Sunday, February 24, 2013

Episode #14 - Dan Sallitt (Christine)

"I'm starting to realize my whole film aesthetic, everything I value about film has been intertwined around this feeling that film should be taking me somewhere and I need to evaluate not only how it's doing it, but where it's taking me."

Dan Sallitt is someone Peter considers a cinephile par excellence. A thoughtful auteurist, an idiosyncratic and insightful writer, a dedicated repertory cinema viewer, and a truly accomplished filmmaker, Dan exemplifies everything you'd want in both the classical and new forms of cinephilia. So on the eve of the theatrical run of his latest film, The Unspeakable Act, Peter sits down with Dan to trace his cinephile life. Dan discusses his first encounter with Howard Hawks, his stint at the LA Reader, and his various connections to Bazinian theory in film. The two then have an extended conversation on Dan's three films and how he uses cinema to explore some truly unique subjects. Finally, they dive into Alan Clarke's Christine, a film as brutal as any work of social realism, yet abstracted to a point of pure beauty.

0:00-3:58 Opening / Trivia Round
4:59-55:43 Deep Focus - Dan Sallitt
58:00-1:32:02 Deep Focus Part 2 - The Film of Dan Sallitt
1:32:58-1:52:32 Double Exposure - Christine (Alan Clarke)
1:52:34-1:54:15 Close
"The Films of Dan Sallitt" begins February 28th at Anthology Film Archives. Learn more about the series here. Watch All the Ships At Sea and Honeymoon on Amazon Instant.
Follow the Facebook Page for The Unspeakable Act.
Read Dan's work on Mubi, Senses of Cinema, Slate, and Thanks for the Use of the Hall. A collection of Dan's older works can be found at his website.
Follow Dan on Twitter.
Notes and Links from the Conversation
-As noted, horrific apologies about the not as good sound quality this week.

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