Triumph of the Will
As for the Leni Riefenstahl brouhaha, the Chronicle didn't get the whole story about her nonvisit. The S.F. Film Festival backed off when at least four staffers vowed to quit if the 92-year-old German director was given an award and feted as an honored guest. Despite Jon Carroll's protestations, Riefenstahl isn't an innocent victim, even if she's guilty of nothing more than unbridled ambition during the Third Reich. No one objects to screening her films, just to the repulsive notion of throwing a bash for her.
I Am Curious -- Yellow
Mercury House, the local publisher of four National Society of Film Critics collections, has another at the presses for an August release. Flesh and Blood addresses sex, violence and censorship, and is a rebuttal to the Michael Medved school of puritanical standards. Plans are afoot for an anti-censorship film series at the Castro to coincide with publication -- a sequel of sorts to the Castro program that coincided with the first book in the series, the Michael Sragow-edited Produced and Abandoned ... Teddi Dean Bennett's debut feature, A Holy Promise, sold out the Exploratorium's McBean Theatre. A second show is in the works, details to follow ... Wasn't that an inspired choice by Merchant Ivory, casting Frank Gifford as the lead in Jefferson in Paris?
By Michael Fox