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Miroslav Ondricek, the Czech director of photography who earned two Academy Award nominations, has died. He was 80. Czech public television announced Ondricek's death Sunday, citing his son David, also a filmmaker. No cause was given. Ondricek was behind the camera in some 40 movies but was best known abroad for his collaborations with his friend, director Milos Forman, who settled in the United States after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion crushed the Prague Spring's liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia. Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 His work on Forman's Ragtime and Amadeus, which examined the relationship between Mozart and rival composer Antonio Salieri,
- The Associated Press
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
The Blu-ray release of this star-studded musical extravaganza has some cool extras, like a deleted scene featuring Meryl Streep singing Sondheim's "She'll Be Back," a doc about the production design and costumes, and even the option to watch the individual performances with the lyrics onscreen. Below, get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the special effects (and sneakers) used in the making of Disney's hit musical.
This game-changing documentary by Errol Morris has gotten the Criterion treatment, complete with a high-def digital transfer, an interview with Morris, and more.
The final movie in the "Hobbit" trilogy has arrived on Blu-ray. There aren't a ton of extras, but hey, »
- Jenni Miller
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) never left Germany but became internationally respected by his peers during his lifetime and a symbol of pure musicianship for future generations. A virtuoso organist, harpsichordist, and violinist/violist who may have also played lute, as a composer his mastery of counterpoint and fugal writing remain unmatched, yet he was also open to the influences of contemporary Italian and French composers.
Born into a highly musical family in Eisenach, Germany, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt in 1703 at the age of 18. His first major appointment was as court organist to Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar, in 1708; six years later the Duke made him Concertmaster. In 1717 Bach became Kapellmeister and music director to the music-loving Prince Leopold of Anhalt in Cöthen, where Bach wrote much of his greatest secular music. Bach's duties switched to writing choral and organ music for use in church services »
Bosch will be back: Amazon has renewed the detective drama for a second season, the streaming video service announced Wednesday.
Related Amazon Orders to Series Man in High Castle and 4 Others, Renews Mozart
“We’re delighted to see that Amazon customers have immediately embraced Bosch,” Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price said in a statement. “Fans will soon be able to enjoy more of this inspired adaptation brought to life by a remarkably gifted cast. »
Qui aime les films français ?
If you do and you live in St. Louis, you’re in luck! The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series begins March 13th. The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations.
This year features recent restorations of eight works, including an extended director’s cut of Patrice Chéreau’s historical epic Queen Margot a New York-set film noir (Two Men In Manhattan) by crime-film maestro Jean-Pierre Melville, who also co-stars; a short feature (“A Day in the Country”) by Jean Renoir, on a double bill with the 2006 restoration of his masterpiece, The Rules Of The Game, and the »
- Tom Stockman
Here’s a little news to make your inner child go “Weeeeee.”
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In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, “a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny,” according to the streaming service.
Rodrigo DeSousa will get his encore after all now that Amazon Studios has confirmed plans to renew its original series Mozart in the Jungle for a second season, which has been slated to premiere exclusively on the company’s Prime Instant Video in the early stages of next year.
In light of the news, Roman Coppola — who served as executive producer on the first season of the dramatic comedy — touched upon his excitement to expand the arc of the New York Symphony in Mozart‘s sophomore outing.
“Jason, Paul and I are delighted to work on a second season of Mozart in the Jungle,” said Roman Coppola. “There are so many interesting stories we want to tell and we’re looking forward to shooting another season with our wonderful cast and team of collaborators. We’re grateful to all the folks at Amazon who believe in this project and support »
- Michael Briers
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Superstar violinist David Garrett had better keep his day job. Even as real-life 19th-century superstar violinist Niccolò Paganini, Garrett has badly overstretched his, ahem, minimalistic acting talent; I am being overly generous when I say that his vacant stare would have a plank of plywood laughing with derision at his impersonation of it. Paganini is supposed to be a capricious genius who is utterly irresistible to the ladies, but writer-director Bernard Rose (Sx_Tape) manages only the most hilariously histrionic depiction of Paganini’s rise to fame: it’s far more Monty Python than Mozart. (The Devil’s Violinist tries to hit a lot of the same notes as Amadeus… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
ITV.com asked its fans which detective programs were their favorites and they answered in full force! One of the winners, “Inspector Morse: Masonic Mysteries,” will air on ITV 3 Jan. 10. The program will also air on FilmOn’s ITV 3 channel. “Inspector Morse: Masonic Mysteries” finds Morse himself at the center of murder. Morse has to prove his innocence proven and solve the crime. “Morse finds himself under suspicion when a lady friend is murdered during a dress rehearsal for a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Even the loyal Lewis has his doubts when evidence incriminating Morse is discovered, but as he fights to clear his name and identify [ Read More ]
The post Watch Inspector Morse: Masonic Mysteries for Free on FilmOn appeared first on Shockya.com. »
In a new film for the BBC, I go behind and beyond the myths in search of the still-contemporary power and magic of Mozart’s music
It turned out to be both the simplest and most complex question I could have asked: just why is it that Mozart’s music affects, moves, shatters, and delights us so much, even 224 years after his death? It’s something I’ve been asking for just as long as I’ve loved music, a love that began with Mozart when I was taken as a child to an all-Mozart programme by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra that transfixed, bewildered and completely bowled me over.
It’s my version of a question that we all want to answer, whether the music that defines your world is Madonna, Machaut, Marvin Gaye or Messiaen. But with Mozart there’s as much myth as there is reality when »
- Tom Service
11 items from 2015
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