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1960s Icon Jane Birkin to Be Celebrated by Locarno Film Festival

14 July 2016 4:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Jane Birkin, the British actress, singer and muse known for roles in films by Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard, and Agnes Varda, among others – as well as for the Birkin Bag by Hermes – will be celebrated by the upcoming Locarno Film Festival.

Birkin, 69, is expected to attend the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and auteur cinema, which in a statement hailed her as “a transgressive voice, persona and epitome of panache in the 1960s.”

Her career took off when she was 20 with Antonioni’s “Blow Up,” in which she played a nude model.  She followed that up with films by Jacques Rivette, Godard, Varda, and Alain Resnais, among others.

Birkin is also famous for her 1969 duet with French singer Serge Gainsbourg, her husband at the time, in the worldwide hit “Je t’aime…moi non plus.” The song segued into a film with the same title, directed by Gainsbourg.

The »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Blow Out’: Brian De Palma’s Thrillingly Bleak, Prescient View of America

13 July 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In a career fixated on the machinations of filmmaking presented through both a carnal and political eye, Brian De Palma’s fascinations converged idyllically with Blow Out. In his ode to the conceit of Blow UpMichelangelo Antonioni’s deeply influential English-language debut, released 15 years prior — as well as the aural intrigue of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, De Palma constructs a conspiracy thriller as euphorically entertaining as it is devastatingly bleak.

In a fake-out opening — shot by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown — that combines the voyeurism, nudity, and threat of murder that are De Palma’s calling cards, we see Coed Frenzy, the fifth movie in two years that sound technician Jack Terry (John Travolta) has done for the shlock director employing him. By showing the artifice of the B-movie, this film-in-a-film positions Blow Out as a more mature offering from the filmmaker, explicitly foreshadowed during the split-screen opening »

- Jordan Raup

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Discover The Versatility Of Monica Vitti In Michelangelo Antonioni’s Films In This Video Essay

9 July 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Michelangelo Antonioni’s reputation precedes him; he was a favorite of Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, and Andrei Tarkovsky — and panned by Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles who couldn’t comprehend his long shots and “humorless” content. All opinions aside, Antonioni was a masterful, artistic genius, and with his “trilogy” (three films that were not intentionally connected, were […]

The post Discover The Versatility Of Monica Vitti In Michelangelo Antonioni’s Films In This Video Essay appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Samantha Vacca

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Tom Hanks to receive Rome fest honour

22 June 2016 5:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winner Meryl Streep to also attend this year’s festival.

Oscar-winning actor Tom Tanks is to attend the 11th Rome Film Fesival (Oct 13-26), where he will receive the festival’s lifetime achievement award.

The star of Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump and last year’s Bridge of Spies will also be the subject of a 15-strong retrospective, including Hanks’ work as a director on That Thing You Do! (1996) and Larry Crowne (2011).

“I consider Tom Hanks to be one of the greatest actors of all time,” said the festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda.

“His extraordinary talent and profound humanity make him a classic but always contemporary actor: his films and his performances will never be dated.”

Fellow Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is also set to attend the festival where she will talk about the great Italian actresses who influenced her, including Silvana Mangano.

In addition, screenwriter and director David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) will be the subject »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Tom Hanks to Be Feted by Rome Film Festival With Career Prize

21 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Tom Hanks will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by the Rome Film Festival, which has also booked Meryl Streep, David Mamet, Don DeLillo, and Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind for onstage talks at its upcoming 11th edition.

Hanks is expected to make the trek to the Eternal City event on Oct. 13, its opening day.

He is scheduled to hold a public conversation with fest artistic director Antonio Monda during which he will “reveal his favorite movie,” Monda said, adding that “it’s French.” The non-competitive fest which comprises the Mia market dedicated to movies, documentaries, TV and video games will run Oct. 13-23.

Besides receiving a career nod, Hanks will be honored with a 15-title retro of films in which he has starred. He will not be coming to the Rome fest to promote a movie.

At a Rome press lunch Monda told reporters that Streep will be »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Criterion Collection: Le Amiche | Blu-ray Review

14 June 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Many forget Michelangelo Antonioni had been directing films for over a decade by the time 1960’s L’avventura was booed at Cannes, eventually solidifying his reputation as one of the most significant auteurs to date.

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- Nicholas Bell

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New to Streaming: ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘A War,’ ‘The Treasure,’ ‘Le Amiche,’ and More

10 June 2016 6:32 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda)

Two worlds collide once young Kyuta (Shôta Sometani) and warrior Kumatetsu (Kôji Yakusho) meet in Mamoru Hosoda‘s The Boy and the Beast. The former was recently orphaned after his mother’s death (she had divorced his father years ago and her family refuses to get in touch with him), currently working his way towards becoming a solitary street »

- The Film Stage

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Guide to Giallo, Speculating the Basis For PTA’s Next Film, Blockbuster Earnings Breakdown, and More

7 June 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Roger Corman will get a tribute at this year’s Locarno Film Festival.

Vulture‘s Kyle Buchanan posits what Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis‘ next movie might be about:

While New York came into its own as a style capital after World War II, the 1950s were mostly dominated by designers who lived and worked in Europe, like Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, and Cristóbal Balenciaga, so if you presume that Day-Lewis’s character is a notable fashion designer — and given that the actor is in his late 50s, it’s not likely he’d be playing some mere lackey — then there are only a few notable, New »

- The Film Stage

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Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Le Amiche Displays Early Antonioni

7 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

When one considers the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, the terms "crackling pace" and "dialogue heavy" likely do not spring to mind. Yet, both apply quite prominently to the director's 1955 female-centric drama, Le amiche (The Girlfriends). Within five short years the director's reputation would be cemented as one of the foremost auteurs on the buzzing "world cinema" landscape. With 1960's radically groundbreaking L'Avventura, Antonioni would permanently turn a corner into the philosophical and sociological avant-garde. When it came to crafting stylized visuals while communicating themes of alienation in the modern world, he was the undisputed maestro. This phase gave way to Antonioni, via his latest works, being loudly proclaimed, debated and anticipated. Films such as Red Desert (1964) and Blow-Up (1966), love them or hate...

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘Le Amiche,’ and More

7 June 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)

Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to Tom Noonan) and nothing feels right. It isn’t »

- The Film Stage

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Le amiche (The Girlfriends)

3 June 2016 8:02 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Michelangelo Antonioni's pre-international breakthrough drama is as good as anything he's done, a flawlessly acted and directed story of complex relationships -- that include his 'career' themes before the existential funk set in. It's one of the best-blocked dramatic films ever... the direction is masterful. Le amiche Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 817 1955 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 106 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 7, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi, Valentina Cortese, Madeleine Fischer, Yvonne Furneaux, Anna Maria Pancani, Luciano Volpato, Maria Gambarelli, Ettore Manni. Cinematography Gianni De Venanzo Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Giovanni Fusco Written by Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alba de Cespedes from a book by Cesare Pavese Produced by Giovanni Addessi Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's time to stop being so intimidated by Michelangelo Antonioni. His epics of existential alienation La notte, L'eclisse and »

- Glenn Erickson

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Criterion Reflections – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Ld #60

3 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

My quick take on 2001: A Space Odyssey is that, after carefully rewatching the film and reading a fair amount about it over this past week or so, I arrived at the conclusion that it’s my favorite movie of all that have ever been made. I have said the same thing in the past, but that was many years ago, long before I had become familiar with so many classics of world cinema and Hollywood’s past that preceded my birth. My deep immersion over the past decade into a self-directed study of film history led me to temporarily suspend judgment on so momentous a question as what I consider to be “the greatest film ever made,” but now I’m pretty comfortable with saying that it’s this one, without any doubt on my part. That’s subjectively speaking, »

- David Blakeslee

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Biff Asian Cinema 100 List: Top 5 Japanese Films

25 April 2016 5:51 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The Asian Cinema 100 list was released last year at the Biff (Busan International Film Festival), which marked its 20th anniversary with a poll of prominent Asian filmmakers and international critics of Asian film, who were all asked for their top ten of all time.

Japan accounted for 26 films on the list, followed by Iran (19) and Korea (15).

The oldest film chosen was Yasujiro Ozu’s I Was Born, But (1932), ranked 48th of all time. And the top animated film to make the cut was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001), joint 18th.

The top 5 Japanese films are listed below in rank order.

1. Tokyo Story (1953), #1

Routinely hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Tokyo Story is Yasujiro Ozu‘s restrained masterpiece of an ordinary family life, chronicling human behavior in ordinary situations.

It opens with the putt-putt sound of a boat and the wisps of smoke rising from the chimneys of »

- Lady Jane

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Blown up – how cinema captured the dark heart of the swinging 60s

21 April 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s 50 years since Time declared London ‘swinging’ and foreign film-makers flocked to the capital to tells its stories. From A Hard Day’s Night to Blow-Up, the era-defining movies rolled out. But beneath the glam, paranoia, madness and violence were never far away

“This spring, as never before in modern times, London is switched on,” declared Time magazine in April 1966. “Ancient elegance and new opulence are all tangled up in a dazzling blur of op and pop. The city is alive with birds (girls) and Beatles, buzzing with Mini cars and telly stars, pulsing with half a dozen separate veins of excitement.” It’s the Swinging London we like to remember – through rose-tinted John Lennon glasses and a haze of incense and marijuana smoke. And you would have to admit, 50 years on, the city hasn’t swung like it since (no, “Cool Britannia” doesn’t come close), and probably never will, »

- Steve Rose

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Iff Panama Awards Career Tribute to Lucia Bosé

10 April 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama City — In a gala ceremony held Saturday evening in Panama’s majestic 1000-seater Teatro Balboa, Italian actress Lucía Bosé received a lifetime achievement award and the keys to the city, from the Mayor of Panama City, José Maria Blandon.

Guests at the star-studded event included Lucia’s son, actor-singer Miguel Bosé, Spanish actress Marisa Paredes, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson, Chilean-American composer Nicolas Jaar and Venezuelan thesp Edgar Ramirez,

Bosé’s career spans major roles in post-war Italian and Spanish cinema, having collaborated with helmers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Giuseppe De Santis.

The tribute included a speech by writer Boris Izaguirre, a close family friend. He said that Bosé is an icon of post-war Italian cinema, who epitomized the new roles assumed by Italian women as the country rose from the ashes of war, confronting issues such as infidelity, equal rights for women at the workplace, »

- Martin Dale

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Watch Video Essays Exploring the Vitality of Monica Vitti and Mood of Michelangelo Antonioni

8 April 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Michelangelo Antonioni made several great films without Monica Vitti, yet the sense of harmony driving their collaboration can be so powerful as to make one wonder why he ever sought anyone else. Antonioni is primarily a filmmaker of mood and mindset, two elements of performance that Vitti’s face could communicate more clearly than any words. (This, despite what Ingmar Bergman might have thought.) Their collaboration has long been a point of fascination for cineastes, making it little surprise that a recent video essay, by Tope Ogundare, focuses on how one complemented the other.

Despite the egregious error of excluding — or, based on its wording, outright ignoring the existence of — their final collaboration, 1980’s Mystery of Oberwald, a magnificent experiment in (among other things) video recording and a film in desperate need of proper attention, this gives the unique properties of her screen presence some due. (And, all right, yes: »

- Nick Newman

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Joachim Trier’s 10 Favorite Films

7 April 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’s only been making features for the last decade, but Joachim Trier is the rare example of a director whose voice felt fully formed upon his debut (Reprise). That’s, of course, not to discredit room for growth — his follow-up, Oslo, August 31st was proof enough that he can expand and deepen his skills. This week sees the release of his third feature, the impressive drama Louder Than Bombs, which premiered in competition at Cannes last year. For the occasion we’ve dug up his ballot for the 2012 Sight & Sound poll (taken around the release of his second feature).

Featuring some of the more obvious touchstones by Kubrick, Fellini, and Hitchcock, a few picks display where he clearly borrows influence for his dramatically piercing work, including Resnais’ debut, and classics from Antonioni and Tarkovsky, as well as his sense of comedy, from Scorsese and Allen. Perhaps most noteworthy is »

- Jordan Raup

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[Review] The Girl in the Photographs

31 March 2016 7:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Nick Simon‘s The Girl in the Photographs seems to be a story reverse-engineered from its final image — which, for a low-budget horror film, is an effective one. No spoilers here, and it wouldn’t matter if there were. By that point, it’s too little and far too late to redeem the film after we’ve been subjected to recycled horror tropes, which predictably clunk their way toward an unsettling final moment. Perhaps this should have been a short and not a ponderous, forgettable feature. In a sense, it’s a horror picture for the selfie generation — fitting, as the narrative is utterly vapid and shallow.

Colleen (Claudia Lee), a South Dakota waitress, begins finding posed photographs of murdered women left at the coffee shop where she works, uncertain if they’re real or staged. They indeed are: the photographers are a pair of deranged backwoods boys who lock »

- Tony Hinds

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‘A New Hope’ vs. ‘The Force Awakens,’ ‘The Tree of Life’ With Live Score, Ethan Hawke on Marc Maron, and More

28 March 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

If you’re in Dublin on June 3rd, The Tree of Life is screening with a live score from a 100-piece orchestra.

Watch a video on the parallels between the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens:

With A Brighter Summer Day now on Criterion, producer Curtis Tsui discusses the making of the film (and read Godfrey Chesire‘s essay):

The inspiration for the film was the real-life murder of a teenage girl by a classmate, committed in Taipei on June 15, 1961—an event that deeply affected filmmaker Edward Yang and other members of his generation in Taiwan. In fact, A Brighter Summer Day’s Chinese title »

- TFS Staff

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Interview: Director Benjamin Dickinson Maintains ‘Creative Control’

22 March 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There is a tremendous excitement when a fresh director voice is realized, and writer/director/actor Benjamin Dickinson is one such discovery. His feature film debut is ‘Creative Control’ – which like previous futuristic films ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Her’– explores sex and relationships through our technological evolution.

The film is set in the near future, in Brooklyn, and involves an advertising agency on the cusp of landing their biggest account, a company whose application creates Augmented Reality (Ar). David (Benjamin Dickinson is lead actor as well) is the account facilitator, and begins to use the technology for strange purposes, as in building a hyper-realized version of his best friend’s girlfriend, Sophie (Alexia Rasmussen). This begins a rift with his own live-in girlfriend, Juliette (Nora Zehetner), and a change in relationship with his best friend Wim (Dan Gill), not to mention a downward spiral regarding the important client.

Director Benjamin Dickinson »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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