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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
OP ART-INFUSED CAMOFLEUR COLLECTION
RICHARD JAMES DESIGNERS LOOKED CLOSELY AT DE PALMA'S 'RESPONSIVE EYE' DOC


Posted this past Saturday at Richard James - Savile Row:
As a young filmmaker, long before the delights of Dressed to Kill, Scarface and, more recently, Mission Impossible, Brian De Palma made documentaries.

One, notably, was The Responsive Eye, which looked at the groundbreaking exhibition of the same name that was held at The Museum of Modern Art in 1965.

De Palma’s film was something we looked at quite closely when we were putting together our new AW17 Camofleur collection, which takes inspiration from the work of the celebrated razzle dazzle camofleur Norman Wilkinson and the Op Art movement of the sixties and early seventies that his engagingly geometric work went on to influence.

According to the author and curator Marina Weinhart, The Responsive Eye exhibition – which featured 123 works by such artists as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley and Josef Albers – represented “the height of the Op Art wave”.

And by way of defining Op Art, the exhibition’s curator William C Seitz said of it at the time: “These works exist less as objects to be examined than as generators of perceptual responses, of colors and relationships existing solely in vision. They exert a control over perception capable of arousing delight, anxiety and even vertigo.”

Designed to induce delight more than anxiety and vertigo, you can see a strong Op Art influence and something of Norman Wilkinson’s razzle dazzle camouflage in certain of our new-season shirts, ties, pocket squares and scarves.


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Monday, August 14, 2017
ALCAINE: 'DIGITAL BRINGS ME CLOSER TO PAINTING'
WITH THE MONITOR ON-SET, "I CAN WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE COLOR & LIGHT"


This past Thursday, August 10, José Luis Alcaine received the Vision Award TicinoModa at the 70th Locarno Festival, in Piazza Grande. The lifetime achievement prize (which Alcaine is holding in the photo above, which was taken by Marin Mikelin) is "dedicated to those who have used their talents to trace new perspectives in the world of film." Several Spanish outlets interviewed Alcaine upon the occasion (Alcaine also held a Master Class on stage at the festival the next day, Friday August 11). Here are a couple of excerpts, with the help of Google Translation:

Victor Esquirol at El Mundo

What can you tell us about your future projects with De Palma and Farhadi?

From Farhadi, at the moment, nothing. Of Domino, De Palma, I can say that it is a thriller to which we apply a very genre photograph. In this type of film, I try to avoid monochrome. I do not like movies where everything is blue, or gray or green ... For starters, because it does not do justice to real life. It [life] is not governed by a single tone. In any case, from the point of view of photography, it bothers me because it takes away interest from the film, it makes it fall into monotony. I like to introduce many changes in a single work. Reflect the difference between the light of noon and that of the night; show how it affects the story.

In your work, what has the change from celluloid to digital meant?

Digital brings me closer to painting. Now I get to the set, and on the monitor, I can work directly with the color and light that will be seen at the end. This process happens much faster in digital, and the results are much better. Brian De Palma was surprised with me, because during the first two weeks of filming Domino (shot in digital), he approached me and I confessed that it seemed like I was not doing anything.

[Laughter ... Silence]

Sorry, can I share a reflection?

Please!

In the contrast between black and white and color, I realized something obvious, that black and white is anti-natural. When we see in these conditions, we do not see reality. To separate ourselves from it, our subconscious puts us in a different world, which we like because we are unhappy with ours. From the moment we turned to color, reality took over the cinema. The films of Preston Sturges, for example, if we saw them in color, we could not believe them, as they happen in a world other than the real. Color film is too close to our reality, and for this reason it can be rejected.


Héctor Llanos Martínez at El Pais
At age 78, Alcaine does not rest. While awaiting the start of the filming of the drama Everyone Knows, in which Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz will be put under the orders of the Iranian Asghar Farhadi, he’s been filming the thriller Domino, his second collaboration with Brian De Palma. "When I worked with Brian on 'Passion' (2012) I asked him, 'why did you call me?'" he recalls. "He told me that what he likes about me is the way I emphasize the beauty of actresses." Alcaine was born in Tangier, and grew up watching movies of the 40s and 50s in the film club that his father ran. "Those films made their female interpreters look like goddesses, you came out of the movies in love with them." That experience of youth has marked his entire career. "Above all, I am obsessed with capturing your gaze, because it concentrates the emotionality of the story."

His main references, in any case, have always been mainly in the canvases; Those of Caravaggio, of Titian, of Velazquez, of Rembrandt. "When I started making films, there were hardly any examples of color images either on television or in photography, so my references were always pictorial. I would have given anything in exchange for the talent needed to be a painter." In that sense, he regrets that the current cinema has diverted attention to other sources of inspiration. "Today most directors look at advertising and video clips, or are exclusively interested in visually paying homage to the films they love. That makes the image no longer meet what is actually its essential function: to move."


Posted by Geoff at 8:28 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017 8:32 PM CDT
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
HADAWI: 'DE PALMA IS VERY METICULOUS'
ACTOR BECAME ONE OF THE "BAD GUYS" IN 'DOMINO' AFTER DE PALMA OBSERVED HIM ON SET
Bouzan Hadawi, pictured here from Antwerp this past June with Domino cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, was interviewed for an Efe article that also posted today at El Universal. In the article, Hadawi indicates that while he may have originally been cast in a small role requiring only two days of work, after observing him on set, Brian De Palma seems to have kept him on and perhaps enlarged his role as one of the "bad guys." Hadawi has joined the production in each of its shooting locations thus far. There is also potentially big news in the article's very last sentence, strongly suggesting that Domino is looking to possibly premiere at next February's Berlin International Film Festival-- but the line-up for that fest will not begin to be revealed until December, so temper that enthusiasm for now...

Also quoted in the article is Domino's Spanish producer, Antonio Pérez, who repeated what he told La Voz de Almería in July by saying that after Copenhagen, "we will return to Spain to shoot the second unit." It is interesting to note that if the production does return to Almería this month, it will likely coincide with the fair that runs there from August 18-26. Here is a Google-assisted translation of the full article:
Bouzan Hadawi, the actor who fled the war and met Brian De Palma

Madrid - At 23, Bouzan Hadawi decided to leave Aleppo, the city where he was born and began to be an actor, because he saw that the war in Syria would eventually bury his dreams; however, five years later a stroke of luck has put him at the gates of "Domino", the new film by Brian De Palma.

"I left because I did not want to be a soldier and because I had to achieve my dream, so I took a student visa and I went to Turkey, where I have a family, and then my father told me to come to Spain,” explains the Syrian actor in an interview with Efe, held in Madrid where he is on a break from filming "Domino."

Hours of study and hundreds of casting calls got him a small role in "Truman", by Cesc Gay, and then slipped into Spanish homes through the TV series "Serve and Protect."

"When my agent told me that I could work with Brian De Palma, I started to cry with joy, although the contract," he laughs, "was only for two days."

"Domino," a European co-production involving French Backup, Spain's Maestranza, Danish studios Schonne Film, and Belgian Zilvermeer, stars as protagonists actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and actress Carice van Houten, also companions on “Game of Thrones".

Coster-Waldau is a Danish policeman who maintains a relentless pursuit of the murderer of his former partner, just as Europe is targeted by terrorist attacks; the companion of the deceased (van Houten) helps him hunt the suspect, not knowing that this man works for the CIA with the mission to dismantle the ISIS cell that is behind the attacks.

"De Palma is very meticulous, he looks a lot in the eyes, he almost gives the orders with his eyes, and I would say he is shy", reveals Hadawi, who became one of the "bad guys" in the movie after the master watched him on the set.

The young man, who declares himself meticulous and hardworking "one hundred percent", began with 14 years in the theaters of his city; in one casting he got elected to be Alexander the Great in a production in Palmira. He was 17 years old. Now, tears come to him when he remembers that Palmira no longer exists.

"It was a unique place, special, it was the soul of the theater from the time of the Romans, before even those magical places we will never see again, neither I nor my children," he laments.

Hadawi came from an extended family of Ottoman origin, many of them doctors, so his parents hoped he would follow the tradition. But no. He took advantage of his Arab-English bilingualism and became an actor.

He learned French, and now he also speaks Spanish. "And Japanese if you give me a role," smiles this cat-eyed young man of intense green color.

"Domino", shot in locations in Belgium (Antwerp and Brussels), Denmark (Copenhagen) and Almería (Spain), is going ahead as planned, although with a change in the shooting schedule, as confirmed to Efe by the Spanish producer Antonio Perez , who denies the rumors of "collapse".

"We continue to shoot in Copenhagen, we will return to Spain to shoot the second unit," said the head of the Seville-based production company Maestranza Films.

"I came to Spain as a student, but I am a refugee of feeling, because I feel the same as my brothers, also that when I get out of Spain, I have no country," Hadawi says.

"Since I can remember, De Palma is one of my favorite directors, 'Scarface', 'Mission Impossible', 'The Untouchables'” - recalls Hadawi- “the other is Quentin Tarantino. And I will not stop until he hires me," he says, very seriously. “My life is to fight for a dream because I know they are fulfilled."

He will continue studying and preparing to get it and, meanwhile, will accompany De Palma in the presentation of the film at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.


Posted by Geoff at 9:57 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:10 PM CDT
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'VENICE BEACH' IS NOT A DE PALMA PROJECT
ALSO OFF THE TABLE: 'LIGHTS OUT' , 'THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES'
Last week, IMDB updated an entry for a movie titled Venice Beach, adding Brian De Palma's name as director. However, I have received confirmation that this is not a movie De Palma is making. He will also not be making Lights Out, and he will not be making The Truth And Other Lies.

Posted by Geoff at 5:39 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017 7:19 AM CDT
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
VAN HOUTEN AGAIN ON 'DOMINO' & DE PALMA
"I LIKE TO WORK WITH OLDER PEOPLE...I ADORE THAT KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE"
The Scotsman's Janet Christie posted an interview with Carice van Houten yesterday. Near the end of the interview, Brian De Palma's Domino is brought up. "Yes, it’s very contemporary which I like," van Houten tells Christie, "with a little bit of drama and a little bit of action. I was interested because it was Brian De Palma, a very iconic filmmaker. I like to work with older people, like Paul Verhoeven. I adore that knowledge and experience, a father figure. I love working with young people too, but there’s something very nostalgic about it, it’s interesting."

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
CARICE VAN HOUTEN, 'POST-CRYING SCENE'
INSTAGRAM FROM YESTERDAY

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
ACTRESSES' INSTAGRAMS FROM 'DOMINO' SET
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU, NICOLAS BRO, NOMI LOTUZ, CHRISTINA FUURSTED
Christina Fuursted, a Los Angeles-based actress from Denmark, posted several Instagram pics today from the Copenhagen set of Brian De Palma's Domino. The picture at the top here shows Fuursted photobombing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Nomi Lotuz, the latter a Danish actress who has a part in Domino, according to her profile page at OnlineCasting. Lotuz posted a version of the photo minus Fuursted (see below), with the caption, "På job med disse 2 herre" (Google translation: "At work with these 2 gentlemen"). By gentlemen, we can assume she means Coster-Waldau and De Palma.

The first photo below shows Fuursted with Danish actor Nicolas Bro, followed by Fuursted with Coster-Waldau, and then Lotuz with Coster-Waldau.






Posted by Geoff at 6:15 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 7:00 PM CDT
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LAST DAY FOR DANISH UNIT ON 'DOMINO' TODAY
INSTAGRAM FROM 2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA OPERATOR


The above pic was posted to Instagram this morning by second assistant camera operator Neffi Kristensen, with the caption, "Last day on Domino today for the danish unit, reaching slate 300". Below is a pic Kristensen posted this past Sunday morning, with the caption, "Beginning a new week of shooting on #Domino with a Sunday 01:30 morning call".


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
COSTER-WALDAU INTERVIEW FROM 'DOMINO' SET
TV2 VIDEO SHOWS ACTOR & STUNT DOUBLE FALLING FROM BUILDING


The image above, showing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau laying with his head in a box of tomatos, is a capture from a TV2 news video. TV2's Ole Kolster was on set of Domino while filming the scene, and interviewed Coster-Waldau. An article by Keld Vrå Andersen quotes Coster-Waldau from the video interview. Here is an excerpt, with a Google-assisted English translation:
"It's nice to film here so I can come home and sleep in my own bed and see my family. So says the world famous Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who is currently home in Copenhagen to play the lead role in a new film.

And it is not a Danish film but about a major international production, directed by famous American Brian De Palma, who has previously made films as 'Mission Impossible'.

The movie is called 'Domino' and the first 20 minutes of the film depicting a sweeping human hunt through Europe takes place in Copenhagen.

"The film is about some of the things we’re going through here in Europe with all the terrorist attacks and the question of who are we really fighting. What is the conflict? At first, you think it’s a simple story with a policeman who is being attacked. But then we see that everything is connected and this unpleasant paranoia and anxiety happening in Europe because of the security situation. You always think: "What the hell is it now, what's next?" Says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The film was English-language

He is very excited to work with director Brian De Palma, which is actually the reason why the film will be English-language.

According to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, it was a huge surprise that the director said yes to join:

- I simply thought this couldn’t work. It may not be right, so I flew over to New York to meet him. He said he would like to make it, but that we simply had to speak English. The original was a Danish screenplay, because it is about Danish police officers, and we said, "We can understand that." It is difficult to direct a language that you do not understand. But it's great to work with such a man. He has a natural authority and is very comfortable to work with. We are very, very happy.

Good to get big movies to the country

'Domino' has a budget of NOK 50 million, of which the Copenhagen Film Fund has contributed two million to get eight-nine days to Copenhagen.

If you ask Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, it's something you have to do much more often - and not just because it means that Danish actors like him may be allowed to sleep in their own bed:

"Everywhere in Europe, you try to attract the bigger movie, because there is a huge economy in it, but in Denmark we do not have the big film studios where we can build a whole lot. I hope we will, because I have not met anyone around the world who does not love coming to Denmark, he says.

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In the footage in Copenhagen, as TV 2 followed, there were two playing the main role of Nikolaj Coster-Waldaus. The main character should fall down from a house and land in a stack of tomato boxes. And in such a situation, a costly starring actor like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is saved and a Belgian stuntman hired to take the fall (see the article [video?] on the above).

"I have great respect for stunt men. Sometimes people think they do not hurt, but they go through hell, too. I have sometimes experienced that it's going wrong, and so I'm hugely impressed with how hard they work,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

- One of the first things I saw when I started was a Danish stuntman who had to jump 12 meters and land in some boxes. There he made a test jump. But when he landed he was quite quiet, and then he said, "We just need someone to call an ambulance. I have just verified." While he lay there waiting, he called for another stuntman so we could continue to shoot on. I would have yelled out, for sure.

Do you as an actor want to do the stunts yourself?

- If things are really dangerous, you will not to do it yourself as an actor. You won't do it, because you could get hurt. But you would like to maintain the illusion. You would like people to believe it's the actor all the way. That's why it's so amazing that one such as Tom Cruise makes many stunts himself. I also try to do as much as I can myself, but I am not jumping off a roof.















Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 7:13 AM CDT
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Monday, August 7, 2017
'DOMINO' - MONDAY MORNING PIC FROM MICKI


Micki Mathiesen, a crew member on the Copenhagen set of Brian De Palma's Domino, posted the pic above this morning on his Instagram page, with the caption, "Poor guys.. You know it's monday, when today's task reads 'Die from falling of the roof...'"

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