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Killruddery Film Festival and the Oscars

Posted by Daniel on February 28th, 2011 with 0 Comments

Kevin Brownlow receiving his honorary lifetime achievement Academy Award

Kevin returns to Killruddery Film Festival this year, as our honoured guest, and he will be introducing several films he has selected for the programme as well as giving an important lecture on the Irish role in early Hollywood.

-You can watch Kevin Spacey presenting  Kevin with his Oscar here.

-Kevin’s acceptance speech here.

-You can also read a nice appreciation of Brownlow by Leonard Maltin here.

-You can also find a detailed interview conducted with Kevin at our 2009 Festival here

Kevin was also honoured with a Volta award at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival on Saturday, at which he presented a very special screening of Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

To celebrate Kevin’s win Killruddery Film Festival is looking back to the FIRST EVER Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 and two of the big winners that year.

Seventh Heaven and White Shadows in the South Seas

Seventh Heaven features the unmissable pairing of Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, a fitting video tribute to the couple appears below but be warned we didn’t choose the song!

The film won three Oscars that year for Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Adaptation. The film is in many ways the perfect love story, brought to exceptional heights through Borzage’s direction. For those that liked Lucky Star last year and Sunrise in 2009 this is a film of equal stature, a real treat!

“Love does not conquer all in the films of Frank Borzage, but it is the sole value capable of transcending the indignities of an ugly world. Amid the ravages and enforced separations of war and the hardships of poverty, Borzage’s lovers find safety and redemption in each other’s arms, a rapturous solace that even death can’t kill. Framed in loving close-ups, swathed by soft, flat lighting, they glow with a sensuous, mysterious purity that’s not quite of this earth.” – Jessica Winter, The Village Voice

Our second 1929 Oscar winner is White Shadows of the South Seas. In many ways a very different kind of film, the film won its Oscar for Best Cinematography. The film is an unusual melding of documentary and drama, rare at the time. The so-called ‘father of documentary’ Robert Flaherty Man of Aran was hired to direct the picture. After overseeing many of its more celebrated sequences Flaherty left the production and the film was finished by W.S. Van Dyke an old pro known for bringing his films in on time and in budget. Most of the film was dramatically shot on location in the Tahitian Islands including the staggering underwater shots that open the film. The film starred the incomparably beautiful Raquel Torres, who would later appear in the Marx Bros. Duck Soup.

Don’t miss either of these films, both of which will be introduced by Kevin Brownlow and will be accompanied by Stephen Horne. Tickets now on sale.

Seventh Heaven Friday 11th March 8.30pm
White Shadows in the South Seas Friday 11th March 6.15pm

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