French Cinema, MK12's Cowboys vs. Astronauts and Herzog and Herzog

by Anthony Kaufman
July 12, 2007 3:50 AM
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This blog has been a lower priority as I contend with the turmoil of newborn care. But over these last sleepless, mind-ravaging days (everyone's okay now, not to worry), I've managed to pound out a few articles amidst the pounding caffeinated cloud of my brain.

In indieWIRE today, Popular French Film Finds U.S. Audiences offers a detailed look at how a number of mainstream French films ("La vie en rose," "Paris je t'aime," "The Valet") have cranked out ticket-sales in the multi-millions over the last couple months. And while good for the French industry, this trend may actually be hurting an intelligent art-house French movie such as "Lady Chatterley." We've seen this trend before in English-language independent cinema -- bigger-budget, star-driven, but still "indie" film pushing out more cutting-edge movies of a similar ilk.

At Tomorrow Unlimited, check out MK12's "History of America." These guys are awesome. A Kansas-based design collective, MK12 just completed their painterly 30-minute short, which envisions an epic battle between astronauts and cowboys in the heart of Sin City. The trailer alone offers some eye-opening animated delights. Watch out for it at film festivals this fall.

And I've admittedly caught Herzog fever. Over at IFC, I interviewed New German Cinema maverick Werner Herzog about "Rescue Dawn," where we talked about the American spirit and the film's wacky ending, and at The Daily Reel, you can find five priceless Herzog clips from movies and interviews.

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