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Joe Swanberg's "Caitlin Plays Herself"

2 December 2011 11:08 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The clip comes via Filmmaker's Scott Macaulay: "Continuing an extraordinarily prolific phase that has also encompassed his year-long subscription service, Joe Swanberg premieres his latest film, Caitlin Plays Herself, tonight at Brooklyn's reRun theater. His new star is Caitlin Stainken, a member of the Neo-Futurists Theater Ensemble." As always with Joe Swanberg's films, reviews fall on either side of a pretty wide split.

"Co-written by Swanberg and Caitlin Stainken, the movie is a sad, simple, and effective glance at a relationship that, more substantially, explores the blurred distinctions between life and art," writes Henry Stewart in the L. "A lot of the movie's 70 minutes are filled what the title implies: Jeanne Dielman-lite snippets of eating a banana, reading a magazine, rotating compost, writing, rehearsing conceptual theater pieces…. Swanberg, who shares cinematography credit with sometimes-collaborator Adam Wingard, shoots in long takes, never editing within scenes, a realism-enhancing technique that »

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Godard’s Weekend New 35mm Print Opens 11/25 (Nuart-la)

9 November 2011 6:20 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Weekend

Jean-Luc Godard 1968 French black comedy with satirical twist, new 35mm print

Plays Nov 25 – Dec 1, 2011 at Nuart, Los Angeles

 

Janus Films presents Weekend, opening November 25, 2011, at Landmark.s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles for a one-week engagement.

Weekend is a black comedy film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, both of whom were mainstream French TV stars.  Jean-Pierre Léaud, iconic comic star of numerous French New Wave films including Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cent Coups (The Four Hundred Blows) and Godard’s earlier Masculin, féminin, also appears in two roles. Raoul Coutard served as cinematographer.  In Weekend, a bourgeois French married couple. Roland (Yanne) and Corinne (Darc), both have secret lovers and are both planning each other’s murder. They set out by car for Corinne’s parents’ home in the country to secure her inheritance from her dying father, by murdering him, »

- Melissa Howland

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Nyff 2011. Aki Kaurismäki's "Le Havre"

5 October 2011 11:13 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The New Yorker's Richard Brody sets up Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, "set in the port city in the present day, where Marcel Marx (André Wilms) — a former writer, now an itinerant shoe-shine man — provides refuge for Idrissa Saleh (Blondin Miguel), a boy from Gabon who arrived clandestinely in a ship container and is being hotly pursued by the authorities. The probings of the black-clad police inspector Henri Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) recall the sinister ways of the Vichy regime, as the hunted boy evokes Jewish wartime refugees, and the solidarity of the shopkeepers and laborers who protect him reflects a bygone but heartwarming class unity (as well as the comforting myth of a nation of resisters)."

"What is truly remarkable about Le Havre," finds Michael Sicinski, dispatching from Toronto to Cargo, "is Kaurismäki's clear, unfussy depiction of a bedrock of humanist decency within French society, wherein people don't think twice about helping the immigrant, »

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NYFF2011: Main Slate Announced

19 August 2011 5:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 49th New York Film Festival has announced their main slate which takes place September 30th thru October 16th at Lincoln Center. The closing night selection is Alexander Payne’s The Descendants which joins the gala screenings of opening night’s Roman Polanski’s Carnage, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, and the Almodóvar/Banderas reunion The Skin I Live In. Check out the lineup below along with a synopsis of each film:

Opening Night Gala Selection

Carnage

Director: Roman Polanski

Country: France/Germany/Poland

Centerpiece Gala Selection

My Week With Marilyn

Director: Simon Curtis

Country: UK

Special Gala Presentations

A Dangerous Method

Director: David Cronenberg

Country: UK/Canada/Germany

The Skin I Live In

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Country: Spain

Closing Night Gala Selection

The Descendants

Director: Alexander Payne

Country: USA

Main Slate Selection

4:44: Last Day On Earth

Director: Abel Ferrara

Country: USA

The Artist

Director: Michel Hazanavicius »

- Christopher Clemente

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Alexander Payne’s The Descendants Closing Night Gala Selection For 2011 New York Film Festival

17 August 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Press Release:

New York, August 17, 2011 -The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Alexander Payne.s The Descendants will be the Closing Night Gala selection for the 49th New York Film Festival (September 30-October 16). Nyff.s main slate of 27 feature films was also announced as well as a return to the festival stage of audience favorite, On Cinema (previously titled The Cinema Inside Me), featuring an in-depth, illustrated conversation with Alexander Payne

The 2011 edition of Nyff will also feature a unique blend of programming to complement the main-slate of films, including: the Masterworks programs, additional titles added to the previously announced Ben-hur, Nicholas Ray.s We Can.T Go Home Again and Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial, as well as Views from the Avant-Garde, and several special event screenings, all of which will be announced in more detail shortly.

.In many of the films in this year.s Festival, »

- Michelle McCue

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Nyff 2011 Will Close With ‘The Descendants’; Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese and More Join High-Caliber Main Slate

17 August 2011 9:49 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The New York Film Festival have officially announced their main slate, including the closing night film. The latter will be Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants starring George Clooney, which will also bow at Toronto. Their line-up includes a lot of Cannes holdovers including new films from the Dardenne brothers, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Joseph Cedar, as well as buzzed-about hits like The Artist, Le Havre, Once Upon a Time in Antatolia and Miss Bala. Out of the new films, we’ll be getting Martin Scorsese‘s George Harrison doc, Steve McQueen‘s Hunger follow-up Shame, as well as Abel Ferrara and Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky films. I was also glad to see Sean Durkin‘s utterly excellent Martha Marcy May Marlene as part of the slate. Check out the full line-up below.

4:44: Last Day On Earth

Abel Ferrara, 2011, USA, 82min

How »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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‘Masculin Feminin’ is a film on a precipice

20 July 2011 6:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Masculin Feminin

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

France, Sweden, 1966

Godard’s Masculin Feminin is a film on a precipice.  Behind the great director are the carefree films of the first part of the decade: Breathless, A Woman is a Woman, Band of Outsiders, Alphaville.  In front lie those more politically disparate films La Chinoise, Week End, Tout va bien.

Of course it’s too much of a simplification to place the divide right at 1966, yet with de Gaulle’s defeat of the leftist Mitterand in 1965, the time was ripe for Godard’s conversion to Maoism.

Masculin Feminin is a film framed by two deaths.  At the beginning Paul (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Madeleine (Chantal Goya) witness a lovers’ spat in a café that results in the man being shot to death on the street outside.  Neither witness seems particularly concerned.  In fact, all Paul can think to do, even after seeing the gun, »

- Neal Dhand

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Five Most Controversial Films Rated Nc-17 #1: ‘Last Tango in Paris’

18 July 2011 6:56 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The last in this short series of films rated Nc-17 is arguably the most controversial—the film that has sparked the most debate and engraved itself in the minds of so many viewers and critics. Like Midnight Cowboy (1969), Last Tango in Paris (1972) was released before Nc-17 was in the MPAA’s rating repertoire, so it was originally rated X. Also like Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango made it to the Academy Awards despite (or perhaps as a result of) the storm of opposition and criticism it inspired. While Last Tango in Paris didn’t win any in any of the categories it was nominated for in 1974 (Jack Lemmon won Best Actor for Save the Tiger and George Roy Hill won Best Director for The Sting), the film made a name for itself and shows no sign of being forgotten in the foreseeable future.

Last Tango in Paris, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, »

- Alice Gray

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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

11 June 2011 10:20 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

There are Tons of new releases this past week, and as my co-host and friend Travis George said, it was going to be a hell of a time to write these up for all of you people out there who want to know about Criterion’s blossoming Hulu Plus page. And as usual, I’m elated to tell you all about these films, especially if you want to join up to the service, which helps us keep this weekly article series going. I mean, come on, there’s an Ingmar Bergman film that’s not in the collection yet! More on that at the end of the article. So let’s get right to it then.

The epic film The Human Condition (1959) has been put up, separated into three videos. Parts 1 & 2, Parts 3 & 4 and Parts 5 & 6 are there for your ease of watching, so if you have 574 minutes to kill watching the »

- James McCormick

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10 of the best films set in Paris

3 June 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From a masterpiece of film noir to classic Gene Kelly musical An American in Paris, French film critic Agnès Poirier chooses her favourite sets in the city

As featured in our Paris city guide

Les Enfants du Paradis, Marcel Carné, 1943-45

Penned by poet Jacques Prévert and featuring the enigmatic Arletty, dashing Pierre Brasseur and melancholic Jean-Louis Barrault, Les Enfants du Paradis takes place in Paris in the 1840s and tells the story of the contrarian love of Garance and Baptiste. One key scene takes place in the boulevard du Temple, known at the time as boulevard du Crime. "You smiled at me! Don't deny it, you smiled at me. Ah, life's beautiful and so are you. And now, I shall never leave your side. Where are we going? What! We've only been together for two minutes and already you want to leave me. When will I see you again? »

- Agnès Poirier

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Noah Baumbach Eyes Jesse Eisenberg Reunion, Naomi Watts For ‘While We’re Young’

31 May 2011 6:58 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Squid and the Whale is one of those movies that’s so good it, frankly, feels like magic. Filled with wonderful dialogue, incredibly well drawn characters, humor and heartbreak in equal measure (which is to say, a lot), as well as some of the best performances its actors have ever given. We placed it very highly on our list of the best movies of the last decade, and it’s one that deserves that position.

It’s my effusive love of that film which gets me very excited by the next piece of news. According to 24 Frames, writer and director Noah Baumbach and Jesse Eisenberg plan to make a reunion from that movie for the former’s upcoming While We’re Young. He would be joining a cast that already includes Greenberg lead Ben Stiller, while James Franco, Cate Blanchett and Greta Gerwig all had to drop out due to other commitments. »

- Nick Newman

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Cannes 2011. Aki Kaurismäki's "Le Havre"

20 May 2011 11:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 5/20.

"Since the early 1980s, Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki has been mining his own peculiar seam and achieving a quiet miracle — making films that gladden the heart the most when they're at their most unflappably lugubrious." Jonathan Romney for Screen: "Le Havre essentially offers us the director's usual menu — poker-faced acting, weather-beaten faces, political compassion, hyper-stylized staging and decrepit barroom interiors lit con amore. But there's something fresh in this new film, which sees the Finn fully venting his Francophilia for the first time since 1991's La Vie de Bohème."

"Le Havre is shot in the French port town, with French actors and dialogue, though Kaurismäki's repertory stalwart player Kati Outinen has a role," notes the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw. "She plays the wife of Marcel (André Wilms), a dignified, stoic man who works as a shoeshiner on the streets. Marcel witnesses an illegal immigrant boy from Gabon, Idrissa (Blondin Miguel »

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Cannes Film Festival: 'Le Havre' remains a favorite port in the festival storm

19 May 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Now, in the final lap of the Cannes Film Festival, is the time when we critics begin comparing notes and conjecturing meaninglessly on possible prize winners. (Analyze this: What will jury president Robert De Niro like? And have Lars von Trier’s thoughtless comments, reported at face value by disingenuous journalists with no time for context, ruined the chances for von Trier’s great movie Melancholia?) Meanwhile, as we shmooze and quantify, here’s a quiet headline: There’s not a critic I know, including me, who doesn’t put Le Havre, by the sometimes imitated but essentially inimitable Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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26 Criterion Collection Films Will Expire From Netflix Watch Instantly On May 26th

14 May 2011 8:22 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Well we all knew this would happen. Back in February, when Criterion announced their epic digital streaming partnership with Hulu, they also quietly revealed that their streaming options on Netflix would be coming to an end over the course of the next year. While I haven’t been paying close attention to the Criterion Collection films that have been expiring since that announcement was made, I thought it would be helpful to all of you loyal Netflix subscribers to know that in about twelve days, 26 titles will be expiring on the 26th of May, 2011.

I’ve gone and linked to all of the titles below, so you can click on the cover art or the text, and be taken to their corresponding Netflix pages. While this isn’t everything that Criterion has to offer on Netflix, it is a nice chunk of really important films. If you don’t currently have a Netflix subscription, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Watch: Nsfw Teaser Trailer For Cannes Competition Pic 'L’Apollonide'

9 May 2011 8:11 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While this year's Cannes Film Festival is stacked with films already earning buzz well in advance of their trips to the south of France--"Drive," "Melancholia," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "The Skin I Live In," "This Must Be The Place," "The Tree Of Life"--the real treat of the fest is always uncovering the movies that come a bit out of leftfield. One contender is Betrand Bonello's "L’Apollonide" (aka "House Of Tolerance"). The arthouse filmmaker, perhaps best known for his 2001 film “The Pornographer” with Jean-Pierre Leaud, will once again explore sexuality with his film taking place in a brothel… »

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From Mel to Melancholia: Cannes 2011 top 10 preview

9 May 2011 12:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lars Von Trier's apocalypse story takes on Mel Gibson's bizarre comeback in Peter Bradshaw's list of 10 films sure to have Cannes abuzz

• Peter Bradshaw's picks in pictures

The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

Almodóvar is a Cannes favourite, one of the few directors who draws superstar-level crowds in the streets wherever he goes. Yet he has still to win the big prize. This film reunites him with Antonio Banderas, and is based on a Sadean horror-thriller by French author Thierry Jonquet, published in the UK under the title Tarantula. Banderas plays Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who keeps his partner chained up in his chateau, where he has a secret operating theatre. The theme of obsession will be familiar to admirers of Almodóvar's work, but this looks set to be one of his darkest and most challenging films to date.

The Tree of Life (dir. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Racy Poster For Cannes Contender ‘L’Apollonide’

3 May 2011 12:17 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It looks like there's going to be a good amount of skin on display at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The trailer for Julia Leigh's provocative "Sleeping Beauty" with Emily Browning has already teased that you should expected some R-rated bits and pieces and early stills for "L’Apollonide" haven't been lacking in total exposure either. A poster has landed for the film and while it's not quite totally Nsfw, it's got enough sideboob that your boss and co-workers might disapprove. The film, directed by Bertrand Bonello--perhaps best known for his 2001 film “The Pornographer” with Jean-Pierre Leaud--will once again… »

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Obituary: Marie-France Pisier, 1944-2011

28 April 2011 7:56 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Marie-France Pisier, the stunning actress who launched her career as go-to gal for the leading filmmakers of the French New Wave, died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Var, France on Sunday, April 24. She was 66 years old.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Mme Pisier appeared in seminal films of the Nouvelle Vague by Francois Truffaut (Love on the Run, Stolen Kisses), Jacques Rivette (Celine and Julie Go Boating) and Andrew Techine (1969’s Pauline is Leaving, Techine’s first film). She became a staple in French cinema and television over the years, appearing in dozens of TV and film productions, including the international cross-over comedy Cousin Cousine. She even did a little slumming in Hollywood, popping up in such silly fare as French Postcards and the high-trashy TV miniseries Scruples.

A hardworking career actor, Mme. Pisier was seen most recently in the 2009 French TV legal drama Les Chasseur.

Much of Marie-France Pisier’s movie canon »

- Laurence

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Marie-France Pisier Dies: The Other Side Of Midnight, François Truffaut's New Wave Muse

26 April 2011 3:38 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marie-France Pisier in Charles Jarrott's The Other Side of Midnight (top); Pisier with Jean-Pierre Léaud in François Truffaut's Love at Twenty segment "Antoine and Colette" (bottom) Marie-France Pisier, best-known internationally as one of François Truffaut's New Wave muses and as the star of the trashy Hollywood melodrama The Other Side of Midnight, was found dead early morning on Easter Sunday, April 24, in the swimming pool of her home in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the South of France. Her death apparently occurred late Saturday night or very early Sunday. Pisier was 66. Her body was discovered by her husband, businessman Thierry Funck-Brentano. The cause of death is unknown, but foul play isn't suspected. Pisier was expected to take part at an homage to Jean-Paul Belmondo, with whom she had co-starred in Gérard Oury's L'as des as / The Ace of Aces (1982), at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Pisier (born on »

- Andre Soares

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Marie-France Pisier obituary

25 April 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

French actor, novelist and director who starred in films by Truffaut and Buñuel

Those who followed the adventures of Antoine Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud) in a series of lyrical and semi-autobiographical films directed by François Truffaut – incorporating adolescence, marriage, fatherhood and divorce – will know that Doinel's first and (perhaps) last love, Colette Tazzi, was played by the stunningly beautiful Marie-France Pisier, who has been found dead aged 66 in the swimming pool of her house near Toulon, in southern France.

Doinel and audiences first caught sight of Pisier in Antoine et Colette, Truffaut's enchanting 32-minute contribution to the omnibus film L'Amour à Vingt Ans (Love at Twenty, 1962), during a concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. She is conscious of Antoine's stares, and pulls down her skirt. We soon realise that Colette is going to break Antoine's heart.

Léaud and Pisier were born in »

- Ronald Bergan

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