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  • 5 perles de la World Cinema Foundation en stream gratuit

    On peut lire sur le précieux site de The Auteurs (je vous recommande aussi le blog The Auteurs Daily tenu parDavid Hudson) un mot d'introduction de Scorsese présentant 5 perles du cinéma restaurées par la WCF (World Cinema Foundation) et accessibles en streaming sur le site.

    VANGUARD RESTORATION: THE FIRST FILMS OF THE WCF

    May - August 2009

    I am proud to present this first line-up of films restored with the aid of the World Cinema Foundation. We launched the foundation in 2007 with the goal of restoring and preserving neglected films from around the world. We also understood, very quickly, that we needed to help create awareness of the films, to get them known and seen. That’s why we entered into a partnership with The Auteurs.

    The diversity of these pictures reflects the foundation and all it stands for, but it also reflects world cinema itself, and the richness to be found in the lost corners of cinema history.

    These films were made at different moments in history, under a variety of circumstances, all across the globe. Each title needed attention and care. I’m glad that the World Cinema Foundation was able to help with their restoration and preservation. Each and every title is precious to me, and my hope is that a viewing on this website will lead you to seek out screenings of these pictures or perhaps DVDs as they appear. They don’t deserve to be kept a secret. They deserve to be known.

    -Martin Scorsese

    Le voyage de la hyène [Touki Bouki](Djibril Diop Mambéty, Sénégal - 1973)

    Un été sans eau [Susuz Yaz] (Metin Erksan, Turquie - 1964)

    Transes (Ahamed El Maanouni, France/Maroc - 1981)

    La servante [Hanyo] (Kim Ki-youg, Corée du Sud - 1960)




  • [Suite de] Football et politique, encore et encore

    17 juillet 2009:

    Le numéro 33 de la revue tausend augen se penchera sur les représentations du football. Il y a beaucoup de choses à dire et à écrire, nous savons déjà que nous n'en couvrirons qu'une infime partie.

    Un spot publicitaire de la plus grosse companie Israélienne de téléphone portable, Cellcom, suscite la colère et l'appel au boycott d'Israéliens et de Palestiniens qui y voient une minimisation de la gravité dun conflit, de la politique Israélienne sur la bande de Gaza et de la présence du mur. On y voit des soldats Israéliens dans leur jeep militaire le long du mur lorsqu'un ballon venu du côté Palestinien tombe sur le capot. Ils appellent d'autres militaires avec leurs portables et commencent à jouer à renvoyer le ballon de l'autre côté et communiquent ainsi avec la Palestine uniquement par ballon interposé, Palestine où la caméra n'ira jamais d'ailleurs.

     

     

    [via Cargo-Film et Süddeutsche Zeitung]

     

    Addendum 26 juillet 2009: Une "réponse" postée sur Youtube:

  • Iran, Lelouch avait mis le paquet...

    Une antenne - zoom - un chameau. Des hommes en formation rappelant celles de Busby Berkeley. Caviar. Diamants. Le quotidien de la vie. Le Shah montant à cheval. Des étudiants à l'université. beau montage, recherche de l'effet à tout prix. Images en plongées, prises d'avion. "Iran" de Claude Lelouch (18min, 1971) est un film de propagande. Fabuleux par certains aspects, propagande en partie enivrante et donc un film d'autant plus redoutable. 18 minutes méprisables, conçues comme cadeau à Farah Diba. [via Cargo-Film , comme souvent]

    Le film existe en bonne qualité sur Internet Archive (ici, mais que je ne peux techniquement pas présenter sur le blog) et en mauvaise sur Youtube :


  • Mouammar Kadafi est cinéphile

    Nous qui rêvions depuis la création de la revue d'un numéro spécial avec des entretiens sur le cinéma alignant Mouammar Kadafi, Kim Jong-Il et autres chefs d'Etat cinéphiles, savions l'amour du "frère guide" lybien pour le cinéma. Eu égard à ses obligations professionnelles, imagine-t'on, il a du opérer par le truchement de son fils pour parvenir à créer un fonds de production, suggestivement nommé Natural Selection et doté de $ 100 Millions !

    Qadhafi, Beckerman start $100m production fund Natural Selection

    Libya’s Major General Engineer Al-Saadi Qadhafi has come on board as the major financier behind Natural Selection LLC, a new $100m+ private equity funded production company. Matty Beckerman formed Natural Selection, and will serve as CEO, based in Los Angeles.

    In addition to funding from Qadhafi (who is the son of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi), Natural Selection will be backed by various private equity groups from around the world.

    The company aims to produce a slate of about 20 films over the next five years, with budgets of $15m or below. Natural Selection said it plans to finance projects independently “using [foreign and state] tax credits, established equity and foreign sales as an investment base.”

    Natural Selection said it is exploring projects both domestic and international, in all genres, for “all distribution platforms.”

    The private equity group was structured by Schuyler Moore at Stroock Stroock and Lavan, LLP and Natural Selection is represented by WME Global (Graham Taylor’s newly rebranded arm of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment). WME Global will handle North American sales on some of Natural Selection’s titles, and international sales will be handled on a film-by-film basis by other sales outfits.

    We are thrilled to be working with Saadi and our other partners to launch Natural Selection, with the goal of providing development and production opportunities for high quality filmmakers and projects,” Beckerman said. “With the economy in its current state, financing for even the best projects is hard to find. We’re thrilled about what we will be able to offer to the film industry as Saadi brings along incredible resources, a strong financial understanding of the movie business and, most importantly, a passion for film.”

    As an avid film fan, I’m extremely excited about this venture, working with Matty, and with an industry that I hold close to my heart,” says Qadhafi, a former professional footballer who currently works on infrastructure development and international relations in Libya. “I have always held a strong affection towards the film industry and am proud I can now support it through my involvement here.

    Beckerman had been General Manager of Bulletproof Recording Company Inc, a film soundtrack and music supervision company that worked on projects including Nancy Drew, Charlotte’s Web and Hamlet 2. Prior to that, he founded Now Or Never Records.

    Natural Selection plans to add other hires, which will be announced in coming months.

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    Natural Selection CEO Matty Beckerman and Libya's Major General Engineer Al-Saadi Qadhafi.