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One of the greatest westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's spaghetti masterpiece is the epic tale of a notorious outlaw (Jason Robards) and a harmonica-playing gunslinger (Charles Bronson) who join forces to save comely widow Claudia Cardinale from a ruthless railroad tycoon and his hired guns. In a casting masterstroke, perennial good guy Henry Fonda is a convincing candidate for the most cold-blooded killer in film history. »
If you should have the good fortune to visit Sicily in June, the last thing you want to do is sit inside and watch movies. That’s just as well for the Taormina Film Festival, since half the movies are shown outdoors in the Teatro Antico, and the other half no one wants to see anyway.
Taormina is the first film festival I’ve attended where film seems to be the least important thing going on. Three years ago, the event was on the brink of bankruptcy when Tiziana Rocca took the reins and rescued it. One thing I’ve learned about Southern Italy this week: When life gives them lemons, they make limoncello.
A publicity maven from Rome, Rocca instinctively understood that glamour would be the way to bring attention back to Taormina. And so, for eight nights in the middle of June, the city becomes the backdrop for starry awards shows, »
- Peter Debruge
As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name — Italy’s oldest — that over the years has attracted such cinema legends as Marcello Mastroianni, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and John Huston.
This month the Taormina Film Festival celebrates its 60th anni by honoring the work of women in the movies, and female movie stars will play a prominent role in the festivities. The fest’s subtitle for 2014 is “60 years of women and their impact.”
“Women have contributed a lot to the movie business, and sometimes they are not as appreciated as men, and festivals forget to celebrate them,” says Tiziana Rocca, Taormina fest’s general manager.
Among the actresses who will be accepting honors at Taormina: Claudia Cardinale, »
- Peter Caranicas
The Shadow Knows: Oliveira’s latest a Stringent Meditation on Sacrifice
Inevitably, any discussion pertaining to recent work from Portuguese director Manoel de Oliviera will make mention of the fact that he’s currently the world’s oldest filmmaker at the age of 105. He shows little sign of slowing down, with a short film currently in development and another feature he’s currently trying to fund. After playing the festival circuit in 2012, his latest, Gebo and the Shadow, is an adaptation of a stage play by Raul Brandao, finally landing in theaters, though playing solely in one theater in New York City. It’s a pity it won’t have a wider platform, considering the film’s rather ascetic beauty as well as its bleak examination of poverty and familial sacrifices, made all the more accessible (at least compared to his last effort, 2010’s The Strange Case of Anjelica) with iconic actors like Michael Lonsdale, »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Upon sitting down to write a review of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, I thought about the monumental task in front of me: ‘How do I do justice to one of the greatest films ever made?’ It’s easy: I can’t. I mean, I’ll do my best, but no amount of complimentary adjectives or animated textual analysis can re-create the affecting experience of watching Visconti’s epic masterpiece.
Adapted from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s posthumously published Il Gattopardo, The Leopard takes place in a specific historical moment—Italy’s Risorgimento period—but it could really be set anywhere at any time. It’s about the painful inevitability of adapting to change and the erosion of one norm for another. Don Fabrizio Corbera (Burt Lancaster) is the Prince of Salina, and with middle-age upon him and revolution around him, he understands »
- Griffin Bell
The Taormina Film Festival runs June 14-21 this year.
Longoria will come to Taormina, which is among Europe’s oldest fests, to receive the Humanitarian Taormina Award for her work with the Eva Longoria Foundation, which helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.
Vega and Claudia Cardinale will pick up Taormina Arte Awards. Cardinale will also be honored with several screenings of her films.
For the first time the fest, located in a Sicilian seaside resort, will host the Variety Creative Impact Award, the recipient of which has yet to be revealed.
Italy’s RaiCinema, the film arm of pubcaster Rai, will be honored for its role in supporting Italian cinema. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Claudia Cardinale broke loose of her Italian roots to play the sultry Jill McBain -- opposite Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson -- in the 1968 shoot-em-up "Once Upon A Time In The West." Guess what she looks like now! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
I absolutely need to watch more films starring German actor Klaus Kinski. Outside of his Werner Herzog appearances I've only seen him in Sergio Leone's For a Few Dollars More, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago and Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence and with IMDb crediting him in over 130 films, I've clearly missed a few. Kinski had a raw intensity Herzog clearly knew how to exploit, most notably in Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, films where the production was as harrowing if not more so than the stories they were telling making it hard to tell where Kinski the actor ends and his character begins. Within the confines of Herzog's 1999 documentary My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski, we get a small glimpse of the man Herzog met when he was only a child as he returns to the now-renovated apartment where he first met Kinski. He takes us on a walking tour, »
- Brad Brevet
Ten years after they first worked together on Aguirre, the Wrath of God, writer/director Werner Herzog would reteam with star Klaus Kinski for the fourth time, though it wasn't originally envisioned that way. In fact, I doubt Herzog would say much of Fitzcarraldo was how he originally envisioned it. This ambitious piece of genius cinema would take he and Kinski back into the Peruvian jungle for a film that seems to have been cursed from the start, but even curses are meant to be broken given the proper enchantment. Kinski came aboard the project, replacing original star Jason Robards, playing the lead role of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (aka Fitzcarraldo), an opera-loving Irishman determined to bring the opera to the jungles of Peru. Alongside him was to be his assistant Wilbur (Mick Jagger), but as production was delayed and Robards fell ill with dysentery, the production almost fell to pieces. »
- Brad Brevet
Entertainment One Films Us (eOne) has been quite busy as of late, having acquired the North American rights to romantic drama "The Silent Mountain" and the U.S. rights to action thriller "The Night Crew." Both films are set to be released via all home entertainment platforms including DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and electronic sell through. "The Silent Mountain," starring William Moseley ("The Chronicles of Narnia") and Claudia Cardinale ("Once Upon a Time in the West"), follows a young Austrian soldier as he sets out through the battlefields of Wwi as an impending explosion threatens to destroy the Alps he must traverse in order to save his Italian girlfriend. "'The Silent Mountain' is a film that was created with a local heart but has a worldwide appeal, and we are thrilled to now partner with such a great Us distributor,” said producers Heinz Stussak and Ernst Gossner. "The Night Crew, »
- Ziyad Saadi
eOne Picks Up ‘The Silent Mountain’, ‘The Night Crew’ Entertainment One Films U.S. has taken North American rights to romantic drama The Silent Mountain and U.S. rights to action-thriller The Night Crew. Both films will be released by eOne via all home entertainment platforms. Directed by Ernst Gossner and written by Clemens Aufderklamm, The Silent Mountain stars William Moseley, Claudia Cardinale and Fritz Karl in the story of a young Austrian soldier in World War I who fights his way through the Alps to rescue his Italian girlfriend and escape the impending explosion that will rock the mountain. The Night Crew, directed by Christian Sesma and written by Paul Sloan and Sesma, stars Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Bokeem Woodbine, Chasty Ballesteros and Jason Mewes. It revolves around a group of hard-up bounty hunters who must survive the night in a desert motel against a horde of savage cartel killers. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The distributor plans to release both titles across all home entertainment platforms including DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and Est.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
While he may have never won an Oscar, Sergio Leone was a filmmaking titan. Not only did he redefine the western genre with influential films like "Fistful Of Dollars" and "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," his final film was the sweeping epic that is "Once Upon A Time In America." Fifteen years ago today, the cinema world lost the great director, and with that in mind, here's a way to get up close and personal with Leone. Giulio Reale's "Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things," brings together Leone collaborators Eli Wallach and Claudia Cardinale, along with directors Giuliano Montaldo and Vittorio Giacci and historian Christopher Frayling, to discuss the filmmaker's career, trademarks and much more. If that's not enough, be sure to check out our feature, 5 Unmade Movies From The Spaghetti Western Maestro. Watch below. [Cinephilia & Beyond] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled.
The poster was created by Hervé Chigioni and graphic designer Gilles Frappier for the 67th annual festival.
Speaking about creating it, Frappier said: "The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness.
"The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together."
It was previously reported that Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role, will open this year's Cannes Film Festival.
It had already been delayed from November 2013 to March 2014, because of Dahan's »
Rome – The TaorminaFilmFest will fete Claudia Cardinale with its Taormina Arte Award and a retro dedicated to the iconic Italo actress best known for her roles in Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard” and Federico Fellini’s “8 1\2.”
Located in Sicily, Taormina is among Europe’s oldest fests, being relaunched in recent editions with a more mainstream format by artistic director Mario Sesti and general manager Tiziana Rocca.
Taormina’s 60th edition will run June 14-21.
- Nick Vivarelli
Don't worry, he's a good man, but an artist.
A young Catalan girl, Mercè (Aida Folch), has escaped Franco's Spain and found herself in a cozy French town (occupied by the Nazis). Mercè is spotted by Léa (Claudia Cardinale) as a potential model for her husband Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort), a sculptor. In another film, this could well be the start of some very nefarious doings, but in The Artist and the Model (2013), things are exactly as advertised. The hungry refugee takes the job and, the next day, finds herself standing, au natural, moving at the direction of this remote, elderly artist. He gives little consolation or explanation to the young woman, single-mindedly searching for "an idea." He sketches, sculpts, and paints her in many poses, but never to his liking. The world around him is at war, but he stands in his safe little corner surrounded by naked women, »
- Jason Ratigan
Tim here, extending our unexpected and unplanned tribute to 50-year-old Peter Sellers movies by one day, following Diana’s lovely tribute to The World of Henry Orient. For today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of The Pink Panther, the arch-‘60s caper film that begat Sellers’ iconic Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the pratfall-prone Frenchman who remains the actor’s most famous character this side of a certain wheelchair-bound ex-Nazi (and Dr. Strangelove Also opened in 1964, which was just an all-around great year for Sellers).
The film itself is a fascinating relic, a by-turns hilarious and lumpy encapsulation of what European high society looked like as filtered through the comic sensibilities of Blake Edwards of Tulsa, Ok. Scenes of breathless physical comedy rub elbows with elegant caper film machinery and deadening longeurs as Claudia Cardinale rolls around on a tiger skin while suffering from a wobbly case of dubbing. »
- Tim Brayton
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Best Man Holiday (comedy; Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs; rated R) Ender's Game (Ya sci-fi/action; Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford; rated PG-13) The Armstrong Lie (documentary; Lance Armstrong; rated R) The Artist and the Model (drama; Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale; rated R) Austenland (comedy; Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie; rated PG-13) Khumba (animated family film, voices: Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; not rated) Knights of...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Rome – The 67th Locarno Film Festival will pay homage to Italy’s storied Titanus studios, which churned out many works of Italian cinema’s golden era.
Established in 1904 by Gustavo Lombardo, Titanus was a true Italian major which during the 1960s forged a partnership with MGM.
The vast Locarno retro will feature early works by Italo auteurs including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Ermanno Olmi, Alberto Lattuada, and genre maestros like Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, and Camillo Mastrocinque, spanning from the early postwar period through the late 1960s.
The selection of classics and more rarely seen pics will feature a wide array of late and living Italo stars, comprising Alberto Sordi, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale.
“The idea of telling the history of Italian cinema through it’s greatest ‘dream factory’ is directly connected to the festival’s re-reading of the past, which aims to sweep away »
- Nick Vivarelli
Scorsese doc in Berlin, Tokyo sets dates, Pan-Asia Film Festival stretches across UK, Locarno to honour Titanus studio, and Ilkley plans first edition.Scorsese & Tedeschi doc added to Berlin
Untitled New York Review Of Books Documentary directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi is the newest addition to the Berlinale Special, where it will be shown as a work in progress, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and key contributors. More here.
Tokyo sets 2014 dates
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) will be held from October 23-31. Tiffcom will run earlier than last year, from Oct 21-23.
The festival revealed that its 2013 edition drew 121,771 people, up 14%. Tiffcom 2013 hosted 316 exhibitors, up 15%, and 1,074 buyers, up 9%. More info here.
Locarno to celebrate Titanus
The 67th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16) is planning a retrospective on the Italian production studio Titanus.
The production company was founded by Gustavo Lombardo in 1904, and Locarno will celebrate the company »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
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