15 items from 2015
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Running time: 104 minutes
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star as lovers torn apart by war in a beautifully crafted film by Vittorio De Sica. Originally released in 1970, Sunflower comes to DVD in a newly restored version. The film is indeed a classic depicting the trails and heartbreak of war-torn lovers, but more so through the outstanding performances of Loren and Mastroianni.
The film starts twelve days before Ww II breaks out; Giovanna (Loren) marries Antonio (Mastroianni) after a whirlwind romance. It soon becomes clear that the two are inseparable and the outbreak of war threatens their bond. With no desire to fight in the conflict Antonio fakes insanity, but officials soon see through the charade and send Antonio to the Russian front where he battles against the unbearable freezing temperatures and a short supply of rations.
As the war ends, »
- Ciham Messouki
By Anjelica Oswald
With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.
Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.
Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.
The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for »
- Anjelica Oswald
Good Morning Oscar fans! Today is nomination day!
Wamg was in the thick of nomination morning fever at the home of the Oscars – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Prior to the announcement, A.M.P.A.S. and the show’s producing team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, gave the press assembled in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre a first look at the new Oscar promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris, titled “Anything Can Happen,” and given what went down this morning, that’s certainly the case.
Let’s get right to the big shockers – No Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature or Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.
Also missing among the presumed nominees were Ava DuVernay (Selma, directing), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, directing), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, best actress), David Oyelowo (Selma, best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, best actor), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, best actor), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, »
- Movie Geeks
The past year has been a great one as concerns the availability and restoration of several titles from Italian auteur Liliana Cavani, a director who came to fame and notoriety alongside peers such as Pasolini, Bellocchio, and Bertolucci. Her work has often faced difficulty in achieving the same sort of international acclaim as those male colleagues, each of them certified as a particular brand within the cinematic canon. And yet, Cavani is as equally provocative and prolific, with boundary pushing titles languishing in obscurity, usually historical reconstructions with gender or sexuality as a unique entry. Her work has often been described as having a feminist bent, but Cavani isn’t aspiring to create female agency in spaces dominated by masculinity. Rather, her concern resides in honest depictions of women ravaged by male dominated systems. Cavani’s most notorious title, 1974’s The Night Porter, received a Blu-ray transfer from Criterion recently, »
- Nicholas Bell
“There are certain movie images that come to stand for more than just the picture itself — they come to define an entire era, and it seems to happen instantaneously: Humphrey Bogart waiting at the bar for Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, James Dean in his red jacket in Rebel Without A Cause and, of course, Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. This brief moment conjures up a vast universe that’s gone now — the international ‘jet set’ of the 60s and 70s, the world of international moviemaking, the very special cinematic world of Federico Fellini. He and Marcello Mastroianni and Ekberg made magic together. It was her one great moment in movies, »
- The Deadline Team
Update, Sunday 4:10 Pm: Adds anecdote about Back From Eternity, below: The blond beauty who added a smoldering Swedish sensuality to the pantheon of European 1950s and ’60s screen sirens that included Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot, died Sunday in Rocca di Papa, near Rome, according to reports confirmed by Deadline. She was 83.
She had lived in Italy for decades since a starring role, opposite Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking 1960 La Dolce Vita, made her an international sex symbol. In the film she she played Sylvia, a Swedish-American movie star who arrives in Rome and captures the attention of Mastroianni’s night-crawling paparazzo, who takes her on a moonlit tour of the city. In one of the episodic film’s most famous scenes, Sylvia — poured into a strapless, form-fitting black gown — wades into the Trevi Fountain, beckoning her suitor to follow.
Later she pointedly, and frequently, remarked that »
- Jeremy Gerard
The film career of Anita Ekberg – who died today aged 83 – was defined by a few minutes of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960). Playing a movie star, she is shown dancing riotously in a nightclub. She throws away her fur and takes off her shoes. “Come on everybody, follow me,” she shouts as her drunken fiancé (Lex Barker) sits on the sidelines. They row and she storms off. Jaded journalist Marcello Mastroianni drives her away into the Roman night. After howling like a wolf and wandering the streets with a kitten on her head, they end up at the Trevi Fountain. The sight of the water cascading over her body electrified audiences. »
I've made no secret about loving Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita as noted in my essay on the film last year and today, which makes today's news of the passing of Anika Ekberg that much more sorrowful. As evidenced on the DVD edition of La Dolce Vita from Koch Lorber, Ekberg had a bit of a quick wit about her, though in the last few years she fell on hard financial times, several years removed from the memory we have of her, wading in Rome's Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni. Ekberg landed a contract with Universal back in the early '50s after appearing at the 1951 Miss Universe contest, after which she would land roles in films such as King Vidor's War and Peace as well as three other Fellini features -- I clowns, Intervista and Boccaccio '70. Ekberg's passing comes as the result of a complications with a long illness, »
- Brad Brevet
Anita Ekberg, a blonde bombshell who became an international sex symbol in the 1950s and ’60s, died in Italy Sunday at age 83.
The Swedish-born actress was best known for her role as a movie star in Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” which received the Golden Palm at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and elevated Ekberg to screen siren status.
She was featured in a scene in which “she wades into the Trevi Fountain in a strapless evening gown, turns her face ecstatically to the fountain’s waterfall and seductively calls Marcello Mastroianni’s character to join her – establishing her place in cinema history, »
- Todd Cunningham
By Lee Pfeiffer
The cruel loss of legendary cinematic figures continues into the new year with the death of Anita Ekberg in Italy at age 83. The precise cause of death is not known at this time but she had suffered from a long illness. Ekberg was Swedish by birth but was often mistaken as a native of Italy because of her close association with Fellini and his films. She was named Miss Sweden as a teenager and competed in the Miss Universe contest before her statuesque figure ensured a career in show business during an era when full-bosomed sex sirens were all the rage. Hollywood studios were particularly on the lookout for the next exotic European beauty and Ekberg filled the bill perfectly. She slogged through bit parts uncredited in major studio productions before landing a prominent role opposite John Wayne and Lauren Bacall in the 1955 hit "Blood Alley" (in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
According to reports (La Stampa), Anita Ekberg has died at age 83.
The Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and `60s was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Ekberg also starred in King Vidor’s War And Peace and alongside Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in 1956’s Hollywood Or Bust which she won a Golden Globe award for “Most Promising Newcomer.”
From the AP:
Ekberg’s lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi confirmed she died in Rome Sunday morning following a series of illnesses. She had been hospitalized most recently after Christmas. Ubaldi said a ceremony would be held in the coming days at a Lutheran church in Rome, and that Ekberg had specified that her remains be cremated.
Ubaldi also said that in her last days Ekberg was saddened by the illness and her advancing age. »
- Movie Geeks
Anita Ekberg, a former Miss Sweden who will be forever linked to Rome for her iconic role in director Federico Fellini's 1960 cinematic landmark La Dolce Vita, died Sunday morning in Italy after a long illness, reports The New York Times. She was 83. Ekberg reportedly had been incapacitated for several years since she broke a hip after being knocked over by one of her pet Great Danes, reports the BBC. Her final film had been 1996's Bambola, which was described as a French-Spanish-Italian erotic melodrama. In the Fellini classic, which starred Marcello Mastroianni in what was essentially one long hedonistic romp through the Eternal City, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Anita Ekberg, a former Miss Sweden who will be forever linked to Rome for her iconic role in director Federico Fellini's 1960 cinematic landmark La Dolce Vita, died Sunday morning in Italy after a long illness, reports The New York Times. She was 83. Ekberg reportedly had been incapacitated for several years since she broke a hip after being knocked over by one of her pet Great Danes, reports the BBC. Her final film had been 1996's Bambola, which was described as a French-Spanish-Italian erotic In the Fellini classic, which starred Marcello Mastroianni in what was essentially one long hedonistic romp through the Eternal City, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
"Anita Ekberg, immortalized by her performance in Federico Fellini's 1960 film La Dolce Vita, died Sunday near Rome," reports the Afp. "She was 83." From TCM: "Coming to America after winning the Miss Sweden beauty competition in 1950, Ekberg soon secured herself a contract with Universal Pictures and began a string of appearances in such features as Blood Alley (1955), Hollywood or Bust (1956) and the historical epic War and Peace (1956). Often eclipsing her work on screen, however, were the alleged romantic liaisons with many of Hollywood's most powerful leading men, including Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra. Sub-par genre pictures with titles like Sheba and the Gladiator (1959) were fast becoming Ekberg's stock-in-trade before Fellini cast the stunning actress in La Dolce Vita, instantly making her co-star Marcello Mastroianni an international superstar, but oddly, doing little to advance her career." » - David Hudson »
15 items from 2015
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