Satoshi Kon died yesterday, apparently of cancer. This really, really hurts.
Thank you, sir, for answering my stupid question two years ago.
Lots of entertainers have been going to that final performance in the sky lately: Art Linkletter, Gary Coleman, Frank Frazzetta, Ronnie James Dio...
( One of the more colorful ones was silent film organist Rosa Rio...Collapse )
Last night was the world premiere of the new restoration of Franz Lang's Metropolis (1927), incorporating the elements from the print found in Buenos Aires in 2008. It was screened simultaneously at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin as part of the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale # 60, to boot); the Berlin performance also was simulcast on a screen at the Brandenburg Gate.
ARTE-TV also had a live feed from the gate (looks like on Unter der Linden), with German / French commentary and a number of short documentary clips about the restoration / scoring. Despite idling vehicles, people almost walking into the camera, the camera broadcasting a "low battery" message, and a man walking his dog suddenly frantically waving at the camera, it was still an interesting view. (A little too far from the screen to actually see the movie, though.)
Looking from the back of the crowd with the camera, there was more a sense of the audience than of the movie. Those at the edges of the crowd stayed long enough to say they were there, but the hardcore viewers grouped at the front lasted through the lack of chairs, the scattered snowflakes and hopping up and down to keep warm.
I actually could only watch bits and pieces (I was at work, after all), but - oh how I wish I could've been there... From what I was able to see (from a distance, in German), the story of the mysterious 11811, at least, is laid out in much more detail.
SO DON'T SAY NO ONE TOLD YOU.
Criterion is about to lose the licenses for a number of films at the end of March (evil Studio Canal), so now is the time to stock up on these ilms:
Wandered around NYC a bit yesterday.
Across Houston Street from Film Forum, there's a little store, Alphaville, which sells vintage toys and collectibles. Or rather, soon it will be there was a little store; they're in the middle of closing.
It's been there for years. I'd been by the place before, but usually after they'd closed for the day. So it was a pretty lucky thing that I managed to wander by yesterday when they were open.
It's a funky store, full of funky things: original Mr. Potato Heads in the window (along with the carrot and green pepper things I'd forgotten about), a 1950s kitchen-table style kid's chair, odd games you really haven't seen in 40 years.
Looking through the boxes, I found this: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Official Comics Adaptation.
...and am avoiding having another year like 2009 at all costs.
Some things are in the works, and I'll be posting about them separately.
Nice to be back!