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Canon Of Film: ‘Playtime’

12 September 2017 1:26 AM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

In the second edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look a Jacques Tati‘s ‘Playtime’. For the genesis of Canon Of Film, you can click here.

Playtime” (1967)

Director: Jacques Tati

Screenplay: Jacques Lagrange and Jacques Tati; with addition English dialogue by Art Buchwald

Jacques Tati’s ‘Playtime‘ is clearly a masterpiece, but I think almost nobody can actually master it. According to film scholar Noel Berch, ‘Playtime‘, doesn’t have to just be seen multiple times, but has to be seen from several different points in the theater itself. The movie is all action. Not the way we normally think of action, but “action” in terms of filling up the screen. To watch one thing – usually in the foreground – means you’re missing many things happening in the background, and vice-versa.

The most expensive French film made at the time, the film’s box office failure would eventually bankrupt Tati. »

- David Baruffi

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Thriving European Banner Films Distribution Rebrands Into Playtime, Expands Scope (Exclusive)

9 September 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twenty-year old international sales outfit Films Distribution, whose recent hits include Robin Campillo’s Cannes Grand Jury winner “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” and Laszlo Nemes’ Oscar-winning “Son of Saul,” is rebranding itself with a new name, Playtime, reflecting its expanded scope and reach.

The company, which is at Toronto with four films including two Platform players (Barbara Albert’s “Mademoiselle Paradis” and Nabil Ayouch’s “Razzia”), was founded as a Paris-based international sales banner in 1997 by former Ugc and Canal Plus execs François Yon and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, who were quickly joined by Valery Guibal and Sébastien Beffa.

Over the last several years, the outfit spread across Europe through the launch of three subsidiaries, as well as venturing into co-productions, and most recently into upscale TV drama. It’s now one of Europe’s top independent film groups.

“We’re becoming Playtime because our ambition and role in the industry has evolved and we’re no longer limited »

- Elsa Keslassy

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George Clooney clumsily grafts a social-issues drama onto an old Coen brothers caper

8 September 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

There’s a certain bizarro-world fascination to seeing one filmmaker dust off another’s ancient, un-filmed project. Think Steven Spielberg trying his hand at a Stanley Kubrick movie, or Sylvain Chomet bringing to life an old Jacques Tati script through the wonders of animation. In theory, George Clooney, that full-time…

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- A.A. Dowd

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New to Streaming: ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Paris Can Wait,’ ‘Harmonium,’ ‘Lost in Paris,’ and More

8 September 2017 5:19 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)

From start to finish, The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, works as a lovingly-rendered, cinematic answer to the dinner party question: “So how did you two meet?” Based on comedian Kumail Nanjiani‘s real life (he co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Emily V. Gordon), we meet Kumail (Nanjiani) as he finishes a stand-up set in Chicago. He becomes fast friends with a »

- Jordan Raup

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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Peter Travers on Jerry Lewis: The Ultimate Funnyman as Total Filmmaker

21 August 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

I annoyed Jerry Lewis once by asking him about The Day the Clown Cried, a movie he starred in and directed in 1972, and then refused to release. "It's awful," said Lewis of the Holocaust drama in which he starred as a circus clown who entertains Jewish children as he leads them to their deaths in Nazi gas chambers. Why not show it and let the world decide? "I'm ashamed of it," Lewis told me flatly. When I pressed him, he flashed a look that could be subtitled "End of Discussion. »

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Favorite Moments from Locarno Festival 2017: Harry Dean Stanton, Isabelle Huppert, Technicolor Shadows

10 August 2017 11:05 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Madame HydeThis year at the Locarno Festival I am looking for specific images, moments, techniques, qualities or scenes from films across the 70th edition's selection that grabbed me and have lingered past and beyond the next movie seen, whose characters, story and images have already begun to overwrite those that came just before.***Old man kicks can. Lucky is Harry Dean Stanton, its screenplay of a solitary, elderly man fiddle-fit but increasingly aware of his impending death—and ‘the void,’ as he calls it— is simply a vehicle to get one of the most charismatic and characterful actors front and center before a camera and film him doing all sorts of stuff. John Carroll Lynch's film in the international competition is full of small delights performed by the actor, ranging from kinesthetic morning yoga to a friendship-in-old-age with a local played by David Lynch, a relationship which elaborates on »

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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

24 July 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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'Old Sitting' ('Sales gosses'): Film Review

21 July 2017 12:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Each summer, a French comedy comes along that tries to to exploit its country’s sacrosanct vacation rituals, whether in the form of trailer park trash (the Camping series), nostalgia for the golden years (Nicholas on Holiday, Ducoboo 2: Crazy Vacation), camp chaos (Those Happy Days, from the makers of Intouchable), ripoffs of The Love Boat (La Croisiere) or good ol' fashioned sexism (One Wild Moment).

In the best case you get something like Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, but in most cases you get much of the above or else the latest specimen, Old Sitting (Sales gosses) — an awful »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Rome Film Festival to give David Lynch lifetime achievement award

27 June 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky will have its European premiere in Rome.

The 2017 Rome Film Festival (Oct 26-Nov 5) will honour David Lynch with a lifetime achievement award.

The director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks and The Elephant Man will also discuss his career onstage, as well as the three Italian directors that had the greatest influence on his career, including Federico Fellini.

The festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda said: “Mr. Lynch has prepared a great analysis of 8½”.

There will also be onstage masterclasses with Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen, who will discuss Jacques Tati; Cannes favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy); Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who will talk horror films, and actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Monda, in his third year as festival director, said of the line-up: “The formula will be the same… but as these five names demonstrate I would like to slide towards the more popular side of the festival audience”.

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Film Review: Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’

23 June 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whether you already consider yourself an expert on French cinema or are just beginning to explore all the country has to offer, director Bertrand Tavernier’s more-than-three-hour “My Journey Through French Cinema” provides an essential tour through the films that shaped him as a cinephile and storyteller. Clearly modeled after Martin Scorsese’s own made-for-tv journey through American Movies, this incredibly personal and occasionally idiosyncratic labor of love hails from one of the country’s leading experts on the medium, combining a wide-ranging survey with insights that only Tavernier could provide.

A celebrated helmer in his own right, Tavernier counts such masterworks as “A Sunday in the Country” and “Coup de torchon” among his credits. But the director’s contributions to the medium are hardly limited to his own filmography. Like so many French directors of his generation, Tavernier started out as a film critic, studying and championing the work of the era’s leading auteurs. His »

- Peter Debruge

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

19 June 2017 3:21 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This time they may have gotten it right! If a knife or a straight razor won’t do, how about killing a victim with 500-pound metal artwork studded with spikes? Dario Argento distilled a new kind of slick, visually fetishistic horror who-dunnit thriller subgenre with this shocker, aided by the dreamy cinematography of Vittorio Storaro.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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1971 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date June 20, 2017 / L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo / Available from Arrow Video/ 49.95

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Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, Raf Valenti, Giuseppe Castellano, Mario Adorf, Pino Patti, Gildo Di Marco, Rosita Torosh, Omar Bonaro, Fulvio Mingozzi, Werner Peters, Karen Valenti, Carla Mancini, Reggie Nalder.

Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro

Film Editor: Franco Fraticelli

Original Music: Ennio Morricone

Written by Dario Argento from a novel by Fredric Brown

Produced by Salvatore Argento, Artur Brauner

Directed by Dario Argento »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Mironins,’ ‘Sister Tale’ Feature at Annecy’s Transmedia Pitches

15 June 2017 10:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France — “Mironins,” which is backed by Barcelona’s Cornelius Films and Wuji House, and “Sisters’ Tale,” from Turkey’s Independent Forces and Daghan Celayir, are two potential standouts at a transmedia showcase unspooling June 16 at Annecy’s Mifa market.

Spain and France dominate proceedings with two projects a piece, a sign of their industry strength at multi-platform projects.

“Mironins” follows six tiny drops of color that jump out of the works of Catalan surrealistic master painter Joan Miró and them go looking for adventures. The minuscule critters leave the artist’s paintings at night, bored of all-day-long stillness while visitors prowl about the museum. Project is designed as a TV series and an augmented reality museum guide application, as well as an activity art lab and an activity book.

“Mironins” is co-directed by Mikel Mas (documentary “Generació 3.0”) and Celia Rico, who has been selected by Variety as a »

- Emilio Mayorga

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‘Mironins,’ ‘Sister Tale’ Feature at Annecy’s Transmedia Pitches

15 June 2017 10:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Annecy, France — “Mironins,” which is backed by Barcelona’s Cornelius Films and Wuji House, and “Sisters’ Tale,” from Turkey’s Independent Forces and Daghan Celayir, are two potential standouts at a transmedia showcase unspooling June 16 at Annecy’s Mifa market.

Spain and France dominate proceedings with two projects a piece, a sign of their industry strength at multi-platform projects.

“Mironins” follows six tiny drops of color that jump out of the works of Catalan surrealistic master painter Joan Miró and them go looking for adventures. The minuscule critters leave the artist’s paintings at night, bored of all-day-long stillness while visitors prowl about the museum. Project is designed as a TV series and an augmented reality museum guide application, as well as an activity art lab and an activity book.

“Mironins” is co-directed by Mikel Mas (documentary “Generació 3.0”) and Celia Rico, who has been selected by Variety as a talent to track (“Journey Around a Mother »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Review: ‘Lost in Paris’ is a Surreal, Whimsical Treat

15 June 2017 5:14 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a tip of the hat to Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, and Jacques Demy, husband/wife team Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel’s Lost in Paris is a whimsical, almost silent comedy set on the streets and in the parks of Paris.

Several years ago Aunt Martha (one of the final roles from the late, great Emmanuelle Riva) departs from a snowy arctic Canadian outpost for sunnier Paris. Several years later she’s lived quite a life with a reputation around the neighborhood, and now the stubborn elderly Martha refuses to leave her apartment and move into a nursing home. She writes to the older Fiona (Gordon), now a librarian in a remote village that looks like it might house Santa’s workshop, and summons her on the adventure of a lifetime to Paris. The only problem is Fiona’s French is rusty, leading to many a misadventure when she »

- John Fink

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‘Selfish,’ ‘Mom,’ ‘Hedgehog’ to Bow at Annecy’s Mifa TV Pitches

14 June 2017 11:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France —  “Mom Hurries Home,” “Selfish” and “The Tales of the Hedgehog” feature among eight projects at an Annecy Mifa TV Pitches session which looks to have grown in importance and quality over recent years.

This year, 136 projects were submitted for a maximum of eight slots, said Mifa projects head Geraldine Baché, adding that among all the Mifa Pitches’ categories, the TV Special & Series has grown the most in these last few years.

“Due to the quantity of projects we receive, I can honestly confirm that quality has also much improved,” Bache added, saying that Mifa received projects from all over the world with a personal identity and a strong personality. “Most are innovative but definitely try to match market demand, which is quiet new in fact!”

Fielding different demands from broadcasters, Mifa has consciously created a session, taking place June 15, with a notable diversity in projects’ geographical origin, genre and primary target. »

- John Hopewell

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Newswire: Get swept away in the magic of Lost In Paris in this exclusive clip

13 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With the state of the world being what it is, we all need as many opportunities to escape into magic and wonder as we can get. Lost In Paris, the new film from filmmaking duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, is just one such escape, with a sense of whimsy that is being compared to Jacques Tati in early reviews. Gordon and Abel—who previously collaborated on 2007’s L’Iceberg and 2011’s The Fairy—come from circus backgrounds, and bring that same love of physical performance to the tale of Fiona (Gordon), a small-town Canadian librarian who rushes off to Paris after receiving a distressing letter from her elderly aunt, played by French screen legend Emmanuelle Riva. Once she arrives, she discovers her aunt has gone missing, leading to a madcap series of adventures in the company of Dom (Abel), a Chaplinesque tramp who takes a shine to »

- Katie Rife

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'Pink Panther' Filmmaker at His Best Handling More Subtle Fare - Both Comedies and Dead Serious Dramas

28 May 2017 8:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Blake Edwards: Director of the 'Pink Panther' movies – and Julie Andrews' husband for more than four decades – was at his best handling polished comedies and a couple of dead serious dramas. Blake Edwards movies: Best known for slapstick fare, but at his best handling polished comedies and dramas The Pink Panther and its sequels[1] are the movies most closely associated with screenwriter-director-producer Blake Edwards, whose film and television career spanned more than half a century.[2] But unless you're a fan of Keystone Kops-style slapstick, they're the filmmaker's least interesting efforts. In fact, Edwards (born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on July 26, 1922) was at his best (co-)writing and/or directing polished comedies (e.g., Operation Petticoat, Victor Victoria) and, less frequently, dramas (Days of Wine and Roses, the romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's). The article below and follow-up posts offer a brief look at some of Blake Edwards' non-Pink Panther comedies, »

- Andre Soares

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Emmanuelle Riva Gets Whimsical in U.S. Trailer for ‘Lost in Paris’

15 May 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the genre of physical comedy sorely lacking in today’s cinematic landscape, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon are helping to revive it with some style with Lost in Paris. Starring, written, directed, and produced by the pair, the first U.S. trailer has now arrived for the whimsical comedy courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The story follows a small-time Canadian librarian who ventures to Paris after receiving a letter from her aunt (the late, great Emmanuelle Riva). When she gets there though, her aunt has disappeared, and so begins a journey of mishaps. Judging from this preview, the Jacques Tati comparisons are spot-on for the film that will arrive this summer. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, Lost In Paris stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s »

- Jordan Raup

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The Young Girls of Rochefort

2 May 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Perhaps motivated by the success of La La Land, Criterion has reissued two impressive Jacques Demy musicals as separate releases. This all-singing, all-dancing homage to candy-colored vintage Hollywood musicals is a captivating Franco-American hybrid that allows free rein to Demy’s marvelously positive romantic philosophy.

The Young Girls of Rochefort

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1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 125 min. / Les Demoiselles de Rochefort / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 11, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, Gene Kelly, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Perrin

Cinematography: Ghislain Cloquet

Production Designer: Bernard Evein

Film Editor: Jean Hamon

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Produced by Mag Bodard, Gilbert de Goldschmidt

Written and Directed by Jacques Demy

 

I was going to squeak by reviewing only Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but the interest in the new La La Land prompted some emails and messages that tell me a revisit of the charming »

- Glenn Erickson

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