If Rembrandt were alive today, claims Dulwich Picture Gallery, he’d be a cinematographer. It’s a very precise posthumous career choice. Why not a director, special effects wizard, installation artist … or even painter? But this inventive exhibition, which marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, is certain he’d be photographing films. It has even brought in Peter Suschitzky, cinematographer of The Empire Strikes Back, to help craft the show in a way that brings out the great artist’s genius for telling stories with light. I can’t help thinking that, as a cinematographer, Rembrandt would annoy audiences hugely. When the Game of Thrones makers dared to light a nocturnal battle scene as it might look in a world without electric light, many viewers expressed outrage. I liked it, not least because it was reminiscent of Rembrandt – you won’t find a more mysterious night than the one that engulfs the people hunched around a … [Read more...] about Rembrandt’s Light review – glorious art needs no gimmicks
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Lawrence G. Paull, an award-winning production designer and art director whose work on the science fiction classic Blade Runner received an Oscar nomination, died Sunday in La Jolla. He was 81 and no cause of death was given. Paull had a long history in Hollywood, designing for such films as Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future (1985) and Romancing the Stone (1984) and Ron Underwood’s City Slickers (1991). Blade Runner was a groundbreaking visual effort, winning Paull an Academy Award nomination for production design in 1982. The Oscar went to the creators of Ghandi, but Paull later won a BAFTA together with futurist Syd Mead and VFX inventor Douglas Trumbull. Three years later, Paull was again nominated for a BAFTA for his work on Back to the Future. Related Story Niall Tóibín Dies: Award-Winning Irish Actor and Comedian Was 89 Born in Chicago in 1938, Paull graduated from the University of Arizona. He soon discovered that architecture … [Read more...] about Lawrence G. Paull Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Blade Runner’ Production Designer/Art Director Was 81
Even though the country has been largely cut off from the western world since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a growing number of people are interested in Iran's history, culture, cuisine — and film. The country's rich cinema tradition, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, continues to build on its strong reputation, with Iranian directors repeatedly winning major prizes in international film festivals — Jafar Panahi's "Taxi," for instance, won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2015. Despite dealing with government restrictions, Iranian filmmakers continue to create powerful and very personal stories that feel universal. Read more: Road movie against patriarchy: Jafar Panahi's Three Faces in Cannes Revealing unknown aspects of Iran The Visions of Iran film festival held in Cologne has been showcasing the country's best cinema since 2013. "The heart of Iranian cinema is … [Read more...] about Visions of Iran: Film festival tells stories from a country of contradictions
This week at a Berlinale screening, I happened to sit next to a film critic I recognized and whose opinion I respect. He was dozing off during the film, and I was curious to see if he'd destroy it or not in his review the next day. He didn't. While other critics complained about the feature's lengths, he offered a particularly positive take on it. It probably didn't feel as long when you slept through the beginning. Film critics at a festival have the extraordinary privilege of watching a great number of films within a short period of time. That's not always as easy as it sounds, however. Ideally, they'll treat the 20th work of the competition with as much patience as the first one — even though many of the world's top cinematic gems can test anyone's ability to stay awake. Critics working for the daily press are then required to form their opinion extremely quickly and write up a review that covers all the main aspects of the work within a couple of hours. … [Read more...] about Do Berlinale film critics always get the best film right?
This year will be remembered for the UK leaving the EU (maybe), England winning a Cricket World Cup (finally), and the latest utterly pointless social craze - the bottle cap challenge (nope, me neither).For cinema-goers though, 2019 has been the year of the music film. It's not yet September and we've already had movies powered by the sonic might of Sir Elton John, The Beatles, Motley Crue and Bruce Springsteen, as well rockumentaries on Liam Gallagher, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. With Judy Garland, Michael Hutchence, Suzi Quatro and George Michael-flavoured features still to come, by Christmas we'll have seen enough singers at the pictures to fill up an entire 2020 wall calendar.Not to mention the big name remakes of classic musical animations like The Lion King, Aladdin, and the curious trailer for the cinematic adaptation of the stage musical Cats.So what exactly is driving this resurgence in on-screen sing-alongs?Music is being used 'as a character'Blinded by the Light hit the … [Read more...] about From Queen to Springsteen: Why are there so many music films?