A new season begins this week at Cinematheque Ontario. In addition to retrospectives of Jacques Demy and Edward Yang (the links are to essays by James Quandt and Andrea Picard respectively), there are a number of one-off screenings that also look very attractive, e.g., the short films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, James Benning's Casting a Glance, Serge Bozon's La France, Vittorio de Seta's Bandits of Orgosolo, and one of the few Sam Fullers I've never managed to catch, China Gate. Finally, R. Bruce Elder's The Book of all the Dead looks daunting (at 42 hours!) and interesting, although it's highly unlikely that I'll be able to see any of it.
At George Eastman House, I'll finally be able to catch up with Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End. Also: a second shot at seeing Pedro Costa's films on the big screen.
Comments or suggestions on the above film listings are most welcome.
So, I'm back home in Buffalo, juggling the new semester, jet lag, and a fearsome cold I caught on the 15-hour flight from Dubai to New York that was transporting a battalion of bawling babies. The good news is that there's lots of interesting reading to catch up with in the blogosphere:
-- Michael Guillen's great and large Val Lewton Blogathon at The Evening Class.
-- Jonathan Rosenbaum on Jeannette Catsoulis' "ugly, xenophobic, tossed-off" NYT review of Opera Jawa.
-- David Pratt-Robson has been blogging up a nice little storm: John Ford; Colossal Youth; Ken Jacobs, etc .
-- Two meaty 2007 round-up posts: David Hudson at Greencine, and Ryland Walker Knight at The House Next Door.
-- Dave McDougall at Chained to the Cinémathèque: "Crimen Falsi Redux, Part 1: The Theory of the Image".
-- Dan Sallitt on Henry Hathaway: "Part of the problem in reevaluating Hathaway is that auteurism has never completely shaken off its allegiance to the practice of valuing directors according to their themes - no matter that themes are generally created on the level of script or story conference."
-- Among other things, Joe Bowman's blog, Fin de Cinema, is a good source of upcoming DVD info. Recently revealed: Alain Resnais' Melo and L'Amour à mort; La Chinoise; Grant Gee's Joy Division documentary; Alea's The Last Supper; Sissako's Bamako; Peter Delpeut's Diva Dolorosa; Lynn Hershman-Leeson's Strange Culture, etc.
-- via Aaron Graham: Larry Gross on Zodiac at Movie City News.
-- Some recent J. Hoberman: Last Year at Marienbad; Still Life; and Woman on the Beach.
-- In the new issue of Film Comment, "Terra Incognita: 18 Films to Look Out For".
pic: Edward Yang's The Terrorizers.