HOT NEWS | 10/05/2019
Cine Fan Pays Tribute to Two Distinguished Masters -
Nicholas RAY and Robby MÜLLER
Cine Fan brings together the creative forces of American classicism and European art cinema in its June/July programme, paying tribute to two distinguished masters – legendary American auteur Nicholas RAY and European master of light Robby MÜLLER – whose creativity and vision have inspired generations of filmmakers.
RAY (1911-1979), ranked among the top of American auteurs, was hailed by the French New Wave critics for reinventing filmmaking from within the industry. The nine films selected in the “Nicholas Ray, the Rebel Interrupted” programme showcase his distinctive mise-en-scène and rare operatic intensity.
His three masterpieces – female-driven political Western Johnny Guitar (1954), struggling youth tragedy Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and excoriating family drama Bigger Than Life (1956) – were triumphs of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and the iconic figures of Joan CRAWFORD, James DEAN and James MASON were emblematic of a generation of post-war Hollywood stars.
Other significant works including In a Lonely Place (1950), On Dangerous Ground (1951), The Lusty Men (1952), Bitter Victory (1957) and Party Girl (1958) also affirmed the maverick director’s ingenuity in transforming melodramas into compelling visions of personal redemption, with a sympathy for alienated outcasts and honest views of the contradictions in American society.
Inspired by RAY’s cinematic innovation, a new generation of independent filmmakers have embraced his unorthodox approach in their experiments of forms and styles. Also helping to shape their visions are the works of Robby MÜLLER (1940-2018), the Dutch cinematographer who created the transcendent images that became signatures of some of these filmmakers.
Presented in the “Robby Müller: Let’s Make Light” programme are eight films that fully demonstrate his inventive use of light and the lyricism of his camera movements. In Wim WENDERS’ groundbreaking road movies, Alice in the Cities (1974) and The American Friend (1977), MÜLLER rendered them with uncommon soulfulness and visual poetry. Likewise, in Mystery Train (1989) and Dead Man (1995), he visualized Jim JARMUSCH’s distinctive world of alienation and loneliness with eerie blues and high contrast monochrome respectively.
By experimenting with a handheld camera and the raw aesthetic of grainy images, he and Lars von Trier construed an exhilarating illusion of “reality” in Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000), the latter a Palme d’Or winner at Cannes.
Reflecting on their lifelong achievements are two documentaries – Nick’s Film: Lightning Over Water (1980) co-directed by RAY and WENDERS and Living the Light – Robby Müller (2018) by Claire PIJMAN.
More information is available at http://cinefan.com.hk/. Tickets can be purchased online and through all URBTIX outlets from 14 May 2019.
Film list for screenings:
Nicholas Ray, The Rebel Interrupted
1. In a Lonely Place (1950)
2. On Dangerous Ground (1951)
3. The Lusty Men (1952)
4. Johnny Guitar (1954)
5. Bigger Than Life (1956)
6. Party Girl (1958)
7. Nick's Film: Lightning Over Water (1980)
Robby Müller: Let's Make Light
1. Alice in the Cities (1974)
2. The American Friend (1977)
3. The Left-handed Woman (1978)
4. Barfly (1987)
5. Mystery Train (1989)
6. Dead Man (1995)
7. Breaking the Waves (1996)
8. Living the Light – Robby Müller (2018)
The Golden Age
1. From Here to Eternity (1953)
2. Bitter Victory (1957)
Back to The Screen
1. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
2. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
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