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18 items from 2011


Blu-ray, DVD Release: David Lean Directs Noël Coward

16 December 2011 3:24 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012

Price: DVD $79.95, Blu-ray $99.95

Studio: Criterion

Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson embark on a Brief Encounter.

In the 1940s, playwright Noël Coward (Design for Living) and filmmaker David Lean (Doctor Zhivago) worked together in one of cinema’s greatest writer-director collaborations, celebrated in the four-film Blu-ray and DVD collection David Lean Directs Noël Coward.

Beginning with the 1942 wartime military drama movie In Which We Serve, Coward and Lean embarked on a series of literate, socially engaged and undeniably entertaining movies that ranged from domestic epic (This Happy Breed) to whimsical comedy (Blithe Spirit) to poignant romance (Brief Encounter).

Here’s a brief run-down on each of the classic British films in the David Lean Directs Noël Coward DVD and Blu-ray collection, all of which created a lasting testament to Coward’s legacy and introduced Lean’s talents to the world:

In Which We Serve (1942)

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- Laurence

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New this Week: ‘Immortals,’ ‘J. Edgar’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (DVD)’

9 November 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Immortals - Henry CavillMickey RourkeJohn Hurt

J. Edgar -  Leonardo DiCaprioArmie HammerNaomi Watts

Jack and JillAdam SandlerKatie Holmes, Al Pacino

Movie of the Week

Immortals

The Stars: Henry CavillMickey RourkeJohn Hurt

The Plot: Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

The Buzz: Not too terribly excited about this one, but it does look better than what promises to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s first bad film since The Man in the Iron Mask. How is it that Clint Eastwood can suck so terribly as a director yet he’s continually lavished with praise? It’s Hollywood politics afoot, that’s all. Eastwood is, Imo, the single most overrated director of all time. »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Can history halt The Charge of the Light Brigade?

27 October 2011 7:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tony Richardson's Crimean war drama is not totally off the map in terms of historical accuracy, but it is a bloody bore

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

Director: Tony Richardson

Entertainment grade: D

History grade: B

The Charge of the Light Brigade was led by the seventh Earl of Cardigan on 25 October 1854, as part of the Crimean war.

Politics

During the Battle of Balaclava, the British army was commanded by Lord Raglan, and the Light Brigade of cavalry by Lord Cardigan. Ignore the emerging knitwear theme: this was serious stuff. The Crimean war was fought against the Russians by a joint British, French, Ottoman and Sardinian force.

This is explained here with animations in the style of Punch cartoons by Richard Williams. So the Turkish state (represented, of course, by a turkey in a fez) is molested by a Russian bear, awakening the British lion. The animations get steadily more surreal, »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Towne Penning "Battle of Britain" Script

4 October 2011 11:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown," "The Firm") has been hired to pen "The Battle of Britain" for Gk Films says Reuters.

The story will deal with the famed WW2 campaign in 1940 between the Royal Air Force and German Luftwaffe for control of British airspace. It's still considered the largest and most sustained aerial battle in history, and was a crucial turning point in the war.

Graham King and Tim Headington will produce. Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer and Robert Shaw all starred in the 1969 film of the same name about the battle. »

- Garth Franklin

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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

14 September 2011 8:28 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided »

- Marc Eastman

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Ralph Bellamy on TCM: Sunrise At Campobello, The Awful Truth

14 August 2011 3:35 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Sunrise at Campobello Ralph Bellamy was what many would call a "dependable" player: always there (nearly 100 movies), always capable, (almost) always losing the girl. Why Bellamy never became a major movie star is beyond me — especially considering that guys like James Stewart, Fred MacMurray, Dick Powell, Don Ameche, Joseph Cotten, etc. were top leading men of that era. Perhaps Bellamy was just both too good-looking and too intelligent-looking to keep Ginger Rogers from Fred Astaire (Carefree), Irene Dunne and Rosalind Russell from Cary Grant (The Awful Truth and His Girl Friday, respectively), and Anna Sten from Gary Cooper (The Wedding Night). All four films — in addition to 11 other Ralph Bellamy movies — will be presented on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday, August 14, as part of TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" film series. [Ralph Bellamy Movie Schedule.] Unfortunately, there are no TCM premieres, but included are a few lesser-known titles, e.g. »

- Andre Soares

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Top 10 Greatest British Films of all Time!

4 August 2011 2:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ok, so we’ve had another – albeit much lower key – royal wedding this weekend, as the Queens granddaughter Zara Phillips wed her Rugby captain boyfriend Mike Tindall…so I’m feeling all patriotic again and want to let you know what I believe are the 10 Greatest British films of all time!

Us Brits produce a diverse range of films these days, covering anything from psychological horror to mushy romantic comedies via gripping wartime thrillers and tense emotional dramas. And by George, we do it blooming well at times! So in honour of celebrating all that is spiffing about this glorious nation of ours, here’s what I consider to be the 10 greatest British films of all time…

 

10. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Combining hilarious madcap comedy with thrills and suspense aplenty, this Ealing film is exactly what comedy is about. One of the films that helped give the studio a name for itself, »

- Stuart Cummins

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Silvio Narizzano obituary

29 July 2011 3:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director best known for Georgy Girl, a romantic comedy set in 60s London

The film and TV director Silvio Narizzano, who has died aged 84, handled several genres throughout his career, including black comedies, period pieces, social dramas, action thrillers and horror movies. But one picture, his swinging London romantic comedy Georgy Girl (1966), stands out from the rest of his eclectic filmography.

Georgy Girl was part of the trend in which British cinema shifted the focus from provincial life and back to the metropolis, celebrating new freedoms and social possibilities. Narizzano, influenced by the French New Wave and his chic contemporaries Richard Lester, John Schlesinger and Tony Richardson, explored such "shocking" subjects as abortion, illegitimacy, adultery and sexual promiscuity with a light touch. The film, which took its cue from the jaunty title song by the Seekers, had superb performances from Lynn Redgrave as the virginal and plain Georgina; Charlotte Rampling »

- Ronald Bergan

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Silvio Narizzano Dead at 84: Directors Guild Nominee for Georgy Girl

28 July 2011 12:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Silvio Narizzano, best known for the 1966 swinging London comedy-drama Georgy Girl, died July 26. Narizzano was 84. Based on Margaret Forster's novel, and starring Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates, James Mason, and Charlotte Rampling, Georgy Girl was considered daring at the time because its plot included sex (of the non-marital kind), abortion, and adultery. For her performance as the homely, ungainly Georgy, Lynn Redgrave was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award and for a BAFTA in the Best British Actress category. Additionally, she shared the New York Film Critics Circle's Best Actress Award with (eventual Oscar winner) Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Narizzano, for his part, was nominated by the Directors Guild of America. Born in Montreal (Feb. 8, 1927) to an Italian-American family, Narizzano began his show business career on the Canadian stage and television. He later moved to the United Kingdom, where he worked on British TV. Narizzano's first »

- Andre Soares

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The Forgotten: Sparkles

27 July 2011 8:22 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"This was never a fun place. Oh, they had a pool and everything, but it was never fun."

The title 11 Harrowhouse (1974) has a grim sound to it, but it's a largely light movie, tipped over from heavy heist to comic caper by the onscreen presence and script contribution of Charles Grodin. But more on him later.

Director Aram Avakian made only a few films (this was his last), including an adaptation of John Barth's End of the Road (1970) scripted by Terry Southern that's soon to be reissued courtesy of Steven Soderbergh, and Cops and Robbers (1973), adapted from Donald Westlake's novel by the author himself. His strongest suite as filmmaker was his editing, hardly surprising since he was an editor himself, cutting early films by Coppola and Arthur Penn.

In his untrustworthy memoir The Kid Stays in the Picture, Robert Evans recounts firing Avakian from The Godfather, after a Machiavellian attempt to get Coppola fired. »

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Jane Greer on TCM: Out Of The Past, The Company She Keeps

25 June 2011 8:15 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jane Greer, Out of the Past Today is neither Jane Greer's birth nor death anniversary. Even so, Turner Classic Movies is devoting Saturday evening/night to the dangerously seductive star of a number of (mostly) Rko productions of the late '40s and early '50s. And who's complaining? Unfortunately, Out of the Past, perhaps Greer's best-known film and performance, is already in the past. It was shown earlier this evening. Right now, TCM is showing Don Siegel's Mexico-set crime drama The Big Steal, featuring Greer, her Out of the Past co-star Robert Mitchum, William Bendix, Patrick Knowles, and silent-film veterans Ramon Novarro and Don Alvarado. Next comes my favorite Jane Greer performance, as the good girl gone bad — or bad girl attempting to go good — in John Cromwell's The Company She Keeps. This all-but-forgotten little melodramatic gem is a must for another reason as well: Lizabeth Scott, »

- Andre Soares

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Richard Donner and the Superman Legacy: A Little Bit of History Repeating?

17 June 2011 9:08 AM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Christopher Reeve as Superman.

It might seem a bit strange to quote a Shirley Bassey song when introducing this next article, but a little bit of history does seem to be repeating…at least when it comes to Superman on screen and the approach to casting Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

In the beginning…

Back in the mid-1970s, when director Richard Donner agreed to direct Alexander and Ilya Salkind’s big budget Superman film for Warner Bros, one of the ways he chose to build believability was to jettison the campy storyline that writers David Newman, Leslie Newman and Robert Benton had prepared, based upon the Broadway musical to which they had been attached in 1966—and that Hungarian producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind had initially approved. Instead, Donner was insistent that they craft a tale as grounded in reality as possible for a comic book character. »

- Robert Falconer

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Cannes Movie Review: The Artist (2011)

15 May 2011 4:11 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist

Photo: The Weinstein Co. Filmmakers often attempt to pay homage to filmmaking techniques of a bygone era. Frequent and recent attempts include stabs at grind house and blaxploitation cinema, but those films come with a built-in genre audience which makes them seem like less riskier efforts than what writer/director Michel Hazanavicius (Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) has attempted to pull off.

Just the mention of silent films can and will turn off movie-going audiences instantly no matter how great you say the film may be. Fritz Lang's Metropolis is considered one of the best sci-fi films ever, but how many Star Wars fanatics have sat down to watch it? Buster Keaton's The General is comedy gold, but I have a hard time believing fans of today's raunchy comedies would give it a try. Then there's Charlie Chaplin, F.W. Murnau, »

- Brad Brevet

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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7

31 March 2011 9:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, his arrival couldn't be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring CChristopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman and Superman II.

The new trailer for Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray can be seen below.

Click to watch Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Trailer!

Available now in superb hi-def, with new digital/hi-def film masters, the must-own »

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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7

31 March 2011 9:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, his arrival couldn't be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring CChristopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman and Superman II.

The new trailer for Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray can be seen below.

Click to watch Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Trailer!

Available now in superb hi-def, with new digital/hi-def film masters, the must-own »

- MovieWeb

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Brief Encounter Review – Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard – d: David Lean

2 February 2011 11:20 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Brief Encounter (1945) Direction: David Lean Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond Screenplay: David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan; from Noel Coward's play Still Life Oscar Movies Highly Recommended Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Brief Encounter Synopsis: A married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a housewife (Celia Johnson) have an adulterous (and platonic) affair. The Pros: Shadow-bathed, smoke-enshrouded railway stations (cinematography by Robert Krasker) to the strains of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. Enough to turn the jadedest among us into a wide-eyed romantic. David Lean's delicate, compassionate direction; and Lean, Ronald Neame, and Anthony Havelock-Allan's sensitive adaptation of Noel Coward's play Still Life. No Hollywood ending here, and no syrupy, cutesy moments, either. Just as important, neither the director nor the screenwriters are ever either judgmental or condescending toward their characters. Best Actress Oscar nominee and New York Film Critics winner Celia Johnson's »

- Andre Soares

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From William A. Wellman to Joe Wright – Non-Nominated Directors: Biggest Oscar Snubs #9a

28 January 2011 1:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Mutiny on the Bounty Biggest Oscar Snubs #10b: The Piano's Michael Nyman, Inception's Lee Smith Below is a partial list of directors whose films were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar — but the directors themselves weren't. William A. Wellman, Wings (1927-28) Edmund Goulding, Grand Hotel (1931-32) Sam Wood, The Pride of the Yankees (1942) George Cukor, Gaslight (1944) Michael Curtiz, Mildred Pierce (1945) Laurence Olivier, Henry V (1946) George Seaton, Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes (1948) Mervyn LeRoy, Quo Vadis (1951) Daniel Mann, The Rose Tattoo (1955) Henry King, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments (1956) Otto Preminger, Anatomy of a Murder (1959) John Wayne, The Alamo (1960) Lewis Milestone, Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Cleopatra (1963) Stanley Kramer, Ship of Fools (1965) Robert Wise, The Sand Pebbles (1966) Richard Fleischer, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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DVD Review - The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

23 January 2011 10:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Last Remake of Beau Geste, 1977.

Directed by Marty Feldman.

Starring Marty Feldman, Michael York, Ann-Margaret, Peter Ustinov, Sinéad Cusack, James Earl Jones, Burt Kwouk, Trevor Howard, Avery Schreiber, Irene Handl, Henry Gibson, Terry-Thomas, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Hugh Griffith and Ed McMahon.

Synopsis:

Digby Geste (Feldman) and his ‘identical’ twin brother Beau (York) compete with their stepmother (Ann-Margeret) over possession of a priceless family heirloom.

It’s hard, devilishly hard, to pin down a description on a film like The Last Remake of Beau Geste. Most films pick a mood, a time, a degree of seriousness. Praise be to the great spoofster in the sky, Marty Feldman has no such agenda. His vision, if we can put our director’s beret on and call it that, is of a world where one man’s tragedy becomes another’s smutty giggle.

Feldman’s screen persona from Young Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes »

- flickeringmyth

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