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Article about the Marco Bellocchio book launch luncheon and retrospective at MoMA

17 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Marco Bellocchio at the 2013 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema for Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata): "So the issue, the theme of awakening back to life is very present." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Museum of Modern Art and Luce Cinecittà organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator in the Department of Film at MoMA, and Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Luce Cinecittà are presenting Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective running from April 16 - May 7, 2014. This is the third collaboration, following exhibitions for Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Il Gattopardo luncheon for Marco Bellocchio in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The opening night screening of The Wedding Director (Il Regista di matrimoni) starring Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, and Sami Frey was introduced by Marco Bellocchio. Tonight, Bellocchio and Maya Sansa will introduce Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata) which stars Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Sansa at MoMA.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Continues This Weekend With Two Free Films

14 April 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis concludes this weekend with the local premieres of two more Italian films. They are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

http://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/index.html

Admission is Free!

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis continues this weekend with White As Milk – Red As Blood and The Jewel

White As Milk, Red As Blood screens Saturday, April 19 in the Jerzewiak Family Auditorium in the Lab Sciences Building on the campus of Washington University at 5:30pm

Leo is a typical sixteen-year-old: he likes to chat with friends, play soccer, joyride on his scooter and listen to his iPod. School is agonizing to him. Then, a new and “different” history and philosophy teacher arrives: he encourages the students to live deeply and follow their dreams. »

- Tom Stockman

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Kicks Off This Weekend

2 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Which should be exciting news for those unaware we even had an annual Italian Film Festival here in St. Louis. We do, and it’s been going on for ten years now. It’s not well-promoted in general but it must be in the local Italian community because I’ve attended on the past and they always draw huge crowds (the free admission probably doesn’t hurt).

St. Louisans can enjoy the local premiere of eleven recent Italian films at this year’s Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis. The films are shown in their original language with English subtitles at 3 venues on the campus of Washington University: Lab Sciences 300, Brown Hall and Steinberg Auditorium.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

http://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/index.html

Highlights of this year’s fest include The Best Offer, »

- Tom Stockman

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘The Great Beauty’ and ‘Ms. 45′ Are the Best DVD Releases This Week

25 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Great Beauty (Criterion) Paolo Sorrentino’s almost plotless portrait of the glamorous nightlife of contemporary Rome may seem on the surface to be an obvious choice for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. After all, it quite deliberately follows the footsteps of La Dolce Vita as an ode not only to Rome’s vast history, but its history of cinematic glitz. Yet there’s a great deal going on below The Great Beauty’s exquisitely realized surface. Rather than a simple 21st century upgrade of Fellini’s Rome, The Great Beauty is an existential travelogue, a decadent and detailed portrayal of a place uncertain about how to realize its future as a definitive global city in the culture so content to rest its champagne-soaked laurels on its extensive reputation. We »

- Rob Hunter

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Criterion Collection: The Great Beauty | Blu-ray Review

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In Paolo Sorrentino’s lavishly received Italian crime potboiler Il Divo, the stage is set with a world building montage that places us in a blood-bathed Rome ruled by politically backed hit men, and finally settles in, dollies up, and asks it’s leading man, Toni Servillo giving his best dead-eyed Giulio Andreotti impression, to stare straight into the camera and speak directly on how others seem to perceive him. Bizarrely, The Great Beauty begins almost the exact same way, but this version of Rome is not one of physical violence and political intimidation, but one solely focused on aristocratic appearances and the reciprocation of surface relationships.

Servillo, this time living in the skin of a facetiously jaded, secretly sulking part-time journalist and eternal socialite named Jep Gambardella, is found standing in the midst of his own lavish 65th birthday party, once again staring into the camera, memories of what »

- Jordan M. Smith

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'The Great Beauty,' 'The King of Comedy'

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Great Beauty" (Criterion)

What's It About? A blast from the past sends man-about-town Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) reeling and reminiscing about his life and loves in Rome. The 65-year-old writer (of a sort) has had quite a life so far, but has he grown to take the richness of life and Rome for granted?

Why We're In: Even if you're not hip to Italian cinema and Sorrentino's influences, you'll still enjoy this Oscar-winning film.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The King of Comedy" (30th Anniversary Edition)

What's It About? Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is desperate to become famous. Once he meets talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he's sure his dreams of fame and fortune are coming true. All he has to do is convince Langford to have him on his show, and then Rupert will be the real king of comedy. »

- Jenni Miller

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Blu-ray Review: Gorgeous Journey of Oscar-Winning ‘The Great Beauty’

25 March 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

We love to go on and on when the Academy gets it wrong, especially in the notoriously flawed Documentary and Foreign Language categories. And so we should give them a pat on the back when they get it right. Yes, “Blue is the Warmest Color” deserved more attention but my vote still would have gone to Paolo Sorrentino’s masterful “The Great Beauty,” released today on Blu-ray and DVD from The Criterion Collection. It’s one of the best films of the last several years; a mesmerizing ode to the diversionary quality of excess. Don’t miss it.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Sorrentino opens his film with three long, complementary sequences: A man drops dead while on a tour group visit through a site of former Roman excess; dozens of beautiful, rich people dance the night away at a rooftop party; the city wakes up as a convent comes to life and locals walk their dogs. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino to pair up with Michael Caine

5 March 2014 3:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Italian director who carried off best foreign film statuette for The Great Beauty lines up veteran British actor for In the Future

• The Great Beauty wins Oscar for best foreign language film

Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino is to start work on his follow-up to The Great Beauty, a film called In the Future which is due to star Michael Caine.

According to Variety, In the Future is a "small, intimate film" about "friendship between two old people", quoting an interview the Italian film-maker gave to La Republica.

Sorrentino, who won the best foreign language film Oscar for The Great Beauty, has worked with English-speaking actors before, having cast Sean Penn in his goth-rocker road movie This Must Be the Place, which was selected for the Cannes film festival.

There is no word yet as to whether In the Future contains a role for Sorrentino's regular collaborator Toni Servillo, who played »

- Andrew Pulver

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Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (Trailer)

3 March 2014 10:06 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which stars the incandescent Toni Servillo as former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into decades of arcane Machiavellian politics in Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried you through. My second encounter with Sorrentino was also at Cannes, with his first English-language film "This Must be the Place," which features a riveting performance from Sean Penn as an aging expat rocker who returns to his roots in America after his father dies. But the movie didn't quite come together--Sorrentino's English has definitely improved since then.When I spoke to the filmmaker about his latest triumph, eventual foreign Oscar-winner "The Great Beauty" (Toh! review here), he did have a translator on hand, but he handled some of answers himself. The movie stars Servillo as »

- Anne Thompson

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Exclusive Portrait: Toni Servillo, Italian Star of Oscar Winner ‘The Great Beauty’

3 March 2014 2:14 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As the envelope was opened at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, announcing the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film – “The Great Beauty” – it was Toni Servillo who was the lead actor in the movie. His long career as a an actor and director has culminated with this honor, to go along being named Best Actor at the 26th European Film Awards for the same film.

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce got this Exclusive Portrait of Toni Servillo in June of 2013, when he visited Chicago to receive the “Golden Hugo” for career excellence as part of the festivities in association with the 49th Chicago International Film Festival.

Toni Servillo – Lead Actor in Oscar Winner ‘The Great Beauty’ – in Chicago, June 23rd. 2013

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

By Patrick McDONALDSenior Staff WriterHollywoodChicago.compat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2014 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Italy, but not Vatican, Celebrates Academy Award for 'The Great Beauty'

3 March 2014 9:48 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rome (AP) — Italy celebrated Monday after "The Great Beauty" ended the country's 15-year hiatus and won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. But even the film's muse lamented the fallen Rome it portrays and critics including the Vatican said it was just a cheap Fellini knockoff. Paolo Sorrentino's homage to Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and Rome's seductive decadence has divided Italians, with many critics uncomfortable with its indirect reflection of Italy's political and economic stagnation. But after Sorrentino cemented Italy's place as the country with the most foreign-language Oscars, everyone from the president on down hailed the film as a win for a country struggling through its own existential malaise. "At this time we have to be thinking about other things, and we're doing so," Premier Matteo Renzi tweeted. "But everyone is part of this Italian moment of pride for Sorrentino and 'The Great Beauty.'" The film »

- Nicole Winfield (AP)

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Italy Cheers Foreign Oscar Victory For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’

2 March 2014 7:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italy is ecstatic about Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” scooping the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which marks its eleventh foreign Oscar and consolidates the country’s status as the world’s winner of the most foreign film statuettes.

       France has won nine Oscars in the foreign language category. Italy and France have both additionally won three special/honorary Oscars.

“It’s ‘Great Beauty’ in Hollywood. Paolo Sorrentino Wins The Oscar,” trumpeted the website for leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera.”

Italy’s Culture Czar Dario Franceschini tweeted his joy calling the Oscar win a “self confidence booster” for the country, while Roberto Cicutto, head of Italy’s film entity and promotional org. Istituto Luce Cinecittà, enthused that “this must be a point of no return,” for the international visibility of Italian movies.

       The foreign Oscar for Sorrentino’s tribute to Rome’s decadence and magnificence »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The Great Beauty wins best foreign language film Oscar

2 March 2014 6:49 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Italian study of Rome high society, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, takes Academy award

• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony

• Full list of winners as they're announced

The Great Beauty has won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included The Hunt, from Denmark, Cambodia's The Missing Picture and Belgium's The Broken Circle Breakdown. In doing so, it becomes the first Italian film since Life Is Beautiful in 1998 to take the award.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, whose previous films include The Consequences of Love and Il Divo, The Great Beauty is an evocation of a prosperous level of Roman society as seen through the eyes of jaded writer Jep Gambardella, played by Toni Servillo. The film has already won a string of awards, including best foreign film at the Baftas and Golden Globes.

The Academy Awards are taking place at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Av Festival, Cinema Made In Italy: this week's new film events

28 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Av Festival | Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us | Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival | Cinema Made In Italy

Av Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne

This imaginative festival mines the rich theme of "extraction" this year, with a host of films and events exploring human appropriation of raw materials in the broadest sense. It's a very literal theme for Chinese film-maker Wang Bing, whose epic films (such as the 14-hour Crude Oil and The Ditch) convey the full scope of industrial activity. There's music too, as Test Department regroup to bring industrial site Dunston Staiths – a massive structure on the Tyne – back to life for a series of outdoor audio-visual events.

Various venues, Sat to 31 Mar

Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us, Nationwide

No self-respecting music artiste indulges in mere music videos these days. Like Sigur Rós, Kanye West and Beyoncé before her, Alison Goldfrapp has taken things a stage further, producing a 30-minute »

- Steve Rose

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Foreign Language Film - Cannes hits face a 'Breakdown'

28 February 2014 9:51 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! The eternally problematic Best Foreign Language Film category is one that's well known for springing surprises (usually not very pleasant or popular ones) on Oscar night. For the last couple of years, however, it has followed the script, with universally expected and approved wins for "A Separation" and "Amour." Were they simply too good to lose, or are we seeing the effects of the new voting system, which no longer requires members to see all the nominees before voting? With this year's contest far more competitive -- pitting four acclaimed Cannes premieres against a lower-profile tearjerker -- we may or may not be able to tell. »

- Guy Lodge

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The Great Beauty portrays Italy more faithfully than its new prime minister | Arianna Letizia and Santiago Zabala

27 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film shines a spotlight on Italy in a way Matteo Renzi won't – which is why the Italian media has panned it

Paolo Sorrentino's latest film, The Great Beauty, and Matteo Renzi's appointment as the prime minister of Italy, are probably the most significant recent events in Italian culture and politics.

Even though Renzi belongs to the same political establishment that has been running the country for decades, most Italian newspapers praise him as the man capable of breaking the deadlock in which the nation has found itself since Silvio Berlusconi took power more than 20 years ago. The reaction to Sorrentino's movie has been very different. Although it has won a Golden Globe, a European Film Award, and a Bafta for best foreign language film – and could be honoured with an Oscar this weekend – it has been heavily criticised throughout the Italian media. Alessandra Levantesi Kezich of La Stampa »

- Arianna Letizia, Santiago Zabala

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'The Great Beauty' Director Paolo Sorrentino Talks His Oscar Nominated Film & Desire To Make An L.A. Noir

20 February 2014 12:04 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are a number of exceptional films nominated for this year's Foreign Language Oscar, but none swept us up quite like "The Great Beauty." The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, follows an aging journalist (played by Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo), as he makes his way through modern day Rome and deals with his own mortality. It's a giant, sumptuous, glittery delight, with party sequences that make the overblown excess of "The Great Gatsby" seem paltry by comparison, and has an unexpectedly melancholic and spiritual core. We were lucky enough to sit down with Sorrentino, on the eve of the Oscars, to talk about the film, how "La Dolce Vita" inspired the production, the music in his movies, why he wants to do an L.A.-set noir at some point and much more. First, though, a note about the location of the interview: it was held in the offices of the Criterion Collection, »

- Drew Taylor

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Baftas 2014: 10 things we learned

17 February 2014 6:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The red carpet has been rolled, the stars are sleeping off their hangovers. Here are our top takeaways from last night's Baftas

• Winners in full

• The ceremony as it happened

Stephen Fry has got gummy

Maybe it's that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have ruined us for everyone else. Maybe it was because the broadcast didn't start until after the watershed, so we'd expected more bite. But Stephen Fry calling Emma Thompson "a ghastly piece of stinking offal" and describing Captain Phillips as "Saving Mr Hanks" didn't quite seem to cut it like it might have in 2002. There was the odd glimmer of the old wit: slagging off Jeff Pope's grammar, telling us he was so moved by Oprah in The Butler he nearly gave his the afternoon off. But Fry's own suggestion that Steve Coogan should take on the mantle seemed the sanest thing he said all night. »

- Catherine Shoard

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BAFTAs: what the winners said

16 February 2014 11:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve McQueen talks about modern slavery as 12 Years A Slave wins best film; Cate Blanchett dedicates her BAFTA to Philip Seymour Hoffman; Barkhad Abdi says Greengrass believed in him before he believed in himself.Click here for the full list of winners

Host Stephen Fry welcomed the star-studded crowd by saying the BAFTAs are “the greatest night of the British film calendar, if there is such a thing.” He joked that there were “faces so familiar you want to lick them.”

He welcomed guests including Prince William, President of the Academy, into “the plush womb of the resplendent Royal Opera House” in Covent Garden, London.

Fry got Leonardo DiCaprio to blow a kiss into the camera.

Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula kicked off the show with a duet of Heroes, and Tempah set the mood for a lively evening by high-five-ing Prince William.

Outstanding British Film

Oprah Winfrey, nominated for The Butler, presented the Outstanding »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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BAFTAs: what the winners said

16 February 2014 11:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve McQueen talks about modern slavery as 12 Years A Slave wins best film; Cate Blanchett dedicates her BAFTA to Philip Seymour Hoffman; Barkhad Abdi says Greengrass believed in him before he believed in himself.

Host Stephen Fry welcomed the star-studded crowd by saying the BAFTAs are “the greatest night of the British film calendar, if there is such a thing. “ He joked that there were “faces so familiar you want to lick them.”

He welcomed guests including Prince William, President of the Academy, into “the plush womb of the resplendent Royal Opera House” in Covent Garden, London.

Fry got Leonardo DiCaprio to blow a kiss into the camera.

Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula kicked off the show with a duet of Heroes.

Oprah Winfrey, nominated for The Butler, presented the Outstanding British Film prize to Gravity. Producer David Heyman said the prize was “beyond belief and best of all it recognises everybody involved with the film, we »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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