Remember Felix Farmer, the manic director played to perfection by Richard Mulligan in Blake Edwards' S.O.B.? If so, then you'll have a perfect image of how my life has been over the past few weeks, for like Farmer, I'm frantically trying to pull something together that is as inconceivable (and perhaps as daft) as Julie Andrews doing a nude scene. I honestly don't believe I've ever been this stressed out. But a good stress, of sorts.
As the post title indicates, things are indeed afoot, mostly related to Benten Films. Some are confirmed, and you'll be hearing a few announcements in the next week or two. Then there's another thing....and oh what an other it is....but I can't reveal details at this time. However, regardless of the outcome, there will be an incredible story to tell. Though I'm doing my best to remain optimistic, the theme song from a 1980s movie sung by Phil Collins keeps running through my head...
I had hoped to finish my Berlinale postmortem by now, as well as my piece on trends and developments (or lack thereof) in American independent cinema versus the Berlin school. Then there's the pile of rarities I managed to get my hands on (including a hard-to-find Fassbinder title and a 60s Euro-omnibus film I've literally waited decades to see.) All that will have to wait until the dust settles.
I'll keep up with the quiz, at least, but it might be a few weeks before regular posting recommences. Then again, I might find myself on several lengthy flights in the coming days, so....we'll see.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.