Posts Tagged ‘Olivier Assayas’

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Programme Notes: Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014)

May 15, 2015

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I was commissioned to write a programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre for their screenings of Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria during May. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014)

May 2, 2015

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Director Olivier Assayas has a penchant of late for companion piece films. His 2012 feature Something in the Air, a film loosely based on his own coming of age in an era of widespread disillusion, was concerned with youth rebellion in early 1970s France. He mined some similar territory beforehand in his 1994 effort Cold Water, however that film only alluded to the political concerns that Something in the Air puts closer to the forefront. Cold Water and Something share some character names, similar visual cues and thematic motifs. In a way, it’s as though Assayas is using the newer film to comment on the older one, and considering Cold Water’s own supposedly autobiographical elements, one can argue that Something works as an artist looking back on how he previously looked back on his past.

This elaborate self-reflexive approach is maintained for Assayas’ latest extraordinary film, Clouds of Sils Maria, which can be viewed as a companion piece to his 1996 work Irma Vep. Both concern a veteran actress coming to terms with their place in a cinematic landscape they find increasingly baffling, and each offers a unique meta-commentary on contemporary filmmaking. Clouds of Sils Maria takes some major swings at Hollywood’s current crop of samey sci-fi and fantasy franchises along with star stories told through social media and gossip sites…

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Seen Your Video #20: Vulgar That Shit Up

June 15, 2013

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On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I find unexpected links between Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air and Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. We also take a look at Assayas’ earlier masterpiece Cold Water and Carlos Saura’s Cría cuervos.

Stream the episode here.
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My Month in Films: May 2013

June 1, 2013

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28 films, 18 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Cold Water (Olivier Assayas, 1994, France)
2. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941, USA)
3. Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936, Japan)
4. Ali (Michael Mann, 2001, USA)
5. A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm, 2012, Denmark)
6. My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945, USA)
7. Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987, Taiwan)
8. Mud (Jeff Nichols, 2012, USA)
9. The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest B. Schoedsack/Irving Pichel, 1932, USA)
10. Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin, 2013, USA) Read the rest of this entry ?

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Programme Notes: Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012)

May 23, 2013

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I was commissioned to write a set of programme notes for Glasgow Film Theatre, for their screenings of Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air during the months of May and June. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.