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★★★☆☆For Roman Polanski's latest, the now octogenarian director has adapted David Ives play Venus in Fur, which is itself based on the 1870 novel of the same name by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Taking place entirely in a theatre setting, the chamber piece sees a playwright, Thomas Novachek (Mathieu Amalric), who is directing his own adaptation of Venus in Fur, interrupted at the end of a long day of auditioning the lead role by Vanda Jourdain (Emmanuelle Seigner), an actor late for the reading who insists on being seen, despite Thomas' obvious disapproval of her appropriateness for the role. We then have two actors, Amalric and Seigner, playing the part of an actor and a director, themselves performing roles.
- CineVue UK
Venus In Fur is from American playwright David Ives’ Tony Award-winning play, a two-character S&M tale set in New York. Now comes the film version, which is set in Paris and is in French. C’est quoi ce bordel? It’s the latest movie directed by 80-year old perv Roman Polanksi who has cast his pretty 46-year old French wife Emmanuelle Seigner in the lead. Venus In Fur is a kinky backstage tango that never quite sizzles, but it’s still an entertaining and often funny riff on the issues of sex and power. I just wish it had been filmed in English.
Venus In Fur opens with stage writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, an adaptation of an 18th century erotic tale that explores the explosive relationship between a domineering mistress and her submissive male subject/slave. »
- Tom Stockman
Venus in Fur
Written for the screen and directed by Roman Polanski
What is art if not an artist’s fiction translated into reality? A fiction wrought from fear, self-loathing and prejudice that escapes the confines of a sonnet and burrows its way into the collective consciousness. Now it is reality. Now it has power. Now it’s an idea, and ideas are poisonous. Rather than dispelling the poisonous reality, Polanski’s Venus in Fur toys with the delicate fiction lying beneath. It’s a study in role-playing, where the players and creators are equally baffled by the game. More importantly, this is the intensely personal work of an artist who understands that only by blurring the lines between fiction and reality can he approach what Herzog calls, “the ecstatic truth.”
To call Venus in Fur a ‘play-within-a-play’ is a misnomer. Indeed, it involves the inner workings of a stage play, »
- J.R. Kinnard
It is that time again as 2014 is already half over. Wow, time flies when you are watching movies. The year being half over brings my annual, “Top 10 Movies of the Year…So Far” list, and without question this is my strongest list by a long shot. One big reason is the increase of great titles that have been released On Demand. Half of my list in fact is made up of films I saw On Demand. Now I am all for supporting your local Art House Theater as much as possible, but certain films don’t make it outside of La and New York so On Demand is a great tool to experience some great Independent movies. I feel like geek culture is far too obsessed with franchises that stick to the same format over and over again. I enjoy franchise movies as well, as you will see on this list, »
- Dan Clark
Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw seven new films enter the market place, including the latest from both Roman Polanski and Paul Haggis. In the end, it was Polanski's "Venus In Fur" that had the best per-theater-average of the of the lot, while French import "Le Chef" -- not to be confused with Jon Favreau's "Chef," which is still doing quite well -- surprised with a strong debut as well. The Debuts: Debut Winner of the Weekend: "Venus In Fur." Over a year after it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur" hit both theaters and VOD this weekend to the tune of $26,200 from 2 theaters. That made for a $13,100 average -- the highest of any film in release save "Think Like a Man Too." The French language film -- starring Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner alongside Mathieu Amalric -- »
- Peter Knegt
Mighty Aphrodite: Polanski Returns With Spirited Adaptation
The once quite reticent Roman Polanski quickly returns with yet another adaptation of a popular Broadway play, Venus In Fur, which follows his 2011 star studded Carnage. Say what you will, but Polanski, who often tends to favor claustrophobic chamber pieces, excels with chatty subversiveness, and detractors of the sometimes forced Carnage should revel in this latest effort, a dark labyrinth of comedic mind games that does with words what something like Lady from Shanghai does with mirrors.
A dreary, desolate evening sees a desperate theater director, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) pacing the stage as he bitches angrily on the phone about the miserable auditions he witnessed all day long for the lead in his new play, Venus In Furs, an adaptation of an infamous novel credited with birthing the term masochism. Clearly, the play is a labor of love for the man, and »
- Nicholas Bell
In the closing scenes of Wes Anderson’s latest and greatest adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel, aged hotel owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) reflects on the larger-than-life presence of his long-time friend and mentor, hotel concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). “His world had vanished long before he entered it,” notes Zero. “But I must say he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace.” It seems clear that in that line, Anderson is speaking not only of Gustavem but also of himself.
Out of all the filmmakers working today, Anderson is definitely one of the most wackily distinctive. His films are like elaborate train sets wound up to power themselves, or intricately designed dollhouses possessing a symmetry that doesn’t limit the life inside but enhance it. Characterized by madcap characters and cheerfully intelligent stories, Anderson’s movies are always a joy to watch, both visually and in terms of narrative. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s not hard to guess why Roman Polanski was moved to make a film of David Ives’s brilliantly silly play Venus in Fur. The tale of an arrogant male writer-director who’s increasingly emasculated by an auditioning actress, the project offers a juicy role for his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and an opportunity for him—given his resemblance to actor Mathieu Amalric—to stylize his own comeuppance. So Venus in Fur is both kinky and can pass as a form of self-flagellation. One additional, not-small thing: It allows him to demonstrate, with a minimum of means, his superb craftsmanship. Apart from translating the play into French, Polanski and co-screenwriter Ives stick close to the source. A punkish, gum-cracking actress named Vanda (Seigner) arrives late to an empty theater for an audition and begs the playwright, Thomas (Amalric), to let her read for the part of “Vanda” (quelle coïncidence! »
- David Edelstein
Roman Polanski‘s Venus in Fur is a film haunted by an epigraph. It’s a quotation from the apocryphal Book of Judith, used first by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch in his similarly titled 1870 novel and later by David Ives in his play, from which this film is directly adapted. It goes something like this: “The Lord hath smitten him and delivered him into the hands of a woman.” The biblical context is the slaying of the Babylonian general Holofernes, whose unfortunate drunken stupor made him easy prey for the knife of the Jewish hero. Polanski’s film is somewhat more wordy, but not necessarily more complex. The quote is the epigram on the play-within-a-film, an adaptation of Venus in Furs for the stage by playwright Thomas (Mathieu Amalric). Late in the evening after a failed day of casting for the female lead, a mysterious and brash woman enters the theater. Thomas »
- Daniel Walber
Plays adapted into movies always feel naked by the time they make it to the screen, their theatrical bones showing through in a most awkward and unbecoming way. That's more or less true of Roman Polanski's screen version of David Ives's Venus in Fur, in which a playwright and first-time director, Mathieu Amalric's Thomas, expresses exasperation over the number of shallow, gum-snapping actresses who have had the temerity to audition for his Very Important Play — only to be undone by shallow, gum-snapping Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner), who understands his material better than he does.
You can see the big reveal a mile away; it comes vamping right at ya, with exaggerated, swaying hips. But Venus in Fur ends up being more fun than it promises, thanks to Polanski' »
Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.Scroll down for full list of winners
Of Horses And Men won €10,000 ($13,600) and beat out 11 other competitors at the festival, which ran from June 6-14.
The drama about the deep relationships between members of a small Icelandic community and their horses debuted in Iceland last August and has toured the festival circuit ever since, beginning with the San Sebastian Film Festival in September. It was released in the UK last weekend.
Other notable winners included Swedish director Anna Odell’s The Reunion, which won the White Iris Award for best first film, as well as €2,500 ($3,400).
Odell’s feature about her imagined high school reunion picked up two other prizes at the festival, the Fedex Cinephile Award and the Rtbf TV Prize of Best Film.
Another film that scooped multiple awards was Farewell To The »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? A boring, regular dude Lego named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is suddenly called upon to save the world. Will Ferrell voices bad guy President Business, Elizabeth Banks as the super cool Wyldstyle, Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty, and Nick Offerman as a pirate named Metal Beard.
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Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Criterion)
What's It About? A group of schoolgirls and their teacher go on a lovely picnic at Hanging Rock, a scenic rock formation in Australia. Their Valentine's Day outing takes a turn for the weird when several of them go missing, leaving a devastated community in their wake.
Why We're In: It's a gorgeous, »
- Jenni Miller
A very special opening awaits! In celebration of the June 17th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is readying to unveil a version of the illustrious European hotel constructed entirely of Lego bricks! Take a tour, with trusty lobby boy Tony Revolori, in this video showing how it was built!
Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of eight model builders - all die-hard fans of Wes Anderson - spent 575 hours building and designing the replica of the exquisite hotel. To construct the model, more than 50,000 certified Lego bricks from collectors and wholesalers were sourced from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy and 14 different states in the U.S. The final model will weigh approximately 150 pounds and stand 7 feet tall and 6.5 feet wide.
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. »
Below you will find an index of our coverage of the 2014 Festival de Cannes by Miriam Bale, Daniel Kasman, and Marie-Pierre Duhamel. This post will be updated as new coverage is published.
Haunting the Croisette
The Coming-of-Age Film at Cannes
on The Wonders
Good Old "Cherzhez la femme"? Notes on Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York
Two Cannes Films in Paris
on Two Days, One Night and Gente de bien
The Blue Room (Mathieu Amalric)
Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara)
Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)
Eat Your Bones (Jean-Charles Hue)
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Navad Lapid)
★★★☆☆Following on from 2011's raucous American middle-class comedy Carnage - and as we await his long-gestating Dreyfus affair project - Polish director Roman Polanski returns to UK cinema screens with Venus in Fur (2013), a two-handed adaptation of the play by David Ives. The Ives production itself tells the story of an attempt to mould Austrian writer and journalist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's book Venus in Furs - which gave masochism its name and Lou Reed a classic song - for the stage. Mathieu Amalric plays Thomas, a busy theatre director and writer who has spent an entire day unsuccessfully auditioning actresses to play Vanda, the role of the girl turned dominatrix of von Sacher-Masoch's novel.
- CineVue UK
Two people. One room. An abundance of intrigue and enthralment. Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' play is a fascinating study of power games, sexual manipulation and textual interpretation, driven by dazzling performances from Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.
Seigner portrays Vanda, a pushy actress who struts into the theatre adorned with blood red lipstick and a skimpy outfit to accost Amalric's timid director Thomas in order to secure a role in his upcoming production. She thinks the play is a porno while he thinks it's a beautiful love story, but Vanda uses seductive ploys to secure an immediate audition. As the duo rehearse on stage together, Thomas begins to turn from dominant teacher to submissive student as the lines blur between reality and fiction.
Despite taking place solely in the theatre's auditorium, »
In his eightieth year, director Roman Polanski shows little sign of succumbing to dull good taste with this witty, erotic and Palme d'Or nominated reworking of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's naughty 19th century tale of tall boots and long whips. Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric are on bold form as a feisty actress and self-important director condensing the sex war into a 90-minute audition. After the bitter treats of Carnage, Polanski again demonstrates his film-making alchemy for turning chamber-piece stage plays into silver screen delights. »
We’ve got something to get you in the mood for Roman Polanski’s adaptation of David Ives’ original stage play, Venus In Fur, which opens in UK cinemas this week. It’s about Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), a writer-director who’s trying to cast his version of kinky S&M novel Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
However he’s not having much luck – that is until Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) arrives late and convinces him to let her read. Thomas is impressed by her preparation (costumes and all) and it’s not long before audition becomes obsession (and lots of dressing up by the looks of it).
The UK trailer teases us with handcuffs, lingerie and shiny boots of leather. Oo-er. Check it out below.
Venus In Fur is released in UK cinemas from May 30th.
Source: ArtificalEyeFilm »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Roman Polanski‘s new film is Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the stage play by David Ives. With the film opening in the UK this weekend, there’s a new UK trailer for the movie, which features Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric. The play is a two-character affair, with an actress showing up late for an audition. She […]
The post ‘Venus in Fur’ Trailer: Roman Polanski Adapts the Award-Winning Play appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Following a trailer for the release of Roman Polanski's latest film in the United States, a new trailer for Venus in Fur has arrived as the film hits theaters in the United Kingdom this coming weekend. The trailer shows off a bit more of the erotic audition that takes some strange turns as a play's writer and director (Mathieu Almaric) finds a woman (Emmanuelle Seigner) who seems to be a perfect fit for the role he's trying to fill. This gets more than a little saucy when the sexual escapades end up with Almaric getting tied up. This is undoubtedly an odd little film, but at the very least, it's got some flair. Watch the trailer below! Here's the new UK trailer for Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur from YouTube: Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas »
- Ethan Anderton
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