June 3, 2011 |
Writer-director Richard Ayoade has the knack. A fresh and inventive cinematic voice, he's taken a subject that's been beaten half to death and brought it miraculously to life in his smart and funny debut feature, "Submarine. " Based on a novel by Joe Dunthorne, "Submarine" is not exactly the first film willing to explore the coming of age of a teenage boy. But by grafting delightful cinematic wit and style and a fondness for the energy of the French New Wave onto the tale of a 15-year-old taking on life in a town in Wales, Ayoade makes us feel like it's never been told before.
November 11, 2010 |
As he nears his 80th birthday, Jean-Luc Godard is no less the gadfly that he was 50 years ago, still dividing audiences with politically charged films that leap outside the confines of beginning-middle-end storytelling. However you define "Godardian," there's no denying his profound impact on the language of movies. With the French filmmaker set to receive an honorary Oscar this weekend, here are five indelible examples of the director's alchemical blend of cinéma vérité and theatricality.
October 12, 2006 |
LOUISE BROOKS was not just a Jazz Age actress, she was a drug that went right to your head, a performer of phenomenal presence who jumped to icon without a lengthy stay at earthbound stardom. The written word cannot convey her qualities, but to see her is to immediately understand. Because 2006 is the centenary year of Brooks' birth on Nov. 14 in Cherryvale, Kan., celebrations are in order.
June 18, 1998 |
To quote Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," film stars of the silent era "had faces." Kino on Video's latest vintage collection ($25 each), aptly titled "They Had Faces Then," features four of film's most fabulous visages: Rudolph Valentino, Louise Brooks, William S. Hart and Richard Barthelmess. Born Rodolfo Alfonzo Raffaele Pierre Philibert Guglielmi in Italy in 1895, Rudolph Valentino was Hollywood's hottest sex symbol of the 1920s.
May 5, 1998 |
No actress made fewer starring movies yet attained so major a place in film history as Louise Brooks. And as narrator Shirley MacLaine remarks in the excellent "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu" (on Turner Classic Movies tonight), "Nobody burned more bridges than Louise Brooks."
September 7, 1996
The Special Screenings listing of Sept. 1 is in error regarding the film "Lulu in Berlin." It is not "the only preserved film interview" with Louise Brooks. I made a film released in 1976 called "Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture" in which Louise Brooks has a prominent role and in which she is eulogized by Christopher Isherwood, Lotte Eisner and Francis Lederer. This film has been well preserved. GARY CONKLIN Pasadena