Monday, February 13, 2017

plato's cave four (being a film journal) the films of ben mendelsohn & sean babbit

derek cianfrance - the place beyond the pines - 2012

second time watching this film. it is indeed a very fine cinematic experience. the performance of ben mendelsohn is really beyond words in this film and most he has been in. his film presence is incomparable in contemporary cinema. 

years back there was an attempt to document actorshippe on the art of memory, but i ended up doing so more in my head than on this site. as being privy to great actorshippe is one of the foremost reasons for watching cinema, it makes sense to get back to it and list works with mr. mendelsohn. films of interest for me are as follows (am probably missing some?)

ben mendelsohn *

- the new world - 2005, terrence malick
- animal kingdom - 2010, david michôd
- killing them softly - 2010, andrew dominik
- the dark knight rises - 2012, christopher nolan
- the place beyond the pines - 2012, derek cianfrance
- starred up - 2013,  david mackenzie
- mississippi grind - 2015,  anna boden & ryan fleck
- bloodline - 2015 to present,  glenn kessler, todd a. kessler, and daniel zelman
- una - 2016, haven't seen, looks promising

other art of memory obsessions - cinematography

the film was shot by the texas-born british cinematographer sean babbit, responsible for shooting steve mcqueen's hunger, shame and 12 years a slave. a graduate from the gordon willis prince of darkness film school.

steve mcqueen - hunger - 2008, sean babbit dp

steve mcqueen - shame - 2011, sean babbit dp

steve mcqueen - 12 years a slave - 2013, sean babbit dp
third image reminiscent of jon wozencroft's photographs for the uk touch label

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