Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happy 90th Birthday, Chris Marker

L'Héritage de la chouette [The Owl's Legacy] by Chris Marker, 1989:

Now open for business:

Chris Marker's work-in-progress

Presently on the menu:

L'Héritage de la chouette [The Owl's Legacy, 1989]

A web/Flash conversion of the Immemory CD-ROM [1997]

Ouvroir: A Second Life Wandering with Guillaume-en-Egypte [2010]

Stopover in Dubai [2011]

A Day to Remember by Liu Wei [2005]


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Blonde Venus

I wrote a short piece about Josef von Sternberg's great 1932 Blonde Venus at The MUBI Notebook here. It's part of a slate of capsules about the films projecting during Week 3 of Film Forum's excellent Essential Pre-Code series. (Details and full schedule here.) Blonde Venus plays on Sunday July 31st and Monday August 1st as part of a double-bill with John Francis Dillon's 1932 Call Her Savage.

The MUBI Notebook entry also includes pieces by Gina Telaroli, David Cairns, Ben Sachs, Zach Campbell, Glenn Kenny, and Jaime Christley.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Letter from a Friend

this is the only song i ve listened today
my mom invited like thirty people
a traditional middle eastern welcome party to [redacted]
lots of tea lots of deserts [sic]
and me with my lovely dress smiling to everyone and at the same time thinking about the dream i had last night
burning houses with my mom ...
sometimes i want to burn everything around me
i wish i could do it one day burning a chair burning all of my books burning curtains
burning a palm tree
this song is so beautiful

i hope you re doing well
lots of love from

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Touch of Evil

Out This November on The Masters of Cinema Series


• Six versions of Welles’ Touch of Evil: the 1998 reconstruction; the 1958 preview version rediscovered in the mid-1970s; and the 1958 theatrical version — each presented in both 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios

• English SDH subtitles on all versions

• A host of extras presented for the first time in the UK

• A lavish 80-PAGE illustrated book containing the words of Orson Welles, and much more

Click here for more details, or go here to Amazon UK to pre-order.