The ‘YouTube film’ Life in a Day is up on YouTube now in a great print. For this ground-breaking project 4,500 hours of footage shot on 24 July 2010 was contributed as 80,000 items from people around the world and director Kevin Jackson carved out the impressive ninety-minute cut. On its theatrical release David Gritten for the Telegraph spoke with the director and the Guardian‘s Andrew Pulver reviewed the film. Andrew Schenker for Slant offered an alternative view: ‘Drawing on a horde of pedestrian user-generated content, embracing a faux-populism of the least committed variety, the film aims to celebrate a humanity that may embrace different customs and beliefs, but is essentially the same all over. In Macdonald’s project, what ultimately unites mankind is its banality.’ And in the rest of this post, more free suggestions for viewing alternatives this weekend.
• Euro bailout – an animated explanation: ‘What if there are no aliens?’ ‘Then we are screwed.’ Tom Meltzer at the Guardian uses the animation software xtranormal to answer all of your questions about the financial events of the past week – very funny (the animation, that is, not the debt crisis).
• Siegfried – Act I Forging Song: just how much are we looking forward to the live cinema relay of the third part of Robert LePage’s production of Wagner’s Ring from the Metropolitan Opera? 4pm next Saturday, 5 November, will find me in the front row of the Clapham Picturehouse, but for the moment here’s just ninety seconds of video from the show.
• Lewis Mumford on the city: another smart find from BrainPickings, which has clip and context – just over three minutes of the great writer on urbanism from a 1967 National Film Board of Canada documentary series.
• The V&A’s new Photographs gallery: the Guardian’s head of photography Roger Tooth gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the new presentation.
• ‘It’s confusing, but it’s the Turner Prize’: I’ve been watching a lot of the Guardian this week, including Adrian Searle visiting the newly opened show at the BALTIC Gateshead.
• The 360 project deploys 48 cameras to capture the dance: a WIRED report with photos and clips about Ryan Enn Hughes’ innovative in-the-round images of dancers dancing.
• Signs of Life, 1968: remarkably, Werner Herzog’s truly remarkable first feature (roughly, three go mad on a Greek island) is currently available for free on YouTube with optional English (and Spanish) subtitles – just use the CC button (thanks to @filmstudiesff). [Update: this has now been taken down; see below.]
• Katalin Varga, 2009: Peter Strickland’s slow-burning but deeply worthwhile debut drama is available on BBC iPlayer (including for download) until 3 November; our colleague Keith Griffiths at Illuminations Films is currently guiding Strickland’s follow-up, Barberian Sound Studio, through the final stages of post-production.
• Jonathan Ive – Tribute to Steve Jobs: Walter Isaacson’s biography (Peter Conrad’s review is here) may be productively complicating our picture of Apple’s late genius (he was clearly not a nice man in many ways), but you can still appreciate this loving and funny public tribute from Jobs’ close friend and collaborator. At the same open-air celebration on 19 October, Nora Jones performed Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’, and the video of that is pretty great too.