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Review: "Eskimo Nell" (1975), England's Greatest Naughty Comedy Now On Blu-ray And DVD

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(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 video releases). 

By Adrian Smith

Michael Armstrong, the writer and star of Eskimo Nell,once said, "It's hard to wank and laugh at the same time". In the 1970s filmmakers gave it a very good try however, and the British sex comedy was virtually the only kind of film being funded. The problem is that the majority of them were neither funny or sexy. They were generally grubby and embarrassing for the actors and the audience. One of the pioneers of the British sex film was director and producer Stanley Long, responsible for The Wife Swappers (1969) and Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1975) and many others. An occasional cinematographer on prestigious films like Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Long often recognised and nurtured new talent, particularly if he could see a financial reward.

Michael Armstrong had written The Sex Thief for Martin Campbell (1975), a film that Stanley Long admired, »

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'Chappie's' Sigourney Weaver thinks the new 'Ghostbusters' is 'awesome'

25 February 2015 4:34 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York - Sigourney Weaver's long and illustrious career has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the greatest directors of all-time.  Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Mike Nichols and Peter Weir, just to name a few.  A number of those filmmakers have excelled in breaking down the conventions of science fiction in a number of modern day classics she's been lucky to be a part of (or, perhaps they were lucky to have her?) As Weaver notes, "it's a pretty short list" and therefore surprise then that she chose to appear in Neill Blomkamp's latest endeavor, "Chappie." "I must say, once I saw 'District 9' I thought, 'God, I'd love to work with this guy.'  To see a science fiction film that was set in the future, an amazing future, but also dealt with so many immediate »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Roman Polanski Questioned for 9 Hours in Polish Court

25 February 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Roman Polanski attended a court hearing in Poland on Wednesday, where a Us request for extradition regarding the decades-long charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl was weighed by Krakow judge Dariusz Mazur. The hearing, though closed to the public due to the case's sensitive nature, lasted nine hours and according to Nyt, Polanski left court "exhausted." "It was quite painful. I had to talk about things I'd rather forget," said Polanski of the proceedings. This is Polanski's latest bid to toss out the sexual abuse conviction that has haunted him since 1977, a year before he fled to exile in Europe. The judge said the court would not make a ruling Wednesday. Another hearing is scheduled for April. If the judge rules in favor of the Us' extradition request, the verdict could be overruled by the justice minister. But if the request is denied, the ruling is final. The »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Roman Polanski Appears in Court in Poland as Extradition Fight Continues

25 February 2015 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Roman Polanski has appeared in a court in Poland to fight a U.S. attempt to extradite him on child sex crime charges.

The hearing at the court in Krakow took place behind closed doors. A ruling is unlikely to be made until April, according to a BBC report. A further hearing has been set for April. If the court approves the request, the matter will be referred to Poland’s justice minister for a final decision.

The director, who holds dual French-Polish citizenship, is planning to shoot a film in Poland this summer based on the Dreyfus Affair.

Polanski admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, while he was in the U.S. He served 42 days in prison while undergoing psychiatric tests, but fled the U.S. before the judge ruled on sentencing.


- Leo Barraclough

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Roman Polanski Appears In Polish Court On U.S. Extradition Request

25 February 2015 7:05 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Roman Polanski appeared at a hearing in a Polish court today to be deposed following a formal extradition request filed by the U.S. in January. Media was not allowed inside the Krakow tribunal, but Afp reports the judge, Dariusz Mazur, said a decision on the extradition was “unlikely” to come today. Another hearing has been scheduled for April. Convicted on five charges stemming from having sex with a minor in 1977, the then-43-year-old Polanski cut a plea deal and served… »

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Roman Polanski Testifies in Us Extradition Request in Polish Court

25 February 2015 7:03 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski testified in Poland on Wednesday during a hearing to explore a United States extradition request stemming from his 1977 conviction for having unlawful sex with a minor. NBC News reports that the court could not come to a decision on the matter, however, because additional documents submitted by lawyers for the “Rosemary’s Baby” director still needed to be considered. Also Read: Roman Polanski Makes Rare Public Appearance at Harvey Weinstein’s Screening of ‘Big Eyes’ in Gstaad (Exclusive) “The proceeding will not be finished today,” judge Dariusz Mazur said. If the court rules in favor of the U. »

- Greg Gilman

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Roman Polanski Appears in Polish Court for Extradition Hearing, Decision Delayed

25 February 2015 4:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Roman Polanski on Wednesday appeared at a Polish court hearing about a U.S bid to extradite him, but the court didn't immediately reach a decision. The U.S. request is tied to Polanski pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. Read More Roman Polanski Risks Arrest and Extradition By Appearing at Polish Film Festival Reporters weren't allowed in the court room. Sky News reported that the presiding judge said a ruling would be made at a later date as the court had to consider additional documents submitted by Polanski's legal team. They are related to unsuccessful

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- Georg Szalai

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'Fellini Satyricon' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

24 February 2015 10:13 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm a huge fan of Federico Fellini's films, films that have essentially become part of the the fabric of cinema history. This largely refers to La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, La Strada, The Nights of Cabiria and Amarcord. Of course, I've also seen and enjoyed I Vitelloni and Juliet of the Spirits while also not particularly loving The White Sheik or Ginger & Fred. I mention this only as a note that I will pretty much devour whatever Fellini feature is placed in front of me, and as much as I was ready to delve into this new Criterion release of his 1969 feature Fellini Satyricon, I can't say the trip was an enjoyable one. Admittedly, Criterion always manages to deliver something intriguing with their releases and this new Blu-ray edition of Fellini Satyricon is no different, but not for the film itself, more for the supplemental material that makes you start to »

- Brad Brevet

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8 Actors Who Beat The S**t Out Of Their Director

24 February 2015 8:39 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Focus Features

Actors and directors have always clashed – it’s part of the process of filmmaking to butt heads over creative decisions, with director and star often having their own individual interpretations for how a movie should play out. Star and director artistically duking it out is normal on a film set, but only rarely does the process actually lead to full-blown arguments, much less physical fights.

There have, of course, been instances where actor/director partnerships have proven volatile. Faye Dunaway famously threw a cup of urine in Roman Polanski’s face in reaction to his harsh treatment of her on Chinatown, while Robert Downey Jr. has said David Fincher’s relentless tactics for drawing the performances he wanted from actors on Zodiac had him consider “garroting” the director.

With others, it should’ve been predictable from the off that things wouldn’t necessarily go smoothly – though Werner Herzog »

- Brogan Morris

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Oscars 2015: Poland Celebrates First-Ever Foreign-Language "Triumph"

23 February 2015 1:40 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Poland was celebrating on Monday after Pawel Pawlikowski won the country's first-ever Oscar in the best foreign-language film category at Sunday night's 87th Academy Awards for Ida. The country is the home of some of the world's best-known filmmakers. Among Oscar winners from Poland or with Polish connections are Roman Polanski, who was born in France but also holds Polish citizenship (for The Pianist), cinematographer Januzs Kaminski (Schindler's List) and veteran director Andrzej Wajda, who received an honorary Oscar, among others. The nation of 40 million people had never won the foreign-language category though despite nine

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- Nick Holdsworth

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StreamFix: 5 Weird Movies Starring Oscar Nominees on Netflix Now

18 February 2015 4:47 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees. "Chalet Girl" with Felicity Jones Felicity Jones would have more of a chance at an Oscar if she just called herself "the other Carey Mulligan" and dealt with it. Anyway, remember "Chalet Girl"? It was about Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick enjoying wonderful times on the slopes. Let us consult The New York Times' review for some insight into this cinematic journey: "'Chalet Girl' may not be particularly creative or genre busting or even a great example of a romantic comedy. But its premise might make you smile." I know I always go to the movies for »

- Louis Virtel

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Roman Polanski Faces New Hearing in Poland

17 February 2015 10:56 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Next week, Roman Polanski will attend a court hearing in Poland, where a Us request for extradition will be weighed.  Court will be held in Krakow on February 25 where, if the room rules in favor, the justice minister will have final word over whether the request gets approved. This relates to Polanski's latest bid to toss out the sexual abuse conviction that has haunted him since 1977, a year before he fled to exile in Europe. The Us has been chasing the dual French-and-Polish Polanski for nearly four decades, going back to 1977 when he was charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer; Polanski was imprisoned for psychiatric evaluation but absconded before sentencing. Polanski, who holds both French and Polish citizenship, is gearing up to a shoot a film in Poland about the Dreyfus Affair, in which 19th-century French officer Alfred Dreyfus, of Jewish heritage, was accused of leaking intel to Germany. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Roman Polanski to Attend Polish Extradition Hearing Next Week, Lawyer Says

17 February 2015 6:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Roman Polanski will attend a court hearing in Poland next week set up to consider a recent U.S. extradition request. The request is tied to Polanski pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. Reuters on Tuesday quoted the filmmaker's lawyer as confirming Polanski's attendance at the Polish court hearing and reported that it was set for Feb. 25. "In line with the declaration that was made before, Mr. Roman Polanski will appear in the court," Polanski's lawyer said. Read more Roman Polanski Withdraws From Locarno Festival Amid Protests The filmmaker, who lives in France and

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- Georg Szalai

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Roman Polanski to Attend Extradition Hearing in Poland Next Week: Report

17 February 2015 5:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Roman Polanski has agreed to attend a court hearing in Poland next week where a U.S. request for his extradition will be considered, according to Reuters.

“In line with the declaration that was made before, Mr Roman Polanski will appear in the court,” Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski’s lawyers, said.

The hearing, which will be held in Krakow on Feb. 25, relates to Polanski’s conviction in 1977 for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

If the court rules in favor of the U.S. request, the justice minister will then decide whether to approve it.

Polanski, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, is preparing to shoot a film in Poland about the Dreyfus Affair in France.


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Berlinale 2015. Correspondences #5

16 February 2015 5:07 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Brûle la mer

Dear Adam,

From your letter, It sounds like I missed quite a film with Counting. That's the curse of even the most active festival-goer: there's always another film playing somewhere else, the promise of an unknown quality and potential. I am no stranger to that twinge of anxiety that the film playing next door is really the one to see, and I just missed its last screening. This conjures another negative kind of energy, too, not just the fear but the hope a film is bad, a film you've written off or missed. Ah, the existentialist dilemmas of the cinephile, how small and privileged they are!

In a way, the event I went to a few days ago exemplifies this somewhere else, some other time, some other film ghost which haunts all festivals. Thursday was the opening night of the very first edition of a kind of breakaway festival in Berlin, »

- Daniel Kasman

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Non-American Born Best Director Oscar Winners

11 February 2015 7:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.

Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.

No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.

In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.

At the first annual »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Berlinale 2015 Review: Queen Of Earth Proves How Great Faces Look On Film

8 February 2015 10:05 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Alex Ross Perry is a more than promising young director. He courageously combines intimacy, humor and a sense for cinematic language and form. Nevertheless, his latest, Queen of Earth, is a step back for the young director in terms of maturity and individuality, especially compared to his impressive Listen Up Philip. In Queen of Earth, the director aims at the same time for greatness and modesty. The modesty comes from working with fewer people, fewer locations, and a smaller budget than in his previous film while the greatness follows in the footsteps of directors like Ingmar Bergman and Roman Polanski. To be frank, one can easily speak of a rather cheap copy/combination of Persona and Repulsion. But there is something in the faces of his characters...

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Berlin Review: Alex Ross Perry’s ‘Queen Of Earth’ Starring Elisabeth Moss & Katherine Waterston

8 February 2015 7:42 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A striking 180 that demonstrates a sharp versatility and impressive command of multiple forms, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s latest effort, “Queen Of Earth,” is a mysterious and moody examination of complex personal dynamics, co-dependency, poisoned perceptions, and the fragile, thin line between friendship and hateship. A sharp departure from his last effort, the talky, caustically funny “Listen Up Philip,” Perry’s fourth feature-length effort is a chilly and claustrophobic chamber drama akin to works of Ingmar Bergman, but with paranoid psychodrama notes worthy of Roman Polanski. It’s like Woody Allen following up the amusing “Annie Hall” with the cold and distancing “Interiors.” But the movie’s emotional turbulence, resentful hostilities, and considerations of privilege, self-absorption, and narcissism are also pure Alex Ross Perry. Set completely within the confines of an idyllic lake house upstate, the film centers on the quickly curdling friendship between two women. Deep in »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Berlin: Polish Film Commissions Draw Int’l Productions with Value

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Polish bizzers are feeling bullish about a surge in international productions over the past year, witnessing the highest demand the country has seen in years, much of it driven by smallscreen skeins and arriving from every direction of the compass.

Polish expat Roman Polanski is also headed back to his native country from his home in France later this year to shoot an account of the Dreyfus Affair, says Polish film commissioner Tomasz Dabrowski, with the working title “D.” The script by Robert Harris follows one of the greatest scandals in French military history: the persecution of a Jewish officer who was later exonerated. Longtime Polanski cohort Robert Benmussa is producing.

Another major player Poland has lured back is Steven Spielberg, whose untitled Cold War spy thriller project lensed in Wroclaw. Employing the support of the Wroclaw Film Commission, he shot not far from the historic Krakow locations he used in 1993 for “Schindler’s List. »

- Will Tizard

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Berlin: ‘Night’ Producer Mediapro Launches Drama ‘The Mothers of Elna’ (Exclusive)

5 February 2015 10:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mediapro, the Spanish producer of Woody Allen, Roman Polanski as well as Berlin opener “Nobody Wants the Night” and competition player “The Pearl Necklace,” is selling one of its most ambitious projects yet: “The Mothers of Elna.”

Budgeted at €15 million-€20 million ($17 million-$23 million), and with financing in place, English-language “Mothers” will star four high-profile international actors, said Mediapro’s Jaume Roures, producer of “Nobody Wants the Night,” although he would not disclose names yet.

In an unusual reverse of most projects coming on to the market, its challenge is not to complete financing but to attach a first-class director, he added.

“Elna” is based on the true-life story of Swiss nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz, who between 1939 and 1944 helped save the lives of 597 babies, many born to Republican women in squalid southern France internment camps after Spain’s Civil War.

Centering on four characters, a first draft screenplay of “Elna “ has been »

- John Hopewell

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