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A Special Day (Una giornata particolare)

2 November 2015 5:10 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in a serious drama about two outsiders in Mussolini's Rome of 1938, an ordinary housewife and a political undesirable. They have a lot in common, as it turns out. Writer-director Ettore Scola condemnation of an oppressive authoritarian state, addresses the most basic human rights violations. A Special Day Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 778 1977 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 107 min. / Una giornata particolare / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd. Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis Film Editor Raimondo Crociani Original Music Armando Trovajoli Written by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari, Maurizio Costanzo Produced by Carlo Ponti Directed by Ettore Scola  

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Veteran Italian screenwriter and director Ettore Scola's best-known movie in the U.S. is 1974's We All Loved Each Other So Much, but my instant favorite is this 1977 drama. Movies about life under Fascism usually gravitate toward extreme, »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Criterion Collection announces October Blu-ray releases

17 July 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Blu-ray distributors The Criterion Collection have announced its line-up for its October releases, which once again include some of cinema’s finest actors, directors and creators. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho and David Cronenberg’s The Brood are amongst the latest list of films to get the Criterion touch.

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My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant, about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narco­leptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search »

- Scott J. Davis

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Daily | Cannes 2015 | The First L’Oeil d’Or

23 May 2015 8:43 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Marcia Tambutti Allende's Beyond My Grandfather Allende has won "Cannes’ first L’Oeil d’Or, awarded to its best documentary," reports Variety's John Hopewell. This first feature "portrays her grandfather, Chilean president Salvador Allende, not as a political icon but in personal terms, as a family man, with his friends, on holiday." Stig Bjorkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, screening in Cannes Classics, has earned a mention. The Hollywood Reporter's Deborah Young calls it "celebratory and revelatory, making extensive use of Ingrid Bergman’s own diaries, personal pictures, home movies, and family members." » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Cannes 2015 | Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s DÉGRADÉ

21 May 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Although it was shot in Jordan," writes Ben Kenigsberg at, Tarzan Nasser and Arab Nasser's Dégradé "is a rare film to depict life in the Gaza Strip. What's more, the movie trains its lens on women's lives, in a part of the world that is often represented in the news through masculinized images of violence." Reviews are mixed. "What a fine actress like Hiam Abbass is doing here is a mystery, but not as great as how the film earned a slot in Cannes’ prestigious Critics Week," writes Deborah Young in the Hollywood Reporter. We have more and a clip. » - David Hudson »

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