POET FOR HIS TIME ... Bob Dylan is the focus of the documentary Don't Look Back. It was selected for Dialogues by D.A. Pennebaker, who directed the film.
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Friday, August 15, 1997
Dialogues: Talking With Pictures speaks reels
The lineup for Dialogues: Talking With Pictures, one of the Toronto International Film Festival's more offbeat and popular programs, was announced yesterday.
Dialogues, now in its third year, lets established filmmakers choose an historical film that illustrates something about cinema that they wish to share with audiences, with personal appearances scheduled for introductions and/or Q&A sessions.
Few of the choices turn out to be classics. Most are as quirky as the filmmakers doing the choosing.
This year, with programmer Steve Gravestock doing the legwork, the festival's invited filmmakers, most of whom have their own work scheduled in other programs, are:
Winnipegger Guy Maddin and an international group of Errol Morris, Sally Potter, John Sayles, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Chris Hegedus and partner D.A. Pennebaker, renegade U.S. writer-director James Toback and Hong Kong superstar actor Chow Yun-Fat.
Some of their choices are:
Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour, a cheapo ultra-bleak film noir from 1945, was selected by documentarian Morris, who ironically is known for the high quality of his own films.
George Cukor's Les Girls, starring Gene Kelly and one of MGM's last musicials from its golden era, was selected by Mexican filmmaker Hermosillo, who says: "I admire the perfection of this film and its unusual handling of cinematographic time and space."
Milos Forman's The Fireman's Ball, a dark comedy about Czechoslovakia under the iron rule of the Russians, was selected by Icelandic filmmaker Fridriksson, who says the Forman film "not only made me realize that I wanted to make films but also what kind of films I wanted to make."
Mario Monicelli's little seen I Compagni (The Organizer), starring Marcello Mastroianni as a union organizer, was selected by American maverick Sayles because it is "one of the rare movies that is seriously political and deeply humanist at the same time."
The rest of the lineup is: Milos Forman's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, selected by Chow Yun-Fat; Orson Welles' F For Fake, selected by James Toback; Tod Browning's The Devil Doll, selected by Guy Maddin; Don't Look Back, the Bob Dylan documentary selected by Pennebaker (who directed it) and Hegedus; and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Stairway To Heaven, selected by Sally Potter.
This year's festival is scheduled for Sept. 4-13.