People were eager to dismiss him in the ring and eager to discount him outside the ring as being a puppet. I think you get at something central to the film, something I try to show through [my depiction of] the Louisville sponsorship group—that syndicate of all-white millionaires that first backed Cassius Clay. Imagine what they thought [of Ali]! Here are guys who are used to having control over anything they do. I used to live in Louisville, and that was the story I most often heard about Ali, how he surprised everyone there with his turn to radicalism.
Well, he was radical in their eyes. For a lot of people then, he was an inspiration and a voice of common sense. Why even give him the time of day? You chart that evolution in the opening sequence, first showing Ali inspiring contempt on a TV talk show in the 60s, then showing George W. Bush honoring him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yeah, those two clips are meant to frame the story for the audience. It tells you what to expect from the rest of the film. I hear you on that. Starting it and ending it were actually the two hardest parts, in terms of putting the narrative together.
We had, like, eight different beginnings. Aaron Wickenden, who edited Trials with me at Kartemquin, he and I had been working with the Farrakhan moment and the Bush clip for the beginning. It made for very clear storytelling. I think that audiences for documentaries are becoming more sophisticated and more open. But as that happens, the expectation grows for lagniappe, a little something extra.
I recently had to review The Summit , a documentary about a mountain-climbing disaster on K2. I admired the storytelling, but I was unnerved by how the filmmakers tried to generate suspense at every turn. It seemed like a sign of the times—that documentary filmmakers are aware of a potential mainstream audience and try to cater to its tastes. Mostly, I feel great about it. But one unfortunate aspect of the trend—and it made getting funding for this film even harder—is that documentaries have been forced to fill the void that was once filled by long-form investigative mainstream journalism, print or otherwise.
You see less and less of that. Again, it calls attention to how radical politics once occupied a more central role in American discourse. But, yeah, what used to be acceptable dinner-table conversation included what is now considered extreme. Hence the significance of holding up Muhammad Ali as a champion of these radical ideas.
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Do you think George W. Bush really understood the person he was putting that medal around? And, for me, that Susskind clip is an image of Ali in exile. David Susskind has the freedom to go to London, sit on a couch, and rip into Ali, while Ali is trapped in this black-and-white box in Chicago, his passport revoked, and unable to earn a living as a boxer. I also tried to distinguish this film from other documentary treatments of Ali through who I interviewed.
I was hoping—and thankfully, it worked out—not to use a narrator or any onscreen text, but also to limit the talking heads to eyewitnesses—not academics or commentators, but people who had a direct relationship with him. My favorite interviewee was the clerk who was involved in the Supreme Court case. To me, that episode is another example of how this story is as much about us as it is about Ali. The Justices were wrestling with the implications of letting Ali go.
Ultimately they were able to split hairs. They saved face and freed Ali without having to set any legal precedent. Could you talk about the editing process? The way I think of it is that Rachel Pikelny, who produced the film, Aaron Wickenden, who edited it, and myself—we were like a power trio. That guy is meticulous in terms of making sure every beat of the music hit at a moment when it would make sense.
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I had a pretty clear idea of a three-act structure all along. Then he changes his name, becomes Muhammad Ali, and all hell breaks loose. Act two is when Ali refuses to go to Vietnam, risks five years in prison, and deals with three and a half years of exile [from boxing]. So, we had a solid story, but Aaron brought a lot of attention to the Nation of Islam as a supporting character, if you will.
We were struggling with that. We were worried that the Supreme Court section would bog the film down I joked with Aaron and Rachel that they caught the Ali fever as we were working on the film, because they wanted to tell everything from the Supreme Court decision onward. Ending the film became our largest narrative struggle. We argued about Joe Frazier, for example, because I was determined not to include him. If he got in, then everything would come in. She helped me understand how to end it. Because she raises this question of who Ali belongs to.
Does he belong to the world, American politics, his family? The three-act structure you describe could have yielded a much, much longer movie. I think part of what makes Trials so successful is that it says all that it does in such a compact form. The Whole Story go down. They got Ali to sign on—it was going to be the first authorized, comprehensive overview of his life. And they got a all these hotshot New York filmmakers, this amazing studio in SoHo Like I said, it was my first gig in documentaries.
But a lot of good came out of that project. When the project fell apart, he turned it into When We Were Kings. For instance, the footage of soldiers critiquing Ali for his decision not join the Army inspires sympathy for the speakers. What motivated you to include that footage? As I mentioned, I wanted the film to be discussable. It was easier to be open-ended with The Weather Underground because I was genuinely conflicted about their worldview. I understood them, but I could never support their tactics. With Ali, I was less morally conflicted. I also know that American political culture is so divided right now that no matter what I present about Ali, there are going to be people who find reason to hate him.
Or some people will say I should have put in more critics of Ali--even though there are dissenting voices ranging from Jerry Lewis to Jackie Robinson to figures in the U. For me, that Jackie Robinson clip was one of the more surprising moments of the movie. People sometimes consider black politics as monolithic. Where did you find that performance footage of the show?
It was something I knew about from the Whole Story. That performance was from the Ed Sullivan Show. The producers were launching the musical like it was going to have a long life, which is why they went on TV to advertise it. Yeah, that scene is a real crowd-pleaser. But Gordon was so smart and so clear-eyed that he was even easy to disagree with. Even reading about Toad Road after seeing the film has not made it easier to process. What we have is really an unclassifiable hybrid. To call this a horror movie sets things up for unmet genre expectations. This is not like Abel Ferrara's The Addiction which clearly made the connections between drug dependency and vampirism.
And an abundance of drugs are consumed in Toad Road. On a personal note, I have had, in a past long gone, had my own experiences that have some resemblance to the gatherings of the kids in Toad Road. The story is about a group of college aged friends who get together at a house for the sole purpose of not simply getting high, but totally wasted. Two of the friends, James and Sara, go for a walk in the woods, exploring for themselves what is suppose to be an urban legend, a path that leads to the seven gates of Hell. The path is Toad Road, somewhere near York, Pennsylvania.
The gates may or may not really be there. The two share some kind of hallucinatory substance passed from Sara's tongue to James. At a certain point, Sara seems to have wandered away. James wakes up in the snow, unaware of how much time has passed. Getting lost seems to be the operative metaphor here. James talks about having a normal life, although we, and probably he, don't have any specifics other than vague talk about going to college.
Even when James is found wandering in a nearby town, he is completely unmoored. His friends have all left, and without any place to go. There is a suggestion of what happened during James' missing time in the woods, but Banker keeps the viewer guessing. The opening and closing scenes bookend a scrambled chronology of events that may or may not have happened. There is a beautiful shot taken of a young woman's reflection on water, in a lake in the woods. There is also some gorgeous gamelan music.
But also there are static sounds, and extremely brief flashes of abstract images. That the actors play characters with their own names also blurs the lines between fictional narrative and a staged documentary. An early scene is of the kids getting high, playing around, with James so fucked up to even keep his pants on. The scene runs too long, but could well be deliberate. James is last seen lashing out destructively.
There are questions but no answers. As such, Toad Road might serve as a denial of William Blake's notice that, "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. Animate Projects , the non-profit organization that supports experimental animation in Britain, has always been keen to adapt. Officially formed in , its roots go back further: Animate Projects remained, however, and continued to find new ways to back inventive animation.
The organization is now aiming to set up a new initiative entitled Accelerate Animation, due to begin its activities in spring Earlier this month Animate Projects released a comprehensive report that will inform the creation of the scheme. Looking into the animation community of Britain, this document paints a picture of a skilled workforce that is lacking in post-graduation guidance, with local but not national frameworks in place.
The report is based on contributions from animators across the UK, with information gathered through surveys, interviews, and a roundtable discussion about the needs and future of British animation. The document hails independent animation as the true soul of British animation. A selection of quotations from various animation artists back up this belief, such as this comment from Paul Bush:. People starting out should stick with working on what is true to them, and not bend overly to fashion, market forces or what others say. Fashions change, and there is enough commonality of human experience for all work to connect with an audience.
It is enlightening to see the statistics that have been gathered by the survey, which give an idea of how the British animation industry is currently structured.
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It would be interesting to compare these statistics with the US industry, which would doubtless show a rather larger proportion of feature animators. Another factor that is emphasized is a general lack of money. The conclusion reached by the report is that Accelerate Animation should prioritize three areas: British cinema has a history of obtaining funds from public money.
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From to a tax on box office receipts, dubbed the Eady Levy, boosted the national industry; at around the same time the government-funded National Film Finance Corporation helped such films as The Third Man and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning to get off the ground. With its continued ties to the Arts Council, and the emphasis of its report on the lack of funding currently faced by British animators, the new scheme looks set to fit within this tradition. We wish it well. For more information, including profiles of many animators who contributed to the report, see the Accelerate Animation website.
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I saw the theatrical cut first and it was still pretty great. The only thing wrong was the happy ending. What kind of voiceover do you expect? Because, with a few exceptions Airport for example , the actual nominees were consistently great films. I don't consider myself a cinephile so its bit of a surprise just how many of the films listed I've seen.
And 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'? It's garbage with a great lead performance. Everyone else in it is absolutely terrible, including Anthony Hopkins, who we know is better than this. Keanu Reeves' accent alone should've been enough to disqualify it from these kinds of lists. Some Best Picture winners were questionable Cimarron and Crash, for example but the suggestions here are fun. I'm not entirely against Bram Stoker's Dracula like many here are. It swept the visuals that year for a reason. It's incredibly stylish and as an operatic quality that while not Stoker's prose, works on this epic level.
Oder wie das Schcksal, das mich als Sterblichen auf diese Welt geworfen hat. Montreal-based filmmaker Patrick Boivin of Iron Man vs. Ansonsten sind hier meine neuen Sichtungen, vor allem nach meinem gestrigen, ersten "richtigen" FFF -Tag. Der bisher bizarrste Film des Festivals mit einem Gastauftritt von John Waters, was schon andeutet, dass man hier nicht mit Massenware rechnen muss. Excision begleitet eine sozial etwas inepte, aber sehr intelligente und in ihrem Wollen klare Teenagerin: My stream My TV My friends.
You are at the newest post. Click here to check if anything new just came in. Sustained until death at 70 by his fame as the prodigy with the [ Cartoon Culture The Simpsons. John Gianvito schreibt richtig: Lang, a restless genre innovator, created not only the first serial killer thriller, but arguably the best. The script is torn between fantasy and research, but Lang is up to the challenge, the diverging elements merge in a productive, dialectical way.
As Truffaut wrote so fittingly: For Lubitsch, cinema works like erotism: Lubitsch is very sober and realistic when it comes to human folly. You will not find a single scene in his impressive body of work glossing over the desperate underpinnings of human condition. He never is sentimental. Among Lubitsch's many great films, TROUBLE is my favorite because of it's one-of-a-kind balance between the most stylish movieland abstraction and sharp contemporary oberservation; it's perfectly cast and witty in every detail.
One reason I am so much in love with the film might be the fact that my "territory" in films is quite far away. Ford at his most contemporary. He seems to be genuinely involved in GRAPES, reaching out, some scenes are open propaganda for Roosevelt's new deal - but of course with Ford even dust bowl is mythical territory.
Henry Fonda is so pure it hurts. Renoir's greatness seems more than with any other movie director I know of connected with his inner self. It's Renoir's own generousity that breathes through his films. Arguably, he is the most human of all filmmakers. RULES is the perfect example: Renoir's craft is uneven by design - it really is his handwriting. Maybe the film I think of most often when it comes to questions of my own filmmaking.
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I admire Visconti's ability to bring the gods down to earth. Unlike the English tradition of "realist" cinema Visconti is not about small things — even a drifter in the Po valley faces destiny. I will never forget the first encounter between Gino and Giovanna, her imediate adoration for him: Antonioni at his most precise. Film as a tool to register not only people but buildings, furniture, arbitrary things, time cristalls that reflect our life.
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