8 items from 2016
Now for something truly remarkable from the neglected Spanish cinema. Luis García Berlanga's wicked satire is a humanistic black comedy, free of cynicism. The borderline Kafkaesque situation of an everyman forced into a profession that horrifies him is funny and warm hearted - but with a ruthless logic that points to universal issues beyond Franco Fascism. The Executioner Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 840 1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / El Verdugo / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 25, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert . Cinematography Tonino Delli Colli Film Editor Afonso Santacana Original Music Miguel Asins Arbó Written by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano Produced by Nazario Belmar Directed by Luis García Berlanga
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Criterion brings us 1963's The Executioner (El Verdugo), a major discovery for film fans that thought Spanish cinema began and ended with Luis Buñuel. I've seen politically-charged Spanish films from »
- Glenn Erickson
We here at The CriterionCast wear our admiration for The Criterion Collection squarely on our sleeves. Not only is it in the very title of this website and the podcast from which it spawned, but it is in the very DNA of what we strive to do through both ventures. At their very best, The Criterion Collection doesn’t so much bring to light gloriously dense home video releases of beloved, crystal clear classics from the history of film, but instead highlights lesser known masterpieces from throughout the world and spanning the entirety of film’s history as an artform. Be it esoteric experimental works like that of director Jean Painleve to baroque world cinema classics like La Cienaga, Criterion’s greatest achievement is giving the world a new glimpse at world history through the lens of those directors commenting on it through their films.
And few films quite hit »
- Joshua Brunsting
San Sebastian — Few competition films entered San Sebastian with the buzz of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “May God Save Us,” a grueling, grimy, melancholic thriller about men who cannot control their actions. The movie is a serial-killer procedural which unspools in a hot Madrid overrun by the pilgrims because of a visit by the pope.
Sorogoyen turned heads with his crowdfunded “Stockholm,” about a one-night stand between a girl on the edge of a nervous breakdown and a guy who just wants to have sex and leave. Sorogoyen continues that study of male psychology in “Que Dios Nos Perdone” (“May God Save Us”), but with a big step up in scale, budget and producing team. One backer, Tornasol, won an Academy Award for “The Secret in Their Eyes,” while another, Atresmedia Cine, produced movies by Woody Allen.
“May God Save Us” is multi-layered in its themes of friendship, violence and institutionalized dereliction of duty, »
- John Hopewell
October’s slate of new beloved films that are joining The Criterion Collection are quite impressive. Guillermo del Toro is at the center of the exciting catalogue with a new stand-alone edition of the Oscar-winning fantasy epic “Pan’s Labyrinth.” It also features an exclusive set, available in both a DVD edition and a beautifully designed Blu-ray box, that includes a deluxe hardcover book with the helmer’s trilogy of haunting Spanish-language films: “Cronos,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
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— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 16, 2016
Read More: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Criterion Collection Artwork Revealed As Guillermo del Toro Debuts Evocative Cover
Two European masterpieces are also making their long-awaited entry into the collection. »
- Liz Calvario
They may have been long-rumored — or even confirmed by the director himself — but two of the most acclaimed features of the century thus far are coming to The Criterion Collection this October. They’ve announced today that Guillermo del Toro‘s Pan’s Labyrinth will get a release (along with a trilogy box set of his earlier films) and Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood will be arriving, The Tree of Wooden Clogs by Ermanno Olmi, Luis García Berlanga‘s The Executioner, along with a Blu-ray upgrade of Robert Altman‘s Short Cuts.
The Boyhood release, Linklater and cast & crew have recorded a brand new audio commentary which will be on the disc, along with a documentary, and more. For Pan’s, there’s new interviews with the director, and for The Executioner, there’s a Pedro Almodóvar interview. Check out the full line-up below and click each title for more details. »
- Jordan Raup
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSAnton Yelchin in Green RoomUnexpected and tragic news at the end of the weekend was that actor Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Only Lovers Left Alive, Joe Dante's Burying the Ex, Green Room) was accidentally killed at his home.French New Wave director Éric Rohmer was intensely private, so details of his long, productive life have generally been slim. But now, as Richard Brody writes at the New Yorker, a 2014 biography by Antoine de Baecque and Noël Herpe has been translated into English, and makes for essential reading about one of cinema's greats.We won't get properly excited until, first, the cameras are rolling, and second, there's a hope of some kind of release date, but The Film Stage has gathered enough evidence to point towards what Terrence Malick's next film will be: Radegund, »
Above: 1929 Swedish poster for The Hound Of The Baskervilles (Richard Oswald, Germany, 1929). Designer uncredited.It’s time once again for my countdown of the most popular (the most “liked” and “reblogged”) posters on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr over the past three months. The most popular by far, and deservedly so, was this extraordinary 1920s Swedish poster for an adaptation of Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, which looks like some modern Mondo marvel. I had never seen it before it showed up on Heritage Auctions in March, where it sold for over $5000 (a steal). I’m not sure how Heritage dated the poster or divined which version of Hound of the Baskervilles this was for, since there are no acting or directing credits on the poster. They claim it for Richard Oswald’s 1929 German version though IMDb has a variant of the poster attached to a 1914 German adaptation. »
Above: 1965 Czech poster for Three Fables of Love (Blasetti, Bromberger, Clair, Berlanga, Italy/Spain, 1962). Designer: Karel Teissig.Two events provoked this article. First of all, last week I saw the wonderful 1963 Czech fable The Cassandra Cat (a.k.a. When the Cat Comes) at New York’s newest cinephile hotspot, the Metrograph. In this charming New Wave satire a cat wearing dark glasses is brought into a small town by a circus troupe and, when his glasses are removed, the townspeople are revealed in their true colors: namely neon shades of purple, yellow and pink, each representing their vices or virtues. The highlight of the film for me, aside from a psychedelic freak-out dance party in the middle of the film, comes when all the children of the town march through the street bearing large drawings of cats. Chris Marker would have loved this film.The second event was the »
- Adrian Curry
8 items from 2016
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