Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

The Ghost Writer sweeps the 2010 European Film Awards

Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer swept the 23rd European Film Awards, which were presented in a sadly inconspicuous ceremony held last night in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Ghost Writer was named Best European Film of the year, while Polanski and Ewan McGregor reaped kudos as Best Director and Best Actor, respectively. The film won 6 of the 7 awards it was nominated for. Read the rest of this entry »


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Jerzy Skolimowski at Cinematek

When Jerzy Skolimowski presented his film Four Nights With Anna in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 to general critical acclaim, 17 years had elapsed since the biggest fiasco in his career, the film adaptation of Gombrowicz’s masterpiece Ferdydurke, which Truffaut famously called “un grand film malade”.

Born in Lódz (Poland) in 1938, Skolimowski attended the prestigious film school of his hometown with the likes of Roman Polanski, whose first film A Knive in the Water he scripted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hitchcock vs. De Palma

Widely regarded as a second-rate director, mainly due to the lack of originality of his film material and the unmistakably glossy, B-movie varnish that impregnates his films, Brian De Palma could well be considered a true auteur, that is, a creator with a thematic and stylistic consistency in his work.

To say that Hitchcock is an influence to De Palma is, admittedly, an understatement, but it might be as simplistic to call him a sheer rip-off. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lady vanishes (1938) in Cinematek

The Lady vanishes (1938), Alfred Hitchcock- this Sunday, November 22 at Cinematek (Brussels) at 19:15.

Widely regarded merely as Hitch’s most famous English picture, this is actually one of his best.
Flawless script, fast pace and wonderful performances. The chemistry between Redgrave and Lockwood is as good as William Powell’s and Myrna Loy’s in the Thin Man movies. Wayne and Radford are perfect as the odd couple of sleuths. One of the best mystery-comedies of all time.
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