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Archive for February 16th, 2013

1978

by Allan Fish

Best Picture The Deer Hunter, US (5 votes)

Best Director Terrence Malick, Days of Heaven (8 votes)

Best Actor Robert de Niro, The Deer Hunter (5 votes)

Best Actress Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata (8 votes)

Best Supp Actor Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter (9 votes)

Best Supp Actress Linda Manz Days of Heaven, Maureen Stapleton, Interiors & Meryl Streep, The Deer Hunter (3 votes each, TIE)

Best Cinematography Nestor Almendros & Haskell Wexler, Days of Heaven (12 votes)

Best Score John Carpenter, Halloween (5 votes)

Best Short The Metamorphosis of Dr Samsa, Caroline Leaf (5 votes) (more…)

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By Bob Clark

At the request of regular contributor Jaime Grijalba-Gomez, I’ve taken this week to expand upon my thoughts on last year’s Beasts of the Southern Wild and drum up a full piece for his Oscar series over at Overlook’s Corridor, where it’ll be going up Saturday night. Since I’ve been spending my time here recently writing my thoughts on what it means to see movies in theatrical venues, here’s an excerpt from the review that deals explicitly with my experience with the film on the big-screen.

When I went to see the film during its initial release in the middle of last year, I was first struck by the immense amount of attention it was receiving from older audiences. There were one or two pairs of parents standing on line who had kids in tow, a not together unusual sight for art-house theaters, but for the most part the crowd the movie had assembled was one of adults, and not just the usual mass of twenty/thirty-somethings that habitually seek out art-films either. Many of the attending filmgoers I found myself surrounded with were well past retirement age, and as such well past the ages that receive most of the attention in the film’s running time. And furthermore there was such a crowd, the likes of which I haven’t encountered before in years of seeing movies at small suburban art-houses like this, that it was only by the skin of my teeth that I was able to purchase a ticket and cram myself into the theater, right up by the front of the screen, the lines and seats so teeming with patrons that you’d think the screen would be filled to fire-department regulation capacity.
 

What was it about this film that by its very reputation it was able to draw crowds large enough to sell-out at a theater which would ordinarily be lucky to fill half its seats at a time? Is it the simple power of the innocent characters up against reality’s intimidations as seen through the palpable veneer of the American dream? Is it the dense, immediate imagery of the piece, the kind that encourages you to get up as close to the screen as you can and reach out to feel it with your bare hands? Perhaps it’s that mesh of the real and the unreal, and furthermore the crossed barriers and comfort zones when dealing with dreams so intimately based upon reality, that kindles this kind of curiosity and stokes the fire of imagination.

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