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The Dark Side of Television, Schoonmaker and Other Women in Film

  • In a new interview with Film Comment, Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak discusses his collaborations with Krzysztof Kieślowski and his transition to working on Hollywood films like Gattaca and Black Hawk Down.
  • “After the unexpected explosion of the success with that film, it was hard for me to imagine giving myself to something that wasn’t like that—totally homegrown, intimate, soul-baring,” says Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane in a conversation with director Trey Edward Shults for Interview magazine.
  • The BFI recommends Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another, Kaneto Shindo’s Onibaba, Nagisa Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth, and Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses in its primer on the Japanese New Wave.
  • Need more suggestions for your weekend viewing? Little White Lies delves into six films that expose the dark side of television, including Videodrome, Broadcast News, and Bamboozled.
  • At the Quietus, Ian Schultz speaks with legendary film editor Thelma Schoonmaker about her longtime collaboration with Martin Scorsese. “Every project is a different challenge,” she says of their work together. “He sets himself something to jump over, and I get to jump over it with him.”
  • Schoonmaker also stopped by WNYC’s Studio 360 to chat about Scorsese’s latest film, Silence.
  • Speaking of pioneering women in cinema, Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek offers a “rich, satisfying dive into the film archives” with its upcoming salute to black female directors.
  • Over on the West coast, the UCLA Film & Television Archive presents another celebration of women behind the camera, focusing on underappreciated gems from the seventies and eighties, like Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts, Joan Micklin Silver’s Hester Street, and Bette Gordon’s Variety.
  • And in other repertory-film news, TIFF opens its Anna Magnani retrospective tonight. In this appreciation of the star, director Roberto Minervini calls her “the epitome of the Italian spirit.”

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