9 items from 2016
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A Robert Aldrich retrospective has begun and is rich with pleasures.
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- Nick Newman
New York’s Museum of Modern Art will screen an eclectic assortment of films based on or inspired by William Shakespeare next month in “Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film, October 12–24 at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The series features work from directors Kenneth Branagh, Laurence Olivier, Baz Luhrmann, Roman Polanski, Julie Taymor, and Franco Zeffirelli; performances from actors Olivier, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Ethan Hawke, Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Anthony… »
Rome — Giorgio Albertazzi, the lionlike actor and director who was a leading light of the Italian stage for more than six decades but is best known to global French film lovers for playing the seducer with an Italian accent simply called X in Alain Resnais’ 1961 now classic “Last Year at Marienbad,” died Saturday in his native Tuscany.
He was 92.
The son of a bricklayer, Albertazzi was born in Fiesole, near Florence, where he studied acting and made his stage debut in 1949 with a small part in Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida,” directed by Luchino Visconti. He broke out on the international theatre scene in 1964 playing the lead in “Hamlet” at London’s The Old Vic Theatre directed by Franco Zeffirelli, one of his many Shakespearean roles over the years.
More recently Albertazzi toured internationally playing the emperor in the stage adaptation of Marguerite Yourcenar’s “Memories of Hadrian, »
- Nick Vivarelli
It may look old-fashioned in places, but the Italian director’s lively version of Shakespeare, stuffed with beautiful actors, has elegance and charm
Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 movie version of Romeo and Juliet is back on re-release; high-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light. It does look a bit trad in some ways: there are old fashioned doublet-and-hose costumes (codpieces and all), lots of roistering laughter, stage school sword-fighting and some very literal line readings.
There’s also the syrupy Love theme, composed for the film, which later became notorious as the soppy-sad background music for Simon Bates’ Our Tune on Radio 1. But this is an attractive and spectacular piece of work, robustly using real outdoor locations and groundbreakingly casting young actors close to the characters’ supposed age. (When Ian McKellen and Francesca Annis starred in the RSC’s 1976 production, »
- Peter Bradshaw
David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:
My quick take on 2001: A Space Odyssey is that, after carefully rewatching the film and reading a fair amount about it over this past week or so, I arrived at the conclusion that it’s my favorite movie of all that have ever been made. I have said the same thing in the past, but that was many years ago, long before I had become familiar with so many classics of world cinema and Hollywood’s past that preceded my birth. My deep immersion over the past decade into a self-directed study of film history led me to temporarily suspend judgment on so momentous a question as what I consider to be “the greatest film ever made,” but now I’m pretty comfortable with saying that it’s this one, without any doubt on my part. That’s subjectively speaking, »
- David Blakeslee
It is 400 years since Shakespeare died and, as part of the festivities, Ian McKellen is spearheading a selection of Shakespearean films at the BFI in London that will tour 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the Us, in the most extensive film programme ever undertaken. We will be able to revel in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo & Juliet (were star-crossed lovers ever more swooningly starry?), in Akira Kurosawa’s Ran – a compelling Japanese reinvention of King Lear – and salute a masterly, and remastered, Richard III, which will be presented live on stage for a UK-wide simulcast starring McKellen himself.
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- Kate Kellaway
Continuing our lead up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 25th, Scott J. Davis looks back at the ill-fated Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the final film to star Christopher Reeve as the true Man of Steel…
Back in 1983, the Superman franchise was in full swing, despite the tense and fractured on-set fights and fallouts which saw original director Richard Donner leave after Superman: The Movie before he was able to finish Superman II, released almost three years later under the new direction of Richard Lester. Both films were huge financial successes with Superman: The Movie 1978’s second highest-grossing film behind Grease.
A third film was inevitable, with Lester again directing the returning Christopher Reeve alongside legendary comedian Richard Pryor, who had made a joke on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the time saying how he would love to been in a Superman film. »
- Scott J. Davis
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin are being celebrated in New York with 19 films and a series of conversations. After a screening of Agnès Varda's Jane B. Par Agnès V., Birkin spoke about working with Jacques Rivette on L’Amour Par Terre with Geraldine Chaplin, 36 Vues Du Pic Saint Loup, La Belle Noiseuse with Michel Piccoli, and taxidermy.
Claude Miller's L'Effrontée; Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep (La Science Des Rêves); Andrew Birkin's The Cement Garden; Yvan Attal's My Wife Is An Actress (Ma Femme Est Une Actrice); Birkin's Boxes (Les Boites); Claude Miller's The Little Thief (La Petite Voleuse); Varda's Kung Fu Master! (Le Petit Amour); Serge Gainsbourg's Charlotte For Ever; Jacques Doillon's The Prodigal Daughter (La Fille Prodigue); Bertrand Tavernier's Daddy Nostalgia »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The BFI has launched Shakespeare on Film, a programme of events and film screenings to take place throughout 2016 marking 400 years since the playwright’s death.
The programme includes an international tour of 18 British Shakespeare films to 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the Us, supported by the British Council.
On April 28, Ian McKellen will present a screening of his 1995 film Richard III in cinemas across the UK. An on-stage discussion with McKellen and director Richard Loncraine will take place at BFI Southbank and will be simulcast around the country after the film.
McKellen will also travel to the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 11 to take place in a Shakespeare-themed event.
9 items from 2016
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