Category Archives: Film

Closer: Marie Trintignant in Claude Chabrol’s “Betty”

Betty gets away with her true nature. She is untamed. Her husband and her mother-in-law try to tame her, but they don’t succeed. Chabrol doesn’t try, he lets her be. Is she the victim of what Laure calls the “dead weight of society” or a monstrous and unworthy wife and mother? Chabrol doesn’t answer. Instead, he makes the viewer look a little closer and more indulgent, through her own eyes, at Betty. Read More

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Read Instead… in Print

Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker in complete control of his art, yet when he writes about his favourite films, he does it without the pretentiousness of the deep knowledge he masters. Cinema Speculation is about his personal choices. In this in this fake, politically correct, pretentious medium that cinema and society are struggling in at the moment, Tarantino’s book is a breath of fresh air. Read More

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Cate Blanchett Is the Lead, but Nina Hoss Is the First Violin in Tár

In Tár, Nina Hoss plays Sharon, Lydia Tár’s partner. They share both a personal and a professional life together. Sharon is the concertmaster in the Berlin orchestra conducted by Tár (Cate Blanchett). Behind a powerful woman, there is a more powerful woman. Read More

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Interview with Avatar Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott: “The Process Is the Same. You Build the Character!”

Costume undergoes its own groundbreaking evolution in Avatar: The Way of Water while still operating within the mise en scène as an aid of character and narrative. In a unique filmmaking effort, Deborah L. Scott invented a new costume paradigm. Read More

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January Newsletter: An Extraordinary Life, An Ordinary Man, and Finding Alain Delon

The Smiths have this image of an immovable Alain Delon on the floor on the cover of their The Queen Is Dead album. I have always been intrigued by that cover, and yet I didn’t want to look into it, I didn’t want to find out what film it was from, just waiting to one day come across the film and have that image reveal to me. I have finally come across that film. Read More

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