David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.
Available September 16th
Available today from Oscilloscope Laboratories: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ Whitewash
A darkly comic noir in the vein of the Coen Brothers, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’s WHITEWASH is a gripping exploration of a well-meaning Everyman at the end of his rope.
Check out James’ review from Tribeca 2013, and Josh’s review from last year
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Check out the trailer for Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini biopic.
Yesterday Criterion unveiled Hossein Amini’s Top 10, and today his film The Two Faces Of January is available on demand.
The Two Faces Of January is a suspense thriller starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings, The Road, A History Of Violence), Golden Globe nominee and Cannes Best Actress winner Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia, Marie-Antoinette) and Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis). It is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith and adapted by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman). The film is Amini’s directorial debut.
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The Two Faces Of January will premiere in theaters on September 26th.
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The Thin Blue Line!
Remembering William Greaves (Symbiopsychotaxiplasm), 1926 - 2014.
Cecil B. deMille writes to Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, after watching Tales Of Hoffman
Recently I had the belated pleasure of seeing your picture “Tales of Hoffman”. Perhaps you will not mind my writing you a fan letter about it.
From my earliest theatre going days I have been a lover of Grand Opera. The physical drawbacks of the average operatic presentation have often bothered me - in fact it is hard for me to remember a production which did not make heavy demands on the imagination. The only satisfactory frame of mind to bring to the theatre was to say to oneself, “Well - you can’t have everything.”
Your production of “Tales of Hoffman” has proven that you can have everything. For the first time in my life I was treated to Grand Opera where the beauty, power and scope of the music was equally matched by the visual presentation.
I thank you for outstanding courage and artistry in bringing to us Grand Opera as it existed until now, only in the minds of those who created it.
Cecil B. deMille
The restored Tales Of Hoffman will be screening at the Venice Film Festival on August 31st.