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Wes Anderson has one of the most original voices of any filmmaker working today, but his movies are full of clues as to which directors have influenced him the most. From Orson Welles to François Truffaut to Federico Fellini, some of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema have had a hand in inspiring Anderson’s distinctive style. Here are 10 films that had a lasting impact on the indie auteur.
“The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)
Orson Welles’ period drama about a wealthy family that loses its entire fortune at the turn of the 20th century »
- Graham Winfrey
Roberto Berliner’s newest feature, “Nise: The Heart of Madness,” tells the fascinating true story of an unlikely group of artists and the woman who helped them find their voice (or, in this case, their paints).
Set in 1940’s Brazil, Gloria Pires plays Dr. Nise da Silveira, who works in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by other doctors, she is forced to take over abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through painting, animals and love.
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Berliner’s film follows the real-life story of da Silveira as she nurtures her patients to craft work that eventually set them apart as some of Brazil’s most lauded artists. In our exclusive clip below, »
- Kate Erbland
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSJonathan Demme with Anthony Hopkins on the set of The Silence of the LambsWe are very saddened to learn that the American director Jonathan Demme has died at 73. Demme won a Best Director Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs, but that hardly summarizes or rewards the remarkable extent of his beautiful filmmaking. Just last year he released one of his very best works, the concert film Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. Below is his 1985 music video for New Order's "The Perfect Kiss":Last year's jury for the Cannes Film Festival was lambasted as misguided after awarding the Palme d'Or not to Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann but to Ken Loach's I, Blake. The 2017 jury, headed by Pedro Almodóvar, has been announced and seems an attempt to make up for last year's kerfuffle: directors Maren Ade, Agnès Jaoui, »
From “Donnie Darko” to “The Graduate,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Stalker,” film restorations are having a pretty incredible year so far, and it’s only going to get better with the return of a Federico Fellini masterpiece. Studiocanal is bringing a 2k digital restoration of “La Strada” to UK theaters on May 19, and it has released a wonderful first look courtesy of the trailer embedded below.
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“La Strada” stars Giulietta Masina as young woman who becomes the wife and performance assistant to a strongman named Zampanò (Anthony Quinn). She befriends her husband’s rival (Richard Basehart) as their marriage becomes increasingly abusive. When the three are put in the same traveling circus, tragedy strikes.
The movie opened in 1954 and became the first title to ever receive the Oscar for Best Foreign Langue Film. “La Strada” also earned the Silver »
- Zack Sharf
These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers:
American Film Institute
With several of its alumni receiving awards and nominations during the 2016-17 awards season, AFI’s newly implemented programs aim to further increase the progression of students from education to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to take screenwriting courses that employ the collaborative format of a TV writers’ room for creating pilots, and participate in the AFI Writers’ Room Ready, pairing graduating screenwriters and their pilot scripts with accomplished AFI mentors. This year, AFI alumnus and cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, an honor that recognizes the exceptional creative talents of an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of cinematographer Schaffner.
Art Center College of Design
The private Pasadena college boasts a wide range of educational partnerships, allowing students to collaborate with industry partners and gain real-world experience. »
- Variety Staff
One of Federico Fellini’s most acclaimed films has been given a new 2K digital restoration, and if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to be able to see it on the big screen next month. This May, the winner of the the inaugural Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada, will return to theaters there, and they’ve released a new trailer.
Featuring a heartbreaking performance from Giulietta Masina, the film tells the story of her struggle under the brutish Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as they tour Italy. While we’ll hopefully see the restoration come stateside eventually, check out the trailer below, along with synopsis and new poster.
In a story of true outsiders, Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy. »
- Jordan Raup
Mubi's retrospective, Catherine Breillat, Auteur of Porn?, is showing April 4 - June 3, 2017 in Germany.Sex Is ComedyThroughout her career, Catherine Breillat has provided viewers with a long-form meta-cinema experience. While metacinema is as old as the medium itself, since her debut feature A Real Young Girl in 1976, Breillat has developed a distinct form of it: one that collapses ‘autobiographical’ material, various artistic sensibilities, and the process of filmmaking itself.Like dozens of other English words—such as ‘aesthetic’ or ‘abject’—the word ‘meta’ has been largely misused or misapplied with regard to the film and literary criticism. Regarding the consumption of fiction, the appropriate use of the term 'metafiction,' 'metafilm,' et cetera, has its basis in the Greek meta, which does not translate directly into English but can be understood as a preposition similar to the English word ‘about’ (‘having to do with,’ or ‘on the subject of’). Metafiction is therefore, »
Ambi Media Group has acquired North American rights to coming-of-age drama “In Search of Fellini” from Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment. Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, and Mary Lynn Rajskub star in the film.
Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, launched Spotted Cow last year.
The film will be released Sept. 15. It’s screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival and USA Film Festival and will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday.
“In Search of Fellini,” was directed by Taron Lexton and written by Nancy Cartwright and Spotted Cow President Peter Kjenaas. The movie was inspired by Cartwright’s early years in the entertainment industry, when she set off to “find herself” in Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Palme Thursday is A.A. Dowd’s monthly examination of a winner of the Palme D’Or, determining how well the film has held up and whether it deserved the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
Viridiana (1961) and The Long Absence (1961)
There was a time when the most surefire way to win Cannes was, apparently, to earn the condemnation of the pope. Okay, so maybe that only happened twice, but it was in consecutive years. La Dolce Vita, arguably the most celebrated movie by the legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, deeply offended the Catholic church, which objected especially to the symbolic Second Coming of the opening minutes, when a helicopter dangles a statue of Christ over the partiers and sunbathers of then-contemporary Rome. But the Vatican’s ire, strongly worded in the pages of official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, couldn’t stop Fellini’s portrait of ...
- A.A. Dowd
Writer-director John Ridley had long wanted to make a movie about the Los Angeles uprising of April 29, 1992. But even though he won an Oscar for his screenplay for “12 Years a Slave” and created the Emmy-winning ABC anthology series “American Crime” (now in its third season), the subject wasn’t exactly sexy to potential backers. So when ABC came to him with the idea of a documentary timed to the 25th anniversary, he jumped at it.
Ridley was already familiar with many of the key participants in the uprising and interviewed many of them himself for this in-depth look at the forces that led to the explosive anger, looting, rioting and mayhem after a Simi Valley jury acquitted the four L.A. police officers on trial for the vicious beating of motorist Rodney King. »
- Anne Thompson
The Criterion Collection will venture to the Zone this July, and much more, as they’ve announced their new titles for the month. Andrei Tarkovsky‘s long-rumored sci-fi masterpiece Stalker will arrive with a new 2K restoration. The release will also include a new interview with author Geoff Dyer and newly translated English subtitles. Also arriving in July is Albert Brooks‘ satirical comedy Lost in America, featuring a new conversation with the director and Robert Weide, as well as interviews with the cast and crew.
One of the most notable releases of the month is Robert Bresson‘s masterful final film L’argent, which tracks a counterfeit bill through Paris, and the people it touches. Lastly, Roberto Rossellini‘s powerful War Trilogy is getting a much-deserved Blu-ray upgrade with new versions of Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero. Check out the high-resolution cover art below and full release details. »
- Jordan Raup
As part of the relaunching of New York’s own Quad Cinema, the city will be seeing its most extensive and exciting retrospective of one of Italian cinema’s great unsung legends.
Known to most as the director of that one movie that Madonna would remake with then-hubby Guy Ritchie, the Swept Away director Lina Wertmuller is the subject of this important new retrospective entitled Female Trouble. Running from April 14-30, the retrospective spans the director’s illustrious career which saw her begin as an apprentice for legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini and ultimately become the first female filmmaker every nominated for the Best Director Oscar at the Academy Awards.
Included in this series are a vast number of films, split up between new restorations from Kino Lorber which are making their world premiere as part of this retrospective as well as a handful of rare 35mm prints imported, totalling 14 films »
- Joshua Brunsting
Read even just a couple of interviews with him and you’ll realize that James Gray — in his humor, candor, self-effacement, knowledge, and general kindness — is better at the process than almost anybody else. So I’d experienced twice over, and now a third time on the occasion of his latest picture, The Lost City of Z. Although I liked the film a whole lot upon seeing it at last year’s Nyff and found it a rich source of questions, our conversation proved too casual and genial to be intruded about with a query about sound mixing — which I, of course, just knew I’d ask before entering a hotel room and sitting at a tiny table, complementary chocolate cake between us, and realizing that my muse then and there was instead a question about Steven Soderbergh’s Twitter account.
It’s not every day you can bring it up, »
- Nick Newman
Mubi has taken all U.K. rights to four festival favorites, including Ildiko Enyedi’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner “On Body and Soul.” The curated Svod service, which branched out into British theatrical releasing in 2016, has also taken U.K. rights to Alain Gomis’ “Felicite,” Liu Jian’s “Have a Nice Day,” and Oliver Laxe’s “Mimosas.”
“On Body and Soul,” “Felicite” and “Have a Nice Day” all saw their world premieres at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Enyedi’s film claimed the festival’s top prize, as well as the Fipresci Prize and the prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Gomis’ “Felicite” landed the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.
Laxe’s film premiered during the Critics Week program of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, claiming the section’s grand prize.
All four films will be released in British cinemas and on Mubi’s streaming service in 2017.
“When the »
- Robert Mitchell
In the 1970s, Lina Wertmüller burst on the international scene with a string of groundbreaking movies combining satire, sociopolitical commentary, and outrageous sex. New York City’s venerable arthouse Quad Cinema is marking its reopening this month with a retrospective of the Italian director’s films, including “The Seduction of Mimi” (1972), “Love & Anarchy” (1973), “Swept Away” (1974), and “Seven Beauties” (1975), a tragicomedy starring Giancarlo Giannini that made Wertmüller the first woman nominated for a best director Oscar. Her first mention in Variety came in a Jan. 13, 1965, review of “Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca,” an eight-episode musical TV series about a mischievous street kid, which the reviewer described as “clever and intelligent.” Aside from directing, she wrote 35 songs for the miniseries with composer Nino Rota. Aside from writing and directing for film and TV, the 88-year-old Wertmüller has directed operas and composed numerous Italian pop songs.
“Gian Burrasca” was a drastic departure from “I basilischi. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Coming Soon Director Sam Mendes is considering a movie based on the graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters about a little girl trying to solve her neighbors murder
Towleroad there's a new documentary about Heath Ledger
This is Not Porn and speaking of... polaroids from the set of Brokeback Mountain
Hollywood Reporter 4 Japanese actresses discuss Ghost in the Shell. This is a fun conversation but I wish they'd engaged more with the central twist »
- NATHANIEL R
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This April will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
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Monday, April 3 The Chaos of Cool: A Tribute to Seijun Suzuki
In February, cinema lost an icon of excess, Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese master who took the art of the B movie to sublime new heights with his deliriously inventive approach to narrative and visual style. This series showcases seven of the New Wave renegade’s works from his career breakthrough in the sixties: Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), an off-kilter whodunit; Youth of the Beast (1963), an explosive yakuza thriller; Gate of Flesh (1964), a pulpy social critique; Story of a Prostitute (1965), a tragic romance; Tokyo Drifter »
- Ryan Gallagher
The Cannes Film Festival set a celebratory tone for its 70th anniversary today, unveiling a bold new poster featuring a giddy Claudia Cardinale, twirling in a voluminous red skirt.
The poster celebrates the Italian actress for her over half a century of artistic achievements, as well as a long record of social activism. A small sampling of her work includes Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2,” Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo.”
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“I am honored and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes,’ said Cardinale in a statement, “and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the festival, of an event that illuminates everything around. That dance on the rooftops of Rome was back in 1959. No one remembers the photographer’s name … I’ve also forgotten it. »
- Jude Dry
We’re a couple of weeks away from the organizers at Cannes unveiling their full slate, and we’re still yet to hear about the opening film, but for now they’re tiding us over with this terrific poster for the 70th edition of the festival.
Claudia Cardinale continues the recent tradition of movie icons gracing the one-sheets for the fest, with the actress dancing in this lovely promo. Cardinale has spent plenty of time on the Croisette, with Valerio Zurlini’s “Girl With A Suitcase,” Mauro Bolognini’s “La Viaccia,” Luchino Visconti‘s “The Leopard,” Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2,” Liliana Cavani’s “La Pelle,” Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo,” Marco Bellocchio’s “Henry IV,” Diane Kurys’ “A Man In Love,” and Claude Lelouch’s “And Now… Ladies And Gentlemen” all landing at Cannes.
Continue reading Claudia Cardinale Dances On Poster For 70th Cannes Film Festival at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This year’s festival poster depicts a dancing Claudia Cardinale.
The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the poster for its upcoming 70th edition.
This year’s vibrant red design depicts a dancing Claudia Cardinale, the Italian actress known for her roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West
According to Cardinale, the picture is from an unknown photographer and shows her dancing on a rooftop in Rome in 1959:
“I am honoured and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes,” she commented, “and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the Festival, of an event that illuminates everything around. That dance on the rooftops of Rome was back in 1959. No one remembers the photographer’s name… I’ve also forgotten it.
“But this photo reminds me of my origins, and of a time »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
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