Filmmaker Milos Forman passed away just over a year ago at the age of 86. The Czech-born auteur was responsible for some noted films during his long career, punctuated best perhaps, by his 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The Jack Nicholson-starring film was met with widespread acclaim, netting 5 Academy Awards, and remains widely acknowledged to this day. Forman also helmed 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt and the Jim Carrey powered 1999 flick Man on the Moon, both incredible pieces of film.
Now a year after his death, a new documentary remembers the incredible life and career of Milos Forman. Titled Forman vs. Forman, the documentary features well known Forman footage but also features film from private collections and home videos that were previously unseen to the general public. Directed by Jakub Hejna & Helena Trestíková, Forman vs. Forman premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, however, no official release date has been announced.
The official blurb for the documentary notes;
“Miloš Forman sanctioned the creators’ idea to make the film, but he himself never got to be part of the project. Nevertheless, he is present in the scenes taken from his movie sets and through his reflections, in recordings from the early 1980s.”
Forman vs. Forman is narrated by Milos Forman’s son Petr Forman.
Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool
Can one distill cool into one documentary?
If there is one thing that has been indisputable about the legacy of Miles Davis is that he was the personification of ‘cool’. And it seems like there was no decade where he was making music that he wasn’t ever cool. We once said about Miles Davis and his cool that “no matter how scrupulous your selection – one cannot distill cool into thirteen tracks, no matter how good“. Now the unenviable task of distilling that cool into a succinct document falls into the hands of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary detailing the life, music, and legacy of Miles Davis.
Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before hitting the festival circuit through the year. The film chronicles the rebellious nature of Miles Davis, detailing his desire to constantly break from the norm, with director Stanley Nelson saying;
“He was an extraordinary artist celebrated for his restless artistic aesthetic and his ceaseless innovation. He changed the course of music five or six times. By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who redefined the original American musical genre, jazz, and continues to influence generations of rock, funk, and hip-hop artists.”
Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars
“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”
“We all have our broken pieces … nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”
On the heels of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album Western Stars, Warner Bros Pictures has announced the release of the cinematic experience accompanying the album. The new film features Springsteen performing all 13 tracks from the new album, accompanied by a full orchestra in his 100-year-old barn. The film will also showcase old home footage as well as Springsteen’s life-earned ruminations we’ve seen through his career- brought to life recently with his stint on Broadway and on his Netflix special.
Warner Bros. exec Toby Emmerich has said about Western Stars and Springsteen;
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead.”
Western Stars will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 5th. The film was produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis with Springsteen executive producing it. Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.