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When Less is More

When Less is More

Film festivals are fascinating. They tend to uncover the unknowns, promote the unpromotable, putting on display pictures you would rarely see in a fiercely commercial medium. Yet their influence far outweighs their attendance. After all, innovation doesn’t happen in the mainstream, and today’s lunatic fringe may turn out to be tomorrow’s standard. And while Vienna […]

Amos Vogel, Saboteur

Viennese-born New Yorker Amos Vogel is America’s grand patron of avant-garde and foreign movies, pioneering avenues that have since become mainstream platforms for independent filmmakers around the globe. On Apr. 18, he was feted in absentia at the Austrian Film Museum on his 90th birthday. The event was combined with the presentation of Amos Vogel […]

Hawks: Master of Comedy

December’s retrospective at the Austrian Film Museum is devoted to Hollywood legend Howard Hawks. Awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1975 at the end of his long career, Hawks was described as “a master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema.” This was almost an understatement. Born in Indiana just […]

Road Movies: a Retrospective

An old man, with lined face, sparkling eyes, white hair and dark moustache, tosses and turns in his sleep. He recounts a “weird and very unpleasant dream.”  During his morning walk he loses his way in empty streets full of ruined houses. He looks up at a clock and sees it has no hands. He […]

Filmmaker honored in Vienna wins Palme D’Or

Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul – whose films were the subject of a retrospective at the Austrian Film Museum in April, 2009 – was awarded the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his beguiling and beautiful film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Described by the Guardian as “gloriously worthy” of […]

Chaplin Triumphant

A covey of town dignitaries in frock coats and top hats flock around a statue hidden under a tarp before the eager eyes of the gathered crowd. The men turn, with great pomp and circumstance, lift the cloth to unveil the city’s newest monument. What they find instead is a monument of a different sort: […]

Making Movies In Real-time

Making Movies In Real-time

It was a sticky-hot summer evening when film director Richard Linklater strolled into the auditorium of the Austrian Film Museum. Dressed in a T-shirt, shorts and sandals, with bronzed skin and floppy hair that seemed to suggest he spent more time at the beach than anything else, he looked at first like just another film […]

Richard Linklater After Sunrise

Before Richard Linklater, Vienna was the city of The Third Man to the film lovers of the English-speaking world. It was the romantic world of dark dealings in the glistening black and white of the Four-Power Occupation in the first years after World War II. Then in 1995 came Before Sunrise. In this deceptively simple […]

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