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An estimated 7,000 spectators packed Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore square to catch the 1936 classic starring Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in a restored version with live musical accompaniment on Saturday, as it opened the 30th edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival dedicated to rediscovered gems.
Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ermanno Olmi, and Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux are among guests of this year’s 30th edition of Cinema Ritrovato, which will run through July 2. Fremaux, who also heads the Lumiere Institute in Lyon, inaugurated a photo exhibition dedicated to the Lumiere Brothers, cinema’s most illustrious pioneers.
The Dardenne brothers Sunday night introduced the freshly restored copy of their 1996 breakthrough feature “La Promesse” (“The Promise”), on the timely topic of immigration in Europe. Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Now”) will be »
- Nick Vivarelli
All hail Buster Keaton! The Great Stone Face's pre-feature output is a comedic treasure trove that allows us to watch a performing genius perfect his filmic persona. Lobster's all-new restorations debut some alternate scenes and fix a number of broken jump cuts. It's the whole shebang -- the earlier Fatty Arbuckle shorts and Buster's later solo efforts. Buster Keaton The Shorts Collection 1917-1923 Blu-ray Kino Classics 1917-1923 / B&W / 1:37 flat Silent Ap / 738 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 59.95 Starring Buster Keaton, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. . Original Music Robert Israel, Donald Sosin, Stephen Horne, Timothy Brock, Neil Brand, The Mont Alto Orchestra, Sandra Wong, Günther Buchwald, Dennis Scott Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle & Buster Keaton
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
The potentiality of a President Trump has many pondering Americans’ susceptibility to snake-oil salesmen, making it a particularly opportune moment for “Nuts,” about a now-little-remembered public figure of great popular appeal nearly a century ago. Penny Lane’s feature relates the bizarre saga of John R. Brinkley in a novel mix of archival materials, latter-day commentators, unreliable voice-actor narration and primarily animated visuals. The stranger-than-fiction result is a prankishly entertaining documentary well-suited for people who think they don’t like documentaries. While continuing on the festival trail it commenced with a Sundance premiere this past January, “Nuts” launches its U.S. theatrical run June 22 at NYC’s Film Forum, with about two dozen additional hardtops booked so far.
Thom Stylinski’s screenplay is billed as based on “The Life of a Man,” a vanity biography of Brinkley written by Clement Wood, a prolific hack writer who, like his subject, claimed »
- Dennis Harvey
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