Book page 04/20/2007 - 2:53pm
Book page 04/20/2007 - 2:51pm

By David D'Arcy

Alan Bennett's smash Broadway hit, The History Boys, made its way to movie theaters last year with its winning team, director Nicholas Hytner and the solid ensemble cast, intact. David D'Arcy talks with Bennett about England in the 80s, performance vs truth and the state of comedy today.

The History Boys is now on DVD.

Page 04/17/2007 - 1:00pm

Interview By Jonathan Marlow

"The mood of making my kind of films is getting stronger here."

The Pacific Film Archive will be screening two of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films; Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady, this Friday and Saturday. You can Purchase tickets here. Jonathan Marlow had a chance to speak with Weerasethakul, you can read the transcript of that interview after the jump.

Blog entry 04/05/2007 - 2:12pm

By Adam Hartzell

The cinema of Hong Sang-soo "is very much a walking cinema in its pace, in its space for reflection, and in its elliptical nature, each ending leading us into the next film, or returning us to a film, or scene, that preceded it," writes Adam Hartzell, who explains why his recent talk with the Korean director, on the occasion of the release of Woman is the Future of Man on DVD, is not an interview - per se.

Blog entry 04/04/2007 - 12:59am
Blog entry 04/03/2007 - 1:42pm

Interview By David D'Arcy







"Like his previous hits The White Balloon and The Circle, [Jafar] Panahi's soccer movie Offside is blatantly metaphoric and powerfully concrete, deceptively simple and highly sophisticated in its formal intelligence," writes J Hoberman in the Village Voice.

And as David D'Arcy notes, prefacing his interview with the Iranian director, "this time Panahi has added humor to the tenderness and poignancy of his earlier films."

Blog entry 03/29/2007 - 11:02am

by David Hudson

Cheech Marin in Luminarias

First, a little fun with numbers. The census conducted in the US in 2000 turned up 35,305,818 folks who classified themselves as "Hispanic or Latino." That's about 12.5 percent of the total population. And yet, of all the films unleashed to the world by the major studios throughout last ten years, big two-hour portraits of life in America, a mere 2.2 percent have been directed by Latinos.

Page 03/28/2007 - 5:48pm

by Megan Ratner

Before the indies and even before the French New Wave, Italian neo-realism staked out new cinematic territory. One of those blanket terms that mean all things to all people, neo-realism has few absolutes, though there are elements that set the Italian version distinctly apart. Screenwriter and poet Cesare Zavattini wrote an actual manifesto to guide these films, but their creation was just as much a result of timing, chance and fluke. Unquestionably, their greatest single influence was the anti-Fascism that marked World War II's immediate postwar period. Key elements are an emphasis on real lives (close to but not quite documentary style), an entirely or largely non-professional cast, and a focus on collectivity rather than the individual.

Page 03/28/2007 - 4:41pm

by Cheryl Eddy

Mainstream horror fans have it good, what with films like The Sixth Sense, 28 Days Later, and Freddy vs. Jason flooding multiplexes, video stores and prime-time cable airwaves. Fans of Italian horror, however, have been forced by circumstance to be a craftier bunch. For years, even the most widely seen films in the genre -- Dario Argento's Suspiria, for example -- were carefully sanitized before reaching any American audiences. Fortunately, the DVD era has brought with it a torrent of "uncut and uncensored" versions, replete with lavish gore effects, brilliant color schemes, and pounding, fully restored soundtracks. In short, there's never been a better time to get acquainted with Italian horror films.

Page 03/28/2007 - 4:25pm

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