Sunday, February 23, 2014

Episode #33 - Kent Jones (Spawn of the North)

"There's a general problem with film culture of actually confronting a movie head-on."

Kent Jones is truly one of the most essential voices for Peter. His writings are reflective, intelligent, and complex in a way few writers come close to, and his other work—A Letter To Elia, the World Cinema Project, and the New York Film Festival—are key to Peter's continuing exposure to cinema. So Kent sits down with Peter to discuss his first exposure to cinema, his mentorship under Manny Farber and Martin Scorsese, his complicated process of writing, working on making films and using images, and the auteurs that continue to inspire him. The two then end with a conversation on the rarely seen Spawn of the North, a Henry Hathaway film with Henry Fonda that finds something very physical  in its Alaskan set border town.

0:00-1:20 Opening 
2:47-8:47 Establishing Shots - John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln / Donations
9:32-1:16:20 Deep Focus - Kent Jones
1:17:28-1:36:48 Double Exposure - Spawn of the North (Henry Hathaway)
1:36:52-1:38:31 Close
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Kent Jones's books include Physical Evidence: Selected Film Writings, L'Argent, and Olivier Assayas. His films include Val Lewton: The Man in Shadows and A Letter To Elia. You can often read him in Film Comment.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Steve Erickson's interview with Kent Jones
-Noel Carrol
-Bordwell, Thompson, and Staiger's The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style & Mode of Production to 1960
-The Silent Partner with Elliot Gould
-Cavell's Pursuits of Happiness
-Chögyam Trungpa's Myth of Freedom and Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
-Richard Rorty's Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity
-Movie Mutations: The Changing Face of Cinephilia
-The Film Foundation
-Responding to Tarantino and Ford
-On Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master
-Kent Jones discusses Farber with Eric Hynes
-Farber on Film contains his Ozu piece
-"Can Movies Think?"
-Jacques Rivette reviews Kapo and Serge Daney's piece on morality.
-"Bergman" vs Bergman
-Andrea Del Sarto
-The World Cinema Project and Kent's essay for the Criterion set
-Manila in the Claw of Light
-Kent on discovering Soviet Asian cinema
-Tom Hall's interview with Arnaud Desplechin on Jimmy P.
-On Cassavetes and A Woman Under the Influence
-On Delmer Daves and Jubal
-Bertrand Tavernier and Jean-Pierre Coursodon's 50 Years of American Cinema
-Geoffrey O'Brien on Young Mr. Lincoln.
-Cahiers du Cinema on Young Mr. Lincoln
-Raymond Durgnat's piece "Hawks Isn't Good Enough" can be found in Film Comment 13, no. 4 (1977).

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