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Watch: Explore The Life And Work Of Alfred Hitchcock In 55-Minute Doc 'Living Famously'

16 December 2014 9:54 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Murder, mysteries and crimes of passion.” We would argue there’s a bit more to it than that, but if you had to distill the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock into just three elements, that’s a pretty good place to start. Few directors can come within spitting distance of an oeuvre encompassing some of the greatest films of all time, including “The 39 Steps,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rear Window” and of course “Psycho.” He’s also one of the most memorable of filmmakers in terms of his public persona, with a capacity for charming, grandiloquent speechifying and a rapier wit that seemed to let his audiences know he was in on the joke even as he delighted in terrifying them. Hitchcock's legacy has loomed large over the last half-century of American film, directly influencing everyone from his friend and peer Francois Truffaut (see “The Soft Skin” if you haven’t »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Criterion's March 2015 Lineup Includes Two From Errol Morris, Francois Truffaut's 'The Soft Skin' And More

16 December 2014 6:48 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The holidays can be tough on the bank account, but nothing can put as big a dent – and give you as much pleasure – as Criterion releases. Just in time for all the yuletide celebrations, the famed boutique label revealed its slate for next March, and it should satisfy documentary fans. First up, let’s start with a pair of renowned European filmmakers with long-standing ties with Criterion: Francois Truffaut and Ingmar Bergman. Truffaut’s Alfred Hitchcock-inspired “The Soft Skin” will get the big C treatment for the first time as it hits shelves on March 10th, 2015. It will arrive with an audio commentary, visual essay and more among the extras. Later that month, on the 31st, Bergman’s “Cries and Whispers” gets an upgrade to Blu-ray, along with some new artwork too. With the release of “Inherent Vice,” you may be itching for more noir films to watch – after completing our list, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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[Review] Here’s to the Future!

12 December 2014 10:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In Day for Night, François Truffaut explored the toils and troubles of a film shoot: his fight with actors, justifying his vision to skeptical journalists, and constantly balancing his crumbling personal life. In the end, any extreme pain that comes through off the screen becomes irrelevant, at least when in service of Great Art. Gina Telaroli‘s Here’s to […] »

- Peter Labuza

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The 50 Definitive Relationship Dramas: 20-11

1 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20. Love/Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Originally titled “Love in the Afternoon,” but released in North America as “Chloe in the Afternoon,” this Rohmer film is a tale of possible infidelity, seen through the eyes of a conflicted man. Frédéric (Bernard Verley) is a successful young lawyer who is happily married to a teacher named Hélène (Françoise Verley), who is pregnant with their second child. While Frédéric is in a considerably good place in his life, he still struggles with the loss of excitement he had before he married, when he could sleep with whomever he chose. It wasn’t so much the sex that thrilled him, but the chase itself. Still, he feels that these thoughts and fantasies, paired with his refusal to act upon them, only proves that he is completely dedicated and in love with his own wife. That is, until he meets Chloé »

- Joshua Gaul

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Mar del Plata Celebrates 60th Anni

28 November 2014 12:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentina’s Mar del Plata International Film Festival, which wraps Saturday, not only marks its 29th edition this November but the 60 years since it was first inaugurated in 1954 by then President Juan Domingo Peron. Projected before every screening and on some buildings across the city, an evocative black and white institutional spot by Esteban Sapir captures the history of the festival, with scenes from classics that have played here, including Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer With Monika,” Orson Welles’ “The Trial,” Francois Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim” and Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider.”

What remains Latin America’s sole “A”-grade film festival lured such luminaries as Gina Lollobrigida, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford and Edward G. Robinson its inaugural year. Argentina’s cinema industry had been fast evolving since 1909, when the very first fiction films by Italian transplant Mario Gallo emerged: “The Shooting of Dorrego” and “The May Revolution. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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After the revolution: Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin’s ‘Tout va bien’

17 November 2014 9:56 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The first time I saw anything from a Godard film, I hated it.

My first encounter with his work was perhaps appropriately abrupt and fragmentary. I was in my first year as a Film Studies major, in an introductory class about the French New Wave. Having grown up on a steady diet of Hollywood classics, I was hoping this would be an exciting new discovery. Mid-lecture, the professor showed a clip from the near the end of Tout va bien, his 1972 film co-directed with Jean-Pierre Gorin. The scene was the famous ten-minute-long tracking shot in which the camera moves laterally along a supermarket’s checkout aisles as student demonstrators wreak havoc. Going in, the professor warned us that we would likely find the scene annoying and overlong, and that that was “the point.”

I watched. I waited for enlightenment.

I was unimpressed.

I did not get it, but I was a quiet, »

- Mallory Andrews

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The Black Men We Love

10 November 2014 9:44 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Tambay Obenson has been after me to write about something that I love. My writing for Shadow and Act has focused on criticism. I write in the tradition of George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, James Baldwin, Francois Truffaut, Alice Walker, Pablo Neruda, Jean-Luc Godard, etc. These folks deconstruct the culture as they create their Art. It has taken me a minute to think of a subject that I love that connects life and Art. The subject that I am choosing, today, is Black men. As one can tell, I favor Art that parodies, examines, critiques or deconstructs culture. In relationship to African-American culture, this has been in short supply. And, as readers of varied »

- Tanya Steele

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10 Great Movies With 100% Rotten Tomatoes Ratings You Probably Missed

6 November 2014 7:05 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Madman Entertainment

We all know that the Rotten Tomatoes rating system isn’t entirely reliable – as an aggregator website which decides whether or not a film is fresh or rotten based on general approval or otherwise by the critics, a film’s rating isn’t always a guarantee of its actual quality, and just as some great films can find themselves with a lower rating than they deserve, so too can average or even terrible movies come out as freshly rated.

With that said, if you take a look at those films which have been certified 100% fresh it’s clear that, for the most part, these are truly exceptional films. There are plenty of cinematic masterpieces represented, from Citizen Kane and The Godfather through to the arthouse cinema greats including Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Indeed, the vast majority of the titles »

- Andrew Dilks

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Viennale 2014: Filmmaking On High Seas-An Interview With Pedro Costa

3 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It was a very special occasion for me to talk to Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa. He is one of the last rock stars in directing today, a maverick in the tradition of a craft orientated directing style but like with the great filmmakers of former times his films are still full of poetry and personality. His latest film Horse Money was screened at the Viennale and it is a beautiful work of tense tenderness and vibrating observations. As a young cinephile I could not help to imagine an interview with one of my big idols (though I only had 30 minutes before the next one came in) as my personal Peter Bogdanovich meets John Ford, François Truffaut meets Alfred Hitchcock or Olivier Assayas meets Ingmar...

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Truffaut Lighting a Cigarette for Buñuel

27 October 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

François Truffaut was a big fan of Luis Buñuel films; he had always admired him as one of the greatest auteurs of cinema and in fact they managed to meet each other many times, starting in 1953. But before talking about their meetings, let’s see what Truffaut has said and written about Buñuel.

In his book The Films in My Life, Truffaut wrote: “Luis Buñuel is, perhaps, somewhere between Renoir and Bergman. One would gather that Buñuel finds mankind imbecilic but life diverting. All this he tells us very mildly, even a bit indirectly, but it's there in the overall impression we get from his films.”1

Truffaut also met Buñuel in 1957 when he and Jacques Rivette were doing a series of interviews. In addition to that interview request letter, Truffaut wrote letters, or at least one, to him dated 1963 and closed it as follow:

“I have heard from Jeanne Moreau »

- Hossein Eidizadeh

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What’s Up Doc?: Louie Psihoyos Tops Our *New* Monthly Top 50 Most Anticipated Docs Guide

23 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

They often get quite a bit less attention than their fictional brethren, and it doesn’t help that many films fly under the radar while development and filming is underway. To chart this course with a little more precision, I’m launching Ioncinema.com’s latest feature, What’s Up Doc?, our monthly Top 50 Most Anticipated films, a sort of hitlist and/or snapshot of the most alluring, the most promising documentary film projects from the established documentarian guard, the new crop of future voices or the fiction filmmakers who on occasion dip their toes in the form. Curated by me, Jordan M. Smith, you’ll find docu items that are in their beginning stages to being moments away from their film festival berth. Like any such list, we can expect film items to fluctuate in ranking, with the cut-off being publicly items — such recent examples include Laura Poitras’s white hot Edward Snowden project, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 8

17 October 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Italian poster for Confidential Agent (Herman Shumlin, USA, 1945). Artist: Luigi Martinati (1893-1984).

The most popular poster I’ve posted on  Tumblr in the past three months—and actually the second most “liked” poster I’ve posted in the three years I’ve been doing this—was this Italian design by the great Luigi Martinati for a lesser known Lauren Bacall vehicle, but one in which the late star was unusually front and center. (You can see more of Bacall’s posters here.)

The rest of the top twenty are a wild variety of old (three for films from the 1920s, no less) and new (two 2014 releases). I was especially pleased to see Dorothea Fischer-Nosbisch’s superb 1967 design for a Festival of Young German Film get such attention. A lot of other design greats are featured: Saul Bass, the Stenberg brothers, Macario Gomez, Karl Oskar Blase and Josef Fenneker. And »

- Adrian Curry

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New Wave Muse Dubois Dead at 77; Leading Lady in One of France's Biggest Box-Office Hits Ever

16 October 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marie Dubois, actress in French New Wave films, dead at 77 (image: Marie Dubois in the mammoth blockbuster 'La Grande Vadrouille') Actress Marie Dubois, a popular French New Wave personality of the '60s and the leading lady in one of France's biggest box-office hits in history, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at a nursing home in Lescar, a suburb of the southwestern French town of Pau, not far from the Spanish border. Dubois, who had been living in the Pau area since 2010, was 77. For decades she had been battling multiple sclerosis, which later in life had her confined to a wheelchair. Born Claudine Huzé (Claudine Lucie Pauline Huzé according to some online sources) on January 12, 1937, in Paris, the blue-eyed, blonde Marie Dubois began her show business career on stage, being featured in plays such as Molière's The Misanthrope and Arthur Miller's The Crucible. François Truffaut discovery: 'Shoot the »

- Andre Soares

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'La Dolce Vita' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

16 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've made no secret when it comes to my love for the work of Federico Fellini's films, especially his classic La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies section earlier this year. For the longest time I've owned the Koch Lorber, 2-Disc DVD edition of La Dolce Vita, continuously awaiting the day Criterion would be given the chance to add it to their esteemed collection with a transfer the film most definitely deserved. I speculated as to whether it would finally happen once Paramount had been granted exclusive rights last June and lo and behold, it is finally here and the result is exactly what fans of this film have been waiting for with visuals and sound so rich it will be almost as if you are seeing it for the first time. When it comes to the film itself, I'll point you to my »

- Brad Brevet

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"Steven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film Career"; Interview With Author Steven Awalt

15 October 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini

“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”

Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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"Adieu au langage" - "Goodbye to Language": A Works Cited

15 October 2014 5:26 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Adieu au langage - Goodbye to Language

A Works Cited

Introduction

From its bluntly political opening (Alfredo Bandelli's 'La caccia alle streghe': "Always united we win, long live the revolution!") to its hilarious fecal humor and word play—with 3D staging that happily puts to shame James Cameron and every other hack who's tried their hand at it these past several years—Adieu au langage overwhelms us with a deluge of recited texts, music and images, hardly ever bothering to slow down to let us catch our breath. Exhilarating and certainly not surprising—this is the guy who made Puissance de la parole after all!

The release of a new Godard film or video means a new encounter with texts, films and music often familiar from the filmmaker's earlier work—reworked and re-contextualized—as well as new discoveries to be sorted through and identified. This life-long interest in quotation »

- Ted Fendt

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Producer of Four-Decade-Long Emmanuelle Franchise Dead at 72

14 October 2014 7:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 (photo: Sylvia Kristel in 'Emmanuelle' 1974) Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as "a short illness" on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at a Paris hospital. Siritzky, whose credits include dozens of Emmanuelle movies and direct-to-video efforts, several of which starring Sylvia Kristel in the title role, was 72. Ironically, Alain Siritzky didn't produce the original, epoch-making 1974 Emmanuelle. He became involved in that Yves Rousset-Rouard production via his Parafrance Films, which distributed Emmanuelle in France. 'Emmanuelle': 1974 movie sensation A couple of years after the release of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones (not to mention Boys in the Sand and Eyes of a Stranger), and the year after Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider sparked a furor by having simulated sex in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, the 1974 French release Emmanuelle still managed to become a worldwide cause célèbre. »

- Andre Soares

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Watch: 2-Part, 80-Minute Documentary 'François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema'

14 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Is cinema more important than life?” That question was once asked by Francois Truffaut, the former Cahiers du cinema critic and pioneering member of the French New Wave who directed over twenty-three feature films over the course of his long and fruitful career. His pictures range from coming-of-age dramas (the immortal “400 Blows”), jazzy gangster noirs (“Shoot the Piano Player!”), evocative slices of 1960’s Bohemian life (“Jules and Jim”), light comedy (“Stolen Kisses,” “Bed and Board”), fantastical childhood yarns (“Small Change,” “The Wild Child”) and many more. His understanding of the language of cinema and how genre could ultimately be utilized to service a story that addressed universal concerns was eclipsed only by his deep and unrelenting love for his characters. Truffaut was, above all, a consummate humanist and his devotion to sincerity above all things has put him at a point of contrast with many of his contemporaries from the »

- Nicholas Laskin

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The Dreamers: Valérie Donzelli Completes Casting for “Marguerite et Julien” (aka Abandoned Truffaut Project)

30 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Valérie Donzelli, the actress-turned director who we most recently caught as a supporting player in the garishly dressed Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello’s stylized biopic might have found a taste for risky content as cameras are set to lense next week on her fourth feature film. The Cineuropa folks report that Donzelli has completed the casting on Marguerite et Julien, a project that François Truffaut flirted with but ultimately passed on. Completing the cast we find Aurélia Petit (The Science of Sleep), vet thesps Sami Frey and Geraldine Chaplin, reuniting with her fellow Declaration of War‘s Frédéric Pierrot and Bastien Bouillon who join the previously announced duo of Anaïs Demoustier (you can find her in Ozon’s latest, the recently acquired Cohen Media’s The New Girlfriend) and Jérémie Elkaïm (full-time collaborator with Donzelli who we also discovered in Declaration of War). Rectangle ProductionsEdouard Weil (Benoît Jacquot’s »

- Eric Lavallee

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Watch: The Criterion Collection Supercut 'Eyes Of Hitchcock'

30 September 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Criterion Collection loves it some Alfred Hitchcock. And why wouldn’t they? The legendary director entertained, thrilled and terrified movie and TV viewers for years, and the company currently has editions of "The 39 Steps," "Foreign Correspondent," "The Lady Vanishes," and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." The director had no shortage of obsessions, and eyes are near the top of that list.  In his 1967 book, “Hitchcock,” François Truffaut quoted Hitch as saying, “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.” We can see how truly he believed this in a new video by filmmaker :: kogonada. Featuring a score by Rob Cawley, the video essay pays tribute to the way the master of suspense focused on his characters’ eyes to reflect (with no small degree of tension) what was happening in his films. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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