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November DVD Playhouse

5 November 2010 7:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—November 2010

By Allen Gardner

Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears, »

- The Hollywood

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Suso Cecchi d'Amico obituary

1 August 2010 10:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Italian screenwriter who worked with directors such as Visconti and Zeffirelli

The Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico, who has died aged 96, collaborated on the scripts of more than 100 films, including Vittorio De Sica's Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves, 1948), William Wyler's Roman Holiday (1953), Mario Monicelli's I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street, 1958) and Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano (1962). She also worked with Michelangelo Antonioni on Le Amiche (The Girlfriends, 1955) and Franco Zeffirelli on Jesus of Nazareth (1977), but she was best known for her creative contribution to the films of Luchino Visconti, including Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1963).

She was born Giovanna Cecchi in Rome to a Tuscan painter, Leonetta Pieraccini, and the literary critic Emilio Cecchi, a major figure in 20th-century Italian letters. For a few years in the early 1930s, before the Cinecittà studios were built in Rome, her father had been entrusted by Mussolini's government with »

- John Francis Lane

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Berlin's Golden Bear has a gay friend called Teddy

3 February 2010 12:46 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The Berlin Film Festival's renowned Golden Bear Award has a gay friend called the Teddy Award which is quickly becoming well-respected in its own right.Now in its 24th year, the Teddy Award honours excellence in gay filmmaking. The only gay film award associated with a major 'A-list' film festival, Teddy's previous winners have included Pedro Almodovar, Gus van Sant, Derek Jarman, Helmut Berger, Joe Dallesandro, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton.The Berlin Film Fest has been a gay-friendly event for decades. As early as in 1980 festival director Moritz de Hadeln gave tacit approval to the festival's selection panels to showcase homosexual-theme filmmaking from around the world.In the 1980s, the Berlin fest became well-known as the gayest festival outside the English-speaking world. Van Sant's 'My Private Idaho' was screened in Berlin when the director was far from well-known in Hollywood.When the Cuban gay-theme film 'Fresa y Chocolate' (Strawberry »

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