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Short Takes — Feb 17, 2017
  • In a wide-ranging and moving new interview with online film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room, Guillermo del Toro discusses the political power of art, the election of Donald Trump, and the way that film “exists in a place that is responsive and emotional and that defies rationalization, analysis, or categorization.”
  • Another auteur we love, John Waters, spoke with the Guardian in advance of his 1970 Multiple Maniacs being rereleased in the UK today.
  • The Ringer’s Lindsay Zoladz chronicles the triumphs and struggles of Clueless director Amy Heckerling, one of the highest-grossing female filmmakers in Hollywood history.
  • Ahead of its premiere theatrical run of Philippe Garrel’s 1974 silent film Les hautes solitudes later this month, New York’s Metrograph has unearthed a tribute to Jean Seberg that the director wrote for Cahiers du cinéma in 1984.
  • One of Garrel’s key collaborators in the nineties, the late French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, is the subject of a mini-retrospective at Film Comment Selects, which starts this weekend at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In this article, Max Nelson explains how Coutard’s images “almost always seem to gravitate toward a kind of equilibrium and balance—a strong center of gravity that both permits wide improvisation and keeps it in check.”
  • What’s it like to encounter François Truffaut’s coming-of-age classic The 400 Blows as a teenager? TIFF finds out in this conversation with fourteen-year-old Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard.
  • For the New Yorker, Daniel Wenger looks at Different from the Others, a 1919 German film believed to be the first feature-length depiction of gay romance.
  • Over at the BFI, Ashley Clark charts “some of the major developments and key figures in black American independent cinema,” including work by Oscar Micheaux, William Greaves, Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, and Spike Lee.
  • Kodak and the Alamo Drafthouse are teaming up on March 5 for the first-ever Reel Film Day, a nationwide celebration of 35 mm.
  • Two of the world’s most adventurous filmmakers, Lucrecia Martel and Terrence Malick, have premiered new trailers for their highly anticipated upcoming releases.

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