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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
VIDEO: 'CARLITO'S WAY' GRAND CENTRAL THEME
PATRICK DOYLE THEME PERFORMED BY THE BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC @ WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS IN OCT
On October 24, 2015, Patrick Doyle received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent. The Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé, performed a selection of Doyle's work, including the "Grand Central" theme he composed for Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (watch/listen to the performance in the video above).

On choosing Doyle for the award, artistic director of Film Fest Gent, Patrick Duynslaegher, had said, "This year’s focus of the 42nd Film Fest Gent will be on British Cinema, so Patrick Doyle was the ideal candidate to grant the Lifetime Achievement Award to, during the 15th World Soundtrack Awards. Anyone who can still recount hearing Doyle’s score for Kenneth Branagh’s debut film Henry V in 1989 for the first time, knows that back then a great composer was born. Ever since, Patrick Doyle has been a close collaborator with Mr. Branagh and always gave a deeper musical layer to all of his films including the Shakespeare adaptations (Henry V, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Love’s Labour’s Lost). The immensely versatile Doyle enriched the films by Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Alfonso Cuarón and Brian De Palma (one of his greatest scores was for Carlito’s Way) with his alternating tragic, noble, triumphant and romantic compositions. With his work on blockbusters such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire he certainly proved his talent working on spectacular Hollywood action and adventure films."


Posted by Geoff at 11:57 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2015 4:55 PM CST
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
'CARLITO'S WAY' & 'GOODFELLAS' DOUBLE FEATURE
DE PALMA/SCORSESE THIS SUNDAY AT THE CASTRO IN SAN FRANCISCO
Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way will screen from a 35mm print at 4:45pm this Sunday, November 22nd, at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The screening is part of a double feature with Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, which screens from DCP in a new 4K restoration before and after Carlito, at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Posted by Geoff at 2:03 AM CST
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
TWEET SUGGESTS 'SPECTRE'/'CARLITO'S WAY' LINK

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Thursday, September 3, 2015
CARLITO MEETS TONY MONTANA IN MASHUP VIDEO
'HELL'S CLUB' EXISTS "OUTSIDE OF TIME, OUTSIDE OF ALL LOGIC"


In a new mashup video posted Monday on YouTube, titled Hell's Club, Antonio Maria Da Silva brilliantly blends nightclub footage from a range of films to create "a place [where] fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic," as it reads in the YouTube description, which concludes, "TERMINATOR VERSUS TONY MONTANA VERSUS TOM CRUISE VERSUS CARLITO BRIGANTE VERSUS BLADE VERSUS JOHN TRAVOLTA VERSUS AL PACINO VERSUS PINEAD VERSUS THE MASK VERSUS ROBOCOP VERSUS DARTH VADER VERSUS MICHAEL JACKSON." As can be seen in the above screen shot, one part of the mashup has Carlito Brigante and Tony Montana staring each other down. Here's the video:


Posted by Geoff at 11:24 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 3, 2015 11:25 PM CDT
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Saturday, August 22, 2015
'OH, I THINK YOU SHOULD TELL HIM WHAT YOU THINK'
"I MEAN, WHY WOULD YOU EVER HOLD SOMETHING LIKE THAT INSIDE?"

Posted by Geoff at 6:07 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2015 7:01 PM CDT
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Friday, June 19, 2015
VIDEO: FOCUS ON 'CARLITO' POOL HALL SCENE

Posted by Geoff at 1:09 AM CDT
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Friday, March 27, 2015
PANKOW TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH DE PALMA
FILM COMMENT INTV AHEAD OF LAST NIGHT'S 'CARLITO'S WAY' @IFC; W/ ZACHAREK POST-SCREENING


I hadn't heard anything about this beforehand, but last night, a 35mm print of Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way screened to a sold out crowd at the IFC Center in New York. After the film, editor Bill Pankow was interviewed on stage by special guest host Stephanie Zacharek, whose Sight & Sound blurb accompanies the IFC event description: "One of the ten best films of all time." The film's description on the page also begins by noting, "Named the Best Film of the 1990s by Cahiers du Cinema."

Meanwhile, in anticipation of the screening, Film Comment's Violet Lucca interviewed Pankow last week, and posted it online yesterday. In this terrific interview, Pankow talks about editing two great set pieces in Carlito's Way: the pool hall scene, and the Grand Central sequence. He discusses working with actors such as Pacino, being attuned to their subtle nuances and physicality. He talks about how the split screens in Snake Eyes and Femme Fatale were very carefully planned beforehand. He talks about working with De Palma as the ideal working method, and De Palma's skills as a visual sotryteller. He talks about getting the right sound for the crowbar to the head wielded by Sean Penn's character in Carlito's Way ("That’s very giallo," jokes Lucca). He talks about working with Jerry Greenberg, and how he really came into his own during the editing of The Untouchables-- and how he made De Palma laugh with his initial cut of Sean Connery's death scene. Go read the interview now-- it's great stuff.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015
CULT DIRECTOR INTERVIEWED PACINO IN 1993
ARTICLE IS INTERVIEW/REVIEW OF 'CARLITO'S WAY' - "TEDIOUS MELODRAMA"
Michael Cartel, whose 1982 movie, Runaway Nightmare, was remastered and released on Blu-ray last year, was not a fan of Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way when he interviewed Al Pacino upon the film's release. Cartel recently posted the 1993 interview/review on his Runaway Nightmare website. In the interview, Pacino tells Cartel that he read the Edwin Torres books "long before I did Scarface," and worked on the idea of a movie adaptation for years. Meanwhile, Cartel writes in the article that he was "miffed" that Pacino took on this project just after his Oscar win for Scent Of A Woman.

Elsewhere, Cartel asks Pacino what it is like to be a method actor and work within De Palma's complicated setups. "Suppose you were in a scene," Pacino responds, "and you have to do something and you go through this whole thing and you do it and then the camera had to go through it. So that can be a little nerve wracking from time to time. But you know, you get over it and understand these movies and you can see how they pay off... He [De Palma] did a shot... It was about a five-minute straight shot and he choreographed the whole thing. He set up for weeks just to choreograph it. And you wonder why he is doing it. You think, why doesn't he just shoot it in cuts? This is movie. Remember Griffith? He discovered the cut. You see the picture and you realize that sometimes those things really work because they put you in the movie in a certain way and you don't even know it. It works on your unconscious. I saw the movie and didn't realize that he didn't make one cut, five minutes... But when you don't know that's what is going on, when it is just happening, then I think it has served a purpose... I don't think he's showing off."

Cartel then states in the article that he disagrees, adding, "De Palma often calls attention to himself like some mad Roman emperor sitting atop a crab dolly." A bit later, Cartel discusses Sean Penn, writing that "Penn is the superb standout in this tedious melodrama." And Cartel shows disdain for the ending of the film: "David Koepp adapted the books into a script and swiftly got stuck for an ending. Producer Martin Bregman worked with Koepp for two years on this project and decided to tie up the denouement by having a mysterious character reappear and perform an unbelievable solution for the production company.

"Script analyzers for literary agencies are unpublished scriptwriters with jealous, heartless souls. But they do keep film stories with gaping holes from going further than their own desks. Apparently the messenger was shot in Bergman's office before she could escape with the bad script news."

While Cartel felt at the time that "Carlito certainly won't be Pacino's defining role," he predicted that "Sean Penn will garnish several awards for his performance in this film."


Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CST
Updated: Friday, February 13, 2015 12:20 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
VIDEO: EPISODE OF 'CUT' LOOKS AT 'CARLITO'S WAY'

Posted by Geoff at 10:57 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 11:12 PM CST
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Monday, December 22, 2014
R.I.P. JOE COCKER 1944-2014

Posted by Geoff at 7:53 PM CST
Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014 7:00 PM CST
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