A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…
I've now gathered about 3,000 photos taken at film festivals, of everyone from Cate Blanchett to Johnny Rotten, and the 43rd Chicago International Film Festival gave me more opportunities. Most of those photos are squirreled away here and there on this site, often linked to the festival at which they were taken. Maybe someday we'll compile an index. And maybe someday I'll scan in some of my pre-digital prints. It's not like I have anything else to do. I was a newspaper photographer from the age of 15, using an old Rolicord, and I remembered one rule I learned at that time: Compose the photo to your satisfaction, and then take a big step forward.
Members of the Chicago Film Festival jury, visiting filmmakers and Chicago movie folk gathered at our house for a party toward the end of the festival's first week, at which the highlight was undoubtedly the legendary German actor Udo Kier doing his impression of Marlene Dietrich singing "Lili Marleen."
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A review of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" from the 2014 New York Film Festival.
An interview with Cary Elwes about "The Princess Bride."
An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.