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The National - Wasp Nest (4.16.14 Chicago)

Thanks to whoever recorded this!



To summarize: The National is my favorite band. Can you tell?

I have nothing to hide.

Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier have based the poster design for the 67th Festival de Cannes on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini’s 8½, which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963.

In Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini, we celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures. 

“The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness,” explains the poster’s designer. “The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together.”

In his films, Marcello Mastroianni continued to encapsulate everything that was most innovative, nonconformist and poetic about cinema. On seeing the poster for the first time, Chiara Mastroianni, the actor’s daughter, said simply: “I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet irony and a classy sense of detachment. It’s really him through and through!” — Cannes 2014


"Werner Herzog and I were talking about maybe doing a video, he wanted to do a video with The National, and we were really excited about that, even though it never ended up happening. His idea, he said, was [Werner Herzog impression], “I want to put the whole band on a live volcano, very close to the lava. I want it to be very dangerous for you, and I want to see you try to play your instruments while the lava  is all around you.” And we were like, “That sounds awesome!” I don’t know about the logistics of making that work, but he definitely wanted us to be in serious danger, just to see if a band could actually play a song while lava is surrounding them. "

- MATT BERNINGER (lead singer of The National) about the music video they almost shot with WERNER HERZOG.

He said the only three shows he’d ever seen were Prince, Rammstein, and The National. And then he goes [Herzog accent], “I really liked Rammstein.” [Laughs.]

Rebecca (1940)

You see, he had a theory that if you should find one perfect thing, or place, or person you should stick to it. Do you think that’s very silly?”

Roots are important.

la dolce vita; 8½  //  the great beauty