Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3576 Post by knives » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:44 pm

Or even all of them. I'm really glad we have him as Mexican cinema has been so good for decades but dreadfully underseen outside the country.

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#3577 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:21 pm

knives wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:44 pm
Or even all of them. I'm really glad we have him as Mexican cinema has been so good for decades but dreadfully underseen outside the country.
I'd settle for the ten best Mexcan Bunuel films not yet released on subbed BluRay. ;-)

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#3578 Post by knives » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:42 pm

That would be nice, but I'm greedy for my favorite Bunuel era.

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#3579 Post by Toby Dammit » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:58 pm

dwk wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Guillermo del Toro tweeted
We are working hard to help Criterion to publish some Mexican Classics (including EL SUAVECITO ) and most of Mexican Bunuel.
Great news!!!!
Beyond the Mexican Bunuel, I hope are considered: MACARIO, ENAMORADA, and MARIA CANDELARIA

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#3580 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:21 pm

Long overdue. Jim Hoberman wrote a great feature for the NY Times that actually directs people to YouTube because for most people in the U.S., it's the only way to see anything from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

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#3581 Post by Fortisquince » Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:50 pm

Mexican Buñuel sounds like Eclipse to me.

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#3582 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:04 pm

Since the Mexican films are so unknown in the US, it would be good to provide more "support" than is provided with Eclipse releases (not an issue for me -- but better if aimed at a somewhat broader audience). ;-)

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#3583 Post by DeprongMori » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:06 pm

Fortisquince wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:50 pm
Mexican Buñuel sounds like Eclipse to me.
There are quite a few films. Some of the major ones deserve their own release. Otherwise I’d love to see some Eclipse sets with the rest of them.

A good start might be “George Pepper and Olmec Productions”. George Pepper, who went to Mexico during the HUAC investigations, founded Olmec Productions and produced four films there, two of them by Luis Buñuel — Robinson Crusoe and The Young One. (The other two are ¡Torero! and The Little Giants, both directed by Hugo Butler.) It’s an interesting collaboration between George Pepper, Hugo Butler, and Luis Buñuel during this period.

Maybe another devoted to Luis Buñuel and Mexican public transportation with Illusion Travels by Streetcar and Mexican Bus Ride. ;)

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#3584 Post by knives » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:11 pm

We know Crit has the Crusoe, but The Young One is with Studio Canal in the US.

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#3585 Post by DeprongMori » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:15 pm

Question for the moderators:

Does “Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Films” deserve its own topic at this point?

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#3586 Post by domino harvey » Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:00 pm

Not til we see more than a quote like this, which could mean GDT is literally just talking to them about the idea or giving them contacts he has. And if it does happen, we don’t know what kind of release it would be yet

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#3587 Post by Ferocious Detritus » Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:12 pm

domino harvey wrote:
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Kino Lorber has licensed every other title in Universal’s Stanwyck box, so yeah, it’s almost certainly with them
Almost certainly

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#3588 Post by DeprongMori » Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:20 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:00 pm
Not til we see more than a quote like this, which could mean GDT is literally just talking to them about the idea or giving them contacts he has. And if it does happen, we don’t know what kind of release it would be yet
I was thinking more about the films themselves as a topic, rather than as a “release” per se. Maybe just under the general director discussion for Buñuel?

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#3589 Post by knives » Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:40 pm

We have that.

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#3590 Post by criterionsnob » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:55 am

Rosalie Varda joins mk2 films to manage 800-title classic film catalogue

Do we think this could mean anything for Criterion? They have a relationship with Varda, from years of licensing her mother's films (not to mention upcoming box set), but they also presumably already have a relationship with mk2?

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#3591 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:52 am

They've already licensed a bunch of titles from mk2 and there are others (Two English Girls, additional Chaplins and Kiarostamis) that Janus has but aren't currently out on Criterion. So I doubt this changes anything.

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#3592 Post by Calvin » Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:53 pm

Calvin wrote:
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Taking it with a grain of salt, but still,… according to one guy on Facebook (Criterion Considered group):
Just came back from a talk given by Kiarostami's son, Ahmad. According to him, Criterion is working on a Kiarostami box set with "all his films," to be released 2019!!! Koker Trilogy may be released separately however as its own set.
It's looking increasingly unlikely that there will be a complete Kiarostami set, so I wonder if Criterion will follow Potemkine in releasing a set with his Kanoon films despite having released The Traveler, The Report and Homework as extras on other Kiarostami releases. Otherwise, one would have thought that they would have included some on 24 Frames or the newly-announced Taste of Cherry upgrade.
I asked Ahmad Kiarostami if Criterion would be releasing the rest of the Kanoon films and his response was "Yes, on their streaming service", so it seems like they might not all get a disc release.

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#3593 Post by Ashirg » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:20 pm

Company is coming to Criterion, most likely with Documentary Now episode included.

https://www.facebook.com/PHFilms/

I wonder if there is a chance of Wild Wild Country coming to Criterion....

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#3594 Post by jwd5275 » Fri May 01, 2020 11:00 am

Celine and Julie Go Boating, Jafar Panahi's Mirror and all the new Jackie Chan films are playing on the Criterion Channel with a Janus logo. The new Fassbinders and Zhangke films are too, but that was not much of a surprise.

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#3595 Post by colinr0380 » Fri May 01, 2020 12:37 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Long overdue. Jim Hoberman wrote a great feature for the NY Times that actually directs people to YouTube because for most people in the U.S., it's the only way to see anything from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.
There was also a nice interview with Gael García Bernal in the Guardian today where he mentions that after the country's equivalent of the daily Coronavirus update, that Mexican television is following it up with lots of classic films from the 1930s to 1950s. I'm rather jealous!

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#3596 Post by felipe » Fri May 01, 2020 12:44 pm

Ashirg wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:20 pm
Company is coming to Criterion, most likely with Documentary Now episode included.

https://www.facebook.com/PHFilms/
What is it? A filmed stage performance (like Cats) or a documentary about the stage musical?

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#3597 Post by goblinfootballs » Fri May 01, 2020 12:51 pm

felipe wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:44 pm
Ashirg wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:20 pm
Company is coming to Criterion, most likely with Documentary Now episode included.

https://www.facebook.com/PHFilms/
What is it? A filmed stage performance (like Cats) or a documentary about the stage musical?
It's a documentary about the recording of the original cast album directed by D.A. Pennabaker.

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#3598 Post by Minkin » Fri May 01, 2020 1:42 pm

jwd5275 wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 11:00 am
Celine and Julie Go Boating, Jafar Panahi's Mirror and all the new Jackie Chan films are playing on the Criterion Channel with a Janus logo. The new Fassbinders and Zhangke films are too, but that was not much of a surprise.
So all of these are new + with Criterion then?

Chan:

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu, Chen Chi-hwa, 1978
Spiritual Kung Fu, Lo Wei, 1978
The Fearless Hyena, Jackie Chan, 1979
The Young Master, Jackie Chan, 1980
Fearless Hyena 2, Chan Chuen, 1983
My Lucky Stars, Sammo Hung, 1985

Already announced:
Police Story, Jackie Chan, 1985
Police Story 2, Jackie Chan, 1988
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+ Fassbinder

In a Year of 13 Moons, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978
Martha, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974
The Third Generation, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979

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#3599 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 01, 2020 1:56 pm

Glad Criterion finally picked up the Rivette from New Yorker, though I can’t imagine needing another copy than the nice BFI Blu

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#3600 Post by SpiderBaby » Fri May 01, 2020 1:56 pm

There just has to be a Bergman-like boxset for Fassbinder coming. It's going to take forever for them to release the ones they already had.

Glad they finally have my 2 favorite of his (Third Generation / 13 Moons) though. Wonder if they have Bolwieser that Olive Films announced they were going to release 10 years ago?

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