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Joe Dante’s Favorites, the Badalamenti Sound, Equality in Hollywood

  • Over at The Quietus, director Joe Dante selects his thirteen favorite films, including David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., Preston Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels, and Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be.
  • Angelo Badalamenti sits down with Vulture to share stories about five songs from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Recalling the composition of the show’s haunting and evocative main theme, Badalamenti says, “Three opening notes, that’s all it took. That little motif just had that magic and we lucked on that sound. I was getting letters from all kinds of musicians and top guys in the business, asking, ‘What is that?’ We never really disclosed it.”
  • Roman Polanski and Olivier Assayas will collaborate on an adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s 2008 novel Based on a True Story.
  • In celebration of the Robert Aldrich retrospective at New York’s Metrograph theater, the Village Voice’s Melissa Anderson writes on the iconoclastic director: “If any one quality unites Aldrich’s variegated oeuvre, it is fury, which abounds not only in his action pictures and revisionist westerns (like Ulzana’s Raid from 1972) but also his weepies (or, in the case of Sister George, screechies), noirs (whether apocalyptic or reconstructed), and barbed portraits of stardom.”
  • With several films by and about African Americans set to be released this fall, the New York Times’s Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott discuss the current state of racial inclusion in Hollywood. “Early in their history, the movies were greeted as the great equalizer, a democratic ideal in beautiful celluloid, a mass medium for the masses,” writes Dargis. “That’s a reassuring fantasy, because, as anyone who watches an old Hollywood movie knows, most movies didn’t speak to everyone equally. They still don’t, despite occasional efforts to change.”
  • Spike Lee’s debut feature, She’s Gotta HaveIt, is being made into a ten-part Netflix series, which Lee himself will direct.
  • A series of videos made in conjunction with this year’s Toronto International Film Festival features Mia Hansen-Love describing one of her favorite films, Eric Rohmer’s The Green Ray, and Agnès Varda (below) discussing women in film.

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