November 28, 2007 |
"I'm Not There," Todd Haynes' quirky biopic on Bob Dylan, may have puzzled mainstream critics and audiences with its surrealistic vision of casting several actors and actresses as the famed troubadour -- a deep knowledge of Dylan and an open mind are recommended -- but the indie world has embraced the film, as evidenced Tuesday by its domination of the first major award nominations of the season.
November 11, 2007
Photo credit: A photograph of director Todd Haynes in last Sunday's Calendar was incorrectly credited to Jonathan Wenk of the Weinstein Co. It was shot by Carolyn Kaster of Associated Press.
November 11, 2007 |
To fully grasp every nuance of "I'm Not There," Todd Haynes' film that's not quite about Bob Dylan, it might help to be well versed in 1960s art, music, culture, counterculture, Federico Fellini, Woody Guthrie, Arthur Rimbaud and, of course, the entire oeuvre and history of Bob Dylan. Short of that, an open mind will suffice.
November 4, 2007 |
Yes, it features Cate Blanchett as an eerily accurate Bob Dylan. And she's only one of six actors playing him. But when Todd Haynes, the daring and provocative writer-director of "Far From Heaven," "Safe" and "Poison," decided to make "I'm Not There," he took no chances. He had written and directed films without acquiring the music rights beforehand, and he wouldn't make that mistake again. So in summer 2000, Haynes met with filmmaker Jesse Dylan, the musician's oldest son.
October 1, 2006 |
IN her memoir, "A Killer Life," independent film producer Christine Vachon tells how her directing dreams died. It's not depressing, but hopeful: An artist realizes her strengths, and one of independent cinema's most fruitful relationships is born. But that's the kind of statement Vachon, thoroughly unsentimental, would dismiss with an eye roll. After graduating from Brown in the '80s, the New York native made short films with titles such as "Don't Look Up My Skirt Unless You Mean It."
March 19, 2003 |
Hearing filmmaker Todd Haynes and actress Julianne Moore talk about the "unusual synchronicity," the "simultaneity" and the "unspoken connection" they share, it's hard not to feel there's some kind of shared voodoo at work -- or at least a common language. Their latest collaboration, "Far From Heaven," is up for four Academy Awards, including best actress for Moore and best original screenplay for Haynes.