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Criterion Blu-ray Reviews: Ride The Pink Horse, The Soft Skin, and Don’T Look Now

18 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Criterion Collection have added three thrillers to their impressive collection, with Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse, Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and Francois Truffaut’s The Soft Skin all offering different thrills for those who love movies. [caption id="attachment_442129" align="alignright" width="352"] Image via Criterion Collection[/caption] Robert Montgomery is an actor whose appeal and importance has faded. Though well respected in his time, the closest he has to a signature role would be in Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which was later remade by both Warren Beatty (as Heaven Can Wait) and Chris Rock (Down to Earth). He never won an Oscar and stopped making movies by 1950, when he turned to television. But with two of his directing efforts, there is a sense that we didn’t get the best of the performer, that he might have had a masterpiece in him. He directed two films in 1947, the first being Lady in the Lake, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Cannes: Thierry Fremaux Shares Secrets Behind the 2015 Selection

16 April 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After announcing 43 films selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier today, festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux sat down with Variety to parse some of the artistic and personal decisions his team faces, explaining how the committee justifies the 2015 lineup’s seemingly uneven distribution of nationalities (with France and Italy faring best) and a mostly male-dominated pool of directors: Just six of today’s new titles were directed by women, only two of them in official competition.

Praising the previously announced opening-night selection “Standing Tall” as “magnifique” in its own right, Fremaux insisted that audiences not fixate on the gender of its director, Emmanuelle Bercot, stressing how the film responds to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and touches on issues important to this year’s program. Here, Fremaux opens up about the inclusions, omissions and other surprises still in store with Cannes’ 2015 lineup.

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The world thinks of Cannes as the »

- Peter Debruge and Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes competition attempts to shake things up

16 April 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Woody Allen, Asif Kapadia, Natalie Portman and Pete Docter set for Out of Competition screenings.Cannes 2015Full line-upCOMMENT: surprises and no-showsBLOG: Comment and reactions

Cannes Film Festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux unveiled the Official Selection for its 68th edition (May 13-24) at a packed conference in Paris On Thursday morning.

“It’s a beautiful, fresh line-up which formulates ideas, takes risks and says something about the state of creativity in cinema around the world,” Fremaux told reporters at the Ugc Normandie Cinema on the Champs Elysées

The selection is a sign that Fremaux and his programming team are attempting to shake things up with Cannes old-timers vying for the Palme d’Or against a slew of first-time contenders.

Jacques Audiard’s provisionally titled Dheepan, Hou Hsiao Hsien’s The Assassin and Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre will compete with French director Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite And Julien, Norwegian Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs, Greek filmmaker »

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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

16 April 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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That Man From Rio & Up To His Ears | Blu-ray Review

14 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Two of director Philippe de Broca’s earliest renowned titles get new restorations and are available for the first time on Blu-ray, That Man From Rio (1964) and Up to His Ears (1965), the first two titles from a loose James Bond spoof trilogy featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Certainly ahead of his time, de Broca’s amusing adventure films are much more than the kind of lowbrow entertainment that would come to typify the genre known as spoof, and this became a notable inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones films, particularly 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Inspired by the adventures of Belgian cartoonist Herge’s Tintin adventures (which also provided the basis for a 2011 Steven Spielberg adaptation), a prized Amazonian statue is stolen from a Parisian museum. Three such statues left South American on an expedition that involved the late father of Agnes (Francoise Dorleac) and and two colleagues. Professor Catalan »

- Nicholas Bell

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Robin Write Revisits Cannes: Best Director

5 April 2015 3:25 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Robin Write at writeoutofla.com has selected his favorite Best Director winners at Cannes. At the 1958 Cannes Film Festival French film-maker François Truffaut was nowhere to be seen. Truth is, »

- Editor2

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Criterion Collection: Cries and Whispers | Blu-ray Review

31 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criterion repackages one of its earlier Ingmar Bergman inclusions this month, restoring his brilliant, enigmatic 1972 masterpiece Cries and Whispers for Blu-ray release. Financed with Bergman’s own money, the auteur had difficulty securing an American distributor, eventually finding an unlikely champion in Roger Corman, of all people, who had recently established his own releasing company, New World, and was in search of prestige titles to build artistic merit.

Rushed to theatrical release to qualify for Academy Awards consideration, it would secure five nominations, including for Best Picture and Director, winning Best Cinematography for Sven Nyqvist, before going on to be selected to play out of competition at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival (awarded the Vulcain Prize of the Technical Artist). In Bergman’s illustrious filmography, it’s unnecessary (and incredibly difficult) to endow any one title as his best from a body of work that sports a myriad of celebrated examples spanning seven decades. »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Birds Screens at Schlafly Thursday – Here are Alfred Hitchcock’s Ten Best Movies

30 March 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143)  Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)

This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:


Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »

- Movie Geeks

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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New on Video: ‘The Soft Skin’

24 March 2015 6:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Soft Skin

Written by François Truffaut and Jean-Louis Richard

Directed by François Truffaut

France, 1964

Riding high on the critical reputation of the French New Wave (if not its consistent box office success), and with The 400 Blows (1959), Shoot the Piano Player (1960), and Jules and Jim (1962) behind him, François Truffaut’s fourth feature is something rather different. There is still the same cinematic playfulness, a combination of genuine skill, pervasive influence, and a rampant passion for the medium itself, but with The Soft Skin (1964), Truffaut slows things down somewhat, takes a breath, matures. That’s not to say there weren’t adult themes in his earlier films (most certainly there were in Jules and Jim), but here, the entire tone of the film feels more aged, more serious, as if Truffaut was for the first time making a film explicitly for grown-ups, not just featuring them.

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- Jeremy Carr

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Breathless Screens at The Tivoli This Tuesday Night

22 March 2015 7:33 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Breathless is not playing at this year’s Classic French Film Festival, but St. Louis classic French film fans get to see it on the big screen anyway! It’s part of the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum’s series A Critical Eye: Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1960s and is screening this Tuesday night (March 24th) at the Tivoli (6350 Delmar Blvd. University City, Mo). The show starts at 7pm. Admission is Free!

Breathless was remade in 1983 with Richard Gere and Valerie Kaprisky (remember her? Me neither). The remake, directed by Jim McBride, is excellent but has been hard to see in recent years. It will be available on Blu-ray on April 7th, which means this is a perfect time to take in the original to compare and contrast.

The part that Jean Luc-Godard played in The French New Wave was tremendous. Breathless (1960), with its innovative jump-cuts, catapulted Godard into international fame. »

- Tom Stockman

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Daily | Rosenbaum, Scorsese, Glawogger

21 March 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted the introduction to his 2004 book, Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons as well as his list of 1,000 Favorites. Also in today's roundup of news and views: The new Film Quarterly features a dossier on Richard Linklater, Cahiers du Cinéma on Martin Scorsese in the 80s, Peter Cowie's memories of François Truffaut, Chris Cagle on Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death, Jake Cole on Eric Rohmer's The Marquise of O, J. Hoberman on Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country and Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid, Artforum and the New York Times on Shirley Yamaguchi and Setsuko Hara—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Rosenbaum, Scorsese, Glawogger

21 March 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted the introduction to his 2004 book, Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons as well as his list of 1,000 Favorites. Also in today's roundup of news and views: The new Film Quarterly features a dossier on Richard Linklater, Cahiers du Cinéma on Martin Scorsese in the 80s, Peter Cowie's memories of François Truffaut, Chris Cagle on Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death, Jake Cole on Eric Rohmer's The Marquise of O, J. Hoberman on Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country and Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid, Artforum and the New York Times on Shirley Yamaguchi and Setsuko Hara—and more. » - David Hudson »

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The Noteworthy: 18 March 2015

17 March 2015 6:59 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

We're proud to be partnering up with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival again this year. It opens tonight in London and to celebrate we're currently showing Sara Ishaq's The Mulberry House (pictured above) in the UK—watch it now! the 74th issue of Senses of Cinema is online now, and will keep you busy with a dozen feature articles, not counting festival reports. Start with the Editor's Note and work your way to their focus on Michelangelo Antonioni and Paul Thomas Anderson.Another online journal we're very fond of, desistfilm, has a new issue as well. Among the highlights, Adrian Martin writes on "The Post-Photographic in 1951: A Secret History." The lineup for Hot Docs, the Canadian documentary film festival taking place between April 23rd and May 5th, has been announced and the details can be found here, and trailers for the films (over 80!) can be found here. »

- Notebook

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Francois Truffaut's 15 Greatest Films

17 March 2015 11:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Any day bringing a new Francois Truffaut film to the Criterion Collection is a good one, so it follows that today is a good day. Though every cinephile’s favorite label already includes a smattering from the French New Wave legend, most notably “Jules Et Jim” and the Antoine Doinel series, today sees the release of a new edition of “The Soft Skin,” an early, often-undervalued film by the filmmaker. So even though we ran an Essentials feature last year to celebrate the Blu-Ray re-release of "Jules et Jim," we tend to jump at any chance to write about Truffaut. We've expanded that feature herein to 15 titles, listed chronologically (yes, we are shaping up for a full retrospective at some point). Truffaut went from runaway schoolboy to bad-boy Cahiers du Cinema critic to wildly acclaimed filmmaker before the age of 27, and passed away of a brain tumor aged only 52 —consequently, »

- The Playlist Staff

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2015 First Time Fest – Harvey Weinstein Interview

16 March 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.

In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »

- Catherina Gioino

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Parallel lines by Anne-Katrin Titze

14 March 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Adèle Haenel and Guillaume Canet in André Téchiné's In The Name Of My Daughter

Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur) director Cédric Anger was the co-screenwriter for André Téchiné's casino family thriller In The Name Of My Daughter, aka French Riviera (L’Homme Qu’on Aimait Trop). In both films he returns to the Seventies and to real-life murder cases with Guillaume Canet as the male lead and in both, possibly aided by the costumes he is wearing and the period haircuts, Canet looks strikingly like François Truffaut, which makes for an interesting obstacle to overcome in performance. And overcome it he does.

A dignified Catherine Deneuve as Renée Le Roux runs a casino in Nice that the criminal element has its eyes on in In The Name Of My Daughter. Guillaume Canet is the hieroglyphic lawyer Maurice Agnelet »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Baye and the Beast by Anne-Katrin Titze

13 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Frédéric Tellier’s SK1 (L’affaire SK1) star Nathalie Baye having a Boyhood moment Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Having worked with some of the best directors on both sides of the Atlantic - starting with Robert Wise and including François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Claude Chabrol, Bertrand Tavernier, Steven Spielberg and even Guillaume Canet - Nathalie Baye comes to the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York with Frédéric Tellier’s intense thriller SK1 (L’Affaire SK1), co-starring Raphaël Personnaz and Olivier Gourmet.

Convicted murderer Guy Georges (Adama Niane), known as the "Beast of Bastille" due to his 11th arrondissement hunting ground, brutally raped and killed seven women over a period of years in the 1990s before a complicated investigation led to his arrest.

Baye is Maître Frédérique Pons, the lawyer who agreed to represent the man nobody wanted to defend. She "doesn't believe in the Devil, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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A Lesson in The Auteur Theory

10 March 2015 9:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The folks at FilmmakerIQ have put together another worthwhile lesson on film history, this time addressing the "Auteur Theory" accompanied with the following introduction: Auteur - it's a favorite term of cinephiles around the world. But what exactly is Auteur Theoryc In this Filmmaker Iq course we peel back pages of time and explore the origins of Auteur Theory from the economically tumultuous adolescence of French Cinema to the culture war waged in the columns of competing American movie critics. Obviously Francois Truffaut, Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael are discussed heavily in the piece and it's a video that offers up interesting ideas on how we judge films. Do we judge a film by the filmmaker or judge a film on its own meritsc How often do we give credit to a film more for its director than for the actual film itselfc In terms of today's films I know »

- Brad Brevet

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Harvey Weinstein honoured at First Time Fest by Anne-Katrin Titze

10 March 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

First Time Fest co-founders Mandy Ward and Johanna Bennett with Harvey Weinstein as Gay Talese looks on Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the closing night awards ceremony, First Time Fest co-founders Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward honoured Harvey Weinstein for his distinguished career and support of first-time filmmakers. The 400 Blows by François Truffaut and Kurt Vonnegut's book Cat's Cradle influenced him when he went on to distribute Cinema Paradiso. Federico Fellini and Philippe de Broca's Jean-Paul Belmondo movies That Man From Rio and Cartouche were a part of his cinema education growing up in Queens, New York, which may have equipped him for his relationship with Quentin Tarantino.

Previously fêted for their commitment to cinema were Darren Aronofsky, by Martin Scorsese, and Julie Taymor. While waiting for Harvey's arrival, I joined Gay Talese and Tony Bennett for a lively conversation on movies, the demise of burlesque and tennis »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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