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La Dolce Vita Star Pleading Poverty To Fellini's Estate Executors

27 December 2011 11:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A representative for ailing veteran actress Anita Ekberg has appealed for financial help from the estate executors in charge of her La Dolce Vita director Federico Fellini's fortune.

The Swedish-born star, a former model, is wheelchair-bound and has been living in a home for the elderly near Rome, Italy after her house was set on fire during a burglary.

The 80 year old's finances are being looked after by court-appointed administrator Massimo Morais, and he recently wrote to Fellini's estate pleading poverty, insisting Ekberg is struggling to get by because she has no valuable assets.

Morais tells Italian newspaper La Stampa, "It's not elegant to say it but Mrs Ekberg's real problem is a lack of liquidity.

"The Fellini Foundation has not replied yet but I am confident of solidarity from anyone who wants to share with other benefactors in helping out, however modestly, a good actress who really deserves it." »

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The Bravura Sequence

12 December 2011 5:30 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I’ve finally made it to the grand master of the bravura sequence, or, more specifically, of the ending bravura sequence, King Vidor.

It isn’t surprising that a producer as knowledgeable as Selznick often ran to the services of the two major champions of “slice of cake” cinema and strong sequences, Hitchcock (Rebecca, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case) and Vidor (Bird of Paradise, Duel in the Sun, Light’s Diamond Jubilee, even Ruby Gentry), who, without a doubt, made the best films for Selznick.

Love Never Dies, Wild Oranges, Hallelujah, Our Daily Bread, Comrade X, Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead, Ruby Gentry and their terrific denouements once made me write that Vidor was a director of film endings. No doubt I was exaggerating, but it isn’t for nothing that he hesitated for a long time between several different endings for The Crowd. I was also exaggerating because »

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Vittorio De Seta obituary

11 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Italian film director celebrated for his insightful short films

The film director Vittorio De Seta, who has died aged 88, was best known for his short films. A selection of these, made in Sicily and Sardinia in the 1950s, was presented by Martin Scorsese at the 2005 Tribeca film festival in New York. Scorsese described De Seta's style as that of "an anthropologist who speaks with the voice of a poet". The film historian Goffredo Fofi has hailed De Seta as an Italian director "to be remembered alongside the Rossellinis and De Sicas, the Antonionis and the Fellinis"; he also deserves to be remembered alongside the great poetic documentary makers, such as Robert Flaherty, Humphrey Jennings and Basil Wright.

De Seta was born in Palermo, Sicily, to an aristocratic landowning family from Calabria. He enrolled in the navy during the second world war and, after the armistice in 1943, refused to sign allegiance »

- John Francis Lane

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Young Adult opens this weekend - new interviews with Patton Oswalt

10 December 2011 4:59 PM, PST | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

Young Adult opens in a limited release this weekend and Patton Oswalt has given a gazillion interviews in the last couple of weeks.

On the news front, last week Patton was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for "Finest Hour" - big congrats! - and, this week, Deadline included him among the frontrunners for an Oscar in the best supporting actor category, along with - brace for a holy frak - Ben Kingsley, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Spacey, Max von Sydow and Christopher Plummer. From the article:

Patton Oswalt, Young Adult

Perhaps best known as a stand-up comedian and the voice of the lead rat in Pixar’s Ratatouille, Oswalt is quickly establishing his credentials as a serious actor, first in the critically acclaimed indie film The Big Fan and now on a larger scale as a lonely man whose life was defined by an unfortunate incident in high school. »

- fanshawe

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Claudia Cardinale: Fellini, Herzog and me

8 December 2011 1:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The luminous star of 8½ and The Leopard, Claudia Cardinale lit up the screen in the 1960s. She talks to Steve Rose about life as a muse, her 'man's voice' – and never going naked

Being in London is making Claudia Cardinale nostalgic. The Italian actor remembers shooting one of her first films here, in 1959: Upstairs and Downstairs, a forgotten domestic comedy. She met the Queen at the premiere of West Side Story in Leicester Square in 1962, and looked the more regal of the two. She came here to see one of Marlene Dietrich's last concerts, in 1973, with her friend and regular director Luchino Visconti. "In his room he kept a signed photo of Marlene Dietrich, in her costume. Fantastic!"

This time, she's here for the London Turkish film festival, which opened last month with a new film starring herself; but on a quiet afternoon in a Mayfair hotel, the »

- Steve Rose

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Why Hollywood Should Fear the Legal War Over Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' (Analysis)

5 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

More than 50 years after its release, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita remains one of cinema's most celebrated achievements. A lush, sexually charged dramedy about a journalist's (Marcello Mastroianni) search for happiness in decadent Rome, the film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1960, inspired generations of directors and still makes lists of the best movies ever made. And no one can quite figure out who owns the thing.  Thanks to the dizzying complexities of copyright law, Paramount executives, who thought they had acquired the film fair and square more than a decade ago, on Nov. 4 sued New York-

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- Matthew Belloni , Eriq Gardner

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New York Film Critics Awards: Oscar Precursors, Yes; Snooty and Artsy, No

30 November 2011 12:48 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Julianne Moore, Far from Heaven For decades, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards have been considered a precursor of the Academy Awards. Movies, performers, directors — and later cinematographers and screenwriters — singled out by the Nyfcc usually have gone on to receive Oscar nominations, oftentimes the golden statuette itself. The New York critics awards also have the reputation of being "snooty" and "artsy." Are they? When it comes to serving as a precursor of the Academy Awards, the answer would have to be a resounding Yes despite a number of Nyfcc winners eventually bypassed by (most of) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters. As for the Nyfcc's "artsy" choices … Well, that depends on your idea of "artsy." If choosing John Ford's box-office disappointment The Informer as Best Film of 1935 makes the New York critics artsy, then they were. If selecting a couple of non-Hollywood British actresses (Celia Johnson, »

- Andre Soares

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Ken Russell, 1927 - 2011

28 November 2011 6:39 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Ken Russell, the British director whose daring and sometimes outrageous films often tested the patience of audiences and critics, has died," reports the AP. "He was 84."

"Known for a flamboyant style that was developed during his early career in television, Russell's films often courted controversy," writes Henry Barnes for the Guardian. "Women in Love, released in 1969, became notorious for its nude male wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed, while Tommy, his starry version of The Who's rock opera, was his biggest commercial success, beginning as a stage musical before being reimagined for the screen in 1976. But Russell fell out of the limelight in recent years, as some of his funding resources dried up and his proposed projects ever more eclectic. He returned to the public eye in 2007, when he appeared on the fifth edition of Celebrity Big Brother, before quitting the show after a disagreement with fellow contestant Jade Goody. »

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Universal Appeal: The Making of Star Wars

19 November 2011 12:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg delves into The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler to explore the creation of George Lucas' epic space opera...

After discovering over 50 interviews conducted by Charles Lippincott between 1975 and 1978 with the likes of George Lucas, John Barry, Gary Kurtz, and John Dykstra, author J.W. Rinzler saw a unique opportunity to definitively chronicle the behind-the-scenes sage involved in producing the original Star Wars (1977). “Reading the Lost Interviews was the giant first step in the rediscovery of a fascinating story and many half-forgotten stories,” writes Rinzler in the introduction for The Making of Star Wars which was published in 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of the landmark movie. “Together, Lucas and his collaborators overcame health-shattering obstacles – storms, crises, an implacable studio, technical limitations, high stress, and bitter disappointment.”

“I tried to buy the film rights to Flash Gordon,” revealed filmmaker George Lucas who gave up on »

- flickeringmyth

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La Dolce Vita: Masculinity and Tailoring

16 November 2011 10:36 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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La Dolce Vita (directed by Federico Fellini) was released in 1960. It has been described as a groundbreaking film, capturing a time of reconstruction and economic growth in Italy, linked to the end of Fascism and the destruction caused by the Second World War.

Despite the availability of colour stock, La Dolce Vita was shot in black and white. The use of monochrome appears to emphasise the diametric oppositions between the old rural way of life and the new modernising Italy. La Dolce Vita looked firmly forward to the future, introducing an international audience not only to sleek and sophisticated Italian fashions but also a profession of which we are now thoroughly familiar; the unscrupulous celebrity photographer.

The overall look of La Dolce Vita was created by Piero Gherardi. »

- Contributor

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Krzysztof Kieslowski interviewed for Three Colours Red

9 November 2011 4:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski has decided to retire as life behind the camera no longer appeals. He explains why to Simon Hattenstone in this piece originally published on 8 November 1994

Krzysztof Kieslowski is in top form, full of beans, raring to go. He sits in a pool of cigarette smoke, inhales with relish and scrubs out his past. 'It's enough. It's with pleasure that I'm putting film-making aside. I never enjoyed making films. I didn't like the whole film world, an invented, unreal world whose values are completely different to those I'm used to. Basic values. It's not an honourable profession.'

What is an honourable profession? 'Making shoes, that's honourable. Something which is useful.' So he's going back to Poland to make shoes? 'No, unfortunately, I don't know how to. I am trained as a film-maker. There is nothing else I can do.'

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- Simon Hattenstone

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Identification of a Woman’ Drifts Through Fog of Ennui

8 November 2011 5:10 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Framing a shot?” asks Ida (Christine Boisson), the latest photogenic lover of Italian filmmaker Niccolò (Tomas Milian), in Michelangelo Antonioni’s hypnotic 1982 effort, “Identification of a Woman.” Like Guidio, the hero of Federico Fellini’s 1963 masterpiece, “8 1/2,” Niccolò has the desire to create but has no story to tell, just “an idea of the female form” that perpetually haunts his imagination.

Regardless of his efforts to move on, Niccolò’s past threatens to consume him. The alarm systems left by his paranoid ex-wife are still present in his apartment, forcing him to dodge cameras and sirens while entering his own residence. This sequence takes place at the top of the picture, and is rather amusing but also terribly sad. The same could be said about much of what follows in this voyeuristic meditation on sexual and artistic obsession.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

Moviegoers frustrated with Antonioni’s enigmatic explorations of ennui among »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Link On Link Off

6 November 2011 6:41 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Old Hollywood loves Federico Fellini. Isn't that an amazing sketch (left)? It's Fellini's first rendering of Gelsomina from La Strada

The Sheila Variations a beautiful birthday piece about crushing on Ralph Macchio before The Karate Kid (!) and the transformational power of getting hooked on the storytelling arts and the actors who make us dream.

Thelma Adams corrals some friends to discuss the annual topic: does nudity equal bravery for actresses?

Your Movie Buddy (and ours) interviews Kirsten Dunst on Melancholia.

ioncinema Fox Searchlight signs the Borderline Film trio (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond) to a first look deal. That filmmaking collective operates in such a cool way, alternating in the director's chair but sticking together and supporting each other. Their latest venture being the fab Martha Marcy May Marlene (my review if you missed it).

Little White Lies interviews our current favorite Norwegian director Joachim Trier on his new film Olso, »

- NATHANIEL R

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David Lynch's favourite bands

3 November 2011 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Buñuel goes new romantic. Michael Corleone as the guitarist's role model … David Lynch's favourite musicians discuss the relationship between music and the movies

Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran

What moment in film is most similar in its own way to the music you make, and how?

Fellini's La Dolce Vita – specifically, the Trevi fountain scene. I relate to it because of its style and meticulous detail. It's irreverent, and at the time it was made he was doing something that nobody else had done before. This is what we always strive for. Obviously, the results are in the eye of the beholder, but that's how I'd personally love to envisage what we do.

What moment in your music is most filmic, and how?

Two songs come to mind: an early one called The Chauffeur, which tells a story and lends itself to many different interpretations, and one from the new album, »

- Caroline Sullivan

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Distant Relatives: 8½ and Synecdoche, New York

3 November 2011 12:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.

Portrait of the Artist as a Confused Man

Perhaps the idea of a filmmaker making a film about himself, his fears, his hopes, his life, is inherently self-indulgent. It's hard to argue otherwise though self-portraits have always been a staple of art. Perhaps Da Vinci and Rembrandt were self-indulgent too. Still, something about the self portraits is so necessary. Someone has to explore the life of the artist. Biopics, whether celebratory or critical, are often too structured and viewed from outside looking in. Only autobiographies allow the filmmaker the ability to really explore their internal rot. The cinema this creates may not always be compelling but it always feels essential. Federico Fellini's career is saturated in self-exploration, from the continual casting of his wife Giulietta Masina (La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits »

- Robert

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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 5 – The Results Are In

1 November 2011 10:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Ricky D (5 viewings) Total of 76 viewings

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Spirits Of The Dead (Histoires extraordinaires)

Directed by Federico Fellini (segment Toby Dammit), Louis Malle (segment William Wilson), Roger Vadim (segment Metzengerstein)

France, 1968

First thing to notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, »

- Ricky

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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made Part 7: The 62 Greatest (# 62-32)

29 October 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Choosing my favourite horror films of all time is like choosing between my children – not that I have children, but if I did, I am sure I would categorize them quite like my DVD collection. As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. Also, it was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried. I based my list taking into consideration three points:

1- Technical accomplishments / artistry and their influence on the genre.

2- How many times I’ve revisited the films and how easily it makes for a repeated viewings.

3- Its story, atmosphere and how much it affected me when I first watched them.

Finally, there are many great films such as The Witchfinder General, The Wickerman and even Hour Of The Wolf that won’t appear here. I »

- Ricky

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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made Part 7: 50 Greatest Horror Films (# 50-16)

27 October 2011 7:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

42 – Nosferatu: The First Vampire

Directed by F.W. Murnau

1922 – Germany

The earliest surviving film based on Dracula is Nosferatu, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. One of the first vampire movies, it is perhaps on one of the best vampire movies ever made. Generally creepy from beginning to the last frame.

41- Spirits Of The Dead (Histoires extraordinaires)

Directed by

Federico Fellini (segment Toby Dammit)

Louis Malle (segment William Wilson)

Roger Vadim (segment Metzengerstein)

1968 – France

First thing to notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim. Second you need to take notice in the cast which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories that amount to one mixed bad, but with one incredible segment that needs to be seen. »

- Ricky

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The Clowns (I Clowns) Blu-ray Review

24 October 2011 11:25 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Since I've reviewed the film on DVD back in February, I will only be adding my comments on the Blu-ray upgrade at the bottom]I will confess upfront that this is my first complete viewing of a Fellini film.  I've seen bits and pieces of at least half a dozen, and I've seen Fellini's segment from Spirits of the Dead, but not full features.  I think that may put me at a bit of a disadvantage with The Clowns, but I think I've done enough reading up to overcomes this deficit.  It is a strange film in his oeuvre, and therefore a fresh eye may actually be an advantage in gauging its effectiveness.  Then again, maybe I'm just telling myself that be comforted.  Anyway, onward and »

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Blu Monday: Pirates Arrive in Oompa Loompa Land

17 October 2011 6:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

 

Attack On Leningrad (2009)

Synopsis: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a young and idealist police officer and together they will fight for their own survival and the survival of the people in the besieged Leningrad. (blu-ray.com)

Special Features: Unknown.

Baaria (2009)

Synopsis: Peppino, the nickname of the boy at the story’s heart, is a tough little kid in the 1930s, used to the rough-and-tumble world of Baaria (local slang for Tornatore’s native Bagheria), a hot and dusty Sicilian village with one main street. His adventures are many and his memories singular: men gambling in the local square, goats eating his schoolbooks, and »

- Movie Geeks

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