In honor of the 70mm Series at the Castro Theater, G. Allen Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle writes up a brief history of CinemaScope (glorious CinemaScope!). Incidentally, Wong Kar Wai’s "2046," which opens here, finally, this Friday, was shot in ‘Scope, and looks unbelievably rich â€” even if you sprung for the DVD a year ago, it’s worth the theater experience.
At the London Times, Joanna Brisco talks to director Joe Wright about his desires to avoid froufiness and empire waist dresses ("I think people look like balloons in them," â€” word, Joe, word) in his upcoming "Pride & Prejudice" adaptation, which sounds like Jane Austen by way of Ken Loach.
The actor also lent the gun grip and boots that he had borrowed from "Rawhide," which are exhibited alongside the poncho. Almost three decades later, Mr. Eastwood wore these same boots in one of his contributions as a director to the revisionist western, "Unforgiven." Mr. Eastwood wears very large boots.
And Park Chan-wook’s "Oldboy" follow-up "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance" had a record-breaking opening weekend in Korea (there’s a review here), while Tsui Hark’s "Seven Swords" didn’t do as well in China. Both will screen at Venice.
+ The Big Picture (San Francisco Chronicle)
+ Austin Antics (Times of London)
+ Saluting Father of Spaghetti Westerns (NY Times)
+ The Last of the Indies (NY Times Magazine)
+ Terry’s Flying Circus (Time)
+ ‘Vengeance’ Is Sweet at Box Office (Korea Times)
+ Seven Swords Lukewarm at Box Office (CRI)