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17 items from 2012


Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

21 December 2012 1:39 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Roger Livesey stars in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Considered by many to be the finest British films ever made, the1943 war-drama-romance classic The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Battle of the River Plate).

Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history (1902 to 1942) only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook (The Red Shoes) and Deborah Kerr (Black Narcissus) provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Blimp’s and she as young women of three consecutive generations—a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver—who inspire him.

Shot in gorgeous Technicolor, Colonel Blimp is both moving and satirical—a »

- Laurence

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Athena Film Festival Returns in 2013; Honors Hurd, DuVernay, Haskell, Kuo & Mitchell

29 November 2012 9:56 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership will return to Barnard College in 2013. The fest, which will run February 7-10, is put on by Barnard's Center for Leadership Studies and Indiewire's own Women and Hollywood blog, headed by Melissa Silverstein. The Athena fest's mission is to honor extraordinary women in the film industry, and to highlight films that address women's leadership in real life. Q&A sessions with producers and directors, along with workshops for women filmmakers, are all part of the 4-day lineup. This year's recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards include "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, who will be receiving the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award; "Middle of Nowhere" director Ava DuVernay; feminist film critic and scholar Molly Haskell (and author of the seminal "From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies"); Film Society of »

- Beth Hanna

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Athena Film Festival honors Ava DuVernay, Gale Anne Hurd, Molly Haskell

28 November 2012 12:57 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership. Additional awardees will include Ava DuVernay, Molly Haskell, »

- Ryan Adams

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HBO Documentary Films Picks Up 'Love, Marilyn,' Featuring Array of Stars Reading Monroe's Letters & Diaries

14 September 2012 2:57 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and Tiff entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe's never-before-seen diaries and letters. The film's interviews and archival footage also feature playwright and Monroe hubby number three Arthur Miller, baseball player Joe Dimaggio (and hubby number two), author Truman Capote, feminist film scholar Molly Haskell, director Elia Kazan and many more. Documentarian Garbus has a long-standing history of working with HBO, including 2011's "Bobby Fischer Against the World" and 2002's "The Execution of Wanda Jean." The HBO acquisition of "Love, Marilyn" is not unexpected. »

- Beth Hanna

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Judith Crist obituary

10 August 2012 4:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film reviewer and broadcaster with the common touch, she was feared by directors and dismissed by auteurist critics

Judith Crist, who has died aged 90, was, at one stage, probably the most widely read, listened to and watched film critic in the world. At least, due to her appearances on the early morning Us television show Today and her reviews in the weekly magazine TV Guide, which had a huge circulation of 17m in its heyday, she was the American film critic with the largest appeal to a mass audience.

Crist, who called herself a "journalistic reviewer", knew what the public wanted and catered to them. She had no truck with "cerebral" film theorists, nor auteurists such as Andrew Sarris, nor feminist critics such as Molly Haskell. Her idols were James Agee, Otis Ferguson and Frank Nugent, solid writers in the literary tradition. "If you're going to be a movie fan, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Judith Crist obituary

10 August 2012 4:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film reviewer and broadcaster with the common touch, she was feared by directors and dismissed by auteurist critics

Judith Crist, who has died aged 90, was, at one stage, probably the most widely read, listened to and watched film critic in the world. At least, due to her appearances on the early morning Us television show Today and her reviews in the weekly magazine TV Guide, which had a huge circulation of 17m in its heyday, she was the American film critic with the largest appeal to a mass audience.

Crist, who called herself a "journalistic reviewer", knew what the public wanted and catered to them. She had no truck with "cerebral" film theorists, nor auteurists such as Andrew Sarris, nor feminist critics such as Molly Haskell. Her idols were James Agee, Otis Ferguson and Frank Nugent, solid writers in the literary tradition. "If you're going to be a movie fan, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Andrew Sarris

22 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Influential American film critic behind the 'auteur theory'

Jean Sibelius once claimed that "no statue has ever been put up to a critic". If there were such a proposal, then Andrew Sarris, who has died aged 83 from complications after a fall, would be among the first to be honoured. It was Sarris, inspired by François Truffaut's article Une Certain Tendance du Cinéma Français, published in Cahiers du Cinéma in 1954, who eight years later formulated the "auteur theory". Sarris coined that term in his 1962 essay Notes on the Auteur Theory, which he developed later in his influential book The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968.

The much-misused term "auteur" was applied mostly to film directors working as contractors for the Hollywood studios who, nevertheless, revealed their own distinctive style and personal vision. Primarily, Sarris made American critics, and eventually audiences, aware of the importance of the director. Hitherto, reviews were more focused on the stars, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Andrew Sarris: Auteur Theory Film Critic Dead

20 June 2012 6:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Andrew Sarris, auteur theory proponent in the United States, died earlier today at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, apparently of complications caused by a stomach virus. Sarris, who was 83, was married to fellow film critic Molly Haskell. The Brooklyn-born (Oct. 31, 1928) Andrew Sarris didn’t "invent" the auteur theory, which basically proposes that films are (or should be) the product — or at least bear the indelible imprint — of one person: the director. This sort of reductionist approach to film criticism was made quite popular in the ’50s and ’60s thanks to various Cahiers du Cinéma contributors, some of whom — e.g., François [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Andrew Sarris, influential film critic, dead at age 83

20 June 2012 3:21 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Andrew Sarris, the erudite and influential film critic and teacher who brought the “auteur” theory to America, died today in Manhattan at the age of 83. Courtly and modest in personal manner, Sarris spoke — and wrote — softly. Not for him the stylistic literary fireworks and from-the-gut pronouncements of his great critical adversary Pauline Kael. But the clarity of Sarris’ identification of a distinctive directorial “voice” as the key artistic element in any film, stands the test of time as a profound organizing principle in the understanding, analysis, and criticism of the movie medium.

Sarris, who held a berth at the Village »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Andrew Sarris: Underground Film Is For Lovers

20 June 2012 2:49 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

From the New York Times obituary for film critic Andrew Sarris, who passed away today:

In 1966, at a screening of Kenneth Anger‘s Scorpio Rising, Mr. Sarris noticed an attractive young woman, Ms. Haskell. He wandered over. “He had this courtly-as-learned-from-the-movies manner,” Ms. Haskell recalled. “Afterward he took me out for a sundae at Howard Johnson.”

(“Ms. Haskell” is film critic Molly Haskell, who would become Sarris’ wife.)

Scorpio Rising as hot heterosexual pick-up movie? Interesting…

The obituary also notes that Sarris was also a writer for the Mekas brothers’ Film Culture magazine.

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- Mike Everleth

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Influential Film Critic Andrew Sarris Dies at 83

20 June 2012 1:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Andrew Sarris, the New York-based film critic most responsible for promoting the auteur theory that movies are shaped by the director’s point of view, died Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. He was 83. The cause of death was complications of an infection he developed after a fall, his wife, film critic Molly Haskell, told The New York Times. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 In his seminal book, The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968, Sarris, building on the ideas of French critics like Andre Bazin and critic-turned-filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, made

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- Gregg Kilday

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Andrew Sarris, Critic Who Championed Film's New Wave, Dies at 83

20 June 2012 12:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Influential film critic Andrew Sarris, who helped introduce a generation of American moviegoers to Europe's new wave of directors in the 1960s and '70s, has died at the age of 83. Sarris died at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan after complications developed from a stomach virus, his wife, film critic Molly Haskell, said Wednesday. Sarris was best known for his work with the Village Voice and New York Observer. With contemporaries like Pauline Kael, with whom he famously feuded in print about a number of films, he helped Americans view filmmaking as more »

- Todd Cunningham

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R.I.P. Andrew Sarris

20 June 2012 12:10 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The great film critic Andrew Sarris, remembered chiefly for his advocacy of the “auteur theory” in America, has died at age 83, due to complications from a fall. He’s survived by his wife Molly Haskell, another film critic and the author of the essential feminist book From Reverence To Rape: The Treatment Of Women In The Movies. There’s no overstating Sarris’ impact on film criticism and scholarship, which is as significant and lasting as that of his chief sparring partner, Pauline Kael. Inspired by the critics/filmmakers writing in Cahiers du Cinéma—a magazine he later helped »

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Seminal Film Critic Andrew Sarris Dies at 83

20 June 2012 11:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Andrew Sarris, the famed critic responsible for introducing the auteur theory to America, died this morning in New York. The news of his passing was confirmed by his longtime wife and fellow critic Molly Haskell in The New York Times today. He was 83. The cause was complications from a fall, the Times reported.  Sarris was best known for authoring the Film Culture article "Notes on the Auteur Theory," a 1962 piece that brought the notion of the director as the principle author of a film to English language scholarship following its burgeoning popularity among French critics. He expanded on the theory with the seminal volume "The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929 - 1968," an encyclopedia of notable filmmakers both young and old that remains in print to this day and is still largely considered an ideal entry point for any developing cinephile.  Sarris wrote extensively for Film Culture and the Village Voice in the. »

- Eric Kohn

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Andrew Sarris, influential film critic, dies aged 83

20 June 2012 11:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Andrew Sarris, the American writer who popularised auteur theory, championed Alfred Hitchcock and had a print feud with Pauline Kael, has died in New York

One of the most influential film critics of the 20th century, the author Andrew Sarris, has died in Manhattan. His wife, fellow film critic Molly Haskell, said that his death was caused by complications following a fall.

A film critic at the Village Voice, and then at the New York Observer, Sarris rose to prominence for a tone that mixed courtesy and causticism and a robust, high-minded engagement with the artform. He took inspiration from Cahiers du Cinéma (he once edited an English-language edition) and his seminal 1962 essay, Notes on the Auteur Theory, helped alert many Americans to the European New Wave.

His other masterpiece was The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968, which had praise for Orson Welles, John Ford and Howard Hawkes, as well as Alfred Hitchcock, »

- Catherine Shoard

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The ‘Blue Velvet’ Project, #80

15 February 2012 3:38 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Second #3760, 62:40

Jeffrey, having arrived later than expected to pick up Sandy after school, has just been spotted by Sandy’s boyfriend Mike, who is doing a variation of jumping jack exercises with the football team (in full uniform, including helmets) on a tennis court across the street in a scene that oddly predicts the “Do the Locomotion” scene in Inland Empire. We are back in the sunlight now, the deeply coded normalcy of high school, the girls in their long skirts recalling the teenage rebel movies of the 1950s. The frame captures no one looking at anyone. Dead gazes. A frame filled with people and trees and grass and a building and a car. The end of spring. The beginning of summer.

Sandy. The fact of Sandy. In her classic 1974 book From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, Molly Haskell wrote:

In the penumbral world of the detective story, »

- Nicholas Rombes

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Notebook's 4th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2011

5 January 2012 12:58 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Looking back at 2011 on what films moved and impressed us it becomes more and more clear—to me at least—that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, our end of year poll, now an annual tradition, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2011—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2011 to create a unique double feature. Many contributors chose their favorites of 2011, some picked out-of-the-way gems, others made some pretty strange connections—and some frankly just want to create a kerfuffle. All the contributors were asked to write a paragraph explaining their 2011 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative »

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