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The Old Man and the Gun


Tucker:  „I’d like to open an account.“

Banker:  „Oh great, what kind of account do you have in mind?“

We hear the sound of a click.

Tucker: „This kind!“

That’s what this movie boils down to: an (old) man, Forrest Tucker, who escaped from St. Quentin at age 70 (true!) and likes to rob banks. A simple, straightforward, almost laid back plot, considering that this a crime genre.

A first-class cast starring Robert Redford in his said-to-be final performance (never say never?) together with Golden Globe winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) who looks funny in his 1980ties wardrobe, makes old and new fans happy. A surprise performance by musician and member of „Lee Marvin’s Son’s Secret Society” (founded by Jim Jarmusch) Tom Waits whom The Classic Motion Picture knows best from Jarmusch’s classic Down by Law. A nice innuendo for those who remember. And great performance by Danny Glover who completes the bank robber trio known as the ‚Over-the-Hill-Gang.‘

A portrait of a mixed racial marriage filled with love, which makes the overall atmosphere of the movie all the more realistic and enjoyable to watch (no, there is no conflict in this marriage between John Hunt (Casey Affleck), the cop who pursues Forrest Tucker, and his wife Maureen (Tika Sumpter). Just love.

Last but not least, a soundtrack by Daniel Hart, that sounds like something straight from Miles Davis, the perfect underscore to the love-based atmosphere.

What else? Nothing, maybe.

While this story is not the formula for a huge box office hit, it nonetheless is a special kind of treat for those who are no strangers to the names of Tom Waits, David Lowery, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, and oldtimer, Robert Redford; and those who enjoy a bank being robbed by a gangster who looks and acts like a gentleman.

To go after the question of the use of his gun, we know that Forrest Tucker owns a weapon, as is clearly revealed when his girlfriend Jewel (Sissy Spacek), or just, the lady who he is dating, finds an old revolver in the glove compartment of his car. The glove-compartment. A total cliché, but where else would an old man put it? Forrest Tucker doesn’t ever use it for a robbery. He merely shows it. Wow! How subtle.

In this laid-back production by Fox Searchlight of one of America’s most popular genres, the crime genre, the title, The Old Man and the Gun, which alludes to Ernest Hemingway‘s The Old Man and the Sea for which Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, could, therefore, also be seen as a comment on America’s culture, its men, and what they seem to love most: guns.

Thoughts about Feminism: Interview with Linda Ong, CEO of Truth Co.


Linda Ong, CEO Truth Co.

Christina Marlene: Dear Linda, I got to know you through the „Women in Entertainment“   inaugural event at the Arclight movie theatre in Hollywood 2015 where you moderated a discussion round aimed at revealing daily issues of women in power.

What was your overall impression of this event? Do you share the optimistic view that the breaking point has been reached and numbers will start looking different for women in 2016?

Linda Ong (Truth Co.): I think events like this are important. At the same time, the industry needs to acknowledge larger cultural shifts that may affect how messages are heard by people with millennial sensibilities (even if they’re not millennials). One of the challenges I called out in the last panel was the need for more outsiders (especially men) in the conversation. Of the 800+ attendees at Arclight, the overwhelming majority were women who were already deeply entrenched or interested in this conversation. To make change now, when women are increasingly aware and deploying their empowerment, we can’t keep preaching to the choir. I think there were seven men in the audience.

CP: How do you look at wardrobe in an industry as particular as the entertainment business? Is the exterior still the main criteria for getting a job? How should a woman who doesn’t want to subject herself to such scrutiny dress – and act? Is it even possible not to subject yourself to the exterior scrutiny of your body in entertainment and in society as a whole?

LO: The interesting thing about this “fourth wave” of feminism is that it’s very conflicted…read more

Interview with Joel Forrester


Joel Forrester, a former associate of Thelonious Monk and Baroness Pannonica protege, is the composer of more than 1600 tunes, a versatile and accomplished jazz pianist, leader of his own quintet and prolific recording artist. He has performed in an extraordinary diversity of settings – from large ensembles to a duet setting with a tap dancer! His playing draws from stride, boogie-woogie, bebop, trance and what he likes to call ‘salon pieces’ but each composition bears the stamp of this most individual artist.

Joel composed the theme for National Public Radio’s “FRESH AIR with Terry Gross. The theme has been broadcast more than 200,000 times in the last three years – it’s been played and heard coast-to-coast more often than any other jazz composition in American radio (both public and private stations) for the last 28 years! The theme from FRESH AIR can also be heard on his Ride Symbol CD, “STOP THE MUSIC”, a collection that showcases Joel’s brilliance as a solo pianist.

Recognized by the Paris Free Voice as “the world’s leading accompanist to silent films”, Joel Forrester has given concerts with film in Paris at the Louvre, the American Center, the Forum des Images, and the Museé d’Orsay.  For several years he performed with films in the Avignon Festival. In New York, he has played at the Film Forum, Brooklyn Museum, The Center for Photography, and Anthology Film Archives.

*for simplicity’s sake, we are going to call the Charlie Brown theme song “Charlie Brown”, tout simple. It was written by Vincent Anthony Guaraldi (* 17. Juli 1928 – 6. February 1976) an American Jazz Pianist and Composer.

For the full interview, click here


“TRUE CHARACTER is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature.”

– Robert McKee –

Inspired by this insight from one of the Industry’s most prominent leaders , the Classic Motion Picture proudly announces:

THE CLASSIC MOTION PICTURE is going back to school!!!

While we will be excited to explore the depths of screenwriting with even more pertinence than already,  we encourage you to continue submitting your work to us! The classes that we will be attending at NYFA will only be supportive of the work that we do, and yours!!!










Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo


Terrorists may have had their moment of euphoria by cowardly assassinating unarmed members of the press.

But we, at the Classic Motion Picture believe, that freedom of speech can and will never die.

At the Classic Motion Picture, we are committed to ending violence with our thoughts and our pens and our cameras and our minds; we support all those who express their views and opinions with an intention of creating peace and freedom in the whole world.

In solidarity with the members of Charlie Hebdo


Robert McKee about writing a good script

“…at first glance telling story for the screen looks deceptively easy. But moving closer and closer to the center, trying scene by scene to make the story work, the task becomes increasingly difficult, as we realize that on the screen there is no place to hide.”

From ‘Story’ p. 5/6

Angelina Jolie receives ‘Honorary Dame Award’ from Queen


In a private audience held at Buckingham Palace on Friday, October 10th, the actress was awarded what can be regarded as the equivalent of ‘Knightship’ by Queen Elisabeth.

The 39 year old actress was bestowed the award for founding of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) and the contribution she has made toward the British foreign policy objective of ending sexual violence in conflict.

Her recent wedded husband Brad Pitt, 50,  as well as all the couple’s children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox were also present during the reception of the award which lasted approximately 20 minutes.

Since this is considered a private audience, there was no press, hence no pictures of the actress’ family in the palace were taken.

The CMP congratulates Angelina to this truly meaningful humanitarian achievement!

For a beautiful Valentine

The Classic Motion Picture’s recommendation of the month is Labor Day by Jason Reitman (2013) starring beautiful Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.


The story which is set back in the 1980ties (for all those retro freaks, you get to see them play music with an authentic record player) when during the Labor Day Holiday Adele and her son Henry get blackmailed into letting Frank, an escaped murder convict, seek refuge at their house.  He who sought nothing but a few hours of peace from a tiresome escape finds not only a new home, but a family who loves him back with the same passion as he has for them.

This is a beautifully told love story meant for critical minds and all those rebels among you who believe that love can conquer everything, even the law.

A special compliment to the cinematography which  has shown the virtues of slow storytelling, despite the current fashion of  blitz cuts.

Some of the  zooms on the faces  are not only reminiscent of Tarkovskij times, the  close ups on the faces make you feel the pressure and the fear as if you were  in the room with them.

Emotionally overpowering at times, this movie gives you goose bumps. A must see for Valentines couples.