in the 1940s
    • For your weekend perusing needs, check out the Tumblr Film in Film, which highlights movies that appear on-screen in other movies.
    • UK film magazine Little White Lies has created a guide to punk characters in cinema, ranging from California punks (e.g., Emilio Estevez in Repo Man) to teen punks (Diane Lane in Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains) to mutant punks (just about everyone in The Class of Nuke ’Em High).
    • Buried in the treasure trove that is the British Pathé archives is a silent video of Charlie Chaplin celebrating his seventy-seventh birthday on the set of A Countess from Hong Kong. You can spot the film’s stars Sophia Loren and Tippi Hedren, as well as Oona O’Neill Chaplin, a jovial John Huston, and a young Melanie Griffith in pigtails.


2 comments

  • By Tyler Foster
    May 14, 2016
    11:58 AM

    Hey, that's my Film in Film blog! I suppose if I'm gonna get a shout-out for Criterion I had better do more to keep it updated...
    Reply