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13 items from 2015


Watch: Trailer For Federico Fellini's Newly Restored Classic '8 1/2'

13 April 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Monicelli Revisited, Part One: Empathy and Sin

6 April 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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

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Daily | Interviews | Scorsese, Hertzfeldt, Bong

4 April 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

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 »

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Effie Gray – The Review

2 April 2015 8:19 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

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

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Interview: Wamg Talks To Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

2 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray Ruskin. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Sir Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane.

The film is produced by Andreas Roald (Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time) and Donald Rosenfeld (Malick’s Tree Of Life and Voyage Of Time).

Producer Donald Rosenfeld spent 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing »

- Michelle McCue

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Effie Gray | Review

2 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Portrait of a Lady: Laxton’s Mannered Version of Victoria Era Repression

There’s well-meaningness to Effie Gray that makes it worthy of discussion, at least for how it attempts to frankly portray the sexual oppression of women in Victorian era England, an aspect often subtly rendered or left altogether untouched. As directed by Richard Laxton, best known for his made-for-television films of varying quality (An Englishman in New York; Burton & Taylor), there’s a sense that the somewhat ambitious emotions existing beneath all those stuffy costumes have been a tad oversimplified. Considering the screenplay was penned by Emma Thompson, who appears in a warmly attenuated supporting role, perhaps expectations are poised a bit high for a tale that’s both representative and also conveniently uncommon (this seems the only possible way for this film to reach a believable yet upbeat solution), as it relates a famous art world scandal »

- Nicholas Bell

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World’s Oldest Director Manoel de Oliveira Dies at 106

2 April 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Manoel de Oliveira, the oldest living active filmmaker, with a career that spanned nine decades from the silent era to the present, has died. He was 106. News of  Oliveira’s death was confirmed on the website for the city of Porto, Portugal, where the director was born in 1908.

As impressive as his longevity was, Oliveira is most highly regarded as the dean of Portuguese cinema and the filmmaker most responsible for heightening the prestige of his country’s film culture on the world stage.

His work drew considerable accolades — he received no fewer than 12 career achievement prizes from major film festivals, including a career Venice Golden Lion and a special jury prize (for 1991’s “The Divine Comedy”) as well as a Cannes jury prize for his 1999 film “The Letter” — but distribution of Oliveira’s films, especially in the U.S., was relatively limited given his well-honed practice of adapting highly literary texts, »

- Robert Koehler

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Effie Gray In St. Louis

26 March 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In her original screenplay Effie Gray, Emma Thompson takes a bold look at the real life story of the Effie Gray-John Ruskin marriage, while courageously exposing what was truly hiding behind the veil of their public life. Set in a time when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, Effie Gray is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Effie Gray explores the roots of sexual intolerance, which continue to have a stronghold today, while shedding light on the marital politics of the Victorian Era.

Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarico, and Derek Jacobi.

Effie Gray opens in St. Louis at AMC Creve Coeur 12, Friday, April 3rd. »

- Movie Geeks

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'The Lesson' wins four in Sofia

16 March 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year’s Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

The duo’s feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in Siff’s 19-year history to receive the international jury’s Grand Prix after Dragomir Sholev’s Shelter  in 2011.

The Lesson also picked up the Audience Award, the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize and the award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film.

Accepting the award, Valchanov pointed to the importance of the Sofia Meetings where The Lesson had originally been pitched and said that this event should be ¨an example¨ to the Bulgarian state to develop a long-term and sustainable film policy for the future.

The sentiment was echoed by international jury president Stephan Komanderev (The Judgement) when he presented the ¨Sofia City Of Film¨ Grand Prix to the young directors.

The Lesson, which is handled internationally by Wide Management, premiered last year »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Berlin: Adopt Films Buys Silver Bear Winner ‘Victoria’ for U.S.

16 February 2015 1:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Adopt Films has acquired U.S. rights to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller “Victoria,” which won the Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution for cinematography at the Berlin Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by the Match Factory’s Brigitte Suarez and Thania Dimitrakopoulou and Adopt FilmsTim Grady and Jeff Lipsky. Adopt plans a late summer/early fall 2015 U.S. release.

“Victoria” was shot by Norwegian-born cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen in one continuous 134-minute take, bridging 20 locations. It stars Spanish actor Laia Costa and German thespians Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, and Max Mauff.

It was produced by Jan Dressler. Although the movie is subtitled in English, most of the film’s dialog is in English, in deference to the common language spoken in the film.

Variety‘s Guy Lodge called the film “exhilarating” in his Berlin review.

Adopt has set “Effie Gray,” starring Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, »

- Dave McNary

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"Effie Gray" - New Footage

4 February 2015 7:21 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:

"...'Effie Gray' (Fanning) has a doomed marriage to art critic 'John Ruskin' (Greg Wise) in 1840's London.

"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...

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- Michael Stevens

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Dakota Fanning: "Effie Gray"

14 January 2015 5:35 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:

"...'Effie Gray' (Fanning) has a doomed marriage to art critic 'John Ruskin' (Greg Wise) in 1840s London.

"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...

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- Michael Stevens

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The Skin | Blu-ray Review

13 January 2015 10:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The past year has been a great one as concerns the availability and restoration of several titles from Italian auteur Liliana Cavani, a director who came to fame and notoriety alongside peers such as Pasolini, Bellocchio, and Bertolucci. Her work has often faced difficulty in achieving the same sort of international acclaim as those male colleagues, each of them certified as a particular brand within the cinematic canon. And yet, Cavani is as equally provocative and prolific, with boundary pushing titles languishing in obscurity, usually historical reconstructions with gender or sexuality as a unique entry. Her work has often been described as having a feminist bent, but Cavani isn’t aspiring to create female agency in spaces dominated by masculinity. Rather, her concern resides in honest depictions of women ravaged by male dominated systems. Cavani’s most notorious title, 1974’s The Night Porter, received a Blu-ray transfer from Criterion recently, »

- Nicholas Bell

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