Gwen and I will soon be recording the January episode of The Young Readers edition of The Comics Alternative podcast. On that episode, we’ll be discussing the following graphic novels for young readers:
Directed by Robert Bresson
Produced by Agnès Delahaie
Screenplay by Robert Bresson
Cinematography by Léonce-Henri Burel
Edited by Raymond Lamy
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I wonder what kind of direction Robert Bresson gave his actors. From what I gather, Bresson didn’t use professional actors and while that may have been trying at times, it was probably a stroke of genius. Did he just give them a situation and tell them things like “Behave like you think a pickpocket would behave just before attempting to lift a man’s wallet” or something like that? I have only seen two of his films: this one and A Man Escaped (1956), which came right before Pickpocket. Both films have an almost documentary feel in places. Part of that is due to the “actors” and part is due to Bresson’s unconventional manner of filmmaking.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Directed by John Huston
Produced by Buddy Alder, Eugene Frenke
Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, John Huston
Cinematography by Oswald Morris
Edited by Russell Lloyd
Music by Georges Auric
20th Century Fox
The first seven minutes of John Huston’s Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison show an exhausted, haggard Robert Mitchum, bobbing up and down on a rubber raft, headed toward an island in the South Pacific in 1944. Upon reaching the shore, his physical turmoil might be over, but emotionally he’s in store for a real workout.
You never know how library programs are going to turn out, especially new ones. While we were getting the meeting room ready for our showing of Casablanca, my co-worker Julia and I were talking about how many people might show up. I told her I’d be delighted if we had 10 people.
I’m very excited about a film series we’re starting at the Severna Park Library tonight. My co-worker Julia and I will be hosting the first in a series of monthly screenings of classic films called The Great Movies, starting with one of the greatest and most popular classics of all, Casablanca (1942).
If you ever saw this screen (or one very much like it) when you went to the movies, you’re either close to my age or your hometown theater held onto some really old promotional clips. I grew up watching most of my theatrical releases at The Town Theater in Forest, Mississippi in the 70s. (The excellent memoir Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums – who also grew up in Forest and was a few grades ahead of me – has a fair amount to say about that movie house.) At the theater, they had, of course, the “Now Showing” and “Coming Attractions” posters, but they also had cool flyers, pocket-sized colored 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of paper folded, creating a nifty little booklet promoting the next four upcoming features. In my small town, they only showed R-rated movies Sunday through Wednesday and PG (GP back in the day) or G movies Thursday through Saturday. So with each of these flyers, kids my age would see two ads for movies we could actually see and two for movies we could only dream about seeing one day.
Better Call Saul is far, far better than it has to be. I think it’s also far better than most people expected and quite possibly the best TV show of 2015. I say that not so much from my own experience (as someone who rarely watches TV shows), but from reading many critics’ Best of 2015 posts and articles.
A bit late getting this one out… Hope you’ll find something of interest here: