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While other festival organizers have worried about their relationship to Netflix and Amazon, and what it means to the future of cinema, the New York Film Festival has no such qualms. Organizers have revealed the bulk of their slate, and the films — with more than a few from those streaming services — that will join Opening Night flick “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, Closing Night picture “Wonder Wheel” from Woody Allen,” and Centerpiece Gala selection “Wonderstruck” from Todd Haynes. Continue reading New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Adds ‘Meyerowitz Stories,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Zama,’ More at The Playlist.
Without Agnès Varda and the other filmmakers of the French New Wave — particularly the Left Bank auteurs — the essay film wouldn’t exist in its current shape and form. Perhaps best known for her classics of that period, the octogenarian director has displayed a renewed creative spirit — and found new audiences — with her personal essay films of the current century, “The Gleaners and I” and “The Beaches of Agnès.” Certainly, Varda hasn’t settled into the “late period” mode that typically seizes the elder statesmen and stateswomen of cinema. Continue reading Agnes Varda’s Whimsical ‘Faces, Places’ Is Endlessly Charming [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.