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A large crowd queues impatiently outside the cinema and, when the doors open, rushes in. In an instant, every available seat is taken. Toward the back of the auditorium, a dispute breaks out between two passholders over who was there first. It’s a common enough sight at film festivals the world over: Sundance, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto. Only this time, we are in the serene college town of Bologna and the coveted premiere isn’t the latest work by a prize-winning auteur, but rather an early Hollywood sound film believed to have been unseen in nearly 70 years. The movie is called “Why Be Good?” (pictured above) and it was one of the hottest tickets you could come by at the 28th edition if Il Cinema Ritrovato (June 28-July 5), which screened the 1929 Vitaphone feature in a sterling new restoration.
One of the more than 100 feature films directed by the extremely industrious »
- Scott Foundas
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »
- Adrian Curry
"Nobody's really captured the quality of a film festival," observed musician/composer Neil Brand, "You're doing something that's pleasurable, but then the fatigue sets in..." It's true—a celluloid feast like Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna is a particular case, too, since so many of the films are rarities. It's like being a cake specialist and suddenly somebody offers you fifty magnificent cakes of unique recipe but says "You have to eat them all in an hour or I'll take them away and you'll never see them again." You plunge in, and even when nausea starts to replace pleasure you can't bring yourself to stop...
Cinephiles like to grumble, and the venues of Bologna attract a certain amount of criticism (one has a bar which runs between the front row and the screen, cutting the subtitles in half; air conditioning is switched on and off at random; and then there's »
- David Cairns
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
When wealthy socialites are looking for an extravagant setting for a party or movie producers need a compelling and unique location for a major movie, they turn to Paul Kim, CEO of Image Locations. In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, we are treated to an inside look at the high-stakes, high-pressure game of elite property rental scouting and management as Kim and his team of driven associates navigate the shark-infested waters of L.A. in an effort to please their demanding clients.
As successful as Image Locations might be, we have to admit that even the savvy CEO himself might have a tough time meeting the needs of, say, a drug-fueled kingpin, the alien queen of an entire planet, a boy billionaire, or a driven superhero on a quest for vengeance. Then again, you just never know what Kim can accomplish when he sets his mind to it. Mark »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
The movie star isn't a thing of the past - it's just a changing phenomenon in the face of the web, Ryan writes...
Taken at this year’s Academy Awards, a photograph of a huddled group of Hollywood actors quickly became the most shared image in social media’s short history. In this single shot - taken by Bradley Cooper and posted by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, who are surrounded by such familiar faces as Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, we get a glimpse of how the modern movie star has changed in the past 20 years.
The movie star phenomenon began in the early 20th century, when actors such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin became famous enough to secure ticket sales by themselves. Hollywood studios initially resisted the rising phenomenon of the movie star with all the strength they could muster; with stardom came a demand for things like higher salaries, »
Opening June 27th, Leslie Zemeckis’ entertaining documentary, Bound By Flesh, offers a fascinating look at the life and times of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were born conjoined at the hips in Brighton, England in 1908. Despite tragic circumstances and ruthless exploitation by their unscrupulous managers, they went on to become huge stars in the sideshow and vaudeville circuit. The Hilton Sisters loved to entertain and rose to international stardom at the beginning of the 20th century. Acclaimed for their singing, dancing and clarinet playing, they performed alongside the likes of Sophie Tucker, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and comedy duo Burns and Allen. In an exclusive interview, Zemeckis talked about what inspired her to make a documentary about the Hilton Sisters, what appealed to her about this bygone era and these forms of entertainment, her extensive research, the challenge of locating archival footage of the twins performing, »
- Sheila Roberts
Yesterday we announced the launch of Flickering Myth TV, a new partnership between ourselves and Trident Vision Media, the folk behind the national UK television shows Wrestle Talk TV and Bwc British Wrestling Round-Up. And now we bring you the debut episode of our first series, Movie Myths, where Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis will be delving into some of the biggest Hollywood’s biggest myths and urban legends. First up, we investigate whether there’s a real life time traveller in Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 silent film The Circus…
Fmtv will be back later this week with our first Midweek Movie News show, followed by the second episode of Movie Myths next Tuesday. Be sure to subscribe here.
- Gary Collinson
Flickering Myth TV is launching tomorrow!
You might have noticed from our trendy new logo that Flickering Myth is going through somewhat of an evolution at the moment. Since our inception in 2009, we’ve grown enormously in both writing staff and readership. From initially being a movie blog, we now cover television, comic books, interviews, competitions and anything else geek culture related on which we can get our mitts – and we couldn’t have done it without you beautiful bunch of film fanatics. And now we’re taking the next step: relaunching our YouTube channel with bespoke video content: made by us, for you.
We’ve joined forces with Trident Vision Media, the new media specialists behind the national UK television shows Wrestle Talk TV and Bwc British Wrestling Round-Up to create ‘Flickering Myth TV,’ which launches with our debut video – the first in our new Movie Myths series, that »
- Oliver Davis
This week, Christie’s, the world’s largest fine arts auction house, is hosting an inaugural online-only sale of what are billed as Vintage Film Posters, though it is an eclectic collection of old and new. There are plenty of familiar faces, like Reynold Brown’s Attack of the 50Ft. Woman, Saul Bass’s The Man With the Golden Arm, Giorgio Olivetti’s La Dolce Vita, Bob Peak’s My Fair Lady, and Philip Castle’s Clockwork Orange, but what is interesting in terms of the auction market is the inclusion of a number of recent Mondo posters by Tyler Stout, Todd Slater and Laurent Durieux. The auction also includes La Boca’s already-classic, four-year-old set of silkscreen teasers for Black Swan.
The poster that really caught my eye, however, and one I’d never seen before, is this stunning Deco design by one Ram Richman for Jean Grémillon’s »
- Adrian Curry
Earlier in the afternoon, the actors held separate master-class interviews for local film students and enthusiasts — an audience clearly obsessed with Stiller’s 2001 comedy “Zoolander.” (One fan presented the stunned Stiller with a hand-drawn caricature of the vain male supermodel, and the crowd erupted into cheers when he flashed them Derek Zoolander’s trademark “Blue Steel” look.)
Whereas the audiences for such Q&As often want to know what an actor is doing next, in Taormina, the question was more focused: Will there ever be a “Zoolander” sequel?
“I can’t say that it’s actually a reality yet, »
- Peter Debruge
Episode 25 of 52: In which Kate confronts Angela Lansbury onscreen and the Blacklist offscreen and manages to beat both.
Early on, I stated that sometimes Kate’s career seems charmed. I’d venture 1948 is one of those charmed years. As we saw last week, Song of Love failed--Kate’s first failure at MGM. Yet some strange circumstances and good luck landed Kate in State of the Union, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. I say “good luck” because in the fall of 1947, the storm that would become the Hollywood Blacklist was brewing, and Kate nearly got caught in the center of it.
Though not as cloyingly obvious as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - no light from the Lincoln Memorial in this film - State of the Union nevertheless delivers the classic Capra Corn package: nostalgia, patriotism, and a happy ending snatched from the jaws of tragedy at the last second. »
- Anne Marie
The six-parter - now shooting for broadcast in 2015 - is inspired by Lucas's passion for classic silent comedy, such as the works of Charlie Chaplin.
"Only someone of his immense talent and experience could achieve something that feels so modern and inventive which also has an underlying nod to past classic comedy masters like Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. »
Summer blockbusters make studios happy, but they make stars nervous. That’s because a lizard is the real star of “Godzilla,” not an actor. And in franchises like “Captain America,” “Spider-Man” or “X-Men,” the superhero is the brand, while the casts seem interchangeable. The several tentpoles that emerged from “Pirates of the Caribbean” enhanced Johnny Depp’s salary, but the Depp brand didn’t enhance “Transcendence” or “The Lone Ranger.”
The art of managing a star’s career has become challenging in Hollywood’s New Economy. In years past, major projects could be pre-sold worldwide on star names, but distributors know they can’t be monetized to the same degree any more. Warners may pour $200 million or so into “Batman v Superman,” but its potential success won’t depend on Ben Affleck’s chemistry with Henry Cavill.
That’s why I have come to admire the aggressiveness, and unorthodoxy, with »
- Peter Bart
There are some directors out there who have reached that elusive “immortal” status. The filmic equivalents of bonafide gods, appreciated and beloved by millions of people all over the world – their names frequently cited in conversations about the “greatest filmmakers of all time.” And for most of these folk, their reputations are well deserved: Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese… these directors have crafted some of the best and most important motion pictures in existence. And yet not everyone who finds themselves lumped into this category deserves all the praise.
That’s to say, there are a heavy number of directors who have – quite simply – been idolised all out of proportion. Directors whose names we hear and are exposed to constantly, have reached the status of “god-like entity” in their associated genres of filmmaking, and are lauded as being seminal in all the ways that only a brilliant director can be. »
- Sam Hill
The film follows Mexican icon, Mario Moreno,"Cantinflas", as seen through producer Michael Todd's eyes, getting a glimpse of their collaboration on the 1957 film, "Around the World in 80 Days", winning 5 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, and turning into the top grossing film of their time.
“Cantinflas” tells the story of a man who got his start in Mexico's equivalent of Vaudeville theater, his talent and humor traveling the world over. He was one of the first (and few) Spanish-speaking comedians to cross over to Hollywood in the '40s and '50s. »
- Kellvin Chavez
I’ve seen silent films accompanied by music from The Poor People of Paris before. It’s always a treat so don’t miss your opportunity this Friday night. This looks fantastic!
The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the 1980s (with a particular focus on filmmakers from the New Wave), offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema.
The event kicks off this Friday with the 1921 silent comedy Be My Wife with live music by The Poor People of Paris.
The great silent comedian Max Linder (the stage name of Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle) was France’s rival to Charlie Chaplin, who called him “the great master.” One of the first stars to establish a continuing comic persona, Linder introduced his longtime character Max, a high-society dandy, in 1907. By 1912, Linder had taken full control of the filmmaking process – writing, »
- Tom Stockman
Toni Servillo as Senator Enrico Oliveri in Long Live Freedom
The morning before Roberto Andò's Long Live Freedom (Viva La Libertà), starring Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Valerio Mastandrea, screened at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema in New York, I spoke with the director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. We discussed Federico Fellini mixing religion with cinema, the genius of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, Wong Kar-wai's style, what moves Marco Bellocchio and the masquerade of politics.
Long Live Freedom, where leaving a message is "perfectly useless" and new lives begin in the middle of old ones, unfolds smartly as part farce, part political commentary, part soul-searching device. Cinema and politics happen to be twin worlds here. The film is based on Andò's novel Il Trono Vuoto.
Giovanni as Senator Enrico Oliveri in the map room: "The prototype I'm thinking of is also from »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Everyone loves to pull out a good fact to impress your friends over dinner. But we’ve all heard the ones about pig orgasms and distance from rats, so it’s time some new facts were brought to light. And since many of us end up quoting crazy facts that aren’t true (Charlie Chaplin didn’t come third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest) it’s always good to have some knowledge to back up the unbelievable.
Here are twenty amazing statements – drawn from popular culture, history and science - and the facts behind them.
20. If Every Person In The World Lived In Texas The Population Density Would Be Less Than New York’s
Turns out Texas is a pretty big place. 696,241 km squared to be precise. And if you took all 7 billion, 237 million, 568 thousand people in the world (at the time of writing »
- Dan Goad
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