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Lyon – Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.
In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival Monday, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.
That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon on Tuesday Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, shot in only 17 days, its singularity and huge impact on not only Scorsese but also George Romero. Cecil B. DeMille was another large admirer. Bertrand Tavernier pointed to “Blade Runner” as just one movie that channeled “Tales.”
Starring Robert Rounseville as Hoffmann, Moira Shaerer in a double act- an automated doll Olympia »
- John Hopewell
The lovely Brockman kids are older now. They're not as funny and Karen isn't as scary – but it was great while it lasted
So after seven years and five series we must say farewell to Outnumbered (BBC1), which has at last been outmanoeuvred by Mother Nature and the pulsating endocrine systems of its now only semi-juvenile leads. Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Ben (Daniel Roche) and Karen (Ramona Marquez) were 11, eight and six respectively when the sitcom about life in the overscheduled, underdisciplined Brockman household began in 2007. Now Karen looks like a 25-year-old model, Jake is a tangle of gangling limbs and Ben – well, Ben still looks like Ben, but galumphs stolidly now rather than pinballs round the house, more usually mortified these days than gratified by the havoc he creates.
In the beginning, most of the art and all of the craft went into assembling the children's semi-improvised performances into workable narrative wholes. »
- Lucy Mangan
2 items from 2014
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