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Adam Bingham on Ma Nuit chez Maud

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Français : Eric Rohmer à la cinémathèque française

Eric Rohmer at the Cinémathèque Française (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

❝Well, Rohmer’s Ma Nuit chez Maud never fails to move me beyond words. Religious & moral in the best possible sense of the words in that it deals with an individual’s personal convictions, and explores – openly, wittily, without pretension or condescension – their viability. It is at once quite formal, exhaustively scripted & intricately constructed, but also breezily naturalistic. And it is also a great portrait of French provincial life, its mores, morays, customs & modes of social intercourse. Indeed, how people relate to each other, how they conceal, reveal, hide from & open up to each other, and how space, place, season, chance, design, etc factor into this, is Rohmer’s kingdom. And in this kingdom Eric Rohmer is most certainly the king.❞
— String of tweets by Adam Bingham @adambingham

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Only in Hollywood…: The ‘based on a true story’ fake-out…

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❝Only in Hollywood could a movie that’s “based on a true story” endure heaps of criticism for being too unrealistic and still manage to walk away with multiple awards. Indeed, in the grand tradition of previous Best Picture winners like The King’s Speech and A Beautiful Mind, three of this year’s biggest Oscar contenders — Zero Dark ThirtyLincoln, and Argo — have claimed, to varying degrees, to be based on real events. But historians, reporters, and even government officials insist that these movies are playing awfully fast and loose with the truth.❞

— Jillian Rayfield

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❝ If the 20 minutes he spent on the show are any indication, then Cruise never stops working because he apparently spends his every waking moment playing a character named Tom Cruise.

It’s a role that demands huge commitment, discipline and dedication. Most of all it means never letting your guard down, never giving anything away, never appearing out of control and, from the looks of things, never relaxing. ❞

On Tom Cruise’s role in Jack Reacher — or on Tom Cruise diligently playing “Tom Cruise” (which he does all the time) — from The Marlborough Express

If the 20 minutes he spent…

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English: Toby Jones (Dobby)

There’s always panic when you’re playing someone as iconic as Hitchcock,… There’s that suspicion you might not have done that bit of research that would be crucial. I’m trying to make myself enough like that person so that it doesn’t become distracting.

Toby Jones on playing Hitchcock, in HBO’s The Girl


 

There’s always panic…

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This is not Hitchcock

From its opening shot of a dimming light bulb, the film defies expectations. According to 1930’s film grammar, a dimming light bulb signified only one thing: an execution. In the case of Sabotage, however, the bulb announces a widespread London blackout caused by the introduction of sand into a power station generator.

John Seal on Hitchcock’s Sabotage

BTW, Don’t ask me what film “grammar” is. But from the quotation above, I think I can figure out what is being said here: some convention that existed during that time. Anyway (just in case you’ve been away with John Carter on Mars for the past few months), the light bulb does not reveal that the guy on the left is not Hitchcock (just someone pretending to be him; see also, below).


 

From its opening shot of a dimming light bulb…