While I didn’t think that A Separation might not be the masterpiece that everyone is reporting it to be, it’s still excellent. The performances are spectacular, and it’s written so well that you empathise with every single character. Iran looks tough, especially for women, the whole film could be viewed as a giant commercial for atheism.
I don’t suggest watching it with a tired Doctor who was expecting a comedy, there will be sighing.
Director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar acceptance speech is fantastic:
‘At this time, many young Iranians all over this world are watching us, and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award, or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time, in talk of war, intimidation and aggressions exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture — a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country. A people who respect all cultures and civilizations, and despise hostility and resentment.’
This was delivered to a room full of wealthy people in The United States. A country with politicians who have been talking about ‘simply nuking’ Iran.
‘In 2008, director Siri Bunford and creative director Brett Foraker created this commercial advertising a season of Stanley Kubrick films on UK’s Channel 4. The single tracking shot, which employs 55 actors, was meticulously researched to remain as faithful as possible to the period in which The Shining was shot, and the culture of Elstree Studios in the late 1970’s.
While the props in the commercial were re-created, much of the film equipment seen on the set belonged to Kubrick and was used in the filming of The Shining. The spot was filmed with a 25mm Cooke lens - a favorite of Kubrick’s.’
Oh and here’s a interview with Steven Spielberg about Stanley Kubrick by Paul Joyce from 1999
Check out the poster and a scene from Ópalo de fuego: Mercaderes del sexo from 1980. I’m not sure why the english title is Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties, as it translates to Fire Opal: Merchants of sex.
Regardless, i think Hollywood needs to remake this immediately, starring Helen Mirren and Kim Kardashian, Cormac McCarthy can write the screenplay and Senor Spielbergo can direct.
Film Comment has a great new interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose popularity seems to be on the rise. He talks about his famous films El Topo and Holy Mountain, and his plans for a new film which he’s going to lose money on purpose for, The Dance of Reality. He now tweets 50 times a day, an addiction he refers to it as the ‘Haikus of our century’ (Use Chrome as it’s in Spanish)
You can buy these Polish versions of his film posters here.
This also revealed that he made a film in 1989 that i’ve not seen, Santa Sangre.
This is an awesome little short film called Snow by Geoffrey Jones, completed in 1963 for British Transport. It’s available from the BFI on the Geoffrey Jones: The Rhythm of Film compilation. It’s got a great beat and is edited really well to this cool sixties guitar sound. As if that’s not enough there’s rad footage of trains with massive snow plows smashing into stations.