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8 items from 2014


‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Lead Weekend’s Specialty Debuts

16 October 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Perched at the top of this week’s flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it’s a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.

It’s part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts coming this weekend, including the controversy-minded Sundance award-winner Dear White PeopleWilliam H. Macy‘s directorial debut RudderlessKristen Stewart‘s Camp X-Ray, Jason Schwartzman‘s Listen Up Philip, The Golden Era, Summer Of Blood, and one great revival, Alain Resnais’ 1959 landmark Hiroshima Mon Amour.

To get a sense of Fox Searchlight’s ambitions for Birdman, the film closed the New York Film Festival last weekend to strong reviews, but then »

- David Bloom

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See the Haunting Photos Emmanuelle Riva Took While Filming 'Hiroshima Mon Amour'

14 October 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Emmanuelle Riva had her first starring role in "Hiroshima Mon Amour." Her luminous talents as an actress (also playing an actress) were obvious. But like Resnais, Riva was also filming Hiroshima. See her evocative slice-of-life photos of this city in ruin below. From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, Resnais' 1959 drama anticipated his many cinematic fascinations to come. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada play an actress and an architect who, while drifting through Japan, discuss memory and longing across elliptical, time-bending voiceovers as their brief affair begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb of 1945 is all around them. Shut out of Cannes competition in 1959 for its radically anti-nuclear stance, the film picked up the International Critics' Prize before becoming a worldwide art house sensation -- and a film classic.  Tangled in rights issues and shut out of Resnais »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Evocative Trailer For Restoration Of Alain Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour'

24 September 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While contributors to the Playlist are lucky enough travel to film festivals around the world to cover the latest and greatest cinematic offerings, one thing we always lament is not being able to make time for retrospective screenings. With restorations becoming de rigeur at fests, it's shame we can never carve the space in our schedules. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't, and indeed, the forthcoming New York Film Festival has more than a few to choose from. Courtesy of Rialto Pictures, Alain Resnais' classic debut film "Hiroshima Mon Amour" has been given a new coat of paint, and if you haven't seen it, now's the time. The film stars Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada, and follows an actress who heads to Hiroshima to make a film and winds up having an affair with a Japanese architect. And this lovely new trailer provides all the reasons you need to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for New Print of Alain Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour'

23 September 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, Resnais' 1959 drama anticipated his many cinematic fascinations to come. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada play an actress and an architect who, while drifting through Japan, discuss memory and longing across elliptical, time-bending voiceovers as their brief affair begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb of 1945 is all around them. Shut out of Cannes competition in 1959 for its radically anti-nuclear stance, the film picked up the International Critics' Prize before becoming a worldwide art house sensation -- and a film classic.  Tangled in rights issues and shut out of Resnais retrospectives through the years, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" will tour the Us in October 2014. It was restored by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor and Cineteca Bologna with support from the Cnc. Rialto licensed theatrical and TV rights from Paris-based »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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New Restoration of Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Debut at New York Film Fest

14 July 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Rialto Pictures' upcoming 4K restoration of Alain Resnais' seminal film debut, "Hiroshima Mon Amour," will have its Us premiere during the 2014 New York Film Festival. A theatrical run at the Film Society follows on October 17. From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, the 1959 drama anticipated Resnais' many cinematic fascinations to come. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada play an actress and an architect who, while drifting through Japan, discuss memory and longing across elliptical, time-bending voiceovers as their brief affair begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb of 1945 is all around them. Shut out of Cannes competition in 1959 for its radically anti-nuclear stance, the film picked up the International Critics' Prize before becoming a worldwide art house sensation -- and a film classic.  Tangled in rights issues and shut »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Rialto to Re-Release Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' in Theaters

17 June 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The more classics on the big screen the better. Rialto Pictures, a specialty distributor who has re-released other films like Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless and Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad, has announced that the next classic they will be re-releasing this year is Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour starring Emmanuelle Riva (who was Oscar nominated for Amour) and Eiji Okada. First released in 1959, Rialto will be re-releasing the restored 4K version of the film, which originally debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival last year. So while it has been showing, it's getting a theatrical release in October. Thanks to IndieWire for the news. Here are two early trailers for Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour: Glad to see this getting re-released, just hoping it can build enough buzz to get some audiences in theaters. "Known as a major influence on the French New Wave movement, »

- Alex Billington

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Alain Resnais' Haunting Early Masterpiece 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Return to Theaters

17 June 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This Fall, Rialto Pictures will present a newly burnished 4K restoration of Alain Resnais' gorgeous black-and-white breakout "Hiroshima Mon Amour," which has long been unavailable for exhibition in the Us.From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, Resnais' 1959 drama anticipated his many cinematic fascinations to come. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada play an actress and an architect who, while drifting through Japan, discuss memory and longing across elliptical, time-bending voiceovers as their brief affair begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb of 1945 is all around them.Shut out of Cannes competition in 1959 for its radically anti-nuclear stance, the film picked up the International Critics' Prize before becoming a worldwide art house sensation -- and a film classic.  Resnais' farewell film, "Life of Riley," bowed at the Berlinale this year three weeks before he died on March 1 at the age of »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Alain Resnais obituary

2 March 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Complex and avant-garde French film director best known for Night and Fog and Last Year in Marienbad

Alain Resnais, who has died aged 91, was a director of elegance and distinction who, despite generally working from the screenplays of other writers, established an auteurist reputation. His films were singular, instantly recognisable by their style as well as through recurring themes and preoccupations. Primary concerns were war, sexual relationships and the more abstract notions of memory and time. His characters were invariably adult (children were excluded as having no detailed past) middle-class professionals. His style was complex, notably in the editing and often – though not always – dominated by tracking shots and multilayered sound.

He surrounded himself with actors, musicians and writers of enormous talent and the result was a somewhat elitist body of work with little concern for realism or the socially or intellectually deprived. Even overtly political works, Night and Fog, »

- Brian Baxter

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