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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Mubi is playing General Della Rovere (1959) in the United States September 1 - 30, 2016.For a time, it seemed Roberto Rossellini was ready to leave behind the devastation of World War II, a milieu he as much as anyone helped to indelibly commit to cinematic memory with his Neorealist masterworks. While a traumatized psyche remained in films that followed his trilogy of Rome, Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), and Germany Year Zero (1948), it was revealed via a more subtle manifestation of conflict related angst. Rossellini had moved beyond explicit depictions of the war and its aftermath, even while lingering psychological effects still abound (see his collaborations with Ingrid Bergman). This would change in 1959, with the release of General Della Rovere, Rossellini's first full-fledged wartime film in more than 10 years. While not of the caliber of these earlier titles (not really even in »
Paul Greengrass has spent the past twenty-plus years crafting lean, energetic action films such as his Bourne entries — a franchise he returns to this Friday with Jason Bourne — and equally taut docudramas such as Captain Philips and United 93. His staging and editing of action has become a seminal staple of modern cinema, though it has proven hard to properly imitate as the coherence he often achieves is lost on his imitators. His films explore national paranoia and wounded heroes (often Matt Damon), while his style focuses on kinetic, intimate, and spur-of-the-moment action and storytelling.
Thanks to BFI‘s most recent Sight & Sound poll, Greengrass has compiled a list of his ten favorite films, many of which globe trot outside of the U.S. to everywhere from France (Godard), to Japan (Kurosawa), and Russia (Eisenstein), among others. There’s a clear connective thread between the French New Wave style of »
- Mike Mazzanti
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Science of the Day: How much alcohol would Captain America have to get drunk? Kyle Hill tells us in the new episode of Because Science: Theme Song Cover of the Day: If you don't like the new Ghostbusters theme song, maybe you'd rather the reboot went with an a capella cover of the 1984 version like this: Cosplay of the Day: Also the song parody of the day, here is a music video for some cosplayers' Suicide Squad version of Arianna Grande's "Dangerous Woman." See more photos and info about the Harley Quinn cosplayer at Fashionably Geek. Vintage Image of the Day: Vittorio De Sica, who was born on...
- Christopher Campbell
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A lost Marx Brothers musical has found its way back on stage, The New Yorker reports.
Watch a video on Pedro Almodóvar‘s obsession with the color red:
Vox‘s Aja Romano on the strange story of how a machine was trained to “watch” Blade Runner:
Broad’s goal was to apply “deep learning” — a fundamental piece of artificial intelligence that uses algorithmic machine learning — to video; he wanted to discover what kinds of creations a »
- The Film Stage
That naughty boy Federico Fellini goes all out with this essay-hallucination about women, a surreal odyssey that hurls Marcello Mastroianni into a world in which women are no longer putting up with male nonsense. It's an honest (if still somewhat sexist) effort by an artist acknowledging illusions and pleasures that he knows are infantile. City of Women Blu-ray Cohen Media Group 1980 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 139 min. / La cittá delle donne / Street Date May 31, 2016 / 39.98 Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Prucnal, Bernice Stegers, Iole Silvani, Donatella Damiani, Ettore Manni, Fiammetta Baralla, Catherine Carrel, Rose Alba. Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno Film Editor Ruggero Mastroianni Original Music Luis Bacalov Written by Brunello Rondi, Bernardino Zapponi, Federico Fellini Produced by Franco Rossellini, Renzo Rossellini, Daniel Toscan du Plantier Directed by Federico Fellini
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
The British director Ken Loach will be 80 years old in June, and he has worked in film and television for more than 50 of those years, but with his bone-deep empathy for the desperate and the downtrodden, you may feel that he was almost put on earth to make a dramatic feature about the current economic moment. “I, Daniel Blake” is one of Loach’s finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica. The tale of Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), a 59-year-old carpenter from Newcastle, who is fighting to hold on to his welfare benefits, even though his heart condition forbids him from working, is one that’s sure to resonate across national borders, because it’s about something so much larger than bureaucratic cruelty (although it is very much about »
- Owen Gleiberman
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
A lot of water, legal and otherwise, has passed under the bridge since Paul Reubens last donned the signature crisply tailored gray suit and red bow tie of his indisputably great comic creation, Pee-wee Herman, for a feature-length comedy. His previous Pee-wee feature, Big Top Pee-wee, debuted during the summer of 1988, 28 years ago, and that picture was hardly anyone’s idea of a worthy follow-up to the delirious and hilarious Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)-- it certainly wasn’t one I held too dear. When I saw Pwba the night it opened, I was actually admonished by fellow audience members and even the management of a Medford, Oregon movie theater for my hysterics. But though I approached the Big Top three years later with much eagerness, I left it feeling that Pee-wee had somehow ended up getting twisted into a formula that traded that gray suit in for something more akin to a straitjacket. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Vittorio De Sica is widely regarded as a master in the realm of world cinema. As one of the Italian neorealism forerunners (in company with Roberto Rossellini and Luchino Visconti), De Sica concentrated on films that told stories about real people on real locations. He was fantastic at casting ordinary citizens for his lead roles --- particularly for his film Bicycle Thieves, which was recently been released via the Criterion Collection. The plot is simple: Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), a father in depressed, post-wwii Rome finally gets a job, which is everything, but he needs his bicyle. In order to provide for his family, he must get his bicycle back from the pawn broker, and to do that, his wife Maria (Lianella Carell) must pawn...
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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The American Dreamer (L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller)
It’s easy to map out the Dennis Hopper trajectory: mid-50’s/ -60’s classical Hollywood bit player to ’70s weirdo maverick to ’90s Hollywood-blockbuster villain — or even, in more succinct terms, hippie to Bush-voting Republican. Yet even if a morphing figure, there is a tendency to zero in on the brief iconoclast period: the counter-culture icon who, »
- TFS Staff
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. »
- TFS Staff
Merle Oberon movies: Mysterious star of British and American cinema. Merle Oberon on TCM: Donning men's clothes in 'A Song to Remember,' fighting hiccups in 'That Uncertain Feeling' Merle Oberon is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of March 2016. The good news: the exquisite (and mysterious) Oberon, whose ancestry has been a matter of conjecture for decades, makes any movie worth a look. The bad news: TCM isn't offering any Oberon premieres despite the fact that a number of the actress' films – e.g., Temptation, Night in Paradise, Pardon My French, Interval – can be tough to find. This evening, March 18, TCM will be showing six Merle Oberon movies released during the first half of the 1940s. Never a top box office draw in the United States, Oberon was an important international star all the same, having worked with many of the top actors and filmmakers of the studio era. »
- Andre Soares
★★★★☆ 1960 was a memorable year for Italian cinema. It saw the releases of several major films: Federico Fellini's legendary La Dolce Vita; the first instalment of Michelangelo Antonioni's trilogy of decadence, L'Avventura; Vittorio de Sica's Two Women, for which Sophia Loren won her Best Actress Oscar. Another of the major success stories of the year was a film by Luchino Visconti, a director spoken of far less often than his illustrious contemporaries. Rocco and His Brothers is a novelistic tragedy on an epic melodramatic scale. A social drama about mass internal migration during the economic boom, it serves as a crushing indictment of traditional forms of masculinity. Alain Delon stars as the charismatic and dutiful Rocco, though it would be difficult to tell from the opening third.
- CineVue UK
For a man who created forward-thinking, boundary-pushing cinema embraced by small, devoted sects of cinephiles, Andrzej Żuławski‘s Sight & Sound list of favorite films is, in so many words, surprisingly traditional. Few would look upon it and say it contains a single bad film on it, but those who’ve experienced his work might expect something other than Amarcord; maybe, in its place, an underground Eastern European horror film that’s gained no real cachet since the Soviet Union’s collapse.
That isn’t to suggest something inexplicable, however. The Gold Rush‘s fall-down comedy could be detected in some of Possession‘s more emphatic moments of physical exhaustion, and, while we’re at it, visual connections between On the Silver Globe and 2001‘s horror-ish stretches aren’t so out-of-bounds. So while this selection may not open your eyes once more to cinema’s many reaches, one might use it »
- Nick Newman
Let's give a cheer for the lowly sword 'n' sandal epic. This persecution and torture spectacle also takes in the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The impressively mounted Italian-Spanish production stars Rhonda Fleming, Fernando Rey, Wandisa Guida, and as the slimy villain, none other than Serge Gainsbourg. Revolt of the Slaves MGM Limited Edition Collection 1960 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen (Totalscope) / 103 min. / La rivolta degli schiavi / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.98 Starring Rhonda Fleming, Lang Jeffries, Darío Moreno, Ettore Manni, Wandisa Guida, Gino Cervi, Fernando Rey, Serge Gainsbourg, José Nieto, Benno Hoffmann, Rainer Penkert, Antonio Casas, Vanoye Aikens, Dolores Francine, Burt Nelson, Julio Peña . Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Written by Stefano Strucchi, Duccio Tessari, Daniel Mainwearing from the novel 'Fabiola' by Nicholas Patrick Wiseman Produced by Paolo Moffa Directed by Nunzio Malasomma
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
Inspired by Vittorio De Sica's 1948 drama "The Bicycle Thief," director Donald Mugisha's "The Boda Boda Thieves" gives a vivid look into the life of a Ugandan teen on a mission to save his family's livelihood. Produced through the Pan-African filmmaking collective Yes! That's Us Films, the feature recently screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. On paper, the stories for this film and De Sica's are similar – the fate of a poor family hinges on the father's bicycle business, and when his bike is stolen it throws their world into chaos. Here, the patriarch Goodman runs a boda boda (motorbike taxi) business while his wife breaks rocks for a »
- Jai Tiggett
Ettore Scola, who has died aged 84, was the last in the direct line of great Italian film directors who descended from the neo-realists of the 1940s. “The inequalities and corruption of Italian society have always been a rich source of inspiration for my cinema, which I inherited from the neo-realists,” remarked Scola, who generally used satire and farce to pour scorn on the Italian social-democratic regimes from the 1960s onwards. Many of his “Italian style” films, the majority of which had ambivalent main characters played by Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman and Nino Manfredi, take place against a background of historic events.
- Ronald Bergan
Directed by Giuseppe De Santis
The opening credits of Bitter Rice parade an array of Italian film industry luminaries, figures who would help redefine the country’s national cinema, picking up where neorealism left off and setting the stage for the remarkable work that would emerge in the decades to come. Screenwriters Carlo Lizzani and Giuseppe De Santis (who also directed) were two of eight individuals contributing in one way or another to the script, though they were the two who would share an Academy Award nomination for its story. Cinematographer Otello Martelli had nearly 50 films under his belt by the time of Bitter Rice, but in the years that followed he would most memorably man the camera for Federico Fellini’s finest films. And producing the movie was the venerable Dino De Laurentiis, really just at the start of his legendary career. »
- Jeremy Carr
Read More: John Frankenheimer and Vittorio De Sica are Coming to Criterion Collection This March Christian Petzold's "Phoenix" earned some of last year's highest critical accolades when it opened over the summer, and it appears the Criterion Collection took notice, as it is bringing the German psycho-drama to its library this April. Petzold's film will be joining classics from Whit Stillman, Howard Hawkes, Richard Drew and more. Check out all of the titles hitting Criterion this April below, with synopses and special addition information provided by the collection. "Only Angles Have Wings" Electrified by the verbal wit and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, "Only Angels Have Wings" stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome yet aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail. »
- Zack Sharf
Rome – Actress Silvana Pampanini, the voluptuous postwar Italian diva who starred in more than fifty films and reigned as Italy’s sex symbol in the 1950’s when she worked with Vittorio De Sica, Marcello Mastroianni, Buster Keaton, and Vittorio Gassman, among others, died on Wednesday in Rome. She was 90.
Born September 25, 1925, in Rome, Pampanini was the niece of soprano Rosetta Pampanini. She therefore trained as an opera singer and entered the film business after participating in a Miss Italy beauty pageant in 1946. Her failure to win prompted an outcry in the tabloids of the day.
Pampanini’s first big hit was 1951 comedy “Bellezze in bicicletta,” (”Beauties on bicycles”) directed by Carlo Campogalliani. A slew of pics followed, including Luigi Comencini’s drama “The White Slave Trade” in 1952, with Vittorio Gassman; Italo-Spanish comedy “The Island Princess,” (Aka “Tirma”) with Mastroianni; and “Roman Tales,” with De Sica, in 1955. In 1965 she starred in »
- Nick Vivarelli
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