The print version of my interview with the great film critic Kent Jones about his new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut is now up at Time Out Chicago. This is a heavily edited transcript (meaning it’s missing Jones’s irresistible proclamation that he “fucking loves” Love Actually) of the same interview that appeared on my White City Cinema Radio Hour podcast last month. Speaking of which, all five episodes of the WCCRH show are now on iTunes where they can be downloaded for FREE. Please click on the subscribe button and future episodes (such as the “Best of 2015” episode dropping this Wednesday) will download to your computer or designated electronic device automatically. You can check out the WCCRH iTunes page here.
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WCCRH Episode 4: Kent Jones and Charles Burnett
“I fucking love Love Actually.”
– Kent Jones to me, 10/26/15
The fourth episode of my White City Cinema Radio Hour podcast is now online and I think it’s the most exciting episode yet. It features interviews with two of the most prominent guests at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival (both of whom are also personal heroes): first, I talk to film critic, filmmaker and New York Film Festival programming director Kent Jones about his new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. Then I speak to the legendary Charles Burnett about his long career and the new restoration of To Sleep with Anger. You can listen to the episode here.
Hitchcock/Truffaut and Under Electric Clouds at CIFF
I wrote the following capsule reviews for Time Out Chicago. They should appear there in truncated form at some point today.
The Chicago International Film Festival continues through Thursday, October 29. Here are your best bets for the festival’s second week.
Hitchcock/Truffaut is the title of the seminal book-length interview, originally published in 1966, in which Alfred Hitchcock discussed every film he had made up to that point with the neophyte critic-turned-director Francois Truffaut. It is also the title of this cracking new documentary in which critic/filmmaker Kent Jones corrals commentaries from a who’s who of contemporary cinema’s finest directors (Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, et al) into a swiftly paced but thoroughly illuminating overview of both the legacy of the book as well as the Master of Suspense’s career in general. Amply illustrated with well-chosen clips, from 1926’s The Lodger through 1976’s Family Plot, this is crucial viewing for Hitchcock — and movie — fans.
Hitchcock/Truffaut screens on Saturday, 10/24 at 5:00PM and Monday, 10/26 at 6:00PM.
Under Electric Clouds
A suicidal architect. A Kyrgyz construction worker searching for an electronics repair shop. The heirs of a wealthy landowner returning from abroad to claim their late father’s estate. A demoralized scholar who dresses up like a hussar to give tours of a 19th century mansion to Japanese tourists. All of these characters are connected through their relationship to an unfinished skyscraper in a Russia of the not-too-distant future as the world teeters on the brink of apocalypse. Under Electric Clouds was directed by Aleksey German, Jr. (whose father died not long before the release of his final masterpiece Hard to Be a God) and he proves to be a chip off the old block when it comes to grave, darkly funny and amazingly photographed political allegories.
Under Electric Clouds screens on Sunday, 10/25 at 7:45PM and Tuesday, 10/27 at 8:15PM.
For more info, including ticket info and directions, visit the Chicago International Film Festival’s official website.