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Natalie Wood and "Something Extra"

Updated November 25, 2009

Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue marks the 28th anniversary of Natalie Wood’s death by running an extract from Gavin Lambert’s biography of the tragic actress.

Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood at her most playful

 

 

 

Five in Focus: Chefs

Updated November 25, 2009

Dan Barber
Suzanne Goin
Oliver Rowe
Cody Hogan
Dan Barber

Dan Barber

Dan Barber

 

 

 

Serious Sounds: Skip Lievsay on Sound Design

Updated November 24, 2009

Scott Macaulay chats with Skip Lievsay, A Serious Man’s sound designer, about his work on the movie and his 25 years collaborating with the Coen brothers.

Larry Gopnik
A Crowning Achievement
Skip Lievsay
Larry Gopnik

Larry Gopnik

Larry Gopnik fixes the TV aerial, a pivotal sonic moment in A Serious Man

 

 

 

The Man Behind the Monster: James Whale and Frankenstein

Updated November 20, 2009

To mark the release of Frankenstein on this day in 1931, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue runs an extract on its director from James Curtis’ biography James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters.

James Whale
James Whale

James Whale

James Whale directing Boris Karloff in Frankenstein.

 

 

 

Mersey Movies

Updated November 20, 2009

FilmInFocus’ Nick Dawson picks out 10 films made in Liverpool that demonstrate the city’s diverse cinematic history.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: The Magnet (1950)
Slide 3: Gumshoe (1971)
Slide 4: Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Slide 5: Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
Slide 6: Hear My Song (1991)
Slide 7: Backbeat (1994)
Slide 8: Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Slide 9: Formula 51 (2001)
Slide 10: The Parole Officer (2001)
Slide 11: Millions (2004)
Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

Liverpool's greatest cultural contribution is arguably in the field of music – from the Mersey Sound and the Beatles in the 60s to Echo & the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood to modern day bands like The Coral and the Zutons – but it also has a considerable claim to be a major movie city too. Over the years, numerous film productions have used the city city as a backdrop (sometimes even pretending it was Russia), and there has been an impressive diversity in the movies that dropped anchor on Merseyside. In this whistle-stop tour of Liverpool-set flicks, we take you from a 1950 Ealing comedy not set in Ealing all the way through to the movie about an unlikely young millionaire that he made long before he made Slumdog.

 

 

 

Five in Focus: DJs

Updated November 19, 2009

DJ Brenda Black
RJD2
DJ Brenda Black

DJ Brenda Black

DJ Brenda Black

 

 

 

Green Screen: Environmental Film Festivals Today

Updated November 18, 2009

As part of NBC Universal's Green Week, FilmInFocus' Nick Dawson looks at the burgeoning environmental film festival scene.

American Conservation Film Festival
EarthDance
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Tales from Planet Earth
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
American Conservation Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival

 

 

 

Character Playlists from Pirate Radio

Updated November 17, 2009

FilmInFocus presents the special musical playlists that writer-director Richard Curtis created for each of the DJs featured in Focus Features’ current release, Pirate Radio.

Angus
Dave
Gavin
Harold
Midnight Mark
Simon
The Count
The Dawn Treader
Angus

Angus

Angus

 

 

 

Richard Curtis on the Music of Pirate Radio

Updated November 16, 2009

Nick Dawson sits down with Pirate Radio’s writer-director to discuss what he describes as his “first love.”

Richard Curtis
Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis during his stay in New York

 

 

 

Layers Upon Layers: The Cinema of François Ozon

Updated November 13, 2009

To celebrate François Ozon’s 42nd birthday, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue collects together Ryan Gilbey’s take on the director and Ozon’s own perspective on the creative process.

François Ozon on set.
Ozon and Poupaud
François Ozon on set.

François Ozon on set.

François Ozon on set.