Well, well, well. It’s about time! The guy is 94 years old and more deserving of an Academy Award than anyone on the Planet! Remember fans of Film Forno you saw it here first! We started the Give Eli Wallach an Academy Award campaign right here on Film Forno over 1 year ago, Don’t remember? Well looky here. Hats off to the Academy for honoring a great artist and a great human being.
They’re screening a rare early Michelangelo Antonioni film Friday night at LACMA. Le Amiche (The Girlfriends) was never released here in the US of A back when it was made in 1955. It’s screening in a new restored 35mm print in glorious Italian B&W so if you can make it, hightail it over to the Bing theater at 7:30 or 9:30. LAMA was threatening to close down their film series until Martin Scorsese and others stepped in so we need to support this venue. I’ve seen some excellent films there including Melville’s Leon Morin- Pretre and Pasolini’s The Gospel According To Saint Matthew. I was lucky enough to sit behind the legendary cinematographer Tonino Delle Colle at that one. So go already, support Films as Art, edify yourself with some popular entertainment.
Here is the great Jean Renoir introducing a re-construction of his masterpiece Rules Of The Game. Now considered one of the best films ever made it was greeted with derision and outright hatred on it’s premiere. True visionary art is often attacked when first released, it’s new, different, people can’t see it. Check out Renoir, a God of Filmmaking, and his brilliant comments on this film, then watch Rules Of The Game.