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Hitchcock/Truffaut screens in St. Louis Friday through Sunday at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium at 7:30pm
Review by Stephen Tronicek
A great alternative name for Kent Jones’s explosively entertaining Hitchcock/Truffaut would be “Reasons Why Alfred Hitchcock was Awesome.” It may seem unprofessional to go about it like that, but that’s what the film truly is. It’ll play better to those who actually care about why Hitchcock was awesome, but to those that do it’s a slice of encouraging and fulfilling documentary filmmaking.
Hitchcock/Truffaut is a film buff’s movie but the blend of analysis, and interpretation of all of Hitchcock’s work is quite exciting. There’s an optimistic energy that fuels what makes filmmaking such a viable and entertaining craft behind Hitchcock/Truffaut . On top of that the fact that interviewees like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson show up to share »
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Jacques Rivette, one of the leading lights of the French New Wave who died on Friday at age 87, was celebrated throughout the day with a series of homages from several French public figures, including President Francois Hollande, Gilles Jacob, Bulle Ogier, Claude Lelouch and Serge Toubiana.
In an official statement, Hollande called Rivette “one of the biggest filmmakers (who) marked various generations. … He was a director of women. Through films such as ‘Suzanne Simonin,’ ‘La Religieuse de Diderot,’ ‘L’amour fou’ or ‘La Belle Noiseuse,’ he offered major roles to actresses who entered the history of cinema,” said Hollande.
The actress Bulle Ogier, Rivette’s muse who notably starred in “Le pont du nord,” “L’amour fou” and “The Gang of Four,” said “(Rivette) was not only a great figure of cinema, but also a personal friend.”
“(Rivette)’s body of work was inventive, researched and well structured. Nothing but making films interested him, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Director of the French New Wave whose films had a theatrical or literary inspiration
The French New Wave came into being when several young critics on the influential magazine Cahiers du Cinéma decided to take practical action in their battle against the more traditional films made by an earlier generation, which they dubbed the Cinéma du Papa. The leading figures of the group were François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, who has died aged 87.
Rivette’s challenging, intellectually inquiring, uncompromisingly long films are probably the most under-appreciated among the works of this outstanding group, but he managed to build up an impressive and consistent oeuvre over 50 years.
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- Ronald Bergan
A French film director who was an integral part of the French New Wave (or Nouvelle Vague), has died in Paris at the age of 87.
Jacques Rivette’s celebrated films include Paris Belongs To Us, Celine And Julie Go Boating in 1974 and the four-hour La Belle Noiseuse with Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Piccoli and Jane Birkin in 1991 (dealing with an elderly artist and his creative rebirth). He worked alongside the likes of François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol in whose apartment he shot his first short film Le Coup de Berger. He was also a writer with Cahiers du Cinema magazine and assumed the editor’s chair from 1963 to 1965.
He borrowed money from the magazine to fund his first feature, Paris Belongs To Us, which was released in 1961. Its plot revolved around a group of actors »
- Richard Mowe
Jacques Rivette, a leading figure in the French New Wave movement best known for experimental and challenging works, died Friday in Paris. He was 87. The director, who had reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, was praised as “one of the greatest filmmakers of intimacy and impatient love” in a tweet by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin. Though he worked in the shadow of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard in terms of mainstream popularity, he was widely praised within the New Wave circle and produced more than two dozen feature films over six decades. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2016 (Photos) His notable. »
- Thom Geier
French New Wave director Jacques Rivette, who often explored the blurry line between reality and fantasy in a career spanning six decades and more than 20 features, died Friday at his home in Paris. He was 87.
Rivette’s death was confirmed in a tweet by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin, who called him “one of the greatest filmmakers of intimacy and impatient love.” The director reportedly had battled Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
Avec Jacques Rivette disparaît l'un des plus grands cinéastes de l'intime et de l'impatience amoureuse. C'est un jour de profonde tristesse.
— Fleur Pellerin (@fleurpellerin) January 29, 2016
In his films, Rivette, perhaps the least known of the major French New Wave directors, frequently took a semi-experimental approach to narrative. The films were partially improvised by the actors, and their prolonged running times allowed auds to wander around freely in their deliberately stagy worlds.
Three-hour-plus titles were the norm for the helmer, »
- Boyd van Hoeij
Acclaimed and beloved French filmmaker Jacques Rivette has passed away at the age of 87, and while it's a sad day for cinephiles, the director's work will not soon be forgotten. Read More: Review: Jacques Rivette's Newly Restored Masterpiece 'Out 1' Long associated and considered a key figure of the French New Wave, like many filmmakers of that movement such as François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, the filmmaker cut this teeth working as a writer for the influential movie magazine Cahiers du Cinema, and it wasn't long before he moved into making movies himself, staring with 1961's "Paris Belongs To Us." However, it was Rivette's following efforts that would establish is penchant for lengthy, narratively experimental films led by the nearly 13-hour opus "Out 1" (finally released recently in the U.S. by Kino Lorber after being long unavailable), the four-hour "La Belle Noiseuse," the three-hour plus "Celine and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Celebrated French director and critic Jacques Rivette died today at the age of 87. One of the founders of the New Wave, together with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer and François Truffaut, he was known for Céline And Julie Go Boating, Paris Belongs To Us and numerous other acclaimed intellectual works. In 1991 he won the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prix for La Belle Noiseuse.
Rivette moved into filmmaking after writing for Cahiers du Cinéma, in which he cemented his reputation as a thinker. He wa a committed Marxist who frequently brought politics into his work. Like Marx, he was also known for the sheer length of his works, with Out 1 clocking in at nearly 13 hours.
Retiring in 2009, Rivette subsequently revealed that he had Alzheimer's disease. His passing was announced today by his producer. »
- Jennie Kermode
Jacques Rivette has passed away at the age of 87. "Rivette, who emerged in the 1950s, along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, as one of the primary filmmakers of the French New Wave, is the most underappreciated (and under-screened) of this legendary group," wrote Saul Austerlitz in his 2003 entry into the Senses of Cinema Great Directors Database. "Rivette’s deliberately challenging, super-size films defy easy assimilation, and demand a level of attention unusual even to his compatriots’ works. In addition to being considered difficult, however, Rivette’s body of work is also, arguably, the richest of the New Wave era, possessing an intellectual inquiry and humanity unmatched in the French cinema of his time." » - David Hudson »
The French filmmaker François Truffaut famously said that there is no such thing as an anti-war film. After all, the depiction of war on film is a depiction of action, which is inherently exciting and is therefore pro-war. You could also apply this reasoning to most stories set in the post-apocalypse – here is a fictional […]
The post ‘The Survivalist’ Trailer: Life After the End of the World is Just No Fun At All appeared first on /Film. »
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This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, Mark Hurne and David Blakeslee to discuss the April 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, update a few theories on the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as discuss the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.
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Strasbourg-born Rachel Lang’s graduation short “Pour toi je ferai bataille” (“For You I Will Fight”) conquered a Silver Leopard at Locarno in 2011. Now, her feature debut is ready for delivery. Produced by France’s ChevalDeuxTrois and Belgium’s Tarantula, the dramedic coming-of-ager “Baden Baden” follows 26-year-old Ana who, after finishing a job as a runner on a Belgium shoot, take a sudden decision: To travel to look after her grandmother, who has just broken the hip. As she cares for her, an old love re-blossoms. “Baden” is supported by the Cnc French film board and Cine Plus, the movie bouquet of Gallic pay-tv giant Canal Plus.
Taking in “I Will Fight For You,” medium-feature “White Turnips Make It Hard to Sleep,” “Baden,” bowing in France this March, concludes a trilogy. Etienne Ollagnier and Sarah Chazelle’s Jour2Fête handles international sales.
“Baden Baden” is your first feature and also the »
- Emilio Mayorga
Paris – A European cast many directors would die for – Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet – will star in “The Midwife” (“La Sage Femme”), directed by Martin Provost, produced by France’s Curiosa Films and sold by Memento Films International.
Mfi will introduce “The Midwife,” now in pre-production, to buyers at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, where it is likely to be seen as one of the highest-profile and most attractive of new arthouse projects coming on to the market.
France 3 Cinema and Belgium’s Versus (“The Nun,” “Our Children”) co-produce.
Written by Provost, who won seven Cesar Awards for “Seraphine” including best picture, actress and screenplay, “The Midwife” turns on Claire (Frot), a tremendously gifted traditional midwife who one day receives out of the blue a phone call from Beatrice (Deneuve), her father’s ex-mistress who disappeared from her life 30 years ago, saying she has something important to tell her. »
- John Hopewell
Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who won an Oscar for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, died on New Year's Day at his home in Big Sur, California at the age of 85. The legendary collaborator with Robert Altman (McCabe And Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye), Brian De Palma (Blow Out. Obsession, The Bonfire Of The Vanities) and Woody Allen (Cassandra’s Dream, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Melinda And Melinda), also received Oscar nominations for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell's The River and De Palma's The Black Dahlia. The Cannes Film Festival in 2014 presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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