10 items from 2013
Love Punch, 2013.
Directed by Joel Hopkins.
A divorced couple who are victims of an embezzlement scheme attempt to steal back their stolen money.
A wedding introduces a former couple (Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson) who have struggled having lasting relationships ever since their divorce; they are forced back together when a corrupt French businessman saunters off with their pension plan money. Slapstick hijinks unfold as the duo go about orchestrating a daring revenge heist with the help of the married duo of Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) and Celia Imrie (Calendar Girls). Youth is represented by a disgruntled French fashion model (Louise Bourgoin) who is about to marry to the corporate villain and a young wealthy male millionaire met through the Internet.
Love Punch tries too hard to be hip. The circle »
Gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival (photo: Pierre de Ladonchamps, Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake) Writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake / L’inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film Festival movies featuring gay, lesbian, bi, tri, multi, transgender, etc. characters. Stranger by the Lake was screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Set near an idyllic lake where hot-and-heavy gay cruising takes place during the summer season, Guiraudie’s sexually charged thriller revolves around Franck (Pierre de Ladonchamps), a young man who falls in lust with brawny suspected murderer Michel (Christophe Paou). Strand Releasing will handle the distribution of Stranger by the Lake in North America. Stranger by the Lake: Mixing explicit sex with explicit love As quoted by Agence France Presse, Alain Guiraudie explained the (purportedly) graphic sex scenes in Stranger »
- Andre Soares
With Tom Hooper touting his live sung approach on "Les Miserables" as a game changer for the genre, now's a better time than ever to revisit "Cabaret," Bob Fosse's Academy Award-winning sensation that truly revolutionized the film musical by dealing with taboo themes like homosexuality, abortion and promiscuity in a frank and thoughtful manner. Remastered for the first time in over 20 years, "Cabaret" arrived on Blu-ray last week, in honor of its 41st anniversay (more on that number below). Prior to a special screening of the remastered film at New York's legendary Ziegfeld Theatre, Indiewire sat down with three of the film's cast members (Oscar-winner Joel Grey, Michael York and Marisa Berenson) and the team behind the restoration to discuss the making of the classic. Below are five of the most surprising facts gleamed from the chat. #1. Joel Grey Smelled Like "Fifty People" While Rehearsing "Money" Opposite »
- Nigel M Smith
There are plenty of musicals that stand out as among the upper tier of the genre, but few are as easily recognized as both defining and reinventing it at the same time. Cabaret, winner of 8 Oscars, and only missing Best Picture on the technicality of releasing in 1972, pushed the boundaries of the possible abilities and sensibilities available to a musical feature film, and the effects of the new stage it built can be felt all the way to last year’s Les Miserables, which brings forward the surprising power inherent in a showcase of song that is not only not happy, but delivers a variety of emotion based on a solid exposition of the singer’s circumstance. The following of Jean Valjean’s musical efforts closely resembles the now iconic shift in the performance of Cabaret‘s theme song as we work our way to the end of the film. »
- Marc Eastman
At the time of its 1972 release, “Cabaret” shattered the saccharine reputation of the movie musical with its edgy take on anti-Semitism, Nazism, abortion and even repressed homosexuality.
At a press event before a star-studded reunion screening at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater (where “Cabaret” had its original premiere), York recalled, “People did say to me afterward, 'Didn’t you think twice about what [playing a bisexual man] would do to your career?'”
Pointing to the fact that both the stage and film versions of “Cabaret” used gay author Christopher Isherwood’s 1945 book Goodbye To Berlin as their original source material, York added, “The whole reason, of course, that Isherwood was in Berlin was for the sex, which was pretty available … our »
- Curtis M. Wong
Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the Cabaret. on Blu-ray. Bob Fosse.s award winning anti-musical finally makes its high definition debut and the results are spectacular. It.s a show you don.t want to miss. So come to the Cabaret!! 1931 . Willkommen! English academic Brian (Michael York) is a new arrival in Germany and finds a cheap boarding house. He makes fast friends with an American named Sally (Liza Minnelli) who is a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, where the show is hosted by the ghoulish Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey). Brian eventually takes on students Fritz (Fritz Wepper) and Natalia (Marisa Berenson), who want to learn English, to make ends meet. Fritz falls »
- Jeff Swindoll
"Cabaret" 40th Anniversary New York Screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on January 31, 2013.
(Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
Last Thursday I was planning on spending a quiet evening at home curled up with some reading or knitting, or possibly sweeping my kitchen. After all, the arctic temperatures and gale force winds in NYC were not exactly enticement to leave one's home or pajamas. But when I got the invite to attend the 40th(-ish) anniversary screening of Cabaret at the historic Ziegfield Theater and to chat with some of its legendary cast on the red carpet, I put down the knitting, the book And the broom - for life is, after all these years, still a cabaret.
If anything was reason enough for me to freeze my tail feathers off on a Thursday night, it was the chance to meet Liza Minnelli, »
Cabaret stars including Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and Marisa Berenson returned to the Ziegfeld Theatre 4 decades later to celebrate the 40th Anniversary Restoration of this Academy Award-winning Musical. The cast reunited four decades later at the storied movie palace, where Cabaret first premiered. The screening featured the new restoration of the classic movie musical, remastered for the first time in more than 20 years. One of the most acclaimed films of its era, Cabaret features Liza Minnelli in her Oscar-winning performance as an American singer looking for love and success in pre-World War II Berlin. Joel Grey earned an Academy Award as the ubiquitous Master of Ceremonies. Michael York plays a young English teacher whose eyes are opened by what he experiences. And »
- Pietro Filipponi
Come taste the wine... Come hear the band... Come right this way start celebrating... ♫
That's Michael York, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Marisa Berenson last night at the Zeigfeld, Manhattan's best movie house for festive events like retro celebrations or new premieres. Cabaret's principle cast was gathered for the second time with TCM for this special screening since the Blu-Ray is coming on Tuesday. The restoration apparently cost Warner Bros somewhere between $1 and 2 million but it's worth it. Spend the money if you've got one of the greatest films of all time in your catalogue. The movie looks beautiful and thankfully they haven't scrubbed it so free of its natural grain that it doesn't look like itself anymore.
More about the event after the jump
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Home Video has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bob Fosse's film adaptation of Cabaret. Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer was invited to a press junket held yesterday at the Trump Towers hotel at Central Park and Columbus Circle in New York. Among the dignitaries present were cast members Joel Grey (an Oscar winner for his performance in the film), Michael York, Marisa Berenson and Louise Quick, who was a dancer in the Kit-Kat Club sequences, Nicole Fosse, daughter of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne.
Joel Grey discusses his memories of the film. (Photo copyright Cinema Retro. All rights reserved.)
Marisa Berenson (Photo copyright Cinema Retro. All rights reserved.)
The event afforded journalists »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
10 items from 2013
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