I know that at times this site occasionally reads like a Masters Of Cinema fanzine, but that’s a testament to the quality of their releases. This month sees the release of what I’m deeming their most exciting release ever (Yes, it bests Die Nibelungen), in Jacques Rivette’s Le pont du Nord. The final film in the director’s most exciting portion of his career, Le pont du Nord marks Rivette’s first time on Blu-ray, anywhere in the world. Masters Of Cinema are also publishing D.W. Griffith’s The Birth Of A Nation this month, as well as announcing their next batch of titles next Monday too. They’ve recently revealed that F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu will be reissued later this year, in a package comprised of the recently completed new restoration of the film.
All manner of exciting things are coming this month, here are a couple of highlights. In books, there’s Cinema from French philosopher Alain Bodiou. This long awaited English translation of Badiou’s Cinema is one of the highlights not just of this month, but of 2013. The In Praise Of Love author’s master thesis on the relationship between cinema and thought could very well be a defining tome. Also on the book front, My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles is keenly anticipated. As keen fans of Welles will no doubt be aware, he and Jaglom were great friends towards the end of the Citizen Kane director’s life (Welles appeared in Jaglom’s under-seen A Safe Place, while Tinseltown lore has it that his final words were spoken to Jaglom). At this stage it’s remains a mystery as to why editor Peter Biskind’s own name takes precedence over either of the filmmakers whose words fill the book.
Theatrical release highlights include Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which opens this week. I remain hopeful, in spite of the negative reviews (including this one from our own Rob Girvan from Edinburgh). Julian Roman Pölsler’s The Wall is also out this week, and offers an alternative look at concepts of the apocalypse to the Hollywood likes of World War Z and I Am Legend. Speaking of the apocalypse, Bula Quo is also out on Friday. “Highlight” would probably be pushing it. Later this month we have Pacific Rim. Having still not seen anything beyond the lobby card and posters for the film large-scale Del Toro excites aplenty. Overt premise aside I have literally no idea what it’s about. Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves receives a belated UK release too, rounding out the Spanish presence as we lead in to the Summer.