Americas historical amnesia, moral pretension, and giddy culture of violence have long fascinated artists hailing from abroad.
In a festival where a major part of the lineup consists of the newest restorations of Old Hollywood filmmaking, recent editions of Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna have been marked by a refreshing turn towards lesser known cinemas and film industries that are no less interesting.
Its only normal to love your mother, she tells him, and theres no reason to be afraid of committing incest.
Considering Venices dwindling reputation, Bolognas Il Cinema Ritrovato may well soon become Italys flagship film festival, if it hasnt yet already.
The spirit of the jaguar welcomes you to her home; nestled in a lush surrounding of jungle and maize fields at the foot of a volcano. This pneuma appears as a small girl with a glowing mask, inspired by Mayan depictions of the jaguar gods.
Make My Day unfurls as a richly narrated timeline in which the passage of months and years is marked by the inception, arrival, and aftermath of totemic Movie Events. The text is structured around straightforward accounts of production histories, interspersed with fragments of the peripheral discourse: magazine profiles, filmmaker interviews, and, extensively, contemporaneous critical readings by the likes of Pauline Kael, Vincent Canby, Andrew Sarris, and others.
Following a couple of less-than-stellar editions, the Cannes competition returned to a degree of form this year, finding not just a more effective balance between expected quantities and intriguing newcomersbut also managing to assemble them around a loose themenamely, the push and pull between genre and auteurism and how one can often resemble the other.
Im not sure when precisely it hit memaybe it was as I examined, by hand, the intricacies of the 20th Century Fox logo (from the opening of Otto Premingers 1947 film Forever Amber) on a strip of nitrate film stockbut hit me it did, like a ton of bricks, that the first 50 or so years of cinema, save the occasional special screening and site specific film festival, are actually lost forever.