Sunday, May 07, 2006
The Trim Bin #24
- "The State of Cinema" - Tilda Swinton's recent speech at the San Francisco Film Festival. Not much to add, except to say that Tilda Swinton gets it.
- Alida Valli died on April 22 at the age of 84. Valli's film credits include Eyes Without a Face, 1900, and her memorable performance as Mrs. Tanner in Suspiria. But her most enduring character is Anna, Harry Lime's girlfriend, from The Third Man. The final shot of Valli strolling right by a defeated Joseph Cotten is a great image in a film full of great images; it perfectly summarizes the struggle between romance and cynicism that permeates the film.
- Read a New Yorker piece on Werner Herzog recently; it mostly regurgitated thirty-year-old stories about Klaus Kinski, but the bits about tension during the making of Rescue Dawn were fascinating. Before shooting began, one of the production execs showed Herzog The Rundown in the hopes that the director would consider working with the cinematographer from the Dwayne Johnson vehicle. Really think about that.
- Jess and I checked out Albany's Spectrum 8 Theatres on a whim last night; it was worth the trip. The cinema has a gorgeous marquee and a comfortable interior, and straddled the line between multiplex and art-house wonderfully. Plus, they have a great midnight series on Fridays. Dawn of the Dead is this week (I'll actually get to see it on a big screen for the second time), and next week is Grey Gardens (which I'll get to see for the first time this way). Which brings me to a very difficult question regarding June 2nd: Back to the Future or The River's Edge?
- "And then you mix it all together and that's more or less it."