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Locarno 2014. Impressions Part I: People as Places as People

10 August 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There are many reasons why Locarno is my favourite film festival. It has the most effectively temporally varied and regionally diverse program of films there is—hop from Pedro Costa's latest to a masterpiece by Agnès Varda, Vittorio De Sica, or Victor Erice (often on 35mm, it should be noted), or discover an Italian film in the Titanus retrospective by a filmmaker you've never heard of. It's also the environment itself, which enables, for me, the most engaging experience of moviegoing: a perfect balance of relaxed atmosphere, an endless array of interesting films, and an audience of cinephiles eager to shuffle into every screening. After all, it is the people who define places, and the transient international population of Locarno transforms the Italian-Swiss town into a summer camp of movie lovers. With the (mostly) no-bs program of films spanning cinema's reach geographically and historically, and a selection of the »

- Adam Cook

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The Official Lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival

25 July 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money

The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...

"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director

 Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France

Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)

A Blast (Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands)

Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)

Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »

- Notebook

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10 best cycling movies: Breaking Away, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

20 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.

Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.

With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.

1) Breaking Away (1979)

Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »

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Venice Classics line-up revealed

15 July 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.

The section, introduced in 2012, features a selection of classic film restorations completed over the past year by film libraries, cultural institutions or production companies around the world.

Director Giuliano Montaldo will chair the jury of film students which will award the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film and for Best Documentary on Cinema.

The 2014 Venice Classics line up:

Features 

Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), dir François Truffaut (France, 1968, Colour) restored by : Mk2

Bez końca (No End), dir Krzysztof Kieślowski (Poland, 1984, 108’, Colour) restored by: Studio Filmowe Tor with the support of the National Audiovisual Institute (the Multiannual Government Programme Culture +) and the Polish Film Institute

Gelin (Bride), dir Omer Lütfi Akad (Turkey, 1973, 92’, Colour) restored by: Erman Film

Guys and Dolls, dir Joseph L. Mankiewicz (USA, 1955, 150’, Colour) restored by: Warner Bros. Motion Pictures Imaging and [link »

- sarah.cooper@screendaily.com (Sarah Cooper)

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Joins Venice Classics Line-up

15 July 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its Venice Classics line-up, which includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Guys and Dolls” (1955) and Francois Truffaut’s “Baisers voles” (Stolen Kisses, 1968).

The section is devoted to classic films that have been restored over the past year by film archives, cultural institutions or production companies, and documentaries about cinema and its auteurs. The pics compete for awards for best restored film, and best documentary on cinema.

The festival, which runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6, will present 21 restored films in the Venice Classics section, including 18 feature-length films and three short films.

The line-up includes a screening of Marco Bellocchio’s “La Cina e vicina” (China Is Near), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1967 Venice Film Festival. Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, the film is drawn from the collection of Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts (Asac).

Other films »

- Leo Barraclough

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Readers' Picks: 12 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience Before Turning 13

3 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.

As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »

- EW staff

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Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back named best movie of all time in poll

1 June 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back has been named the greatest movie of all time in a new poll.

A group of 250,000 film fans voted in a poll run by Empire Magazine and named The Empire Strikes Back as their number-one favourite movie, above The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption.

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope also made the top ten, slotting in at number six.

The list, made up of the voters' 301 favourite films, also included two other Star Wars films: Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi.

Coming in as the 301st greatest film of all-time according to the magazine's readers was The Bicycle Thief, director Vittorio De Sica's acclaimed family drama from the post-World War II Italian neorealism period.

The top ten films of all time, »

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Article about Sophia Loren

22 May 2014 6:51 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Sophia Loren: "I had never gone to theatre school or taken acting lessons but I did the best I could." Photo: Richard Mowe

A vision in a shimmering white trouser suit and cascading curls, Sophia Loren has appeared in person at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with reserves of good grace, tears at the memory of Marcello Mastroianni (this year’s iconic poster image) and some self-deprecating humour.

Her hard-luck beginnings in Naples where the family, with a frequently absent father, had to scrape a living to keep body soul together were, she says, “the saddest time of my life.”

All that changed, of course, when she met Vittorio De Sica in 1954, leading to a collaboration that spanned more than 14 films over 20 years, including Gold Of Naples and Marriage Italian Style, shown in restored copies at the Festival.

Sophia Loren with Festival director Thierry Fremaux. Photo: Richard Mowe »

- Richard Mowe

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Sophia Loren wows Cannes crowd: Iconic film festival stars now and then

22 May 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sophia Loren wowed the crowds and entertained photographers as she presented Cannes Classics at the annual 67th Film Festival yesterday (May 21).

The iconic Italian actress, who is set to turn 80 this year, wore a bright red ensemble and matching shawl as she posed for the cameras while being honoured at the festival's special selection, which was celebrating restored masterpieces and the heritage of film.

Loren won the Best Actress award for Two Women at Cannes in 1961, and went on to be a president of the jury in '66.

Fellow movie icons Jane Fonda and Catherine Deneuve have also returned to Cannes this year, so we take a look at classic pictures of the glamorous stars then and now below:

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren wears a white ballgown as she attends a screening at the festival back in 1955.

The actress wears a sleeveless green dress as she waves to photographers on »

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Screen Legend with Longest Film Star Career Turns 97 Today

1 May 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Danielle Darrieux turns 97: Darrieux has probably enjoyed the longest film star career in history (photo: Danielle Darrieux in ‘La Ronde’) Screen legend Danielle Darrieux is turning 97 today, May 1, 2014. In all likelihood, the Bordeaux-born (1917) Darrieux has enjoyed the longest "movie star" career ever: eight decades, from Wilhelm Thiele’s Le Bal (1931) to Denys Granier-Deferre’s The Wedding Cake / Pièce montée (2010). (Mickey Rooney has had a longer film career — nearly nine decades — but mostly as a supporting player in minor roles.) Absurdly, despite a prestigious career consisting of more than 100 movie roles, Danielle Darrieux — delightful in Club de femmes, superb in The Earrings of Madame De…, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking in 8 Women — has never won an Honorary Oscar. But then again, very few women have. At least, the French Academy did award her an Honorary César back in 1985; additionally, in 2002 Darrieux and her fellow 8 Women / 8 femmes co-stars shared Best Actress honors »

- Andre Soares

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Cannes 2014. Classics & New Additions

1 May 2014 2:03 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

 Above: Sophia Loren, this year's Guest of Honor, in Vittorio De Sica's Marriage Italian Style

The following films comprise this year's slate of Cannes Classics:

Marriage Italian Style (Vittorio De Sica)

A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone)

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)

Regards sur une revolution: Comment Yukong déplaça les montagnes (Marceline Loridan & Joris Ivens)

 Cruel Story of Youth (Nagisa Oshima)

Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard)

Overlord (Stuart Cooper)

Fear (Roberto Rossellini)

Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

The Last Metro (François Truffaut)

Dragon Inn (King Hu)

Daybreak (Marcel Carné)

The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov)

Gracious Living (Jean-Paul Rappeneau)

Jamaica Inn (Alfred Hitchcock)

Les violons du bal (Michel Drach)

Blue Mountains (Eldar Shengelaia)

Lost Horizon (Frank Capra)

La chienne (Jean Renoir)

Tokyo Olympiad (Kon Ichikawa)

8½ (Federico Fellini)

Two Documentaries about Cinema:

Life Itself (Steve James)

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (Hilla Medalia)

None of these films will be presented on film. »

- Notebook

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Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Wenders, Kieslowski, Hitchcock, Fellini, 'Life Itself,' Plus Fest Adds Six Features

30 April 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) is just two weeks away and in spirit, the Cannes Classics lineup of restored masterpieces new and old has been unveiled. The Cannes Classics guest-of-honor will be Sophia Loren, who won Best Actress in 1961 for Vittorio De Sica's "Two Women," and presided over the Jury in 1966. Loren will present a screening of her latest, Edoardo Ponti's short film "La Voce Humana," along with a newly buffed print of De Sica's "Marriage Italian Style" from 1964. She'll also give a masterclass at Cannes' Salle Bunuel. Meanwhile, the festival has added six more features to its official selection. Pablo Fendrik’s Western "El Ardor," Laurent Becue-Renard's doc "Of Men and War," Adilkhan Yerzhanov's "The Owners" and Tony Gatlif's "Geronimo" will play in the Special Screenings section, while Andre Techine's "In The Name of My Daughter" will screen out-of-competition, and Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" will play Un Certain Regard. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cannes Classics 2014 unveiled

30 April 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sophia Loren named guest of honour and Kieslowski returns to Cannes Film Festival. No 35mm prints to be screened for the first time.

The Cannes Classics line-up of film masterpieces, presented in restored prints, has been announced. The programme comprises 22 features and two documentaries, screened in either 2K or 4K. But for the first time no 35mm print will be screened at Cannes Classics “with regret for some or with celebration for others”, according to a statement.

Guest of honour will be Sophia Loren, who won the award for Best Actress at Cannes in 1961 and was president of the jury in 1966. She will be present at the screening of La Voce Humana (2014), directed by Edoardo Ponti, which marks her return to movies.

That same evening, a 4K restoration of 1964 film Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana) by Vittorio De Sica will be screened.

Loren has also accepted to give a masterclass - a conversation which will take »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes Classics Selection Unveiled

30 April 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – The Cannes festival has unveiled a 22-feature selection for its Cannes Classic section of historical and restored films.

Headlining the selection are Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars,” Wim Wenders’ “Paris Texas,” Nagisa Oshima’s “Cruel Story of Youth,” Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro,” and King Hu’s “Dragon Inn.”

Sophia Loren is set as the guest of honor and will attend both the screening of Vittorio de Sica’s “Marriage Italian Style” and Edoardo Ponti’s 25 minute short film “La Voce Humana,” which marks Loren’s most recent cinema role. The Italian diva will give a masterclass, an on-stage conversation in the Salle Bunuel.

As a tribute to Marcello Mastroianni, who features on this year’s Cannes festival poster, there will be a screening of “8½” in a version restored by French companies Gaumont and Éclair.

The Classics section will also include two documentaries about cinema: Roger Ebert study “Life Itself, »

- Patrick Frater

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Movie Review - Rome, Open City (1945)

5 March 2014 11:35 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rome, Open City (Italian: Roma, città aperta), 1945.

Directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Starring Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Francesco Grandjacquet, Maria Michi and Vito Annichiarico.

Synopsis:

Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide with the help of his friend Francesco , his pregnant fiancée Pina and the priest who is due to marry them, Don Pietro Pellegrini. Giorgio's ex-girlfriend Marina betrays him and his fellow fighters to the Gestapo in order to get her hands on some luxury items and it's not long before the Nazis and the local police find him and Don Pietro. They are captured and tortured but will they crack under the pain or be executed for their silence?

“Life is mean and dirty” says Marina, a conflicted woman who has »

- Gary Collinson

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Oscar Digest: Best Foreign Language Film

19 February 2014 2:13 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

Oscar Diget continues with the look at an engrossing category, Best Foreign Language Film. From an aging playboy facing the end to a documentary about war torn Cambodia, the films in foreign language this year are an eclectic group with something to offer everyone. But which film will come out on top?

The Great Beauty

Logline: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Pros: Fellini-esque storytelling, about dealing with age and past experiences, gorgeous visuals

Cons: ”It’s rich white people problems: The Moive!”, the movie doesn’t really leave you feeling anything, not an “important” film

History of the Country: Italy has one of the richest Oscar histories, having amassed »

- Terence Johnson

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Maximilian Schell obituary

2 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor and director who brought dark good looks and a commanding presence to his roles

Austrian by birth, Swiss by circumstance and international by reputation, Maximilian Schell, who has died aged 83, was a distinguished actor, director, writer and producer. However, he will be best remembered as an actor, especially for his Oscar-winning performance in Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – an early highlight among scores of television and movie appearances. He also directed opera, worked tirelessly in the theatre and made six feature films, including Marlene (1984) - a tantalising portrait of Dietrich, his co-star in Judgment, who is heard being interviewed but not seen, except in movie extracts.

Schell courted controversy and much of his work, including The Pedestrian (1973), dealt with the second world war, its attendant crimes and the notion of collective guilt. In 1990, when he was offered a special award for his contributions to German film, he refused to accept it. »

- Brian Baxter

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Maximilian Schell obituary

2 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor and director who brought dark good looks and a commanding presence to his roles

Austrian by birth, Swiss by circumstance and international by reputation, Maximilian Schell, who has died aged 83, was a distinguished actor, director, writer and producer. However, he will be best remembered as an actor, especially for his Oscar-winning performance in Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – an early highlight among scores of television and movie appearances. He also directed opera, worked tirelessly in the theatre and made six feature films, including Marlene (1984) - a tantalising portrait of Dietrich, his co-star in Judgment, who is heard being interviewed but not seen, except in movie extracts.

Schell courted controversy and much of his work, including The Pedestrian (1973), dealt with the second world war, its attendant crimes and the notion of collective guilt. In 1990, when he was offered a special award for his contributions to German film, he refused to accept it. »

- Brian Baxter

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Italian Composer Riz Ortolani Dead At 87

24 January 2014 5:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italian soundtrack composer Riz Ortolani, who won a Grammy for his “Mondo Cane” theme “More,” and whose wide range of music for movies was featured in three Quentin Tarantino films and on the Dino Risi-directed classic “The Easy Life” (Il Sorpasso), among dozens of other titles, died in Rome on January 23.

He was 87. The cause was reportedly due to complications from bronchitis.

Born on March 25, 1926, as Riziero Ortolani, in Pesaro, Italy, the prolific composer started his career in his early twenties working as a musical arranger for the orchestra of Italian pubcaster Rai, before forming his own orchestra. During the 1950s he and his Riz Ortolani orchestra wound up in Los Angeles and  worked at famed night club Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip.

Ortolani’s career in movie soundtracks started in 1962 with Gualtiero Jacopetti’s seminal creepy exploitation docu “Mondo Cane,” which screened at Cannes.

The “Mondo Cane »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Coming of Age in Georgia: In Bloom Belongs in the Neorealism Tradition

7 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

While the neorealist tradition remains best remembered for its formal innovations — for the unprecedented naturalism afforded by the style — its most significant feature may simply be the look of the time and place it captured.

In the films of Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini, in particular, unadorned depictions of postwar Italy form a gallery of desolation and despair, cityscapes reduced to mere rubble. It's in this sense that neorealism is the tradition to which Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross's In Bloom urgently belongs.

This is a film for which the landscape, both social and material, is paramount: Its conception of Georgia in the aftermath of its separation from the Soviet Union, based on Ekvtimishvili's own experience, is founded in a »

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