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  1. I am hoping that maybe for the National Film Registry for this year there would be more older films from the 1890s to the 1940s. It is crucially important that these films from the early period be seen to an audience of mainstream contemporary viewers who are not familiar with these films.
  2. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) Directed by Miranda July Country: United States Duration: 91 minutes Language: English Spine #1026 DVD BONUS FEATURES New documentary about July’s artistic beginnings and the development of her debut feature Open to the World, a new documentary by July about the 2017 interfaith charity shop and participatory artwork she created in collaboration with Artangel July Interviews July: Deauville, 2005, a discovery from July’s archives, newly edited Six scenes from the 2003 Sundance Directors Lab, where July workshopped the film, with commentary by July The Amateurist (1998) and Nest of Tens (2000), short films by July Several films from July’s Joanie 4 Jackie project, and a documentary about the program Trailer PLUS: Essays by artist and scholar Sara Magenheimer and novelist Lauren Groff
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Directed by Wes Anderson Country: United States Duration: 100 minutes Language: English Spine #1025 DVD BONUS FEATURES New audio commentary featuring Anderson, filmmaker Roman Coppola, and actor Jeff Goldblum Selected-scene storyboard animatics The Making of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a new documentary about the film New interviews with the cast and crew Video essays from 2015 and 2020 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz and film scholar David Bordwell Behind-the-scenes, special-effects, and test footage Trailer PLUS: Two pieces by critic Richard Brody
  4. The Cremator (1969) Directed by Juraj Herz Country: Czechoslovakia Duration: 100 minutes Language: Czech Spine #1023 DVD BONUS FEATURES High-definition digital transfer of The Junk Shop, director Juraj Herz’s 1965 debut short film Short documentary from 2011 featuring Herz visiting filming locations and recalling the production of The Cremator New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova about the style of the film Documentary from 2017 about composer Zdeněk Liška featuring Herz, filmmakers Jan Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers, and others Interview with actor Rudolf Hrušínský from 1993 Trailer PLUS: An essay by scholar Jonathan Owen
  5. Destry Rides Again (1939) Directed by George Marshall Country: United States Duration: 94 minutes Language: English Spine #1024 DVD BONUS FEATURES New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography New video essay featuring excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall, conducted by the American Film Institute Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
  6. I was interested in seeing the film The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Because of its philosophical message and the fact that this was not the first film to delve into the topic of shrinking. That would have to go to the film Dr. Cyclops (1940)
  7. Of all the films that were inducted on the list, I felt that Dirty Harry is my least favorite because of it's conservative content.
  8. Was there any notification that there were going to be future guest programmers to TCM this month or in March or April? If so, let me know.
  9. Pain and Glory with Pedro Almodovar and Kenneth Lonergan (Ep. 247) Director Pedro Almodóvar discusses his new film, Pain and Glory, with fellow director Kenneth Lonergan. This deeply personal film from Spain tells the story of Salvador Mallo, a depressed director who is thinking of leaving filmmaking because of chronic health problems. A series of encounters, both real and remembered, leads Mallo to reflect on the choices he's made. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2019/Dec2019/GCS_PainYGlory_0919.aspx
  10. Atlantics with Mati Diop and Michael Almereyda (Ep. 246) Director Mati Diop discusses her new film, Atlantics, with fellow director Michael Almereyda. Set in the outskirts of Dakar on Senegal's Atlantic coast, the film tells the story of a young woman who is in love with a construction worker, but is already promised to another man. After the construction worker is lost at sea and the devastated woman prepares to go through with her original wedding, strange things begin to happen that may thwart her plans. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2019/Dec2019/GCS_Atlantics_1019.aspx
  11. Martha Graham Early Dance Films ("Heretic," 1931; "Frontier," 1936; "Lamentation," 1943; "Appalachian Spring," 1944) Universally acknowledged as the preeminent figure in the development of modern dance and one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Martha Graham formed her own dance company in 1926. It became the longest continuously operating school of dance in America. With her company's creation, Graham codified her revolutionary new dance language soon to be dubbed the "Graham Technique." Her innovations would go on to influence generations of future dancers and choreographers, including Twyla Tharp and Merce Cunningham. This quartet of films, all silent and all starring Graham herself, document four of the artist's most important early works. They are "Heretic," with Graham as an outcast denounced by Puritans; "Frontier," a solo piece celebrating western expansion and the American spirit; "Lamentation," a solo piece about death and mourning; and "Appalachian Spring," a multi-character dance drama, the lyrical beauty of which is retained even without the aid of Aaron Copland's famous and beloved music.
  12. Brokeback Mountain (2005) Courtesy of River Road / Focus Features/NBCUniversal "Brokeback Mountain," a contemporary Western drama that won the Academy Award for best screenplay (by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana) and Golden Globe awards for best drama, director (Ang Lee) and screenplay, depicts a secret and tragic love affair between two closeted gay ranch hands. They furtively pursue a 20-year relationship despite marriages and parenthood until one of them dies violently, reportedly by accident, but possibly, as the surviving lover fears, in a brutal attack. Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the short story upon which the film was based, described it as "a story of destructive rural homophobia." Haunting in its unsentimental depiction of longing, lonesomeness, pretense, sexual repression and ultimately love, "Brokeback Mountain" features Heath Ledger's remarkable performance that conveys a lifetime of self-torment through a pained demeanor, near inarticulate speech and constricted, lugubrious movements. In his review, Newsweek's David Ansen wrotes that the film was "a watershed in mainstream movies, the first gay love story with A-list Hollywood stars." "Brokeback Mountain" has become an enduring classic.
  13. 13 Lakes (2004) James Benning's feature-length film can be seen as a series of moving landscape paintings with artistry and scope that might be compared to Claude Monet's series of water-lily paintings. Embracing the concept of "landscape as a function of time," Benning shot his film at 13 different American lakes in identical 10-minute takes. Each is a static composition: a balance of sky and water in each frame with only the very briefest suggestion of human existence. At each lake, Benning prepared a single shot, selected a single camera position and a specific moment. The climate, the weather and the season deliver a level of variation to the film, a unique play of light, despite its singularity of composition. Curators of the Rotterdam Film Festival noted, "The power of the film is that the filmmaker teaches the viewer to look better and learn to distinguish the great varieties in the landscape alongside him. [The list of lakes] alone is enough to encompass a treatise on America and its history. A treatise the film certainly encourages, but emphatically does not take part in." Benning, who studied mathematics and then film at the University of Wisconsin, currently is on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). The expanded essay is below this description. https://www.loc.gov/static/programs/national-film-preservation-board/documents/13_lakes.pdf
  14. Fog of War (2003) In "The Fog of War," idiosyncratic documentary filmmaker Errol Morris interrogates one man, Robert Strange McNamara, who served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson as secretary of defense. Educated and trained as a systems analyst for large organizations, McNamara at age 85 reexamines his fateful role as one of the prime U.S. architects of the Vietnam War. Recounting as well the U.S. incendiary bombing campaign during World War II against 67 Japanese cities that resulted in mass civilian deaths, his role at the Ford Motor Company in implementing safety features to reduce the number of deaths, and the defusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis through an empathetic understanding of the enemy, "The Fog of War" is structured by 11 lessons Morris has drawn from McNamara's remembrances and ruminations. Historians and reviewers have both praised "The Fog of War," winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, for revealing in a riveting manner the moral complexities and unresolved nature of McNamara's understandings and criticized the film for its selective presentation of the events discussed.
  15. Decasia (2002) Errol Morris, the director of such highly acclaimed documentary features as "The Thin Blue Line," "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" and "Mr. Death," is noted to have sat drop-jawed watching "Decasia" and stammering, "This may be the greatest movie ever made." Created from scraps of decades-old decomposing "found film," "Decasia" hypnotizes and teases with images that fade and transform themselves right before the viewer's eyes. Culling footage from archives across the country, filmmaker Bill Morrison collected nitrate film stock on the very brink of disappearance and distilled it into a new art form capable of provoking "transports of sublime reverie amid pangs of wistful sorrow," according to New York Times writer Lawrence Weschler. Morrison wedded images to the discordant music of composer Michael Gordon—a founding member of the Bang on a Can Collective—into a fusion of sight and sound that Weschler called "ravishingly, achingly beautiful." The expanded essay is below this description. https://www.loc.gov/static/programs/national-film-preservation-board/documents/decasia.eagan.pdf
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