Stanley Kubrick preparing the deleted pie fight scene for Dr. Strangelove.
This picture makes me smile..
The word “dude” is used around 161 times in the movie. 160 spoken and once in text in the credits for “Gutterballs” the second dream sequence.
The word “fuck” or a variation of the word “fuck” is used 292 times.
The Dude says “man” 147 times in the movie, nearly 1.5 times a minute.
100 Films in 2011, #15: That Obscure Object of Desire, 1977. Directed by Luis Buñuel. ★★★★
An aging man on a departing train dumps a bucket of water over the head of a young girl with a beat up face. So begins That Obscure Object of Desire, the final film of surrealist master Luis Buñuel. Though this isn’t my favorite Buñuel film (that’s Belle de Jour), it is one of his best- and one of his most opaque. After his train departs, Mathieu (the man with the bucket) recalls the story of how he came to be obsessed with Conchita (the girl with the beat up face) for the bewildered fellow passengers in his car. Amidst the occasional explosions of terrorist bombs, Conchita (who is played interchangeably by two different actresses, and dubbed by an unseen third actress) repeatedly tempts and teases the increasingly frustrated Mathieu, who inevitably reaches his boiling point at the end of the film. That Obscure Object of Desire is a rumination on the power struggle and objectification inherent in May/December romances- comparisons to Lolita wouldn’t be out of line- tinged with the black humor and surrealist imagery Buñuel is famous for. This is currently streaming on Netflix… watch it before it’s yanked.
The picture was filmed entirely in-studio (except for the opening credits). The clouds that you see out the window are made out of fiberglass. For the effect of a police siren coming towards the apartment building at the end, Alfred Hitchcock had an ambulance come at full speed, from several blocks away, straight to the Warner Brothers studio, siren blaring all the way. The sounds were picked up by a microphone suspended from the studio gate.
Another very notable thing about this movie is that there are only two cuts in the editing, If I’m right. I know there are two shots in the movie, but I don’t remember what happened in the title sequence or end credits.
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On January 26, 2006, while driving down a winding canyon road in Hollywood, Joaquin Phoenix ran off the road and rolled his car. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, “Just relax.” Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, “I’m fine. I am relaxed.” The man replied, “No, you’re not,” and stopped Phoenix from lighting a cigarette while gas was leaking into the car cabin. Phoenix then realized that the man was famed, eccentric German film director Werner Herzog. While Herzog helped Phoenix out of the wreckage by breaking the back window of the car, bystanders phoned in an ambulance. Phoenix approached Herzog to express gratitude, but Herzog downplayed his heroism and returned to his home nearby. - source
Who’s going to mess up Jack and Jill’s 0% RT score?
Armond White is the obvious choice.
…a meeting between two people is invariably a struggle over power. In this universe, most men are monsters. But even those who aren’t end up causing hurt, out of thoughtlessness or neglect.
It’s a bleak depiction of human relationships, which, when done by Fincher, is unapologetically grown-up–and utterly entertaining.
You should probably read Louise Roug’s interview with the “familial” Daniel Craig, Mara Rooney, and David Fincher.
This is a great article!
Reimagination of the Day: In his ongoing poster series “Movies from an Alternate Universe,” illustrator Peter Stults imagines what it might look like if modern-day movies were made during previous Hollywood eras. “Who would be in it? Who would direct it? So here we are.”
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