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AFI's Master Class Looks at Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2012 at 1:04PM

TCM Presents AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg is filmed in front of an audience of AFI fellows studying at the AFI Conservatory. It's the second in AFI's series exploring artistic film collaborations; the first was between Steven Spielberg and John Williams.
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Wahlberg and Russell on "The Fighter" set
Wahlberg and Russell on "The Fighter" set

TCM Presents AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg is filmed in front of an audience of AFI fellows studying at the AFI Conservatory. It's the second in AFI's series exploring artistic film collaborations; the first was between Steven Spielberg and John Williams. TCM will air the special on May 8 (10pm ET).

The pair will discuss their meeting, their collaborative process and some of the films that have inspired them, including two films with James Cagney that will bookend the special's screening on TCM; "The Roaring Twenties" (1939; with Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Priscilla Lane) and "Man of a Thousand Faces" (1957, also with Cagney), as well as Frank Capra's Jimmy stewart-starrer "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946) and François Truffaut's New Wave classic "The 400 Blows" (1959).

Russell and Wahlberg's collaborations include "Three Kings" (1999), "I ♥ HUCKABEES" (2004) and "The Fighter" (2010). Refresh your memory with the trailers below:

This article is related to: TCM, AFI, David O. Russell, Mark Wahlberg, Television, Directors, The Fighter


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.