Dani CouCou

Dani CouCou

Film historian. European-born Londoner. Eco-warrior.

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    Is Hollywood and the Oscars as relevant as they used to be?

    We’ve just seen history in the making last weekend when, for the first time ever a foreign language film won the Best Picture Oscar. Has Hollywood finally learned that there are other countries outside of the US where brilliant and talented people tell fascinating stories? Does this mark a new era for Hollywood in which we’ll see more international talent celebrated or a last attempt of a dying branch of the film industry to stay relevant and "woke" in an increasingly globalised and diverse world?

    • You could also look at 2016, which seemed to be the start of a new, diverse era in Hollywood, with more people of colour and LGBTQ stories, and see why that failed to make an impact (or, at least, as much of an impact as everyone believed it would). – OkaNaimo0819 9 months ago
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    • I would still argue that many "problems" that critics have brought up about Oscar voting and the landscape of voters still rings true for many watching the event. I would suggest looking at the Oscar campaign surrounding Greta Gerwig's "Little Women". It was a film that resonated with many viewers of all different ages and received critical reception, but was snubbed in a key category like Best Director. While Parasite's win was an exciting surprise, it feels like the Oscars have not changed as much as they have been touted to change. – Sean Gadus 9 months ago
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    Dani CouCou

    Good article. I had to do a bit of research on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis for my podcast and I found some very upsetting information.
    I’m surprised nobody died on that set. Because health and safety regulations weren’t a thing, Lang proceeded to endanger the lives of the actors many times.
    Brigitte Helm said of working with Lang:
    “the night shots lasted three weeks, and even if they did lead to the greatest dramatic moments – even if we did follow Fritz Lang’s directions as though in a trance, enthusiastic and enraptured at the same time – I can’t forget the incredible strain that they put us under. The work wasn’t easy, and the authenticity in the portrayal ended up testing our nerves now and then. Once I even fainted.”

    When Directors Push Actors Too Far
    Dani CouCou

    I agree that her style is quite unconventional, but I think that’s what makes her stand out.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography
    Dani CouCou

    Excellent. Let us know what you think once you’ve read it.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography
    Dani CouCou

    Thank you. And thank you for reading.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography
    Dani CouCou

    I find her quite intense, don’t you? I think she was quite an intense person who felt and thought deeply about a subject she tackled. That was my reading of her based on her writing.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography
    Dani CouCou

    Interesting. I like an opposite opinion from mine. I felt quite excited when reading her work, like I wanted to know more about the things she’s talking about. How do you mean gross?

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography
    Dani CouCou

    Couldn’t agree more. I love reading the same book at different times in my life. It’s always interesting to see if your understanding of it changes. For me, it usually does, which I believe is a sign that you yourself have changed. The question is: in what way.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography
    Dani CouCou

    I agree. And I believe this is what’s happening with our society today.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography