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Introduction from "Taking Woodstock: The Shooting Script"

Updated June 30, 2009

In adapting Elliot Tiber’s memoir for the screen, writer James Schamus first had to figure out where “Woodstock” actually exists.

James Schamus and Ang Lee
Taking Woodstock screenplay
James Schamus and Ang Lee

© Photo by Ken Regan

James Schamus and Ang Lee

James Schamus and Director Ang Lee on the set of Taking Woodstock




Behind the Blog: Michael Tully

Updated June 29, 2009

NYC-based filmmaker, blogger and all-round good guy Michael Tully enthusiastically answers FilmInFocus’s questions about his blog, Boredom at Its Boredest.

Michael Tully
Boredom at Its Boredest
Michael Tully

Michael Tully

Michael Tully




Poetry in Stop Motion: Ray Harryhausen in Conversation

Updated June 29, 2009

Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue presents a conversation with Ray Harryhausen, the stop motion and special effects maestro who turns 89 today.

Ray Harryhausen
Coraline Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen with friends




Blade Runner: The Dangerous Days of 2019

Updated June 25, 2009

Faber & Faber's Walter Donohue recalls the release of Blade Runner 27 years ago today, and delves into producer Michael Deeley's memoir to learn about the film's genesis.

Harrison Ford
Producer Michael Deeley
Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford chows down in Blade Runner




There Will Be Blood: A short history of vampire films

Updated June 23, 2009

From Nosferatu to Thirst, films have tried to capture the shadowy, seductive figure of the vampire. Writer Anne Billson chronicles the creature’s evolution.

Slide One: Intro
Slide Two: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
Slide Three: Dracula (1931)
Slide Four: Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932)
Slide Five: Dracula/Horror of Dracula (1958)
Slide Six: Dance of the Vampires/The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Slide Seven: Daughters of Darkness/Les lévres rouges (1971)
Slide Eight: Martin (1977)
Slide Nine: Near Dark (1987)
Slide Ten: Twilight (2008)
Slide Eleven:  Let the Right One In/Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
Slide Twelve: Writer Anne Billson
Slide One: Intro

Slide One: Intro

In his new film Thirst, Park Chan-wook transplants the vampire legend from Transylvania to South Korea. And by all accounts, the species has adapted fine to its new climate. Of course, some things had to change. As Park points out, "because he's Korean, we could not possibly have him be afraid of garlic, because garlic is ever present in all Korean food." But Vampires are a hearty breed and learn to adapt to new cultures and different times. In the following slide show, Anne Billson provides an natural history of film vampires from around the world.




Jane Russell: Gentlemen Prefer Brunettes

Updated June 22, 2009

Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue wishes a (belated) happy birthday to screen siren Jane Russell, who celebrated her 88th birthday yesterday.

Russell and Monroe
Jane Russell
Russell and Monroe

Russell and Monroe

Russell with Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes




Father Knows Best: The Early Comedies of Ang Lee

Updated June 19, 2009

In anticipation of the release of Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Nick Dawson looks back on the director’s first ventures into comedy with the “Father Knows Best” trilogy.

Pushing Hands
The Wedding Banquet
Eat Drink Man Woman
Ang Lee
Pushing Hands

Pushing Hands

Pushing Hands




Away You Go: Websites for Moving Elsewhere

Updated June 17, 2009

Away We Go chronicles a couple trying to find their place in the world. At home, you can just use the Internet.

John and Maya
Crime Rates
Find Your Spot
John and Maya

© Photo by François Duhamel

John and Maya

John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph in Away We Go




All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes

Updated June 12, 2009

Slide 1: The Journey Begins
Slide 2: But what is a family?
Slide 3: First Comes Marriage
Slide 4: Family as an evolving idea
Slide 5: Early Family Values
Slide 6: Family as Contract
Slide 7: Family as units of labor
Slide 8: Tragic Love
Slide 10: Family as an evolving idea
Slide 10: The power of “opposite marriage”
Slide 11: The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age
Slide 12: Learning to be a Parent
Slide 13: A Parent Superiority
Slide 14: Making the Breast of being a Parent
Slide 15: Not Every Mother
Slide 16: Keeping the promise of marriage
Slide 17: Big(amy) Love
Slide 18: The Rules of the Game
Slide 19: Marriage loses momentum
Slide 20: Eight is Enough
Slide 21: Showing off your Family
Slide 22: Family as Adventure
Slide 23: Going it Alone
Slide 24: Every Family Different in its own way
Slide 25: The Family Triangle
Slide 26: All You Need is...
Slide 1: The Journey Begins

Slide 1: The Journey Begins

In Away We Go, 33-year-old Burt Farlander (John Krasinski) and 34-year-old Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph), an unmarried couple, discover they are going to have a baby. But if home is a haven in a heartless world, then their small exurban Colorado ranch house—one step up from a trailer—with a primitive electrical system and a window patched with cardboard is no haven.




Taking Woodstock Photo Gallery

Updated June 11, 2009

Images from Ang Lee's new feature Taking Woodstock starring Demetri Martin.

Mamie Gummer, Jonathan Groff and Demetri Martin
James Schamus and Ang Lee
Demetri Martin
Ang Lee and Emile Hirsch
Jonathan Groff and Demetri Martin
Henry Goodman, Demetri Martin and Imelda Staunton
Emile Hirsch
Kelli Garner, Demetri Martin and Paul Dano
Ang Lee, Demetri Martin and Paul Dano
Eugene Levy and Demetri Martin
Kelli Garner, Paul Dano and Demetri Martin
Kelli Garner, Demetri Martin and Paul Dano
Imelda Staunton, Demetri Martin and Henry Goodman
Mamie Gummer, Jonathan Groff and Demetri Martin