Rushes. New Fassbinder, "Stalin" Banned, De Havilland Sues

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  • We all know that Rainer Werner Fassbinder made a lot—a whole lot—of films in his all too brief 15 years of activity, but it's truly remarkable how new (old) work of his keeps appearing. First there was the revelation of World on a Wire (1973) and now another made-for-TV epic has been restored and is being re-released, Eight Hours Are Not a Day (1972-1973). We wonder what other future delights and provocations RWF has in store for us!
Doll & Em
There’s something rather mid-20th century about censorship. Then again, that’s no surprise, since international politics is going through a retro phase — the Chinese Communist Party leader granting himself leadership for life, the Russian president announcing he has developed a nuclear superweapon, right-wing parties assuming power in Europe by comparing immigrants to vermin, spies-on-the-run getting poisoned in London. Like ghosts from the past, these old tropes now haunt the present.
  • The highly prodigious and inimitably cultivated Chilean director Raúl Ruiz kept a diary, which critic Jaime Grijalba has been generously translating into English via a TinyLetter subscription. The entries are intellectually darting and delightful—highly recommended.
  • Speaking of translations, every time someone translates the great French film critic Serge Daney into English it's a call for celebration—and doubly so if that piece of writing is on Jerry Lewis! Kino Slang has run an English version of Daney's article on Lewis's Which Way to the Front?, in advance of a screening in Los Angeles this Friday.
Albert Serra's production of Liberté. Photograph by Román Yñan.
Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland
  • Due to the infamous snafu at last year's Academy Awards, Moonlight Barry Jenkins didn't get to read the speech he had prepared. At South by Southwest this year he shared what he wrote:
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