Sunday, October 20, 2013

Episode #27 - Craig Simpson (Paris, Texas)

"There's this mythology that great works of art kind of just come like 'that,' so it's nice to see all the hard work and struggle."

One can spend their entire life just watching the movies and appreciating the work on screen, but often just as fascinating is seeing all the behind the scenes work. Craig Simpson, a blogger and occasional contributor to The House Next Door, has worked and organized the archival collections of some of the most unique film artists of the last century. So the Man From Porlock makes his journey from Bloomington, Indiana all the way to New York to talk about growing up a cinephile in the American Southwest, his skepticism to the cult of auteurism, and the treasures at the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Finally, they dive into the world of Paris, Texas, which Craig describes as a perfect test case of unweildy collaborators keeping each other in place. 

0:00-1:06 Opening 
2:56-6:34 Establishing Shots - Who The Hell is Howard Hawks?
7:19-50:57 Deep Focus - Craig Simpson
52:16-1:12:48 Double Exposure - Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
1:12:52-1:14:56 Close / Outtake
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Moving Image's The Complete Howard Hawks
-Finding Aid for the Welles Collection
-David Bradley Collection
-J. Hoberman's discussion of They Saved Hitler's Brain is in the 1980 Film Comment (Volume 16, Issue 4) called "Bad Movies."
-James Naremore
-Naremore's books: Film Noir, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick.
-More on Welles's It's All True from Jonathan Rosenbaum
-The Indiana University Cinema
-Craig recounts his Paul Scrhader evening
-A Life in the Dark (Brian Kellow's Pauline Kael biography)
-A Guide to Auteurism: "The Faves of Fanboys"
-Craig on The Graduate
-Spielberg Ambivalence
-The Big Year (and a look at the extended cut)
-Remembering Roger Ebert
-Craig's Ebertfest Posts
-On Paris, Texas
-Eric Hynes on Reds, The Right Stuff, and Paris, Texas
-Mission to Mars: "Dance the Night Away"

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