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    • Earlier this week, we were heartbroken to learn that Jonathan Demme, one of cinema’s most original artists, had passed away at the age of seventy-three. Film Comment pays tribute to the director of The Silence of the Lambs, Something Wild, and Stop Making Sense with excerpts from articles and interviews that appeared in the magazine over the years.
    • Goldie Hawn, who memorably starred in Demme’s 1984 film Swing Shift, graces the cover of this month’s Interview magazine, which features an intimate conversation between Hawn and her daughter, actor Kate Hudson.
    HUDSON: When was the moment that you started to feel real liberation?

    HAWN: Liberation is an interesting word, because you can be liberated from external things, and also from your internal dialogue. During the era when women were burning their bras—which, by the way, they never actually did—but when women were first becoming liberated, I was 23. And I met a woman who asked, “Don’t you feel bad because you’re sort of acting like the stupid airhead blond?” And I totally surprised myself. I said, “Liberation can also come from the inside.” My sense of liberation and the freedom to speak the way I want to and to feel solid in my shoes was getting stronger and stronger. That’s what helps me move through other people’s perceptions of how I should or should not be liberated. I would never listen to those rules. Don’t tell me I can’t do that. Watch me. Don’t tell me I can’t direct this movie. Watch me. And I did the same thing with my foundation and its signature program, MindUP [a neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology–based curriculum for children]: “You’ll never get kids to have a ‘brain break’ in the classroom three times a day.” “Watch me.”
    • More dynamic women abound in the new issue of the online feminist journal cléo, which features essays on Babette Mangolte’s cinematography, the intimate worlds of Jane Campion, and dressing for the workplace à la 9 to 5.
    • For a fresh perspective on a great female auteur, check out MUBI Notebook’s feature on Catherine Breillat, a director who, Henri de Corinth writes, has been creating a “long-form meta-cinema experience” across her provocative body of work.
    • At Sight & Sound, Brad Stevens considers the legacy of Ishtar, Elaine May’s 1987 adventure-comedy starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman: “In a cinema still dominated by anti-feminism and anti-humanism, now cunningly concealed beneath the figleaf of post-modernism, Ishtar looks more than ever like the road not taken.”
    • For W Magazine, Lynn Hirschberg interviews some of David Lynch’s most prominent female collaborators, including Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Patricia Arquette, and Hailey Gates, who discuss their unique relationships with the enigmatic icon.
    • If you’re looking for more on Lynch, check out Martyn Conterio’s Little White Lies essay on visiting filming locations for Twin Peaks.
    • Esquire has gathered a number of top ten film lists made by some other auteurs, including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick.
    • Orson Welles, a heavily featured name on those lists, was in the news this week following the acquisition of an archival collection of his diaries, scripts, and letters by the University of Michigan. Curator Philip Hallman describes the materials, including many of his incomplete projects and dating back to the director’s teen years, as “the missing piece of the Welles puzzle.”
    • In celebration of an exhaustive Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective heading to New York’s Film Forum this weekend, the Village Voice republished a remembrance of the great French filmmaker from July 6, 1982, by German director Volker Schlöndorff, who was an assistant to Melville in his youth.
    • For Vice’s Early Works series, French star Juliette Binoche discusses the successes and challenges she faced in the beginning of her career. She recounts in one anecdote how she turned down a starring role in Jurassic Park because she was so moved by the script for Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors: Blue.

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