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3 things about Maximilian Schell’s MARLENE

Marlene [1984] 1. Kitsch and rubbish. 2. “It’s the best film because … it’s the best film.” 3. Her constant needling: 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes. And the film is actually 90 minutes.

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ROY’S WORLD receives a City of Chicago DCASE grant!

I’m pleased to announce that I will receive a 2017 Individual Artists Program grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). This grant will go directly toward funding Roy’s World: Barry Gifford & Chicago, … Continue reading

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3 things about Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, and Franco Prosperi’s MONDO CANE

Mondo Cane [1962] 1. A bright blue glazed statue of Rudolph Valentino. Bright blue models rubbing their painted bodies against a large canvas, and each other. 2. After the shark is captured a poisonous sea urchin is inserted in its … Continue reading

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Lili Taylor joins ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD & CHICAGO.

Born in Glencoe, Illinois, as a young actress Lili had a brief stint at DePaul University and also spent some time training with Del Close. In other words, she’s perfect for a documentary about 1950s-era Chicago! I am so excited … Continue reading

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3 things about Kasper Collin’s I CALLED HIM MORGAN

I Called Him Morgan [2016] 1. Most audacious creative choice: not featuring “The Sidewinder,” Morgan’s most famous tune, on the soundtrack! 2. The world’s dustiest cassette player. 3. An encounter with Miles Davis. “And who are you supposed to be?”

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Some exciting news about my documentary …

… coming soon. Roy’s World is about to add another narrator. Keep your eyes peeled right here.

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3 things about Bruce Weber’s LET’S GET LOST

Let’s Get Lost [1988] 1. The quartet was together for 11 months. 2. Behind him, a giant picture of Jean-Paul Belmondo. 3. “What’s your favorite high, Chet?” “The kind that scares other people to death.” Speedball.

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