Review: Terrence Malick's "The New World" (2005) Starring Colin Farrell And Christian Bale; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Beauty, Love, Mother... And America”

By Raymond Benson

Filmmaker Terrence Malick has perhaps out-mystique’d the great Stanley Kubrick in terms of his public perception. Famously reclusive, Malick never allows photographs of himself to be used, and he never appears in “making of” documentaries about his films. A Rhodes Scholar and a Harvard graduate, he is obviously a brilliant man. Once he got into the film business, he worked as a script doctor until he made his first feature, Badlands (1973). It was critically acclaimed and established Malick as a hot addition to the “New Hollywood” movement. Next came Days of Heaven in 1978, also critically lauded.

And then... he disappeared. For twenty years.

In 1998, he appeared on the scene again, and Hollywood was more than ready to open checkbooks and fund his third feature film, The Thin Red Line.

It takes a lot of mystique for that scenario to happen.

Malick’s fourth picture,
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The Bourne Identity: the battle to make the first film




It was the spy thriller that revitalised the genre. But the production of 2002’s The Bourne Identity was far from an easy one...

Like so many budding filmmakers of his generation, Doug Liman got his start in movies by fiddling with his father's Super 8 camera. Then aged eight, Liman "Picked it up, started making movies with it, and never stopped."

By the time he'd reached his early 30s, Liman's ambitions had finally paid off. His films Swingers and Go, released in 1996 and 1999, were made cheaply and recouped healthy profits. Urgent and effervescently told, they were the product of a young, talented filmmaker on the rise. Liman's rising profile soon saw him land the kind of deal that a few dozen other hopefuls would have sold their souls for - Universal signed him up to make a film based on Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, The Bourne Identity.
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Terrence Malick's 'The New World' & New Titles By Alain Resnais, Arthur Hiller & More Coming To Criterion In July

Another month, another list of great titles from The Criterion Collection coming in July. Though you could call July a rather special month as it features the inclusion of a new Terrence Malick film to the collection: the longer version of 2005's seventeenth-century America tone poem "The New World." Running 172 minutes (nearly 3 hours), this version was never shown theatrically and as special as the running time sounds, it's the same one that's been available on DVD since 2008. Moreover, it will be get getting a new restoration, tons of goodies and great packaging. The set will contain the 150-minute limited release and 135-minute wide release cuts of the movie as well. The disc also includes new interviews with actors Colin Farrel and Q’orianka Kilcher, a new making-of featuring producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West, a making-of editing doc featuring three of the film's editors,
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Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters

Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters
“He’s a filmmaker who has not made a film,” says director Saar Klein of composer Marc Streitenfeld. “He discusses things on a story level. He has an overall macro understanding of the film. And incredible taste.”

The two met while Klein was editing “The Thin Red Line” and Streitenfeld was assisting composer Hans Zimmer. By the time Klein was ready to make his own, “After the Fall,” Streitenfeld had begun composing on his own and Klein enlisted him while the film was still in the writing and prep stages.

“I think he really got to the soul of this man,” Klein says, referring to the lead character (Wes Bentley, as an unemployed family man who turns to crime). “There’s a lot going on inside this man who’s falling apart. The music almost illustrates the sadness, the tragedy of this man.”

Mike Knobloch, the president of music at
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Exclusive: 6-Minute Preview Of 'Prometheus' Composer Marc Streitenfeld's Score For 'After The Fall'

While composer Marc Streitenfeld has been working for nearly two decades with directors like Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Terrence Malick and John Woo, it was 2012's "Prometheus" that really brought him to wider attention. His terrific work on the "Alien" prequel was one of the most memorable scores of that year, but he shows a different side in "After The Fall." Starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley BennettJason Isaacs and directed by Saar Klein (the Oscar nominated editor behind Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" and Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"), the film tells the story of a man who turns to crime after losing his job, falling in with a detective who no longer believes in the value of upholding the law. The film brings out Streitenfeld's more contemplative qualities, as well as an undercurrent of darkness and menace. "After The Fall" is now available on VOD,
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Review: Gentle, Well-Meaning And Minor 'After The Fall' With Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs & Vinessa Shaw

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Berlin Film Festival where the film screened under the title "Things People Do." Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punchier titles. Which is probably a little unfair, as the film does boast a lot of strong elements: unusually expressive cinematography, a well-rendered sense of place, Jason Isaacs. And in general it nearly succeeds in delivering on its gently moralist ambitions. However, its failings are all the more glaring for being in the realm of characterization, which is kind of crucial if a film of this kind is to transcend the potential limitations of the indie drama ghetto. Unfortunately "Things People Do
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After the Fall Movie Review

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After the Fall Movie Review
Title: After The Fall eOne Films Director: Saar Klein Writers: Saar Klein, Joe Conway Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett Running time: 1hr 49min, Not Rated (Violence, Language, Sexuality) NY Theaters And VOD: December 12, 2014 Family man Bill (Wes Bentley) loses his job as an insurance adjuster after too many generous payouts. He’s afraid to tell his wife (Vinessa Shaw) they’re broke, but continues their upper middle class living in Albuquerque to keep up appearances. He meets a police detective named Frank (Jason Isaacs), one night at a bowling alley and they start hanging out during the day, mostly Frank teaching Bill how to shoot. After his [ Read More ]

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“Finish Your Scene Before You Go to Lunch”: Five Questions for After the Fall Director Saar Klein

First-time director Saar Klein got his start in Hollywood as an editor, where he’s been working with top directors for the past two decades. He has two Academy Award nominations under his belt, for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. His feature debut After the Fall joins the strong lineup of this year’s recession-era dramas. Wes Bentley plays a mediocre insurance appraisal agent who loses his job after being too generous with payouts. He turns to a life of crime in order to make payments on his house and keep his family above water. Becoming a petty […]
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After the Fall | Review

Falling Down: Klein’s Debut Exploits Economic Realities for Mixed Crime Drama

Exploring the ravaged remnants of the façade once referred to as the American Dream, editor turned director Saar Klein explores the slippery slope of middle class tendencies when faced with economic downturns in After the Fall. Initially titled “Things People Do” when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the new moniker tends to favor the film’s less poetic, more pointedly exploitational elements with a film that mistakes timeliness for sincerity. Filled with convenient turns and easily attainable avenues of retribution, the film ultimately seems like an archaic example of the dangerous follies of patriarchy. Impossible standards placed on the role of a breadwinner in a modern world too costly to maintain when chained to the fantasy of the nuclear familial unit seems a promising angle, yet Klein never seems to get off the fence and into the dirt.
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After The Fall Review

One glance at the poster for After the Fall and you should expect a low-rent, straight-to-dvd revenge thriller starring Wes Bentley. The American Beauty actor stands menacingly in front of a giant backdrop of the American flag, a scar blistering from his left cheek. He is also wearing a suit and holding a gun. However, the debut film from Israeli writer/director Saar Klein is actually a low-key family drama about a father trying his best to hide his lies and life of petty crime from his wife and kids. The film deals with a protagonist as fraudulent as that one-sheet.

Bentley stars as Bill Scanlon, an insurance man who was recently fired from his job. Instead of telling his wife, Susan (Vinessa Shaw), he keeps up a charade, explaining he is up for a promotion. In one of the film’s early scenes, he tells his eldest son, Henry
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After the Fall Is Sincere Malickian Character Study

After the Fall Is Sincere Malickian Character Study
The absurdly wrong poster for After the Fall — which shows Wes Bentley toting a gun in front of the American flag, a scar visible on his left cheek — promises a tacky VOD actioner in the Nicolas Cage mode. In truth, however, the movie is a sincere, dialed-in character study — light on shoot-'em-ups, heavy on moral and emotional reflection. Some context explains this discrepancy: First-time co-writer/director Saar Klein is a veteran editor whose résumé includes two Terrence Malick films (The Thin Red Line and The New World). Malick receives a "special thanks" credit here, and rightfully so — his fingerprints (or at least the influence of them) are all over this movie. When insurance agent Bill Scanlon (Ben...
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After the Fall Movie Review

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Title: After the Dark Director: Saar Klein Starring: Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Jason Issacs and Haley Bennett Archetypal and unfulfilling stereotypes of the true meanings of success and the American dream often plague many areas of society, from achieving high goals in a person’s career to conforming to the ideals of a typical family. The harrowing process of trying to achieve professional and personal success is grippingly showcased in the new crime drama, ‘After the Fall,’ which marks the feature film directorial and writing debuts of filmmaker Saar Klein. The main character in the helmer’s initial movie is initially presented as a relatable, hard-working family man who’s striving to provide [ Read More ]

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‘Bone Collector’ Author Jeffrey Deaver To Be Feted By Italy’s Courmayeur Noir In Festival

‘Bone Collector’ Author Jeffrey Deaver To Be Feted By Italy’s Courmayeur Noir In Festival
Rome — U.S. thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver will be feted by Italy’s Noir in Festival, dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre and held in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur.

Deaver is expected in Courmayeur Dec. 10 and 11 to receive the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award and to tubthump the Italian edition of his latest book, “The Skin Collector,” published in Italy by Rizzoli.

Fest toppers Giorgio Gosetti and Marina Fabri said they were “particularly happy” to celebrate Deaver the same year that, with “The Skin Collector,” he has brought back “Bone Collector” investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, patrol officer Amelia Sachs.

Previous recipients of the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award, established in tandem with the Raymond Chandler estate, include Elmore Leonard, Scott Turow, and John le Carre.

Pics in competish this year at the unique fest include Focus Features thriller “Black Sea” by Kevin Macdonald,
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Marrakech Film Festival: Alan Rickman, Melanie Laurent Join Jury

Marrakech Film Festival: Alan Rickman, Melanie Laurent Join Jury
Alan Rickman and directors Bertrand Bonello and Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2012, are set to join jury president Isabelle Huppert at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena), French actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorlious Basterds), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian director Mario Martone (We Believed) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (44 Bedtime Stories) will round out the panel. Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama The Keeping Room, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and Oscar-nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut Things People Do will be among

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Celluloid launches new Audiard

Exclusive: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica.

Ahead of the Afm, Celluloid Dreams has launched sales on Jacques Audiard’s upcoming untitled film, revolving around Sri Lankan Tamil exiles trying to build a life in Paris.

The company has already sent out the script to the distributors of Audiard’s last film Rust and Bone, who have until the Afm to make an offer and sign a deal.

Any territories remaining at the beginning of the market will be co-sold by Celluloid and Wild Bunch, with the former’s founding CEO Hengameh Panahi having the final say on the deals.

The film, produced by long-time Audiard collaborators Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions, and Audiard’s company Page 114, began shooting in Paris on October 22.

Based on a script by Audiard, Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré, it revolves around three Sri Lankan asylum seekers housed in a tough Parisian suburb
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Whiplash, Bypass in Camerimage competitions

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Whiplash, Bypass in Camerimage competitions
Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.

Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 15-22), has revealed the line-up of films screening in three of the festival’s competition sections including Cinematographers’ Debut, Directors’ Debut and Student Etudes.

The entries are:

Cinematographers’ Debut Competition

Duane HopkinsBypass;

UK, 2014; Cinematographer: David Procter

Sidney Lexy Plaut’s Dark Samurai;

Denmark, 2014; Cinematographer: Sidney Lexy Plaut

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret;

Ethiopia, USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska

Krzysztof Skonieczny’s Hardkor Disko;

Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: Kacper Fertacz

Arild Østin Ommundsen’s It’s Only Make Believe;

Norway, 2013; Cinematographer: Arild Østin Ommundsen

Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s Ruin;

Australia, 2013; Cinematographer: Ari Wegner

Ester Martin Bergsmark’s Something Must Break;

Sweden, 2014; Cinematographers: Lisabi Fridell and Minka Jakerson

David Pablos’ The Life After;

Mexico, 2013; Cinematographer: José De- La-Torre

Saar Klein’s Things People Do;

USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Matthias Koenigswieser

Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream;

Denmark, 2013; Cinematographer: [link=nm
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Magnet boards female horror anthology Xx

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Magnet boards female horror anthology Xx
Heading into the Afm, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers Xyz Films. Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.

Magnolia’s head of international and broadcast sales Christina Rogers will represent Xx at the Santa Monica market in November.

The anthology will comprise short horror films by Karyn Kusama, Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and Jovanka Vuckovic and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Each story will relate to the horror genre and the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints.

“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We’re especially excited about the calibre of filmmakers involved with this anthology, and the fresh
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Entertainment One Buys Wes Bentley’s ‘After the Fall’ for U.S.

Entertainment One Buys Wes Bentley’s ‘After the Fall’ for U.S.
Entertainment One Films has acquired North American distribution rights to “After the Fall,” starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw and Jason Isaacs.

Saar Klein’s film, previously titled “Things People Do,” will be released day-and-date in theaters and VOD on Dec. 12.

Bentley plays an unemployed insurance adjuster-turned-armed robber, and Isaacs portrays a washed-up detective.

“After the Fall” premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival with Klein receiving a nomination for the best first feature award. It also won a special 40th Anniversary Award at the Deauville Film Festival in September.

Klein wrote the script with Joe Conway. Producers are Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos. Executive producers include Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Ryan Rettig, Kurt Billick, David Klein and Doug Liman.

The film will screen at the Mill Valley Film Festival this weekend.

The deal was negotiated for eOne by Katharyn Howe with Linzee Troubh of Cinetic Media
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Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw Drama Lands U.S. Distribution, New Title

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Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw Drama Lands U.S. Distribution, New Title
Entertainment One Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Oscar nominee Saar Klein's drama “After the Fall,” which stars Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw and Jason Isaacs, the company announced Wednesday. Previously titled “Things People Do,” the film is slated for a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release on Dec. 12. Klein wrote the script with Joe Conway, and the film was produced by Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos. Executive producers include Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Ryan Rettig, Kurt Billick, David Klein and Doug Liman. “After the Fall” premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival and garnered
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2014 Deauville Film Fest: Nathan Silver, Damien Chazelle, Mark Jackson & Ana Lily Amirpour Among In Comp Titles

The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.

In Competition:

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour

I Origins,
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