Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Trailer for Jean Cocteau's magical Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la bête, 1946), starring Jean Marais and Josette Day. Christian Bérard contributed to set and costume design.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
MAISHA (meaning "life" in Kiswahili) provides new screenwriters and film directors from East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda) and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) with access to the professional training and production resources necessary to articulate their visions. Maisha aims to preserve, cultivate and unleash local voices from these regions, and to become one of the first targeted programs to offer structured and accessible resources to these emerging filmmakers. MAISHA is motivated by the belief that a film which explores the truths and idiosyncrasies of the specifically local often has the power to cross over and become significantly universal.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
First full-length feature in three-strip Technicolor, and a remarkable adaptation of William Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair. Because of its age, the colour is unstable. See the entire film at: Internet Archive: Free Download: Becky Sharp
Enjoy this celebration of a very modern heroine!
Friday, 11 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Rage | Babelgum
1. The Hurt Locker (2009). I have mixed feelings about many of Kathryn Bigelow's films, and this one is no exception. But once again she pushed the boundaries, and that's why I like her work.
2. Australia (2008). Over-hyped, but Baz Luhrmann's challenging treatment of his country's history lived up to his motto 'A life lived in fear is a life half lived'.
3. Inglourious Basterds (2009). I'm not a big Tarantino fan, but this one was inspired.
4. Vals im Bashir (Waltz with Bashir) (2008). Profoundly moving, and one of the best anti-war films I've ever seen.
5. Marie Antoinette (2006). Much maligned and misunderstood reinvention of the historical bio-pic with lashings of style and more than a little attitude.
6. The Wrestler (2008). Welcome back Mickey Rourke.
7. Waitress (2007). An inventive update on romantic melodrama from talented writer/director/actress Adrienne Shelly, who is greatly missed.
8. Entre les murs (The Class) (2008). Revealing and disturbing insight into classroom experience from both sides of the fence.
9. Two Lovers (2008). Poignant in many ways, not least by featuring what may be the final screen role for a great actor, Joaquin Phoenix.