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3 items from 2013

William Friedkin: 'I got fired five times from The Exorcist!'

5 September 2013 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Legendary director William Friedkin has just been given a lifetime achievement award at the Venice film festival, but he is still making big, critically acclaimed movies, such as last year's Killer Joe. He looks back on his career, and the film he considers his best, 1977's Sorcerer

On a hot, sticky Tuesday in Venice, the American film director William Friedkin sauntered from his hotel to see an exhibition of paintings at the nearby Doge's Palace. There, he stood in front of Manet's L'Evasion de Rochefort, which depicts the flight of the man who challenged Napoleon III. He saw the little boat packed with indistinguishable figures and the mighty sea churning all around. It struck him that the painting summed up what he thinks of the world: that we're stuck on a boat, at the mercy of nature. Possibly it has something to say about his own career too.

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- Xan Brooks

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Carmen Maura on the Verge of a San Seb Honor

13 May 2013 6:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Pedro Almodovar actress and muse Carmen Maura will receive a career achievement Donostia Award at this September’s 61st San Sebastian Film Festival.

The award ceremony will coincide with an out-of-competition screening of Maura’s latest film, Alex de la Iglesia’s witchcraft comedy “Witching & Bitching,” which Universal Pictures Intl. will release in Spain Sept. 27.

The Donostia Award has traditionally focused on high-profile prestige Hollywood names: Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, for example.

Maura is just the fourth Spanish figure to receive the award, after director-scribe-thesp Fernando Fernan Gomez, Bunuel leading man Francisco Rabal and Antonio Banderas.

Maura broke through in short films made in the last years of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship and, after his death in 1975, was a leading actress in movies that took advantage of newly won  freedoms.

A star of Fernando Colomo’s “Paper Tigers,” a portrait of middle-class Spaniards’ muddled adaptation to liberty, »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes Winner Landa, Darth Vader Voice Actor Romero Die

12 May 2013 5:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alfredo Landa, Cannes Best Actor winner dead at 80 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor winner Alfredo Landa, who was featured in more than 100 Spanish movies, died May 9 in his birthplace of Pamplona, in the Spanish province of Navarra. Landa, who underwent colon cancer treatment in 2004 and suffered a stroke in 2009, was 80. The son of a Civil Guard officer, Alfredo Landa quit his law studies to enter show business in the mid-’50s. According to the IMDb, he was an extra in Michael Anderson’s 1956 Best Picture Academy Award winner Around the World in 80 Days, though Landa’s first credited role was in Rafael J. Salvia El puente de la paz ("The Bridge of Peace") two years later. Landa kept busy throughout the ’60s, coming into his own as a star of lowbrow, post-Francisco Franco sex comedies in the mid-’70s, e.g., Mariano Ozores’ Los pecados de una chica »

- Andre Soares

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