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The Music of Moonlight, Auster on TCM, a New History of Casablanca

  • Over at the Ringer, K. Austin Collins takes the temperature of queer cinema today, with a focus on two gay-themed selections that were at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name.
  • On the podcast Song Exploder, composer Nicholas Britell explains how he blended elements of classical and hip-hop music in his Oscar-nominated score for Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight.
  • “There’s this great television station in America called Turner Classic Movies,” says writer-filmmaker Paul Auster in a new conversation with Wim Wenders for Interview magazine. “It’s really like having a cinematheque in your TV twenty-four hours a day. In the last few years, we’ve been exposed to scores of American films from the thirties that we didn’t know about.”
  • With his new history of Casablanca hitting bookshelves this month, film scholar Noah Isenberg recalls Orson Welles’s admiration for the Hollywood classic as a “delirious piece of fabrication.”
  • This weekend, Nancy Schreiber will become the first woman to win the Presidents Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. Filmmaker magazine chats with Schreiber about her work in a wide range of genres and her belief that, when it comes to shooting, “it is what is in your head and heart that matters, not how many pixels, how many Ks, or what camera or light you used.”
  • Another industry veteran getting her due this month is costume designer Milena Canonero (Barry Lyndon, The Grand Budapest Hotel), who will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • In other exciting festival news: Pedro Almodóvar will preside over the Cannes Film Festival jury this May.
  • For Film Comment, Marc Walkow surveys a host of dynamic female characters in Hong Kong action films now available to stream, from Hsu Feng’s enigmatic swordswoman in A Touch of Zen to Kara Hui’s comic kung fu expert in My Young Auntie.
  • T Magazine has the scoop on another badass heroine, Miranda July, whose feminist video series Joanie 4 Jackie has been acquired by the Getty Research Institute.
  • At the BFI, Pamela Hutchinson remembers film preservationist David Shepard and his tireless efforts to restore silent cinema.

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