They used to die in threes. In the past week, cinephiles and music lovers have lost Eddie Fisher, Gloria Stuart (Nathaniel Rogers remembers her immaculate blondeness), Sally Menke (from severe heat according to the Los Angeles Times), Arthur Penn (Dave Kehr looks back at the man’s life and work in The New York Times), Joe Mantell, and Tony Curtis (see Chris Anthony Diaz’s “Tribute to Tony Curtis” from 12/20/08).
Despite evidence to the contrary, both here and on our main site, you may be forgiven for thinking the folks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center are the only ones throwing a film festival right now. The Woodstock Film Festival kicked off yesterday and ends on Monday with a screening of John Curran’s Stone, and the Hamptons International Film Festival premieres shortly thereafter (notable films this year include 127 Hours and the U.S. premiere of Julian Schnabel’s Miral). And for anyone Europe-bound this November, stop by gorgeous Valencia for some paella, maybe even check out La Cabina, a small but passionate international festival programmed by my buddy Carlos.
Amateur photographers of the world unite: PLANET Magazine is, until October 31, taking submissions for its annual Global Travel Photo Contest. Two grand prize winners will get $1500. Anyone can enter, but if Roger Deakins submitted a still, will they call him a cheater? Below: a trailer for Deakins’s latest feat of cinematographic wonder, Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit:
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