Middleburg Film Festival Review: ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’

‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ is a documentary that will entertain everyone, not just film buffs, from start to finish.

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Photo by Philippe Halsman. Courtesy of Cohen Media Group and the Middleburg Film Festival

Set for release next month, Hitchcock/Truffaut is a delightful, 80-minute documentary directed by Kent Jones. It draws on insights from celebrated filmmakers looking back at a series of meetings that occurred between Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut in 1962. Truffaut, a founder of New Wave cinema, requested the interview so that he might “free Hitchcock from his reputation as a light entertainer.” In 1966, he published those conversations in a book.

The running commentary by Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, and others is illuminating about their reverence for these two great cinematic giants. However, the center stage remains with Hitchcock and Truffaut in the old photographs and their film footage. The book itself, as one sees in the close-up shots, includes frame-by-frame analysis from many of Hitchcock’s films. But their dialogue has its full impact now by being layered directly over the clips, the way you might expect a film lecture to go. Continue reading “Middleburg Film Festival Review: ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’”

A Fantastic Summer at the Art Museum: ‘Guarding Leonardo da Vinci’

Yes, it’s April 15th, which means your Federal income taxes are due today. On a much more positive note, it’s also the birthday of celebrated Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, who lived from 1452-1519. I’m always excited about Leonardo because I studied Art History as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, situated within a day’s drive of our nation’s capital: Washington, D.C. The close proximity is quite nice, as it affords me with the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Art on a regular basis. The NGA is the only museum on the Western Hemisphere that houses a Leonardo painting. Continue reading “A Fantastic Summer at the Art Museum: ‘Guarding Leonardo da Vinci’”

Film Review: Julian Jones and Peter Capaldi Try a Bold, New Approach with ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo’

Peter Capaldi as Leonardo da Vinci in
Peter Capaldi as Leonardo da Vinci in “Inside the Mind of Leonardo.” (Submarine Deluxe/History Film/IWC Media)

It’s very exciting to post my review on “Inside the Mind of Leonardo in 3D,” which opened in US theaters on December 19th. It finally arrived in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, earlier today (in 2D). Julian Jones’ documentary is a bold endeavor to capture the mind of the artist Leonardo da Vinci, who left us with quite a body of work that includes the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. There seems to be a bit of an aura about the man, tied largely to the release of books from authors like Dan Brown. Da Vinci thus has seemed to strike many people in today’s world as a genius, a Renaissance man that towers above others in his time and the great artists of today. Continue reading “Film Review: Julian Jones and Peter Capaldi Try a Bold, New Approach with ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo’”

News: My Interview Question to Peter Capaldi for ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’

During an excursion to our nation’s capital, I was pleasantly surprised to see the activity on what I’ll refer to as the “Leonardo da Vinci scene” when I checked my phone. I’ve already mentioned the Leonardo exhibitions in 2015, each of which seem to be well worth the trip if you can get around to it.

However, it’s not often that you can count yourself as part of news developments, as was the case in my situation. Continue reading “News: My Interview Question to Peter Capaldi for ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’”

2015: A Big Year for Leonardo da Vinci in U.S. Theaters and Museums

Welcome to another installment of TV Spyglass, the Saturday edition if you will. I just published an article about the new screening dates for the documentary “Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D” (2D at select screenings). It stars Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who,” “The Thick of It”) as Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance artist celebrated for both his scientific studies and artistic talents. The focus is generally on the Codex Atlanticus, one of Leonardo’s many journals.

If you are lucky enough to see the documentary later this month or in January 2015 (or on DVD later?), you may be wondering how to enhance your Leonardo experience. Sorry, I couldn’t help but put a spin on the master’s own reference to himself as a “disciple of experience.” The big question therefore is this: Do I have to travel to Europe? The good news for those of us on this side of the pond is a resounding “no.” Fortunately, I know of four different places where you can go, two of which are in fairly close proximity. Continue reading “2015: A Big Year for Leonardo da Vinci in U.S. Theaters and Museums”

New Trailer, Screenings Added, and Updates on ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’

Last month, I’d mentioned that “Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D” was pushed back in its limited release at U.S. theaters. A number of updates are up on the promotional Facebook page for the documentary’s rollout beginning December 19th. There’s the split face poster with a list of the new screening dates and more cities in the mix, all additions that make the delay worth it. Continue reading “New Trailer, Screenings Added, and Updates on ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’”

News: ‘Doctor Who Adventure Calendar’ Released Today; ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’ Coming Soon

Hard to believe it’s the first day of December, which means 2014 is about to end. And what a year it’s been in the world of “Doctor Who,” complete with a new Doctor! Peter Capaldi is coming back for seasons 9 and 10 but there are so many conflicting reports about whether Jenna Coleman will reprise her role as Clara Oswald. Continue reading “News: ‘Doctor Who Adventure Calendar’ Released Today; ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’ Coming Soon”