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Writing Rear Window

Updated July 31, 2009

Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue looks back on the making of Hitchcock’s Rear Window – released 55 years ago this week – through the lens of Steven DeRosa’s book Writing with Hitchcock.

James Stewart Rear Window
Hitchcock and Hayes
James Stewart Rear Window

James Stewart Rear Window

James Stewart in Rear Window

 

 

 

Thomas M. Lewis

Updated July 31, 2009

Thomas M. Lewis from the Regal Tara 4 in Atlanta is the next movie theater employee picking his top flicks for Five In Focus.

Thomas M. Lewis
Thomas M. Lewis

Thomas M. Lewis

Thomas M. Lewis

 

 

 

Images from the 1969 Woodstock Festival

Updated July 31, 2009

Wavy Gravy & Michael Lang
Stage being constructed
Jimi Hendrix signing an autograph backstage
Chip Monck backstage
Janis Joplin onstage Saturday night/Sunday morning
Tim Hardin onstage Friday night
David Crosby and Graham Nash onstage Sunday night/Monday morning
Grace Slick onstage Sunday morning
Grace Slick with crowd reflection in her glasses
Joan Baez with Jeffrey Shurtleff onstage on Friday night
Wavy Gravy & Michael Lang

Wavy Gravy & Michael Lang

See more at Woodstock.com

 

 

 

Ryan Ditmars

Updated July 30, 2009

As our Five In Focus series continues, Ryan Ditmars from the Regal Burlington 20 picks his quintet of favorite movies.

Ryan Ditmars
Ryan Ditmars

Ryan Ditmars

Ryan Ditmars (left) with Malcolm McDowell

 

 

 

Taking Woodstock Red Carpet, 29 July 2009, NYC

Updated July 30, 2009

Torrential ran greeted the filmmakers and friends of Ang Lee’s sixties reverie Taking Woodstock. Invites urged all to wear Woodstock-themed dress. Obviously Nature got the note since it rained at Woodstock too.

Slide 1: The Premiere
Slide 2: The Director
Slide 3: The Star
Slide 4: The Producer/Screenwriter
Slide 6: The Co-Star
Slide 7: The Real-Life Inspiration
Slide 8: Trapped
Slide 9: The Promoter
Slide 10: Un-cross-dressed
Slide 11: "Chip Munck" and Friend
Slide 12: Broadway on Houston
Slide 13: Fashion First
Slide 14: Hippie Whip
Slide 1: The Premiere

Slide 1: The Premiere

New York’s premiere of Taking Woodstock. It rained just like at the concert.

 

 

 

Meet the Milk "Who Inspires You?" Contest Winners

Updated July 29, 2009

Nick Dawson chats with FilmInFocus’ contest winners Shanna Vincent and Thomas Murphy about the people who they look up to.

Shanna Vincent
Thomas Murphy
Shanna Vincent

Shanna Vincent

Shanna Vincent

 

 

 

Laugh Bites

Updated July 29, 2009

While Park Chan-wook’s Thirst takes a violent and philosophical approach to the vampire legend, some filmmakers go for the jugular but hit the funny bone instead. Scott Macaulay looks at those intentional (and not so intentional) comic hits.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Making Fun of Fear
Slide 3: Hammer Time
Slide 4: Camp Dracula
Slide 5: The Next Generation
Slide 6: The Disco Dracula
Slide 7: Blood Porn
Slide 8: Blood Suckers
Slide 9: Hot Vampire on Vampire Action
Slide 10: Crazy as a Vampire
Slide 11: Even LIttle Vampires Started Small
Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

Dark, misunderstood, and tragic. The modern vampire, particularly in the character made popular by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula and then re-envisioned by Anne Rice in her Interview with a Vampire, is a quintessential movie anti-hero, blending sex, romance, horror and danger into one dangerously charismatic package. Indeed, vampires have never gone out of style. Over a century after Stoker’s novel was published, scarily alluring vampires are still at the heart of some of today’s most popular books and movies (Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels and their film adaptations) as well as TV shows (Alan Ball’s True Blood).

But as the vampire has raged and seduced his way throughout history, his Victorian-themed frocks, chiseled cheekbones and overall air of self-importance have proved ripe for parody too. From as early as the ‘40s, the vampire has been ridiculed and sent up, made the butt of screenwriters’ jokes and gone slumming in such disreputable genres as the straight-to-video B-movie and porn. With Anne Billson pointing you towards some of the best vampire films, we now take note of what are not the worst but are undeniably the funniest or perhaps just nuttiest additions to the genre.

 

 

 

Five In Focus: Patrick Martin

Updated July 28, 2009

Patrick Martin is the first of five movie theater projectionists offering their favorite summer movies in a new series of Five In Focus articles.

Patrick Martin
Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin

 

 

 

Welcome to the War Room: Stanley Kubrick and Dr. Strangelove

Updated July 28, 2009

Walter Donohue marks Stanley Kubrick’s birthday by looking back at the making of Dr. Strangelove through the recollections of the film’s production designer Ken Adam.

George C. Scott
Kubrick filming Strangelove
George C. Scott

George C. Scott

George C. Scott sits at the war room table in Dr. Strangelove.

 

 

 

Focus Features Take 9 and Thirst to Comic-Con

Updated July 27, 2009

In the aftermath of the San Diego Comic-Com, FilmInFocus looks back at the Focus Features’ experience bringing two of their movie to the show.

Meet the 9 Panel
"Let Me Take This One..."
"Now, I Have A Question For You Guys..."
Big Screen Star
The Only Way to Travel Around San Diego
Do You Know the Way to, um, Sante Fe?
The Future in Her Hands
Did You Get Their Numbers?
Anything You Can Do...
Park in the House
Before the Focus Features cocktail party
9 is the magic number
In case you’re feeling the Thirst...
Almost 9 Feet Tall
Is That a Bloody Mary?
You May Know My Producer...
Look, It’s a Wanted Man!
Lurking In the Shadows
Meet the 9 Panel

© Photo by Jon Butte

Meet the 9 Panel

Director of Shane Acker, producers Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton, and actors Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly are ready for their questions.