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Maddin on Fassbinder, Hollywood Backdrops, Shirtless Men On-screen

On Film / Short Takes — Nov 25, 2016
  • In celebration of TIFF’s ongoing series Imitations of Life: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Guy Maddin takes a look at the German master’s predilection for lush color palettes.
  • In his latest TCM Diary for Film Comment, Steven Mears examines the work of playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and the challenges of dramatizing the writing life.
  • The BFI charts the arduous, decades-long process of bringing Abel Gance’s historical epic Napoleon to the big screen.
  • “I don’t know if there’s redemption, but there is such a thing as trying to get it right,” says Martin Scorsese in a New York Times feature about his long-awaited film Silence.
  • Over at Vulture, Bilge Ebiri explores what happens when contemporary directors resurrect the unfinished projects of deceased masters.
  • For RogerEbert.com, Jana Monji digs up the true story at the heart of Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker, one of the first and only films noirs directed by a woman.
  • “Nobody went to war like Louise Brooks did,” writes Pamela Hutchinson in her appreciation of the rebellious flapper icon.
  • In a new personal essay, Aaron Orbey explains how horror movies can help us get through troubled times.
  • BuzzFeed serves up an extensive survey of shirtless men on-screen and the ever-shifting codes of masculinity they reflect.
  • A new book throws the spotlight on the unsung art of Hollywood backdrop painters, who have made invaluable contributions to some of the most memorable moments in film history.