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Psycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, a blend. Bill, a black-on-white stick figure whose only distinctive feature is his top hat, is on his way to the bus stop when he sees someone he recognizes but whose name he doesn’t remember. »
- The Film Stage
Nathaniel, over at the Film Experience, has some ideas on who should be, or might be, getting an honorary Oscar this year. He’s offered up a whopping 76 suggestions in various categories. »
- Sasha Stone
Melvil Poupaud walked the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema red carpet with The Great Game (Le Grand Jeu) director Nicolas Pariser, Disorder's Alice Winocour, Julie Delpy's Lolo composer Mathieu Lamboley, Bang Gang's Eva Husson, A Decent Man's Emmanuel Finkiel, John Waters, Cindy Sherman, James Ivory, Angélique Kidjo, Aurélia Thiérrée with Guillaume Nicloux and his Valley Of Love star Isabelle Huppert.
Oscar Isaac in Jc Chandor's A Most Violent Year, Alain Delon in Valerio Zurlini's Indian Summer (Le Professeur), Benoît Jacquot's Closet Children (Les Enfants Du Placard), Marguerite Duras, Eric Rohmer, Xavier Dolan, Justine Triet, Fan Bingbing, and his Great Game co-stars Clémence Poésy and André Dussollier - these and more entered into a kind of Lacanian conversation with Melvil Poupaud at the Parker Meridien in New York. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
One undeniable beauty of advancing digital technology in the film industry is the growing ability to extensively touch-up classics in much higher resolutions. 4K restorations are a growing trend by companies in an effort to breath new life into older films, as well as preserve them for both historical record, study, and plain and simple enjoyment.
The two most recent features to get this treatment are James Ivory‘s 1992 classic Howards End and Louis Malle‘s 1958 crime drama Elevator to the Gallows, which both have been treated with trailers for their revitalization. The Howard restoration trailer demonstrates its lush color palette in sharp resolution, particularly in a slow-motion scene of books toppling. The Gallows trailer states the films extensive list of accolades, showing off its black and white cinematography with crisp new quality and clarity.
See the two trailers below, along with a Howards End poster and details on where to see each. »
- Mike Mazzanti
Cohen Media Group is releasing a new 4K restoration of the Merchant Ivory classic “Howards End.” Set in Edwardian England, the film follows three social classes represented by three different families who are all vying for the ownership of a house, Howards End, essentially a metaphor for the future of England and its class relations. Based on the novel by E.M. Forester, “Howards End” starred Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Julia”), Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility”), Helena Bonham Carter (“Fight Club”), Samuel West (“Carrington”), and more. Watch a trailer for the restoration below.
Read More: Cohen Media Group Picks Up 30 Merchant Ivory Productions for Restoration and Re-issue
For decades, the name “Merchant Ivory” meant high-minded quality entertainment. Founded in 1961 by producer Ismael Merchant and director James Ivory, the production company initially focused on making “English-language films in India aimed at the international market,” often adapted from novels or short stories. »
- Vikram Murthi
The Merchant-Ivory collaboration ran across dozens of movies and became synonymous with a specific kind of filmmaking - high-brow, lavishly produced dramas often based on famed British literary works. Aside from perhaps "The Remains of the Day," they remain best known for their three film adaptations of the works of famed English author E.M. Forster.
Of those three the most famous, and indeed the film some would say is Merchant-Ivory's best, would be "Howards End". Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma Thompson starred in the film about two couples amid the changing times of Edwardian England.
Now, the cinematic classic which won three Oscars and was nominated for nine, is coming back to theaters »
- Garth Franklin
At one time, if you were looking for lush, literate dramas, you had to look no further than the films of Ishmail Merchant and James Ivory. The filmmaking duo produced dozens of movies together, spanning decades, with Merchant-Ivory becoming synonymous with a particular style of moviemaking. And their finest hour may have been “Howards End” (and […]
The post Return To ‘Howards End’ With The Re-Release Trailer For The Newly Restored Oscar Winning Film appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rabinowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1916, and moved to England in 1946 to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He served as head of music at BBC TV Light Entertainment in the 1960s, and as head of music services at London Weekend Television in the 1970s. In 1977 he was awarded a national honor, the MBE.
He composed scores for many TV shows including “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination in 1984.
Rabinowitz worked as a conductor on several films with British director Anthony Minghella, including “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” He also worked on many Merchant Ivory pictures, including James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and “Howards End. »
- Leo Barraclough
“Howards End” will open at the Paris Theatre and Film Forum in New York on Aug. 26, and Laemmle’s Royal in Los Angeles on Sept. 2. Cohen Media Group plans to show the film at several of the original theaters that first screened the movie in 1992, before expanding distribution to other markets.
The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and earned Thompson a best actress trophy. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won best adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi and Ian Whittaker nabbed best art direction. It also won the 45th anniversary prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.
The restoration, »
- Dave McNary
“It kind of freed me from a lot of criticisms people have from my other films,” Whit Stillman told us at Sundance earlier this year, speaking about adapting Jane Austen‘s epistolary novel Lady Susan, which became Love & Friendship. “Things can work really well and not be entirely realistic and often they can be better than realism. We love the old James Bond films. They weren’t realistic, but they’re delightful. And the great 30s films. The Awful Truth with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s not realistic; it’s just perfect.”
To celebrate Stillman’s latest feature becoming his most successful yet at the box office, we’re highlighting his 10 favorite films, from a ballot submitted for the most recent Sight & Sound poll. Along with the aforementioned Leo McCarey classic, he includes romantic touchstones from Preston Sturges, Ernst Lubitsh, and François Truffaut. As for his favorite Alfred Hitchcock, he fittingly picks perhaps one of the best scripts he directed, and one not mentioned often enough.
We’ve covered many directors’ favorites, but this is one that perhaps best reflects the style and tone of an artist’s filmography. Check it out below, followed by our discussion of his latest film, if you missed it.
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Preston Sturges)
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- Jordan Raup
On this day in movie related history...
1893 Mahatma Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience refusing to move from a whites only first class section of a train. He had a valid ticket, after all. He was forcibly ejected in South Africa's Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. This event and many others from his nonviolent revolution were reenacted by Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, Oscar's Best Picture of 1982. (You can cover a lot with a running time of 191 minutes.)
1928 Perpetually underappreciated and totally awesome director James Ivory is born. Later makes masterpieces like A Room With a View and Howards End. Where's his Honorary Oscar, AMPAS? He's 87 people get on that immediately.
- NATHANIEL R
After a five-year hiatus from the directing scene, it is as though filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is making up for lost time, now that he’s making serious headway on both A Bigger Splash – teeing up a reunion with Tilda Swinton in the process – and his remake of Suspiria.
But as The Film Stage reveals, another of Guadagnino’s creative ventures is inching closer to release, now that Call Me By Your Name has officially entered production. Starring Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothée Chalamet, the movie is pitched as an adaptation of André Aciman’s eponymous novel, and will be co-written by James Ivory (A Room With A View).
Rooted in an ’80s setting, Call Me By Your Name chronicles the blossoming romance between two young Italian men. There’s no mention of a release timeline in today’s report, but an official synopsis does outline the story at the heart of Guadagnino’s latest. »
- Michael Briers
After not making a feature film for half-a-decade, director Luca Guadagnino is on quite a productive streak recently. His reunion with Tilda Swinton after I Am Love, the highly recommended A Bigger Splash, is now in theaters, and he plans to shoot his remake of Suspiria this fall. In between, he’s quietly begun production on a new feature.
Although there was no formal announcement, it’s been revealed to be an adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel Call Me By Your Name. Scripted by James Ivory and the director, it follows a 17-year-old boy who begins a romance with his father’s house guest. Taking the role of the boy is Interstellar star Timothée Chalamet while Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) plays his father and Armie Hammer (who will soon be seen in Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire and Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals) takes the role of the house guest. »
- Jordan Raup
Deadline's studio at the 69th Cannes Film Festival has been greeting fest-goers all weekend on the Croisette; including visits by Chloë Sevigny, director of closing short Kitty, festival juror Mads Mikkelsen, icons Vanessa Redgrave and James Ivory, Bill Paxton of Mean Dreams, Rebecca Hall from The Bfg, and many more. Photographer Mark Mann is behind the lens for our series of photo sessions and video interviews taking place at Nikki Beach. Click on the photo to launch the… »
As the acclaimed Merchant Ivory film is screened in Cannes, Redgrave and director James Ivory discuss cinema’s backlash against costume drama, and why Em Forster would have approved of social media
Twenty-four years ago, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter strode up the red carpet in Cannes to present Howards End, the latest Em Forster adaptation by director/producer powerhouse James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. The film was ecstatically received and, despite losing out on the Palme d’Or to The Best Intentions, the Bille August drama about Bergman’s parents, it did go on to impress at the box office and win countless awards, including three Oscars.
On Friday, Redgrave and Ivory were back on the Croisette (Merchant died in 2005) to present a restored print, reflect on how the film’s message – about the necessity of bridging the English class divide – is less fashionable today and consider why the film’s fortunes fell in favour of a millennial itch for grit.
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- Catherine Shoard
Mother and daughter Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson are teaming to star in Julien Landais’ Aspern Papers. Film House Germany is producing and financing the prestige project, which is based on one of Henry James’ best-known and most acclaimed tales. Jean Pavas, Julien Landais and Hannah Bhuiya adapted the screenplay. Film House Germany's Gabriela Bacher will produce with Landais under his Princeps Films label. James Ivory, Charles S. Cohen, Joely Richardson, Francois… »
Cohen Media will distribute the adaptation of James’ The Aspern Papers in the Us. The story takes place in Venice in 1885 as a young writer who becomes obssessed with the letters the romance poet Jeffrey Aspern wrote to his mistress, who is still alive.
Cohen recently acquired the Merchant Ivory brand and the worldwide distribution and remake rights to 19 features along with nine shorts and documentaries, which includes »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same name will be helmed by Julien Landais, marking his feature film directorial debut. The film centers on a young writer who tries to get his hands on letters that the romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern penned to his mistress, Juliana Bordereau (Redgrave). Richardson will play Bordereau’s niece, who lives with her aunt in a Venetian palazzo.
Jean Pavas and Hannah Bhuiya adapted the screenplay with Landais. Film House Germany’s Gabriela Bacher will produce with Landais under his Princeps Films label. James Ivory, Charles S. Cohen, Joely Richardson, Francois Sarkozy and Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann are executive producing. Gary Rubin, Evp of Cohen Media Group, will serve as an associate producer.
Carnaby International will handle the international rights and introduce »
- Brent Lang
One of New York City and Los Angeles’ most important real estate moguls, Charles Cohen also applies his decades of experience and business acumen to the independent film distribution business, an enterprise known for sending even the most well-heeled and good-intentioned investors scrambling back to their estates and penthouses.
He established his Cohen Media Group in 2008 when he executive produced the indie drama “Frozen River,” a project Cohen says fit the bill for his aspirations because “you need an entry point that distinguishes you.” He also quickly notes that the film, which drew Oscar nominations for original screenplay and lead actress, “didn’t get its investment back.”
Undaunted, Cohen focused his sights on building a company of substance and heft by purchasing the rights to more than 700 classic art films, including 500 features that make up the bulk of his Cohen Film Collection library.
One of the gems he purchased when »
- Steven Gaydos
Schepisi said he was thrilled to have another chance to collaborate with Owen.
.Particularly on a project this intriguing," he said. "He is perfect for the role...
The screenplay has been adapted by Cameron and Bialkower. Production is scheduled for next spring in Europe with post production to follow in Australia..
Andorra is a romantic thriller set against a dreamscape where nothing is as it appears..
Owen will star as Alexander Fox, a bookseller who leaves »
- Staff Writer
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