About B Desowitz
Bill Desowitz writes about film for his Immersed in Movies blog (www.billdesowitz.com) and is a regular contributor to Thompson on Hollywood at Indiewire and Animation World Network. He can be contacted at bill.desowitz@yahoo.com.

The Department of ‘Homeland’ (Editorial) Security

January 1, 2013

The editorial opportunities have obviously changed as the series has evolved. According to Goldman, one of the goals for the pilot was to cut every scene so that it could be interpreted that Brody was either a terrorist or was just messed up from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. […]

Thelma Schoonmaker and the Movie Magic of ‘Hugo’

November 1, 2011

There’s a joyous moment in director Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, opening November 23 from Paramount Pictures, when Sir Ben Kingsley–– portraying the pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès (1902’s A Trip to the Moon)—performs a magi- cal feat onstage to thunderous applause. It’s but a brief glimpse into a forgotten past. […]

May the Norse be with You:
‘Thor’s’ Paul Rubell

May 1, 2011

“There is an element of gravitas in Thor that one doesn’t necessarily associate with a movie based on a comic book,and this is juxtaposed with laugh-out-loud humor.  The ability to juggle those two tones is one of Kenneth Branagh’s great strengths, and is somewhat unusual for this kind of movie.” – Paul Rubell, A.C.E. […]

French Twist: Monteuse Francoise Bonnot et ‘La Tempete’

January 1, 2011

After editing all four of Julie Taymor’s films, including the latest, ‘The Tempest,’ the gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play, Françoise Bonnot, ACE, has come to believe that the director bridges time by mixing past and present sensibilities and techniques. […]

Follow the Blu-ray Way: Restored, Hi-Rez ‘Oz’ Is a Horse of a Different Color

November 1, 2009

The Wizard of Oz re-released on home video? Again? That’s a question that’s going to be asked a lot as the studios finally dip into their libraries to release evergreen films, ingrained in our cultural consciousness, in the Blu-ray format. And nothing is quite as ingrained as The Wizard of Oz, one of the most watched and beloved films of all time. […]

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