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Claudia Cardinale launched an appeal for tourists to return to Egyptian destinations in the wake of the recent Russian plane crash as the iconic Italian actress, unafraid of travelling to Egypt, received a lifetime achievement prize from the Cairo Film Festival which kicked off its 37th edition with Jonathan Demme’s Maryl Streep-starrer “Ricky and the Flash” sans talent in tow.
“Egypt is a peaceful country and it will rise again,” the Tunisian-born star, best known for her roles in Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard” and Federico Fellini’s “8 1\2,” said from the stage of the Cairo Opera House on Wednesday evening, prior to the fest’s official opening ceremony, Italian news agency Ansa reported.
”Art and creativity can beat the culture of hate and death espoused by terrorism,” Cardinale added. “I hope tourists come back soon.”
The Metrojet Airbus A321 crash, which on Oct. 31 killed 224 people on board – and is »
- Nick Vivarelli
Jean-Paul Belmondo defined French cool at the beginning of the New Wave in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 classic “Breathless.” Actor Alain Delon and director Jean-Pierre Melville very consciously redefined it in 1967’s “Le Samourai,” in which Delon played a killer for hire always adjusting his fedora so it was just so. The actor was compared to James Dean.
But it was the hotly charismatic Belmondo who was more like Dean, who had been given to emotional outbursts in his performances. Delon was not only cool, he could also be cold.
Back when Delon was just starting out, he encountered David O. Selznick, perhaps while Selznick was shooting 1957’s “A Farewell to Arms” in Italy, or perhaps at Cannes. The producer offered him a contract provided that the nascent actor learn English, but Delon demurred.
His rejection of Hollywood helps explain why it may be hard for Americans to appreciate the extent »
- Carmel Dagan
Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker. The romantic comedy about a single mom’s quest to reconnect with her alienated teenage daughter is directed by Ella Lemhagen from a script by Josh Appignanesi and Cindy Myers. In addition to Parker, All Roads Lead To Rome stars Raoul Bova, Paz Vega and Claudia Cardinale. The quest takes Maggie (Parker) to a Tuscan village where she spent a lot of her own youth… »
Oscar-winning Danish Director Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) will head the main jury of the 37th Cairo Film Festival which will pay tribute to the memory of the late great Omar Sharif and also honor popular Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy with a lifetime achievement award.
August (pictured) a double Palme d’Or winner, also known for “Smilla’s Sense Of Snow,” “The House of Spirits,” and “Les Miserables,” will bring his latest film, “Silent Heart,” to the Cairo fest which will run November 11-20.
The tribute to Omar Sharif, who died aged 83 in July, will take place November 12 and involve onstage testimonials from several international and Egyptian artists who worked with the first Arab actor to achieve worldwide fame.
Besides classics Sharif starred in, such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” the Cairo fest will also screen lesser known gems such as a restored version of French director Jacques Baratier’s 1958 romancer “Goha, »
- Nick Vivarelli
“This 1966 western… has the expertise of a cold old whore with practiced hands and no thoughts of love. There’s something to be said for this kind of professionalism; the moviemakers know their business and they work us over. We’re not always in the mood for love or for art, and this movie makes no demands, raises no questions, doesn’t confuse the emotions. Even the absence of visual beauty or of beauty of language or concept can be something of a relief. The buyer gets exactly what he expects and wants and pays for: manipulation for excitement. We use the movie and the movie uses us.”
I’m not speaking from direct experience here, you understand, but I would imagine that old whores, cold or otherwise, could be pretty entertaining, not only in their professional »
- Dennis Cozzalio
After being a major influence on his work, Martin Scorsese worked with Milestone Films to bring forth a stellar-looking restoration of Luchino Visconti’s 1960 classic drama Rocco and His Brothers. After stopping by various festivals, including Tiff and Nyff, it’ll be released in NYC and Los Angeles next month, followed by hopefully a home release.
We now have a new trailer, which is fairly brief, but gives us a glimpse at the restoration while introducing our main ensemble. Starring Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, and Claudia Cardinale, check out the trailer and gorgeous poster (designed by Lauren Caddick) below for the film which kicks off its three-week run at Film Forum on Friday, October 9.
Joining the tragic exodus of millions from Italy’s impoverished south, the formidable matriarch of the Parondi clan (Katina Paxinou, Best Supporting Oscar winner, For Whom the Bell Tolls) and her brood emerge from Milan’s »
- Leonard Pearce
Locarno— “The Love of Men” (“L’Amour des hommes”), a new project from Tunisian Mehdi Ben Attia, has been pitched the last several days days at Locarno’s co-production lab Open Doors.
Herzi took Venice’s Marcello Mastroianni Award and the most promising actress award at the Cesars in 2008 for “Grain.”
“Love” centers on a young woman. “She is a photographer and she makes portraits. The film’s form and content join together in this idea. ‘Love’ is a ‘film portrait’. I want to take advantage of cinema resources in order to observe human beings in depth,” Ben Attia said. »
- Emilio Mayorga
Locarno— Hassan Legzouli’s “Dieu reconnaitra les siens,” Mehdi Ben Attia’s “L’Amour des hommes” and Nejib Belkadhi’s “Retina” are among 12 projects to be pitched at Locarno’s Open Doors showcase, a co-production forum focusing this year on Africa’s Maghreb countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.
Taking place August 8-11 at the Swiss fest, the event will grant an Open Doors Award, worth CHF50,000 ($51,827); a €20,000 ($22,149) second cash kudo; and a new plaudit granted by a new initiative of the European Union’s Med Culture program – Icam (Investing in Culture & Art in the South Mediterranean). France’s Cnc film-tv board and broadcaster Arte will also offer prizes.
Six out of 12 projects are debuts. The rest are mostly second or third features.
- Emilio Mayorga
The ever-gorgeous Monica Bellucci--the Italians must have something in their water, as Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale still look fab, decades after their prime--marks the first woman aged 50 to play a Bond girl. We should call her a Bond Woman, she told the Sunday Times Style magazine. She first thought that director Sam Mendes wanted to cast her as M in Bond 24, "Spectre," replacing 80-year-old Dame Judi Dench. Read More: Watch 'Spectre' Trailer: James Bond Meets the Author of His Pain »
- Anne Thompson
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Star of stage, screen and TV for five decades in the Czech Republic, Jiri Bartoska is best known outside his home country as president of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which wrapped its 50th edition July 11. Bartoska, 68, has overseen the fest since its privatization a little over 20 years ago. But long before that,Variety noted his presence in Frantisek Vlacil’s “Shadows of a Hot Summer,” which took top honors at Karlovy Vary in 1978.
What were things like for Czech actors in 1978?
There was a different situation for theater actors and film actors. Theater actors did classic repertoire. At that time, the theater filled in for all the media outlets, which were entirely at the service of the regime. It was usually sold out, because people could compare their current situation with those classic scenes, and find truth in them. With film it was a bit different: Film was a »
- Steven Gaydos
Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' actress. Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' sex symbol who led troubled life found dead (Note: This Laura Antonelli article is currently being revised and expanded.) Laura Antonelli, for a brief while an international star thanks to scandalous sex-themed movies such as Malizia and The Divine Nymph, and who later became enmeshed in scandal and personal turmoil, was found dead by her housekeeper on Monday morning, June 22, '15, at her home in Ladispoli, in the outskirts of Rome. Antonelli had reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack. She was 73. Long after her cinema heyday, in the early '90s Antonelli made headlines following a botched plastic surgery that left her face somewhat disfigured. Also at that time, she found herself accused of drug trafficking by Italian authorities. Both incidents led to lengthy, traumatizing judicial battles. From gym teacher to 'girl bomb' Born Laura Antonaz on Nov. 28, 1941, in Pula, in the then Italian province of Istria, »
- Andre Soares
Above: Bedrich Dlouhy’s 1970 poster for Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950).Flipping through the website of the incomparable Czech poster store Terry Posters the other day, I came across an artist whose name I hadn’t known before. I was aware of some of Bedřich Dlouhý’s posters: his split-screen design for Věra Chytilová’s Something Different was one of my favorites in Isabel Stevens’s recent piece on Chytilová’s posters in Sight & Sound, and I knew his designs for Rashomon, Red Desert, The Pink Panther and 8 1/2, but I had never put two and two together that they were by the same designer.Part of the reason I didn’t know more of his work is that most of the films Dlouhý worked on in the ten years that he was designing posters (from 1962 to 1971) were films from the Eastern Bloc that are little known here. Films from Hungary, Yugoslavia »
- Adrian Curry
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
8 1/2, 1963.
Directed by Federico Fellini.
A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…
“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.
- Simon Columb
There are cinema classics, and then there's Federico Fellini's "8 1/2." Sight & Sound placed it in the top ten of its Greatest Films Of All Time list, filmmakers like Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese adore it, and you haven't seen it, you can't call yourself a true cinephile. Folks in the UK have a chance to see Fellini's film as it was meant to be experienced —on the big screen. The British Film Institute has dropped a trailer for the newly restored "8 1/2," and of course it looks gorgeous. The iconic Marcello Mastroianni leads the cast which includes Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée and Sandra Milo in a dreamlike movie scored by the always terrific Nino Rota. "8 1/2" returns to UK cinemas on May 1st. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anna Magnani in a publicity photo for The Passionate Thief.One thing cinephiles learn fast is just how easy it is, thanks to the limits and whims of distribution, for celebrated films to fade into the background outside their homeland. So one way to begin with Italian director Mario Monicelli is how overshadowed he is today on the world stage. You could say, only half-ironically, that he'd be more famous if only more people had heard of him, or if his global reputation kept up with the one he holds in Italy. Monicelli began filmmaking in the 1930s, was a prolific screenwriter in the 40s, took off as a director in the 50s, and continued making movies without much pause until his death in 2010. In his heyday as a hitmaker, he worked with stars like Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni, Totò, Claudia Cardinale, and Monica Vitti. He once shared a Golden »
- Duncan Gray
Along with fresh interviews with Martin Scorsese, Don Hertzfeldt, Olivier Assayas and Bong Joon-ho, we post links to the Paris Review archive of great conversations with the likes of Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Jean Cocteau, Michael Haneke, Susan Sontag, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Terry Southern, Tom Stoppard, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner and Budd Schulberg. Plus, a 1960 BBC interview with Orson Welles, Noah Baumbach's 2012 conversation with Brian De Palma, a New York Times profile of Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and the Hollywood Reporter's interview with Claudia Cardinale. » - David Hudson »
In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.
At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning »
- Jim Batts
Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.
The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.
- Michelle McCue
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