Sunday, April 5, 2015

Episode #57 - Kiva Reardon (Leave Her To Heaven)

"Watching movies for me is not a passive experience. It's an active one."

Kiva Reardon isn't one to completely define what her work is, but for the past two years, her new journal cléo has broadened the conversation around cinema and feminism in a unique and exciting way. In this second Toronto-based episode, Kiva talks to Peter about growing up with classic movies, trying to deconstruct pop culture items (including but not limited to: Drake), and the gestural bodily cinema of Claire Denis. They then move onto forming cleo, and why its diversity in terms of both content and form has been one of the key aspects to its success. Finally, Kiva brings in the 1945 Technicolor noir Leave Her To Heaven with Gene Tierney, and the two discuss it as a template for a more recent murderous melodrama: David Fincher's Gone Girl.

0:00-2:00 Opening
3:05-11:44 Establishing Shots - Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien / Donations
12:28-48:35  Deep Focus - Kiva Reardon
49:47-51:27 Mubi Sponsorship - Jean Rollin and Tilda Swinton
53:00 -1:11:26 Double Exposure - Leave Her To Heaven (John M. Stahl)
1:11:30-1:13:34 Close  / Outtakes
Read Kiva Reardon on cléo, Cinema-Scope, The AV Club, and Keyframe Daily. Check out her personal website to follow all her writing. Follow her on Twitter.
Leave Her To Heaven is out on a very nice Blu-Ray via Twilight Time.

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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien
-Information for Hou at UCLA, the American Cinematheque, and REDCAT.
-Kent Jones on Goodbye South, Goodbye
-Telefilm Canada
-McGill's Ned Schantz
-James Quandt on the New French Extremity 
-James Cahill at University of Toronto
-Tania Modelski's book on Hitchcock and feminism, The Women Who Knew Too Much
-Kiva on Claire Denis, Trouble Every Day, and her interview with her for Bastards.
-The staff of cléo
-Visit the previous issues of the journal.
-A roundtable on 90s Teen Films
-An image essay "Caught in the Frame," by Gina Telaroli
-Mothers in Oblivion by Lindsay Jensen
-Feminism at the Rotterdam Film Festival
-Rotterdam's Young Film Critics Program
-Kiva on Michael Snow
-What Now? Remind Me is currently on Netflix
-Kiva on Attenberg
-Anupa Mistry on Drake's Take Care
-Kiva on Fincher's Gone Girl
-David Bordwell on Gone Girl and Leave Her To Heaven
-The costumes were designed by Kay Nelson, who also designed for Boomerang!, Violent Saturday, and Hangover Square.

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