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Britain's cinemagoers are currently in thrall to Alfonso Cuarón's extraordinary space thriller Gravity, for which Sandra Bullock is getting those Oscar-baiting "didn't know she had it in her" notices. No one said any such thing about her equally marvellous turn in The Heat (Fox, 15) but it was ever thus: Bullock built a career on her surgically precise comic timing, but it's only when she furrows her brow that people remember what a terrific actress she is.
Admittedly that's often because her films aren't as funny as she is, but that's not the case here. A glorious throwback to the 1980s school of motormouthed cop-coms – think a sharply feminised 48Hrs – The Heat scores by pitting Bullock's harassed everywoman act against the louder, lairier shtick of telly-trained star Melissa McCarthy. »
- Guy Lodge
The first big show of the Awards Season happened Saturday night as Hollywood’s A-listers turned out to celebrate 2013 Governors Award honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Piero Tosi. The Governors Awards, along with the Academy Awards, bookends the entire award season annually.
The Academy blogged the event Live for fans during the arrivals and ceremony. You can read it here: http://www.oscars.org/awards/governors/index.html.
Produced by Paula Wagner, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and three Honorary Awards were presented to Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but did not attend the ceremony.
On hand were Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Rash & Nate Faxon, Jonah Hill, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lee Daniels & Ruth E. Carter, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy’s fifth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 16 were two events in one: A schmooze-fest with a guest list representing decades of film history (Roger Corman and Warren Beatty through Lupita Nyong’o) as well as an emotional tribute to four eminently deserving people. The evening succeeded on both fronts.
The event, held at Hollywood & Highland, had many touching moments but the emotional highlight came with the first presentation. After showing a reel of Angelina Jolie’s global philanthropy, the actress took to the stage to thank her presenters (Bosnian and Serbian actors from her “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Gena Rowlands and George Lucas), and her family. And she paid special tribute to her mother, who told her she must live “a life of use to others.” Jolie reminded the audience that she is lucky to have basics such as food, shelter and love, as well »
- Tim Gray
Angelina Jolie, the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, held back tears as she discussed her work on behalf of refugees and her Un-like family. Steve Martin cracked jokes but was also genuinely moved as he accepted an honorary Oscar. Claudia Cardinale showed up on behalf of costume designer Piero Tosi to collect his award. And 70 years after she received her first Oscar nomination, 88-year-old Angela Lansbury finally got her "little gold man." It all happened Saturday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's 5th annual Governors Awards at the Ray
- Scott Feinberg
Directed by Federico Fellini.
Guido (Mastroianni), a tired movie director, begins to fantasize about past occurrences in his life.
8½ reaches its 50th birthday this year, celebrated with a splendid restored DVD and Blu-ray. In its golden year, there isn’t much to be said about Fellini’s classic that hasn’t already been said. One of the major dilemmas possibly hounding its new release, however, is whether it still holds up. With the aesthetic and style of the 60s rejuvenated thanks to the likes of Mad Men, 8½ now, perhaps more than ever, appears all kinds of cool. The fact that the film relies heavily on fantasy moments – psychologically timeless – also means the content defies aging. It comes to us again as immaculate and crisp as Guido’s suits.
The film is one deserving of multiple viewings (for those that »
- Gary Collinson
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10. Rancho Notorious
Like Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang moved effortlessly between genres; his "western period" scattered throughout his "urban crime" and "film noir" periods. Even now, 60 years on, Rancho Notorious remains one of the strangest westerns ever made, furthering Lang's fascination (obsession?) with retribution, which arguably started with the 1936 lynch-mob drama Fury, his first film as a German émigré in the Us.
Perversely, although the protagonist is the wronged Vern (Arthur Kennedy), whose fiancee has been raped and killed by bandits unknown, Lang's film - which, as we are constantly reminded by its theme song, tells a tale of "hate, »
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Ernst Gossner directs the story set against the backdrop of Wwi as a young man and woman meet on the eve of war.
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Heritage festival spearheaded by Thierry Fremaux bumps up industry presence.
Thierry Fremaux’s cinema heritage-focused Lumière Film Festival in the French city of Lyon kicked off its inaugural Classic Films Market (Cfm) on Wednesday, dubbing it the first event of its kind in the world.
“When we started the festival five years ago we focused on the films, the artists and the public. Now that’s working well, we’re turning our attention to the professionals without which the increased interest in classic films would never have occurred,” Fremaux, who swaps his Cannes artistic director duties for the Lumiere festival in the autumn, told ScreenDaily.
The festival, running Oct 14-20, opened on Monday with a gala screening of the 1962 comedy A Monkey in Winter (Un singe en hiver) in honour of its now 80-year-old star Jean-Paul Belmondo, who was in the audience alongside festival guest of honour Quentin Tarantino and French actress Claudia Cardinale.
Fremaux hopes the »
European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Judi Dench are the only three female recipients to date (photo: European movies’ Lifetime Achievement Award-less actress Danielle Darrieux) (See previous post: "Catherine Deneuve: Only the Third Woman to Receive European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.") As mentioned in the previous post, French film icon Catherine Deneuve is only the third woman to receive the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award since the organization’s first awards ceremony in 1988. Deneuve’s predecessors are The Lovers‘ Jeanne Moreau (1997) and Notes on a Scandal‘s Judi Dench (2008). In that regard, the European Film Academy is as male-oriented as the Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More on that below. Male recipients of the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award are the following: Ingmar Bergman, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, Andrzej Wajda, Alexandre Trauner, Billy Wilder, »
- Andre Soares
★★★☆☆ Shot in sumptuous monochrome, Fernando Trueba's thoughtful 2012 film The Artist and The Model - starring French character actor Jean Rochefort - adds to the director's already eclectic oeuvre, making for satisfying viewing. Set in the rural south of France in the middle of the Second World War, we meet ageing, semi-retired sculptor Marc (Rochefort) who lives with his thickly bespectacled housekeeper and wife Léa (played by Italian bombshell Claudia Cardinale), who is now in her seventies. Their life is simplistic and gentle, experiencing little impact from the war that rages on in the north of the occupied country.
The tone of The Artist and The Model is warm and reflective, centred on the contrasting dynamic of the gypsy-like Mercè (Aida Folch) - housed by our couple after escaping war-torn Spain - and the wizened, yet passionate Marc. The arrival of the young girl inspires the artist to once again »
- CineVue UK
In the tyre tracks of Senna comes another Formula One thrill ride, dramatising the Hunt vs Lauda rivalry that peaked in 1976. And again, it's hard to resist, even for non-fans. There's track action aplenty but the core is a clash of opposites: Hunt the debonair playboy vs Lauda the cold calculator (Brühl is terrific). To watch, it's more of a Hunt: playing fast and loose with the facts, but easy enough on the eye to get away with it.
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- Steve Rose
There's nothing Claudia Cardinale hates more than staying still, but for the past two months she's had to do exactly that. She broke her foot on holiday in Tunisia and has since been holed up in her Paris flat. "It was stupid," she says, in her distinctive Mediterranean rasp. "I was playing volleyball. There was water on the edge of swimming pool, and I slipped. I like to be active, so when I have to sit for two months without going out, it's terrible. I had many places to go and I had to refuse: Venice, Kiev, Osaka. Now it's Ok. Yesterday I went out for the first time, but the weather is ugly."
Cardinale is a survivor from the era when movie giants walked the earth – most of them alongside her. »
- Steve Rose
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Having delved triumphantly into the world of animation, director Fernando Trueba returns with The Artist and the Model, a film so beautifully arranged, that it doesn’t feel too far removed from the enchanting world which he created in the Oscar nominated Chico & Rita. Animated or not, the Spaniard evidently knows how to tell a story of two people coming together, and whether they be romantic or plutonic, they both have a similarly emotive effect on the viewer.
Though contemplating retirement alongside his wife Léa (Claudia Cardinale), elderly sculptor Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) finds himself reinvigorated following the arrival of the young Spanish refugee Mercé (Aida Folch), discovering hope amidst the brutal World War that erupts in the distance. After she agrees to model nude for the sculptor, he feels sensually impassioned and enthusiastic about art for the first time in a good, long while.
We aren’t provided with »
- Stefan Pape
Title: The Artist and the Model (El artista y la modelo) Cohen Media Group Director: Fernando Trueba Screenwriter: Jean-Claude Carrière, Fernando Trueba Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/23/13 Opens: August 2, 2013 I suspect that first-rate artists have more wisdom than the rest of us, and that we, members of the great majority, should feel lucky if we can at least appreciate their offerings. Mozart gave us great music, Tolstoy terrific literature, and Matisse wonderful, inventive paintings. People like these seem to know more about life than most. Take for example Marc Cros (Jean Rochfort), the principal performer in Fernando Trueba’s Spanish film [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
John Berger quipped, "Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at," an observation recalled by this anachronistic picture of Fernando Trueba's, which offers as generic a portrait of its central relationship as its title suggests. In WWII France, elderly artist Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) has seen his well of inspiration run dry. His fortunes improve when his wife (Claudia Cardinale) takes in Mercè (Aida Folch), a shapely Spanish refugee who becomes Marc's model. Predictably, Marc and Mercè don't initially like each other—though Marc's admiration for Mercè's body is apparent—yet they grow close as Mercè revives his artistic spirit. Hopelessly narcissistic, Marc finds nothing as important as his work: "I have a sculpture to finish, wit »
Aida Folch and Jean Rochefort in The Artist And The Model In my conversation with Academy Award winning director Fernando Trueba on his latest film The Artist And The Model (El Artista Y La Modelo), we spoke about the influence of a famous father and son, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jean Renoir. Grace Kelly, Hedy Lamarr, a François Truffaut Wild Child and Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar led to the nature of women in Michelangelo Antonioni's Identification Of A Woman.
The film set in 1943 was co-written by long-time Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, who together with Günter Grass adapted his novel The Tin Drum for Volker Schlöndorff's Academy Award winning film of the same name. He is »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Italian actress Claudia Cardinale will be the guest host of Venezia Classici, the program devoted to classic film restorations, the rediscovery of neglected or underrated films, and to documentaries about cinema, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 through September 7. This year's program includes Roberto Rossellini's "Paisan," Jean Renoir's "La bete humaine" and a Satyajit Ray program.Cardinale will attend the screening of Luchino Visconti's 1965 film, "Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa," which was awarded the Golden Lion at the 30th Venice International Film Festival -- and starred Cardinale. It is restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The program opens with William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" (1977), the director's remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear," which endured a troubled production and lackluster opening but is now widely viewed as a misunderstood masterpiece. It is restored for the occasion by Warner Bros.Additionally, the Venice »
- Beth Hanna
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup of its Venice Classics section, which comprises Luchino Visconti’s “Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights),” toplining Claudia Cardinale, who will be the event’s guest host.
Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the new print of “Sandra” (Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa) is among highlights of the Lido section dedicated to classics and film history docus at the fest’s upcoming 70th edition. Section will open with the world preem of William Friedkin’s 1977 thriller “Sorcerer,” freshly restored in 4K by Warner Bros, as previously announced.
This Venice Classics sidebar was started last year by artistic topper Alberto Barbera.
The 1965 “Sandra,” an adaptation of the Greek Electra myth, won the Golden Lion at the 30th Venice fest.
- Nick Vivarelli
Claudia Cardinale, best known for roles in Once Upon a Time in the West and Fellini’s 8 ½, is to be the guest host of Venezia Classici, the section devoted to restored films and to documentaries about cinema of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7.
The section, introduced last year, features a selection of classic film restorations completed over the past year by film libraries, cultural institutions or production companies around the world.
Cardinale will attend the screening of Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa, Luchino Visconti’s 1965 film in which she starred that won the Golden Lion at the 30th Viff and has been restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
It is is one of the four classics restored this year that has been conserved at the Historic Archives of the »
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