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Criterion Reflections – Shame (1968) – Fs

27 December 2016 10:30 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

David’s Quick Take for the Tl;Dr Media Consumer: 

Shame is Ingmar Bergman’s “war movie,” a disclosure that already feels to me like I said too much, since I went into this one knowing next to nothing about it and was therefore all the more pleasantly stunned and staggered by the discovery. So if you haven’t yet watched it, stop reading now, and go do so right away, or at least before you proceed much further in reading here. It’s an excellent film and in my opinion, yet another marvelous, essential “must see” entry into Bergman’s canon. (Other critics, and even the director, don’t share my assessment; I’ll address that below.) But for those who’ve seen it, I have to figure they can agree with my surprise at the inclusion of screaming fighter jets, exploding grenades, dead paratroopers hanging from branches, machine gun blasts, »

- David Blakeslee

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The Many Different Faces Of Jessica Chastain: From Miss Sloane To Zero Dark Thirty

6 December 2016 8:58 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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Jessica Chastain is a two-time Academy Award nominee who has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses of her generation. She has received numerous nominations and accolades for her work from the La Film Critics, British Academy of Film and TV, Broadcast Film Critics, HFPA, National Board of Review, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, to name a few.

The actresses’ latest film, Miss Sloane, opens in cinemas on December 9, 2016.

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.

Chastain can soon be »

- Movie Geeks

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The 10 Most Beloved Movies In The Criterion Collection — IndieWire Readers Survey

23 November 2016 7:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here.

Last week, IndieWire asked our readers to name their favorite movies in the Criterion Collection, which resulted in hundreds of responses that pretty much covered every nook and cranny of Criterion’s massive library. It was great to see many readers listing dramas as diverse and polarizing as Robert Altman’s “3 Women,” George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing” and Fritz Lang’s “M,” but at the end of the day, our survey revealed which 10 titles our Criterion subscribers can’t get enough of.

An intriguing mix of reliable film landmarks and a few surprises, below is »

- Zack Sharf

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Blu-ray Review – The Emigrants/The New Land (1971/1972)

18 October 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Emigrants/The New Land, 1971/1972.

Directed by Jan Troell

Starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman


A Swedish couple voyage to America and attempt to put down roots in a beautiful but forbidding new world.

The intensely naturalistic directorial work of Jan Troell makes this one of the defining artworks for capturing a sense of the hopes and fears involved in moving to a new place. Set in the mid-19th century, the two films create a story that is compelling in both its artistry and spirit of adventure. Beset by problems and trials at every new turn, young Swedish couple Karl Oskar and Kristina are forced to contemplate the nature of survival, human interaction and ultimately existence itself…

In Småland, Sweden Karl Oskar and Kristina are farm owners who have put up with failing crops and bad season after season for a few years. Feeding their young children »

- Robert W Monk

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Film Festival Roundup: Napa Valley Reveals Full Lineup, Bentonville Announces 2017 Dates And More

29 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) has announced its complete line-up, Opening Night and Red Carpet screenings, special events and additional honorees for its Celebrity Tributes. Nvff returns in full force with a five-day festival showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 13 unique screening venues in the Wine Country towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, running November 9 – 13.

The Festival will play host to a strong selection of films, including many of this year’s award contenders, like The Weinstein Company’s “Lion,” which will be this year’s Opening Night film, and Open Road Films’ “Bleed for This.” As the perfect bookend to the festival, the independent documentary “Pisco Punch: A Cocktail Comeback Story” will serve as the Closing Night film. »

- Kate Erbland

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Pernilla August Explores Forbidden Love in Drama ‘Serious Game’

26 August 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Why film a love story from 1912? That’s one of the questions asked by Swedish actress-writer-director Pernilla August when talking about her latest feature, “A Serious Game,” adapted from Hjalmar Söderberg’s novel. Film screened at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival, which ran Aug. 20-26 in Haugesund, Norway.

August has a good answer for that: “Söderberg’s novel is a real classic, and everybody who has been in love will emotionally recognize the characters. It is also existential, about how we make our choices in life; I have been around for a long time, so I can identify both with Lydia, Arvid and Dagmar,” said August at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund.

Set in Stockholm at the beginning of the 20th century, the film follows the love-at-first sight love story of Lydia, the daughter of a landscape painter, and Arvid, a young journalist. But the time is wrong: »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Norwegian Fest Honors Pernilla August as Doc ‘Magnus’ Takes Top Prize

26 August 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Norwegian Intl. Film Festival handed out its prizes Aug. 25, with Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s documentary “Magnus” nabbing the Ray of Sunshine prize from the the Norwegian Exhibitors’ Assn. A hit at several international festivals, “Magnus” tells the story of 26-year-old Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s rise to the top.

For the first time the International Film Critics Assn. presented its Fipresci prize at Haugesund, with Danish director Jesper W. Nielsen’s “The Day Will Come” taking the honors. The Norwegian Film Critics’ favorite was Maren Ade’s Cannes hit and German B.O. hit, “Toni Erdmann,” while “Perfect Strangers,” from Italy’s Paolo Genovese, took the Audience Award.

Swedish actress-writer-director Pernilla August was presented at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival Aug. 24 with Ullmann Award, named after the legendary actress-director Liv Ullmann and presented to August by the trophy’s namesake, for “her significant contribution to film art, »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Haugesund: Liv Ullmann to retire from directing

25 August 2016 12:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Norwegian actress and filmmaker announces end to directing on panel with fellow filmmakers Pernilla August and Iram Haq.

Norwegian actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann, the two-time Oscar nominee and director of films including Cannes competition title Faithless, has announced that she doesn’t plan to direct again.

Ullmann made the announcement during a talk today at Haugesund’s Norwegian International Film Festival.

“I don’t want to direct anymore,” she said during the festival’s annual public talk, The Amanda Conversation.

“I want to use my strength to act in a film - there I can use it with a sensitive director, and write. I took that decision right now,” the 77-year-old veteran said with a smile.

As an actress, she is hoping to work with Anthony Hopkins in 2017 on an as yet unannounced film. The duo previously worked together on 1977 feature A Bridge Too Far.


This year’s Amanda Conversation was between Ullmann, whose most recent »

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Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words

12 August 2016 8:08 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hollywood's most elegantly natural, defiantly independent actress comes alive in a film biography about her personal life, using inside family testimony, rare film and her diaries. Sweden's Ingrid seems more radiant than ever. Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 82228 2015 / B&W-Color / 1:78 widescreen / 114 min. / Jag är Ingrid / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini, Fiorella Mariani, Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger. Ingrid Bergman's voice Alicia Vikander Film Editor Dominika Daubenbüchel Original Music Michael Nyman Written by Stig Björkman, Stina Gardell and Dominika Daubenbüchel Produced by Stina Gardell Directed by Stig Björkman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Ingrid Bergman had one of the most fascinating lives of any woman of the 20th century. An ambitious actress, she let herself be guided by her desires and her heart. Although banished by Hollywood and vilified by the press, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Who Should Receive Honorary Oscars Next?

19 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're about one month away from the announcement of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients. They're usuallly announced at the end of August for a November Governor's Awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will be on November 12th. Last year rumors circled that it was Doris Day's turn but that didn't turn out to be accurate. For the past two years, The Film Experience has tried to make up for the dearth of movie site reporting about the Oscar Honorary careers (beyond the sharing of press releases / YouTube videos of their speeches) with mini-retrospectives so we're always hoping they'll choose well to give us wonderful careers to discuss right here. 

Let's reprint a list of worthies we shared a year or so ago, with a few adjustments, in case any of the elites in the Academy are undecided about who to put forth or get behind for these coveted honors.


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Antonia’s Line

3 June 2016 7:59 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Marleen Gorris' sightly absurdist, slightly magic realist movie about a strong woman who takes charge in a rural Dutch community is a fable about a kind of matriarchal utopia -- where decisions are made with patience and understanding, the weak are protected and women aren't abused. It's an Oscar winner for Best Foreign film -- the first directed by a woman, Antonia's Line Blu-ray Film Movement 1995 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 103 min. / Antonia / Street Date April 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Dora van der Groen, Veerle van Overloop, Esther Vriesendorp, Carolien Spoor, Thyrza Ravesteijn, Mil Seghers, Jan Decleir, Elsie de Brauw, Reinout Bussemaker, Marina de Graaf, Jan Steen, Catherine ten Bruggencate, Paul Kooij, Fran Waller Zeper, Leo Hogenboom, Flip Filz, Wimie Wilhelm. Cinematography Willy Stassen Film Editors Wim Louwrier, Michiel Reichwein Original Music Ilona Sekacz Produced by Gerard Cornelisse, Hans de Weers, Hans de Wolf Written and Directed by Marleen Gorris »

- Glenn Erickson

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From Brooklyn to Montauk by Anne-Katrin Titze

8 May 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Volker Schlöndorff with co-writer Colm Tóibín on set for Return to Montauk Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

John Crowley's Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan with Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, adapted screenplay by Nick Hornby, is based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. On set with Stellan Skarsgård, Susanne Wolff, Isioma Laborde-Edozien and Mathias Sanders for Volker Schlöndorff's Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk), Tóibín, who is the co-writer with Volker, points to the face of Liv Ullmann on camera as inspiration, to Saoirse, and now Nina Hoss. Niels Arestrup will take on "W", the art collector.

Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín makes a point Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Colm spoke to me off the record about the Montauk project at last year's New York Film Festival. Right before I was being included as one of the extras with Margarethe von Trotta and Pamela Katz on the »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Hour Of The Wolf, and other surrealist horror films

20 April 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aliya Whiteley Dec 5, 2016

Hour Of The Wolf is a surrealist horror that gets under the skin. And it's not alone...

There are some terrible images that have been placed in my head over the years by films. They come back to haunt me, and are unforgettable.

The unique jolt of seeing something so strange, so horrifying, on the screen that it cannot be forgotten is a powerful experience, and lasts far beyond the roll of the credits. One that contains more than a few images that have retained their ability to upset and unbalance me since first seeing them is a film that was made by a director who is often thought of as a maker of psychological dramas rather than horror films. I'm talking about Ingmar Bergman's 1968 film, the disturbing and weird Hour Of The Wolf.

Ingmar Bergman's films are perhaps most often thought of as psychological dramas, »

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Structure of ‘La Haine,’ Don Cheadle Analyzes ‘Miles Ahead,’ Searching For Women-Directed Films, and More

4 April 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

NYC’s IFC Center has plans to expand, and they could use your help to let city officials know you support it.

Watch Don Cheadle analyze a scene from Miles Ahead:

Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan begins shooting on July 9th, Le Journal de Quebec reports.

Cinematographer Jeff Cutter discusses shooting 10 Cloverfield Lane with Filmmaker Magazine:

Anamorphic lenses just have a feeling that reminded Dan and I of what it used to be like watching these great widescreen movies when we were kids that were shot anamorphic. It just makes it feel like a big movie and that was something that we really, »

- TFS Staff

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CriterionCast Chronicles – Episode 1 – February 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

7 March 2016 5:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

In this premiere episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, David Blakeslee and Scott Nye to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for February 2016.

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Links The Emigrants / The New Land The Emigrants/The New Land The Emigrants (1971) The New Land (1972) The Emigrants/The New Land: Homelands Liv Ullmann Reflects on Working with Jan Troell The New Land (1972) The Emigrants / The New Land The Emigrants / The New Land Blu-ray – DVD Beaver Review The Emigrants / The New Land Review The Kid The Kid (1921) The Many Kids of Charlie Chaplin Jackie Coogan’s Star Turn The Kid: The Grail of Laughter and the Fallen Angel The Kid The Kid Blu-ray – DVD Beaver Review The Kid Review Death by Hanging Death by Hanging (1968) David Reviews Nagisa Oshima’s Death By Hanging Reintroducing Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging »

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Criterion Collection: The Emigrants/The New Land | Blu-ray Review

1 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following last summer’s restoration of Swedish auteur Jan Troell’s directorial debut Here is Your Life (1966), Criterion presents the director’s most notable accomplishment from his most prolific period, the one-two punch of The Emigrants (1971) and The New Land (1972). Though technically released as two distinct features, they are more of a conjoined saga detailing the travails of America’s Scandinavian ancestors. Richly attenuated, they’re adapted from the celebrated series of four novels by Vilhelm Moberg, Upon a Good Land, hailed as cornerstones of Swedish literature. Until now, these, along with most of Troell’s 1970s titles, (who is known best for his 2008 masterpiece, Everlasting Moments) have been largely unavailable, a pity considering the level of achievement and a handful of Academy Award nominations (including a Best Picture nod) between both features. It’s difficult to imagine a more authentic depiction of the early immigration experience, narratives which have »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Emigrants & The New Land

13 February 2016 7:49 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jan Troell knocks us for a loop with his masterful epic of a Swedish farming family in the 1840s, making the big move to the promised green acres in frontier Minnesota. Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann are heartbreakingly deserving and hopeful; the dreamers and the devout and the intolerant come too. The two-film, six-hour saga is a faithful to history and politically neutral. The Emigrants / The New Land Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 796 & 797 1971-1972 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 191 + 202 min. / Utvandrarna & Nybyggarna / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 49.95 Starring Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Sven-Olof Bern, Aina Alfredsson, Allan Edwall, Monica Zetterlund, Pierre Lindstedt, Hans Alfredson, Ulla Smidje, Eva-Lena Zetterlund, Gustaf Faringborg. Cinematography and Editing Jan Troell Original Music Erik Nordgren /Bengt Ernryd, Georg Oddner Production design P.A. Lundgren Written by Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell from novels by Vilhelm Moberg Produced by Bengt Forslund Directed by Jan Troell »

- Glenn Erickson

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Crimson Peak,’ ’99 Homes,’ ‘Whiplash,’ and More

9 February 2016 7:15 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)

Ramin Bahrani made a name for himself with three independent films over the last decade, focusing on humanity’s daily struggles, reinvented foreign lives in America, and a fundamental sense of decency. With 2012’s At Any Price and this year’s 99 Homes, Bahrani has twice returned to the festival that launched his career, presenting the evolution of those themes. Not coincidentally, the worst years of the financial crisis stand between his acclaimed Goodbye, Solo and the tepidly received 2012 picture, »

- TFS Staff

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Goteborg: Welcome To Norway! creates buzz as Nordic talents line up next films

8 February 2016 3:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Catch up with the key news and projects from the Goteborg Film Festival and Nordic Film Market.A warm ‘Welcome’ ahead of Efm

One of the hottest premieres in Goteborg was Welcome To Norway!, the immigration-themed dramedy that was the first film to sell out and later won the Audience Award for best Nordic film. Its industry and press screenings were also packed, setting the film up well as it heads to Berlin’s Efm, where Beta Cinema handles sales.

Director Rune Langlo Denstad said he had the project in mind for more than ten years after he visited a centre for asylum seekers while working on documentary projects. A decade later, the film couldn’t be more topical.

The story follows Primus (Anders Baasmo Christiansen), a desperate and somewhat racist hotel owner in a remote Norwegian village who wants to turn his hotel into a home for asylum seekers to cash in on government funding. Of course »

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Top Shots and Title Sequences of 2015, Liv Ullmann Recommends de Sica, James Marsh on ’45 Years,’ and More

5 January 2016 12:05 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Variety‘s Kris Tapley on the top 10 shots of 2015:

John Seale came out of retirement to shoot George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and he even turned 70 years old during production. Not only that, but he was up on top of those war rigs tearing through the African desert operating camera himself in many instances, grips hanging off of the sturdy sport sailer who got his sea legs long ago. He took to the film’s action-filled spectacle like a duck to water.

Liv Ullmann recommends a Vittorio de Sica film:

Rolling Stone‘s David Ehrlich on why westerns are tragically more relevant than ever:

America »

- TFS Staff

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