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Schlock and awe: Woody Allen routs the Us with Midnight in Paris

10 October 2011 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Only the city of light could dazzle American audiences into worshipping Allen's latest film. Do I smell merde de taureau?

So Woody Allen has at last restored his fortunes in the America that so cruelly forgot him. Yet it's not a fresh helping of his trademark insights into the inner life of his homeland that have brought this about: instead he has taken a short cut to his countrymen's hearts by treating them to a bucketload of schlock.

This bucket is labelled "nostalgia", but Midnight in Paris depends for its effect on transporting the wishful to a mystical place that might still exist, rather than to a temps perdu that's doomed to be unreachable. Allen has been looking to glossy travel pages for his films' go-faster stripes for most of the past decade. London didn't do the business; a side trip to Barcelona was a touch too excèntric (Catalan for »

- David Cox

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Cinecon 2011 Movie Schedule: East Side, West Side; Practically Yours; Stronger Than Death

1 September 2011 5:04 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Claudette Colbert, Alla Nazimova, Marion Davies, Charles Boyer: Cinecon 2011 Thursday September 1 (photo: Alla Nazimova) 7:00 Hollywood Rhythm (1934) 7:10 Welcoming Remarks 7:15 Hollywood Story (1951) 77 min. Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan. Dir: William Castle. 8:35 Q & A with Julie Adams 9:10 Blazing Days (1927) 60 min. Fred Humes. Dir: William Wyler. 10:20 In The Sweet Pie And Pie (1941) 18 min 10:40 She Had To Eat (1937) 75 min. Jack Haley, Rochelle Hudson, Eugene Pallette. Friday September 2 9:00 Signing Off (1936) 9:20 Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941) 68 min. Dan Dailey, Lynn Bari, John Sutton, Alan Mowbray. 10:40 The Active Life Of Dolly Of The Dailies (1914) 15 min. Mary Fuller. 10:55 Stronger Than Death (1920) 80 min. Alla Nazimova, Charles Bryant. Dir: Herbert Blaché, Charles Bryant, Robert Z. Leonard. 12:15 Lunch Break 1:45 Open Track (1916) 2:00 On The Night Stage (1915) 60 min. William S. Hart, Rhea Mitchell. Dir: Reginald Barker. 3:15 50 Miles From Broadway (1929) 23 min 3:45 Cinerama Adventure (2002). Dir: David Strohmaier. 5:18 Discussion »

- Andre Soares

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the Stenberg Brothers Part Two

12 August 2011 5:45 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

As promised, here are some more of my favorite posters by the amazing Stenberg brothers.

The enormous 81 inch square poster for Miss Mend (Boris Barnet & Fyodor Otsep, Ussr, 1926) promises the thrills and spills (as well as a fair share of capitalist indifference) of this epic, four hour long adventure serial, which is one of the few films promoted by the Stenbergs that has actually survived. Set partially in an imagined America, the film was based on a serialized detective novel written by Marietta Shaginian under the yankee nom-de-plume "Jim Dollar." The film, which follows three reporters and an American office girl attempting to stop a biological attack by a cabal of western business leaders determined to wipe the Soviet Union off the face of the earth, was one of the most popular Soviet films of the 1920s although it was condemned by the Soviet press of the time as lightweight "Western-style" entertainment. »

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