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Night of the Demon (Rendez-vous avec la peur)

This French disc release of the Jacques Tourneur classic gets everything right — including both versions in picture perfect transfers. Devil debunker Dana Andrews locks horns with Niall MacGinnis, a necromancer “who has decoded the Old Book” and can summon a fire & brimstone monster from Hell, no election fraud necessary. Even fans that hate ghost stories love this one — it’s a truly creepy, intelligent highlight of the horror genre.

Night of the Demon

Region A + B Blu-ray + Pal DVD

Wild Side (Fr)

1957 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 95 & 82 min. / Street Date November 27, 2013 / Curse of the Demon, Rendez-vous avec la peur / Available from Amazon UK or Foreign Exchange Blu-ray

Starring: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham,

Athene Seyler

Cinematography: Ted Scaife

Production Designer: Ken Adam

Special Effects: George Blackwell, S.D. Onions, Wally Veevers

Film Editor Michael Gordon

Original Music: Clifton Parker

Written by Charles Bennett and Hal E. Chester

from the
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Michael Henry Wilson, Documentarian and Author, Dies at 67

Documentary filmmaker and author Michael Henry Wilson died of lung cancer June 26 in Westlake, Calif. He was 67.

Known for his deep knowledge of film history and close relationships with filmmakers, Wilson directed documentaries including “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies,” “In Search of Kundun” with Martin Scorsese and “Le Franc-Tireur” on Clint Eastwood. He also wrote the documentaries “Hollywood Mavericks” (with Todd McCarthy) and “Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle” as well as Alan Rudolphi’s 2002 film “Intimate Affairs.”

His books included works on Eastwood, Scorsese, Jacques Torneur, Raoul Walsh and his latest, “At the Gate of Paradise,” about 58 American directors from D.W. Griffith to David Lynch, with a forward by Scorsese.

Wilson was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, and in his twenties published a book on German expressionist cinema and a book on Frank Borzage. He also served as producer Anatole Dauman’s assistant at Argos Films.

For many years,
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Program Notes Gone Wild

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A 9-film series of not-quite-classics (on 35mm), "Auteurs Gone Wild" runs at Anthology Film Archives from March 20-30, 2014; what follows are the director's cut of the program notes (with production stills of the auteurs themselves, mid-wild)—

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If the Hollywood auteurs were the ghosts in the studio machine, what would they look like exorcised? Rather than author, the word "auteur" might have referred to a kind of rhetorician working within genre codes that, once decoded, would only reveal his own commentary on them. But what would happen if this auteur cleared his throat, managed a sip of water, and tried speaking in his own tongue? Typically, the critics who had authored the auteur as a placeholder and retroactive justification for their own generic interpretations would have to snub such attempts to break out of genre molds to go strange, personal places. For the irony is that these works, kind of laboratory
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Scorsese on Scorsese

Scorsese on Scorsese
"I am the films that I make. If it's not personal, I can't get out of bed in the morning."

-Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is riding high on the success of Hugo, with his first 3D family film effort leading the Academy Awards pack on a wave of 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. In addition to the abundance of accolades, the commercial success of the project is its own reward for an arguably risky endeavor by the Departed Oscar winner.

Once associated primarily with depicting the seedier side of society and its fundamentally flawed characters (from Mean Streets and Taxi Driver to Raging Bull and Goodfellas), Scorsese has proved to be an incredibly versatile director, trying his hand at the musical genre (New York, New York) and documentaries (The Last Waltz, Shine a Light, No Direction Home), period romance (The Age of Innocence), historical figures (The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun and [link
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Martin Scorsese Reportedly Working On A British Cinema Documentary

There are two sides to the Martin Scorsese coin, and it has been this way for quite some time. On one side, there.s the passionate cineaste, whose adoration for the medium (and the industry.s deep, rich history) can be seen draped all over Hugo, in theaters now. On the other side, however, lies a .budding. documentary filmmaker who desperately seeks an outlet on which to download the massive files of information and trivia locked up in his brain. Since 1970.s Street Scenes, Scorsese has worked out his passions in documentary form, often commenting on music as well as his Italian heritage and relationship with New York City. But now it sounds like Scorsese.s interest in film history and documentary filmmaking may marry for an anticipated picture. In a lengthy feature on Michael Henry Wilson.s new book Scorsese On Scorsese, The Independent UK reports that the Oscar-winning
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Daily Briefing. Silents!

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"The movies in The Silent Roar, Film Forum's ongoing Monday-night series of silent masterpieces from MGM studios, all date from 1924 to 1929, the glorious last half-decade before the coming of sound," writes Imogen Smith for Alt Screen. "While the series includes some director-dominated films, like Erich von Stroheim's Greed and The Merry Widow, the line-up consists mainly of star vehicles constructed around singular personalities: Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, Lon Chaney, and Lillian Gish. Each of these icons presents a case study in silent acting, and taken together, The Silent Roar makes for an excellent primer in this lost art." The series runs through February 6.

"2011 has been a good year for silent cinema on DVD," writes Kristin Thompson, presenting "an overview of some of the highlights."

Fandor's Keyframe is dedicated this week to "The Silent Artists."

Listening (18'49"). Kevin Brownlow talks about restoring Abel Gance's Napoleon (1927) on the Leonard Lopate Show.
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Martin Scorsese Working on British Cinema Documentary

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I’ll go out on a limb here and say that anybody reading these words is at least tangentially familiar with Martin Scorsese‘s narrative output. I will, however, also assume that quite a few people have limited themselves to his features — and if I’m correct, they’ve missed out on entertaining, enlightening windows into everyday life (American Boy, Italianamerican), the world of music (The Last Waltz, No Direction Home, Living in the Material World), and film history (A Personal Journey Through American Movies, My Voyage to Italy).

That lattermost category is especially pertinent at this very moment, since The Independent — who profiled a new book about the man, Scorsese on Scorsese — briefly mentioned that he and the book’s author, Personal Journey co-writer and co-director Michael Henry Wilson, are working on a “new doc about British cinema.” To say that Scorsese‘s no stranger to the topic is rather obvious.
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Martin Scorsese: You talkin’ to me?

An audience with Scorsese isn't like a typical junket interview with a big-name American director. That is made very clear in Michael Henry Wilson's new book, Scorsese on Scorsese. This features a series of discussions that Wilson has had with Scorsese about his films, from 1974 right up to the present day. Their encounters are confessional, therapeutic, invariably littered with references to other movies and often highly technical. Wilson (who co-wrote Scorsese's masterful documentary A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and is now working with him on his new doc about British cinema) is reverential towards his subject, but also very probing. The metaphors used here are often about illness, addiction and transcendence: a strange mix of the biblical and the psychoanalytical. "Film is a disease... as with heroin, the antidote to film is more film," Scorsese once observed, quoting his fellow director Frank Capra. He is clearly contaminated with this disease.
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The rise and fall, and rise of the American gangster movie

James Cagney, the quintessential movie gangster

Seemingly always en vogue, gangsters have been especially so in recent years. The grand seigneur of American cinema, Martin Scorsese, finally won his long-deserved first Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for “The Departed” in 2007. Michael Mann’s 2009 effort “Public Enemies” was a big-budget production with high-dollar stars. The HBO drama “The Sopranos” attracted millions of viewers per week for eight years. “Sopranos” writer Terry Winter teamed up with Scorsese in 2010 for another acclaimed gangster series, “Boardwalk Empire,” which won two Golden Globes earlier this year. Warner Bros., the studio that invented the gangster film, is hoping to get back in the game with a revival of the classic genre.[1] And Scorsese, who made his name with gangster films like “Mean Streets,” “GoodFellas” and “Casino,” will likely return to the genre with mafioso thesps Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino in
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Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest
Peter Weir's The Way Back will kick off Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (Motiff) on November 13, which runs six days and screens twenty-two films seeking to highlight human rights issues past and present. Clint Eastwood will be honored with the festival's first "Tolerance Award" at the festival Gala on November 14. Clinton's Gran Torino (2008) will have a special presentation during the festival. Among the other films are Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham (2010), Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's documentary 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010), Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle (2010) from Michael Henry Wilson, When We Leave (2010, Germany) from Feo Aladag, plus special presentations of Kimberly Peirce's Boy's Don't Cry (1999), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) and more.
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"Inception" Tops Hollywood Movie Awards

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" won the Hollywood Movie Award presented by Starz. 160,000 votes were cast via Yahoo! Movies. "Inception" beat other nominees such as .Alice in Wonderland,. .Despicable Me,. .The Expendables,. .How to Train Your Dragon,. .Inception,. .Iron Man 2,. .Salt,. .The Social Network,. .Shutter Island,. and .Toy Story 3..

Winners of the "Hollywood Discovery Awards were Tyler Langdon . favorite male actor and Ariel King . favorite female actor. The nominees for favorite male actor were: Eric Hulen, Tyler Langdon, Jose Morales, and Cameron Radice and the nominees for favorite female actor were: Zamara Jimenez, Sarah Joanou, Ariel King, Lauren Serrano, and Jessica Williams.

Here's the rest of the press release for the Hollywood Movie Awards. For more info, click here.

The winners of the festival.s film competition were announced Sunday night at the .Hollywood Discovery Awards® Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year.s winners are: .Fort McCoy. by
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“Inception” Wins Hollywood Movie Awards

Hollywoodnews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s “Hollywood Awards® Gala”ceremony was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,100 Hollywood Film Festival® attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Leonardo DiCaprio - "Inception" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals - Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, CA, USA

The festival and awards, presented by Starz, announced this year’s winner of the “Hollywood Movie Award” — Chrisopher Nolan’s “Inception” — which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies website. The voting site received 20 million unique visitors and over 160,000 votes were cast. The nominees for the “Hollywood Movie Award” were: “Alice in Wonderland,” “Despicable Me,” “The Expendables,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Inception,” “Iron Man 2,” “Salt,” “The Social Network,” “Shutter Island,” and “Toy Story 3.” The festival and awards also announced winners of the “Hollywood Discovery Awards,
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Tipped for Cannes

I love getting IndieWire’s Cannes Wish List. IndieWire's commentary on each film is interesting in and of itself. I find myself remarking "I didn't know that!" at every other entry. My former Tipped for Cannes Report (when FilmFinders was my company) was one of my most popular reports because film buyers and programmers could immediately hone in on their targets. So, in keeping with tradition, I pulled together the list Screen International (Si) and blogger ion (he did a lot of research for this!) published in February just after the Berlinale and am now going to compare it with Iw’s. My links for the title are to IMDbPro and for the contact either to the seller (Isa=International Sales Agent) or the producer.

After this, I will track which of these land in Cannes, which in Toronto, Venice, etc.; which get acquired by whom (to be gathered together
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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored at 2010 Golden Globes with Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored at 2010 Golden Globes with Cecil B. DeMille Award
In January, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will bestow the Honorary Cecile B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese for “his outstanding contribution to the entertainment field,” to which we say “Congratulations, Mr. Scorsese.” Of course, any award honoring Scorsese’s career is well-earned by the prolific and influential director. His lengthy and diverse filmography naturally contains movies which flopped and received no support from film critics, but when you look at his hits, he has left an unforgettable stamp on not only American cinema, but on audiences the world over. That his work continues to improve and defy simple definition is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers and a challenge to his peers. There’s only one complaint people have about the awards Scorsese receives: they’re overdue.

Hit the jump to read the full press release. The 67th Annual Golden Globes will air on January 17, 2010. Martin Scorsese’s next film,
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Martin Scorcese Honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Martin Scorsese will be honored at The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17 with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." The award, voted by the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was announced by Vera Farmiga at a morning press conference. The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17 on NBC (5 to 8 pm Pt, 8 to 11 pm Et) from The Beverly Hilton.

Scorsese received two Golden Globe Awards for "Best Director of a Motion Picture"; for The Departed and Gangs of New York. He received five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as Best Director (Casino, Age of Innocence, Goodfellas and Raging Bull) and one for Best Screenplay for Raging Bull (with Nicolas Pileggi).

Recent Cecil B. DeMille winners include Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005) and Michael Douglas (2004).

Martin Scorsese
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