13 items from 2017
Author: Stefan Pape
While he has a film nominated for the Academy Award this year, with documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck has been celebrated for showing innovation and ingenuity, and yet the talented filmmaker returns with a dramatic offering The Young Karl Marx, which falters in the aforementioned area, ticking all the boxes of the period piece biopic, abiding frustratingly by formula. Naturally tedium kicks in, but at least the director can be commended for taking this complex series of events and making them easily digestible, and accessible to a broad audience.
Set in 1844, we’re introduced to Marx (August Diehl) at the age of 26, living in exile with his wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps); a man who wants to change the world but is lacking the platform to do so – until he meets Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), the son of a factory owner, dismayed by the treatment of the staff, »
- Stefan Pape
As a director, Raoul Peck is a passionate and protean talent. He has been making films for close to 30 years, and he’s right in the middle of his most seismic moment with “I Am Not Your Negro,” his searching meditation on James Baldwin, which has struck a deeper, wider chord than anyone might have anticipated. In 2000, Peck made a galvanizing drama about Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected leader of the Congo, that was the cinema’s most perceptive (and agonizing) study of colonialism: what it is, how it works, why its legacy is so hard to shake off.
Now, at the Berlin Film Festival, Peck takes a different leap altogether with “The Young Karl Marx,” a classically conceived and executed biopic that traces how Marx, as a struggling family-man writer in the 1840s, came to create “The Communist Manifesto.” It’s an impeccably crafted and honorable movie — but, »
- Owen Gleiberman
There’s a specter haunting Europe — the specter of mediocre biopics. A straightforward period piece about the life and times of a radical man, Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx” is well-furnished and fitfully gripping stuff, but it desperately lacks the full-bodied fervor that crackles throughout his Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”
Snagged between the hard-nosed history of “Lumumba” (Peck’s sobering 2000 docudrama about the first prime minister of the Congo) and the jocular gusto of “Shakespeare in Love,” this immaculately furnished film sacrifices too much drama in order to expound upon its characters’ ideals, and sacrifices too much exploration of those ideals in order to accommodate for a healthy degree of drama. “I’m done fighting with needles,” Marx says, “I want a sledgehammer.” Peck opts for a safety net, ensuring that even the most electric moments never feel like they’re risking a challenge to »
- David Ehrlich
Next to Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” there is perhaps no movie more vital to the current moment of race relations, political unrest, and social and class strife than “I Am Not Your Negro.” Raoul Peck’s documentary uses some of the final writings of James Baldwin to paint an incendiary portrait of the political climate, and his interest in figures who have stirred popular thought continues with his next film, “The Young Karl Marx.”
A narrative feature that will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, it stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Olivier Gourmet, Michael Brandner, Alexander Scheer, Hannah Steele, and Niels Bruno Schmidt, it follows the exiled Karl Marx who becomes newly inspired to revolution when he meets Friedrich Engels.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London, and “illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.”
- Gary Collinson
Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus Features' Hanna. Focus holds worldwide rights to the film, and will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.
The film's producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna. Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. »
Production began this week in the U.K. for Focus Features, which announced in September that it had obtained worldwide rights to the project.
Manville has been in several of Mike Leigh’s films including “Secrets and Lies” and “Another Year,” for which she received a BAFTA Best Actress nomination. Krieps’ credits include “A Most Wanted Man” and Focus Features’ Hanna.
Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution. The film’s producers are JoAnne Sellar; Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures; and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.
The collaboration between Anderson and Day-Lewis »
- Dave McNary
Paul Thomas Anderson is peeling back the curtain on his mysterious new collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis. The acclaimed director said he would reunite with his “There Will Be Blood” star in September for a film Anderson wrote and will direct. Details were scarce at the time, though Anderson said it would be set in the world of fashion. A Wednesday announcement from distributor Focus Features, which also announced Lesley Manville and Vicky Kreips would costar, offered up some more plot details. Also Read: Elton John to Compose 'The Devil Wears Prada' Musical for Broadway “The new movie is »
- Matt Donnelly
Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus Features’ Hanna.
The film’s producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.
Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. »
- Melissa Thompson
The Radiohead guitarist and composer has previously worked with Anderson on three films: “There Will Be Blood,” “The Master” and most recently “Inherent Vice.” Anderson has also directed several Radiohead music videos, including “The Numbers,” “Present” and “Daydreaming.”
Greenwood will be in charge of the music for the filmmaker’s currently-untitled drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Set in the couture world of 1950s London, the movie will explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century, illuminating the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society. The Oscar winner will also be joined by actresses Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.
Focus Features will distribute »
- Liz Calvario
Exclusive: Britain's Lesley Manville and up-and-coming European actress Vicky Krieps, who hails from Luxembourg, have joined Daniel Day-Lewis to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film, which has now begun shooting in the UK. Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the film and will release the pic in the U.S. later this year, with Universal handling international distribution. The story, which reunites Anderson with There Will Be Blood star Day-Lewis, is set in… »
Focus acquired worldwide rights to the project in a major pre-buy last September. It is understood that at the time Focus paid about $35m for a project that with soft money could see the budget rise to around $40m.
The feature centres on an uncompromising dressmaker to royalty and high society in 1950s London.
It marks the latest collaboration between Anderson and Day-Lewis following the latter’s Oscar-winning role in There Will Be Blood.
The drama is anticipated to be a major awards season contender. Focus will distribute in the Us later this year and Universal Pictures handles international distribution.
JoAnne Sellar produces with Megan Ellison via her Annapurna Pictures, and Anderson. Executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
At long last, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis‘ There Will Be Blood reteam — which is set in the 1950s fashion industry in London — began production over the last few days, but aside from some photographic proof, Focus Features have been silent regarding the additional cast and crew. With a working title of Phantom Thread, a few readers have done some digging and we’ve got a few more members to add to the ensemble.
First up, taking a page from Mike Leigh’s handbook, Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies, Another Year) and Richard Graham (Vera Drake, Titanic) have both joined the film, as noted on talent agency pages. An actress spotted in set photos has also been identified as Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man, Hanna). For hailing from Luxembourg, she’d certainly fit the initial casting net of “young actresses of Eastern European descent” for the female lead, so »
- Jordan Raup
13 items from 2017
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