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Legendary Bergman on TCM: From Hollywood Career-Ruining Scandal to 3 Oscars and Another Bergman

Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman, who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. TCM has likely aired most of Bergman's Hollywood films, and at least some of her early Swedish work. As a result, today's only premiere is Fielder Cook's little-seen and little-remembered From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), about two bored kids (Sally Prager, Johnny Doran) who run away from home and end up at New York City's Metropolitan Museum. Obviously, this is no A Night at the Museum – and that's a major plus. Bergman plays an elderly art lover who takes an interest in them; her
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Venice Film Festival: Fellini Restoration to Make World Premiere

Venice Film Festival: Fellini Restoration to Make World Premiere
Federico Fellini's fourth film to win the foreign Oscar, 1973's "Amarcord" will receive a special tribute at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, which runs September 2-12. A new restoration from eminent preservation entity Cineteca di Bologna will world-premiere — in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Italy's Cristaldi Film — at the festival this Fall. Cowritten by poet Tonino Guerra and shot at Rome's famed Cinecitta Studios, Fellini's semi-autobiographical ode to 1930s fascist Italy boasts a menagerie of eccentric, colorful characters played by the likes of Bruno Zanin, Magali Noël, Pupella Maggio and Armando Brancia. Nina Rota, of course, delivers yet another magical score. "Amarcord" will mark the second Fellini reprint of the year, as the British Film Institute unveiled a new transfer of the director's 1963 meta-classic "8 1/2" in May. Meanwhile, Cineteca di Bologna is also at work on a multiyear project to resurrect and restore the oeuvre of...
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Criterion Collection: La Dolce Vita | Blu-ray Review

“The most miserable life is better, believe me, than an existence protected by a society where everything’s organized and planned for and perfect,” says Steiner (Alain Cuny), Marcello’s (Marcello Mastroianni) only friend with seemingly any moral fiber or family values in the Rome of upper-class debauchery in which they surf throughout Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking critical masterpiece on the vacuous Roman high-life of the late 50s, La Dolce Vita. Steiner’s fleeting suggestion stands as an epiphanic thesis of Marcello’s own internal struggle to find love and stability while carrying out a career in journalism that takes him gallivanting with royalty and movie stars throughout all the ancient and newly minted quarters of Rome. The final frames of the film featuring Paola’s (Valeria Ciangottini) subtle glance to the audience suggest that in this new hodge-podge of old and evolving culture, only the innocence of youth has
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Review: Criterion Releases Jules Dassin's "Rififi" (1955) And Kurosawa's "Throne Of Blood" (1957)

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“French Burglars And Shakespearean Samurais”

By Raymond Benson

Two of the superb releases recently issued by The Criterion Collection are classics from the 1950s international scene. One is arguably the best caper/heist movie ever made, and the other is perhaps the best Shakespearean adaptation ever produced.

First up—Rififi, released in 1955 and directed by American director Jules Dassin—who had exiled himself from America due to the blacklist. It’s a film noir made in France with French and Italian actors and a French crew. As the lyrics in a cabaret number, sung by Magali Noel in the film, reveal, rififi means “rough and tumble.” In other words, Rififi is about riff-raff, tough guys, and would-be gangsters. In this case, the protagonists are a quartet of jewel thieves who plan a big caper together—to break into the safe in a notable jewelry store in Paris. Led by Tony
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Italian Siren of Sword-and-Sandal Epics, Sex Comedies Has Died: Rossana Podestà

Rossana Podestà dead at 79: ‘Helen of Troy’ actress later featured in sword-and-sandal spectacles, risqué sex comedies (photo: Jacques Sernas and Rossana Podestà in ‘Helen of Troy’) Rossana Podestà, the sensual star of the 1955 epic Helen of Troy and other sword-and-sandal European productions of the ’50s and ’60s — in addition to a handful of risqué sex comedies of the ’70s — died earlier today, December 10, 2013, in Rome according to several Italian news outlets. Podestà was 79. She was born Carla Dora Podestà on August 20, 1934, in, depending on the source, either Zlitan or Tripoli, in Libya, at the time an Italian colony. According to the IMDb, the renamed Rossana Podestà began her film career in 1950, when she was featured in a small role in Dezsö Ákos Hamza’s Strano appuntamento ("Strange Appointment"). However, according to online reports, she was actually discovered by director Léonide Moguy, who cast her in a small role in
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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? [This Week In Criterion's Hulu Channel]

It’s the time again, my friends. When I go through Hulu’s Criterion page and give you what’s new, what’s exciting and what might be a hint at a future release within the collection. There’s even a ton of new supplemental material from various films that are worth getting into. If you like this series of article, please sign up for your own Hulu Plus account. Every little bit counts and is much appreciated.

Let’s just get right to it then. Remember, all the links will be included with each listing. We make it as easy as possible for all of you. First up is a film that isn’t in the collection but I can easily see it being welcomed with open arms.

La Cérémonie (1995), a Claude Chabrol film, is about Catherine (Jacqueline Bisset) who hires a new maid by the name of Sophie (Sandrine Bonnaire), an illiterate woman.
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Amarcord Review d: Federico Fellini

Amarcord (1973) Direction: Federico Fellini Cast: Bruno Zanin, Magali Noël, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Ciccio Ingrassia, Nando Orfei, Luigi Rossi, Gianfilippo Carcano, Josiane Tanzilli, Maria Antonietta Beluzzi , Giuseppe Ianigro, Ferruccio Brembilla Screenplay: Federico Fellini and Tonino Guerra Oscar Movies Amarcord By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: Federico Fellini's Amarcord has often been linked with Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander as films made by old men looking back on their youth. While this is true, Amarcord has a loose narrative structure in which the lives of many characters are detailed in comic vignettes, whereas Fanny and Alexander is a straightforward drama. In fact, Amarcord shares a deeper affinity with another work that was obviously influenced by it: Woody Allen's grossly underrated Radio Days. Which of those two films is better is debatable, though Radio Days is both tighter and a bit deeper in characterization. (Allen's opening classroom scenes in Annie
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Blu-ray Review: Amarcord (Criterion Collection)

It seems there are always a couple times each year I find myself lamenting the lack of storytelling in today's films. Plot and character development frequently seem to take a back seat to wasteful visual effects and sight gags, seemingly to satisfy the bulk of viewers suffering from Add. My immediate response is to look backwards at the films that once impressed audiences, many of which I wasn't even alive to see during their first theatrical runs. Fortunately, there are many of these classic films, and even if the newer theatrical offerings aren't delivering soon-to-be classics there are places we can turn to.

The first time I saw Federico Fellini's Amarcord was 35 years after its original release. It was December 2008 in the small and uncomfortable Seattle Film Festival Cinema. It was the new 35mm print. It was immaculate. I had again fallen in love with yet another one of Fellini's films.
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New this Week: ‘The Eagle,’ ‘Just Go with It’ and ‘Life as We Know It (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The EagleChanning Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland

Gnomeo and Juliet – James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith

Just Go with ItAdam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker

Justin Bieber: Never Say NeverJustin Bieber, Boys II Men, Miley Cyrus

In Her SkinGuy Pearce, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto (limited)

Movie of the Week

The Eagle

The Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland

The Plot: In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem.

The Buzz: It didn’t blow me away, but the trailer for The Eagle did make me want to check this one out in the theater. The cinematography and filming locales of The Eagle look to be fantastic. The score in the trailer was fairly derivative; standard music to augment the excitement and adventure that such a film promises.
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