January 24, 1993 |
"It's absurd!" blasts Louis Malle. "They keep telling you it's not censorship, but clearly it is. To release a film in this country with an NC-17 rating is a kind of kiss of death. You won't get a wide release, some newspapers won't even carry your advertisement. So what can you do? You're forced to make changes to fit into the system. " The director pauses, searches for further fuel for his tirade, and then can only laugh when he repeats himself. "I tell you, the NC-17 rating is absurd!"
October 2, 2009 |
Pennsylvania's lawmakers are proposing to slash the state's film tax credit, and the local film industry is crying foul. The Pennsylvania film tax credit, begun in 2004, covers certain production expenses for state-sited films, TV series, and shows. Funds for the credit stand at $75 million, but in cash-strapped Pennsylvania, budgeteers are talking about slicing it to $49 million, according to the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. It is the first time a dollar amount has been put on the proposed cut. "That's just crazy," said Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the film office.
March 30, 2010 |
Umbrella-toting pedestrians fought the rain yesterday on South 21st Street, across from two orange cranes looming over a brownstone at Delancey Place. Then they stopped, turned around, and retraced their routes. Again and again. A production company was shooting a television pilot for NBC inside the house on the corner. As technicians on the cranes shined lights through the windows, the actor Jimmy Smits was emoting for a one-hour untitled drama, in which he plays a Supreme Court justice named Garza who returns to private practice so he can pursue cases involving constitutional law. The shoot has given more than 100 film-industry locals jobs for about three weeks.
January 17, 2010 |
For years, Faye Sevilla Smith, a wardrobe supervisor in the film industry, lived life on the road. Though she and her husband, John, had a base in Los Angeles and, for a brief time, in New Orleans, the two called home wherever a film's location took them. For some of that time, John Smith, 35, was working on his dissertation for a doctorate in economics. Then, three years ago, Rutgers University in Camden offered him an associate professor's position, and Sevilla Smith, also 35, became pregnant with their son, Max. The couple needed a permanent address.
November 14, 1986 |
Since the release of La Balance four years ago, Bob Swaim has been what Hollywood calls a hot director. But the truth is that he first got into movies just to stay warm. The Paris winter of 1965 is remembered with some feeling by Swaim for its exceptional ferocity. He was a poor anthropology student caught up by Hemingway visions of the romance of being an American in Paris. The reality was chillingly different. "It was freezing, and I had so little money that I couldn't even appreciate how cheap it was to live in the city back then," said Swaim with a rueful laugh.
July 6, 1998 |
It's the climax of Major Saab, a feature produced by and starring Amitabh Bachchan, an icon of the Indian film industry, the leading man in the 1970s and 1980s. In a comeback role as a major at a military academy, Bachchan has just taken a cadre of cadets past the ed goons guarding the mansion of an underworld king. Their mission is not political, but romantic. Rifles cocked, the cadets watch as the gangster's son circles a fire, seven times, with a woman hidden under the folds of a pink sari.
November 21, 1993 |
The walls of Le Julyann, a neighborhood cafe, are covered with storefront pictures that look to be as old as photography itself. Fish peddlers and cheese merchants sip their espressos before switching to young red wine. And the clerk at the bar dispenses Gitane cigarettes with the deftness of a blackjack dealer. But hold on. What's that Jurassic Park pinball machine doing in here? Denise Marraccin, the manager, flashed a smile of resignation. It was her children's idea, she said.
June 30, 1997 |
As dusk falls over a drab city street, the marquee of the New Age Cinema switches on its lights and glows like a beacon. Students from the nearby University of Tehran mill about expectantly, clutching tickets they've bought for 2,000 rials - about 50 cents. There is precious little entertainment for the youth of Tehran - no discos, few cafes, hardly any music. But, ah yes, there are movies, plentiful, cheap and of a quality that is increasingly winning Iran international acclaim.
June 25, 2008 |
While Philadelphia celebrates most any piece of Hollywood glamour it can get, few have noticed another globally important movie industry making inroads here. It's not Hollywood, nor is it India's Bollywood, but rather Nollywood - the freewheeling and wildly prolific West African cinema nicknamed for its base in Nigeria. With annual sales estimated at more than $200 million, Nollywood is the world's third-largest film industry, and may be home to some of its fastest filmmakers.
January 2, 1992 |
"With a good film, the nationality is secondary," said the writer- director at the time of the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. "The film is its own country. " The writer-director was an Australian, Peter Weir, and his film was The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Indonesia in 1965 and co-starring Mel Gibson, who was born in America and raised in Australia, and the very American Sigourney Weaver, with an erratic English accent. Plenty of nationalities there. Weir has since directed films in the United States, including Witness (1985)