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Visiting Blow-Up Locations, Rushmore Enters the National Film Registry, a Scorsese Exhibition

  • To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, Adam Scovell visited the film’s unforgettable London locations.
  • Another masterpiece made half a century ago is Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl, a scathing critique of racism anchored by the “mesmerizing grace” of actor Mbissine Thérèse Diop. Read the BFI’s appreciation of her powerful performance.
  • The Library of Congress’s National Film Registry announced its annual list of inductees, including Rushmore,  Putney Swope, and works by Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, and Howard Hawks.
  • Congratulations to John Waters! American cinema’s eternal bad boy, who enters our collection next March with his sophomore feature, Multiple Maniacs, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, East.
  • At the Village Voice, Bilge Ebiri assesses the enduring allure of the Steadicam, the subject of a series opening today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
  • A newly opened Martin Scorsese exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, in New York, showcases the career achievements of a filmmaker “still willing to get lost—to venture into a forest dark, away from the straightforward pathway.”
  • Durga Chew-Bose reflects on another beloved filmmaker, the late Abbas Kiarostami, and his abiding attention to “what’s off-screen, what’s usually overlooked or what barely happens.”
  • In the new issue of Senses of Cinema, Peter Verstraten draws parallels between Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game, two films that “imply that the attempt to uphold conventions—be they social or religious—can be more ‘perverted’ than so-called ‘deviant’ sexual desires.”
  • Feminist-film journal cléo also released its latest issue, which features an article on the Safdie brothers’ Heaven Knows What, an interview with Swedish Sámi filmmaker Amanda Kernell, and a roundtable on women in sports films.
  • All About Eve, Some Like It Hot, North by Northwest,  The Graduate, and ten other classic films will be returning to theaters in 2017 as part of TCM’s Big Screen Classics series.
  • In their latest video essay, Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López examine the motif of windows in Luis Buñuel’s 1953 Wuthering Heights adaptation, Abismos de pasión:

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