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With voters heading to the polls in two weeks to bring a merciful end to the presidential election, perhaps taking stock of the history of the Oscars as viewed through the lens of other election years will help offer insight into this year’s race.
The Oscars were first held in 1929 to boost the industry in the wake of an election in which Herbert Hoover claimed the presidency at the end of a booming economic period. The Academy celebrated William A. Wellman’s “Wings” at that ceremony, an extravagant production that was the epitome of everything possible on the big screen at the time.
The subsequent Depression years brought character studies to the fore. “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca” won as Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to the highest office for 16 years. But in 1944, with the country embroiled in World War II, it was “Going My Way” — a »
- Kristopher Tapley
As Ron Howard completed his turn from actor to director a couple of decades ago, he thought of the greats he would like to emulate, such as Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, and Mike Nichols. To the former child star, those masters had at least two qualities in common: They varied their subject matter, and they didn’t sit still for long between projects.
Howard appears to be living the métier of his heroes, with a packed schedule of eclectic directorial offerings: “Inferno,” the latest of three thrillers drawn from the Dan Brown series of novels, arrives in theaters at the end of the month, while “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” a documentary on the glory days of the Fab Four, is continuing an art-house run that began in September. Meanwhile, Howard has begun work on the kickoff episode of “Genius,” an anthology series for the National Geographic Channel that »
- James Rainey
When Quentin Tarantino got a plane earlier this month, traveling to the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France it wasn’t just for a meet and greet. In addition to preparing for a masterclass talk, the director selected fourteen films from 1970 to screen at the festival — Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story,” Jerzy Skolimowski‘s “Deep End,” Dario Argento’s “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage,” Anatole Litvak‘s “The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun,” Eric Rohmer‘s “Claire’s Knee,” Claude Chabrol’s “The Butcher,” John Huston‘s “The Kremlin Letter,” Billy Wilder’s “The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes,” Bob Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces,” William Wyler‘s “The Liberation of L.B.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has named Robert De Niro the recipient of its 44th annual Chaplin Award, which honors major industry talents.
De Niro will take home the 2017 trophy for a four-decade acting career that stretches from early work including “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather Part II” to more recent projects such as “Silver Linings Playbook.” He’s also the high-profile co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, launched in the wake of 9/11 in an effort to boost the economic prospects of lower Manhattan.
The actor-producer will be honored by the Film Society at a springtime gala featuring notable guests and presenters as well as movie and interview footage drawn from De Niro’s career. He joins a list of previous Chaplin recipients that includes Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, Billy Wilder and last year’s honoree, Morgan Freeman.
De Niro’s Chaplin Award was announced »
- Gordon Cox
Quentin Tarantino held a masterclass during the Lumière Festival in Lyon, France where he revealed tidbits about his new project that he’s been researching for four years. The subject is the 1970s and how that decade marked a turning point for American and international cinema. Calling it a “work in progress,” the director told the crowd he’s still figuring out what it will be.
“Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out,” he said, via Deadline.
Tarantino was joined by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremau, who also runs this event. This year “The Hateful Eight” helmer curated a handful of films from the ‘70s that will be presented throughout the week. Some of the movies that will be screened include Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story,” Dario Argento’s “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, »
- Liz Calvario
Quentin Tarantino, the beloved and often controversial filmmaker, held a masterclass at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France earlier today, where he teased his new project, which may or may not be an actual film. The filmmaker revealed that he has spent the past four years researching the films that came out during the year 1970, and how it represented a turning point in both American and worldwide cinema. While he wouldn't offer too many specifics, he did have this to say to the crowd, "testing out" this premise publicly for the first time.
"Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I'm figuring it out."
Quentin Tarantino was joined by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux at the Lumiere Festival, which primarily features retrospectives on restored classics and also obscure gems for others to discover. This year, »
Bertrand Tavernier’s ambitious documentary, “My Journey through French Cinema,” explores Gallic cinema from the 1930s through to the early 1970s, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s “Personal Journey through American Movies” (1995) and “My Voyage to Italian Cinema” (1999).
Tavernier’s love affair with French cinema first began when he suffered from tuberculosis in post-World War II Lyon. He says that cinema gave him his inner strength to recover. With a great twist of irony, while making “Journey” he underwent an operation to remove a tumor, and says that his love for cinema was once again his savior.
“Journey” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by screenings at Cannes Classics, Telluride, New York and San Sebastian. It will have its first French screening since Cannes on Oct. 9 at the Lumière Festival in Lyon. It will be released theatrically in France on Oct. 12, and in America in March-April 2017, distributed by Cohen Media. »
- Martin Dale
Lyon, France — Greeted with a standing applause by the 5,000-strong audience at Lyon’s Lumière Festival, Quentin Tarantino took to the stage Saturday night to talk about 1970, an idea which he’s been kicking around for four years.
No, it’s not a movie project. It could be a book one day, or a symposium, Tarantino said. Right now, however, it’s the title of a film program of 15 Hollywood movies selected by Tarantino, all made in or around 1970, which screen this week at France’s Lumière Festival.
Tarantino provided the climax to a 90-minute festival opening gala show hosted by Lumiere Fest head Thierry Fremaux, mounting the stage for a 15-minute introduction to the first film in the retro, George Roy Hill’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, which opened the Lumière Festival Saturday night.
And Tarantino did so with his customary emphatic lapidary style, »
- John Hopewell
Even as Tim Burton's latest phantasmic studio sprawl tends toward momentum of the inert variety, it proves all the more that the filmmaker is indeed moving through time. Not quite 60 years old, Burton is still too young to qualify as an old man. Yet, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children finds itself often in the realm of what's been labeled "old man cinema" - that outwardly laconic pace that defines tail-end work by prominent directors. Kagemusha by Akira Kurosawa, Buddy Buddy by Billy Wilder. This isn't that, but like the older Spielberg and Scorsese of today, we're officially now seeing hints of it. Burton’s emerging aged sensibilities are no less imaginative and transportive than his work was at his fevered, newfangled best all those...
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"The Furniture" our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Hold Back the Dawn, the film for which Olivia de Havilland received her first Best Actress nomination. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t we have a whole month of de Havilland back in June, in the lead-up to her 100th birthday? Yes, we did. But I am here to inform you that celebrating this two-time Oscar-winner isn’t an occasional thing. It's an essential part of life.
Besides, the film is great. It’s a smart, cynical melodrama about a Romanian playboy named Georges Iscovescu (Charles Boyer), biding his time in a small Mexican town while he waits to be granted entry into the United States. It’ll be years, thanks to the National Origins Formula. Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder’s script was adapted from a story by Ketti Frings, »
- Daniel Walber
Loving Billy Wilder, watching Sunset Boulevard, an Audrey Hepburn Sabrina remodeling, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone, Alice B Toklas in Paris, South Pacific, David and Albert Maysles' Grey Gardens, consulting with Sophie Theallet about Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga - Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin revealed the underpinnings of The Dressmaker.
Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage: "We're entering a fable. Although the story, of course, is very truthful and universal."
Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, screenplay Pj Hogan and Moorhouse, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving with Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox (Alison Maclean's The Rehearsal), Gyton Grantley, Alison Whyte, Shane Bourne, and Barry Otto (Gracie Otto and »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Cannes head will be live-narrating his archive film Lumière! at the festival.
Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux was a guest of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) this weekend but his visit was not connected to his role as the head of the biggest and most glamorous festival in the world.
Double-hatted Frémaux was in town instead as managing director of France’s Institut Lumière in Lyon, devoted to the work of cinema pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière and film heritage in general, which he oversees when not preparing Cannes.
He flew into Toronto do a live narration of his film Lumière! pulling together some 100 short films shot by the Lumière brothers from 1895 to 1905, which are rarely shown on the big screen today.
He spearheaded the film, producing alongside compatriot director Bertrand Tavernier (who is president of the Institut Lumière), to mark the 120th anniversary of cinema in France in 2015.
“Louis Lumière and his operators shot nearly »
From the factory-like offices of the 1960s to the endlessness of the internet in the 21st century, The Apartment is an evergreen classic that endures to remind us that a little companionship can go a long way.
Billy Wilder made a career out of making timeless classics. From the noir groundbreaker Double Indemnity to the boundary-pushing comedy Some Like It Hot, his run cemented him as an all-time great. But it's his five-time Oscar winning film The Apartment that unsentimentally tackled love, sex, and loneliness in modern America without knowing it would stay modern for at least fifty more years.
The Apartment was released in the summer of 1960. And with the new decade brought a new shift in the United States in the way we approached sex in film and culture. The Motion Picture Production Code (sometimes referred to as “The Hays Code”) was loosening its grip, and the cultural »
- email@example.com (Collin Llewellyn)
Some actors and directors go together like spaghetti and meatballs. They just gel together in a rare way that makes their collaborations special. Here is a list of the seven best parings of director and actor in film history.
Of all the parings on this list, these two make the oddest films. (In a good way.) Tim Burton is one of the most visually imaginative filmmakers of his generation and Johnny Depp was once the polymorphous master of playing a wide variety of eccentric characters. They were a natural combo. Depp made most of his best films with Burton, before his current ‘Jack Sparrow’ period began. The duo had the knack for telling stories about misfits and freaks, yet making them seem sympathetic and likable. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Character actor adept at portraying hoods and cops and regularly cast in films by the Coen brothers
Jon Polito, who has died aged 65 from complications of cancer, was a prolific character actor who specialised in hoods and cops. His stocky build, calculating eyes and clammy countenance, not to mention a distinctive voice as dry and crunchy as autumn leaves, made him instantly recognisable, even if many admirers couldn’t quite place him. “All they ever do is say: ‘I know you. Oh my God. You were …,’” he said.
He was part of the unofficial repertory company favoured by the film-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, whom he called “our generation’s Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Hitchcock”. They first cast him in their third movie, the wry 1990 thriller Miller’s Crossing. He played the Prohibition-era mob boss Johnny Caspar, who sets out the story’s themes in an opening speech, lamenting the decline of “friendship, »
- Ryan Gilbey
All stories of revenge end up awry in one way or another.
The film follows a father who seeks out a drug lord who killed his son. As the drug lord’s minions turn up dead one-by-one, the hilarity ensues as the bad guys seek out the mysterious man responsible.
Lrm had a phone interview with Stellan Skarsgard and director Hans Petter Moland earlier this month. The conversation was over the dark humor, working on so many collaborations and filming in the cold, cold Norwegian environment.
In Order Of Disappearance is currently released in limited theaters in select cities across America and also available on VOD today.
Read the full transcript below.
Lrm: Congratualations, gentlemen. This long journey of film festivals have finally came to an end. »
- Gig Patta
Edinburgh, Scotland — And then there were seven more.
The BBC has commissioned a slate of new adaptations of works by mystery writer Agatha Christie following the critical and ratings success of star-studded thriller “And Then There Were None” for flagship channel BBC One last December. Agatha Christie Productions, the production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd., will deliver the seven new shows — to be aired on BBC One — over the next four years.
The first adaptation will be of the novel “Ordeal by Innocence,” which was written in the 1950s. As with “And Then There Were None,” Sarah Phelps will adapt “Ordeal by Innocence,” a psychological whodunit that Christie rated as one of her personal favorites. It will be executive produced by Hilary Strong and James Prichard for Agatha Christie Productions, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, and Matthew Read for the BBC.
Other titles so far confirmed include “Death Comes as the End,” a »
- Leo Barraclough
Now that the summer is cooling down, we’re entering perhaps the best time of year for cinephiles, with a variety of festivals — some of which will hold premieres of our most-anticipated 2016 features — gearing up. As we do each year, after highlighting the best films offered thus far, we’ve set out to provide a comprehensive preview of the fall titles that should be on your radar, and we’ll first take a look at selections whose quality we can attest to. Ranging from acclaimed debuts at Sundance, Cannes, and more, we’ve rounded up 25 titles that will arrive from September to December (in the U.S.) and are all well worth seeking out.
As a note, these didn’t make the cut, but you can see our reviews at the links: White Girl (9/2), Other People (9/9), London Road (9/9), Goat (9/23), Sand Storm (9/28), Do Not Resist (9/30), The Birth of a Nation (10/7), Desierto »
- The Film Stage
The already-incredible line-up for the 2016 New York Film Festival just got even more promising. Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will hold its world premiere at the festival on October 14th, the NY Times confirmed today. The adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s Iraq War novel, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), follows a teenage soldier who survives a battle in Iraq and then is brought home for a victory lap before returning.
Lee has shot the film at 120 frames per second in 4K and native 3D, giving it unprecedented clarity for a feature film, which also means the screening will be held in a relatively small 300-seat theater at AMC Lincoln Square, one of the few with the technology to present it that way. While it’s expected that this Lincoln Square theater will play the film when it arrives in theaters, it may be »
- Jordan Raup
Ben Affleck has another new directing gig, and it's not for a Batman movie. This one will actually take him back into the courtroom, which might remind him of another superhero he's played (in Daredevil, pictured). It's a new version of Witness for the Prosecution, based on the Agatha Christie story and previously made into a movie by Billy Wilder in 1957. Deadline reports that Affleck will also star in the drama and produce with Matt Damon and their partner,...
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