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Top 5 Films For Bastille Day, July 14

13 July 2016 7:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In honor of Bastille Day, July 14, France’s independence day, here is a list of five top French Revolution films (in no particular order). Not all the films are French and not all have to do with The Revolution. but all celebrate French patriotism or the revolutionary ideals of Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité.

Oddly, there are not a lot of great French films on the Revolution, although it certainly seems a ripe subject for an epic. Still, all these are great films, in the spirit of the day. Vive La France!

Danton (1983)

The great French actor Gerard Depardieu stars as Danton, one of the early leaders of the Revolution but who fell from power as revolutionary leaders became more radical, in this excellent French film from Polish director Andrzej Wajda. It is considered one of the best films on the Revolution, but it was also a covert jab at the »

- Movie Geeks

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Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big

2 July 2016 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2

When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Will Women's Right to Vote Signal the End of the Family?: Socially Conscious Rarities

30 June 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? Directed by and featuring the now all but forgotten Willis Robards, Mothers of Men – about women suffrage and political power – was a fast-paced, 64-minute buried treasure screened at the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 2–5. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back in time by this 1917 socially conscious drama that dares to ask the question: “What will happen to the nation if all women have the right to vote?” One newspaper editor insists that women suffrage would mean the destruction of The Family. Women, after all, just did not have the capacity for making objective decisions due to their emotional composition. It »

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Roger Corman Classic The Terror Gets An HD Upgrade When The Film Detective Releases Digital Restoration Bluray This May!!

10 May 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The legendary story of Roger Corman’s 1963 thriller The Terror is one for the books. It was directed by Five directors (including Corman, Jack Nicholson and Francis Ford Coppola just to name a few) and was made in a leftover set from Corman’s previous film, The Haunted Place. It’s definitely one for the books.

Thanks to the gang over at The Film Detective, the infamous film will be released on May 31st,  in a brand new digitally restored Bluray, made from 35mm archival elements and featuring some pretty nifty artwork to go along with it.

In 18th century France, Lt. Andre Duvalier (three-time Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson, The Departed, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men, The Shining), an officer in Napoleon’s army, has been separated from his regiment. Wandering near the coast, he spies a young woman (Sandra Knight, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Blood Bath) and calls out to her. »

- Jerry Smith

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The Newsstand – Episode 54 – The May 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

18 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, David Blakeslee, and Trevor Berrett to discuss the latest in home video rumors, news, packaging, and more.

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Shownotes Follow-up Cover art change: Brief Encounter Dialogue between Coppola and Costa-Gavras about the future restoration of the “Napoleon” by Abel Gance – The French Cinematheque Berlinale Classics Early Summer News The May 2016 Criterion Collection line-up So… Wacky New Years Drawing Hints At The Criterion Collection’s 2016 Line-Up Easy Rider (1969) Easy Rider – Wikipedia In a Lonely Place (1950) In a Lonely Place – Wikipedia In a Lonely Place wacky drawing The Naked Island (1960) The Naked Island – Wikipedia Russian, Polish and Czech posters for Kaneto… The Player (1992) The Player – Wikipedia Watch the single take opening scene from Robert… Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy The Road Movie Trilogy – Wikipedia “Wim Wenders: »

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The Newsstand – Episode 53 – In A Lonely Place, Gance’s Napoleon and more!

4 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Scott Nye, and Mark Hurne to discuss the latest in home video rumors, news, packaging, and more.

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Shownotes Follow-up Scott’s trip to Sundance News Wacky newsletter drawing Napoleon Criterion UK Flicker Alley Bd on demand Second Run joins forces with Arrow Video Jacques Rivette passing Misc. Links 39th Portland International Film Festival Rest in peace, Jacques Rivette Film director Jacques Rivette, stalwart of the French new wave, dies aged 87 | The Guardian Céline and Julie Go Boating The latest wacky email newsletter drawing from the… In a Lonely Place – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Napoléon (1927 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Napoleon (1927) – IMDb The Many Lives of Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ – The New York Times How we made – Napoleon | The Guardian Abel Gance’s Napoleon Returns – From the Current »

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Abel Gance's Epic 'Napoleon' Is Making an Epic Comeback

28 January 2016 8:05 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The British Film Institute is on a roll. After rolling out an ambitious, globe-trotting "Shakespeare on Film" program earlier this week, film historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI National Archive have now completed a extensive digital restoration of Abel Gance’s "Napoleon" (1927) — and making it available in numerous formats later this year, including U.K. cinemas, DVD, Blu-ray, and their burgeoning BFI Player service. (No word yet on plans for a U.S. theatrical release.) Read More: "Ian McKellen, BFI Bring Back the Bard with 'Shakespeare on Film'"  Overseen by the BFI National Archive and Photoplay Productions, working with Dragon Di post-production in Wales, the project must count as one of the most important restorations in recent memory, and one of the most difficult. Gance's epic, which clocks it at more than 5 hours, has been pieced back together from a wide range of sources, re-graded, and improved by detailed digital. »

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Abel Gance’s Epic 5 1/2 Hour Silent Classic 'Napoleon' Set For U.K. Theatrical And DVD Release

28 January 2016 7:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It is estimated that between 80-90% of the films created during the silent era have been lost, with the fragile elements of the day not standing up to the test of time. So, it's a miracle that over a hundred years later we're able to watch any movie at all from that time, and even more of a miracle that one of the most epic productions, Abel Gance's "Napoleon," has been restored and is now heading back to the big screen. Read More: Watch: Trailers For Martin Scorsese's List Of The 39 Foreign Films To See Before You Die Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI National Archive have announced the newly restored "Napoleon" will hit UK cinemas this fall, and will be followed by a DVD/Blu-ray release. While you've likely surmised from the title that the movie is about the famed French military leader, you »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Abel Gance's 'Napoleon' is Getting a Restored Theatrical Re-Release

27 January 2016 11:13 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now this film is a true classic! The BFI (British Film Institute) has announced a digitally restored re-release of Abel Gance's 1920's epic Napoleon, about the French conqueror. This project has been in the works for 50 years, with Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow traveling the world collecting old prints of Gance's Napoleon in order to piece together this fully-restored version. The silent film runs a full 5 1/2 hours in total, and is accompanied by a live orchestra score. Ever since the previous restoration in 2000, the film version has only been screened 4 times in the UK. This announcement from the BFI is only for a UK re-release so far, but we also expect it to show up over here soon, too. It will premiere in November of 2016. The full press release (via The Arts Shelf) mentions that this new digital restoration of Napoleon will have its premiere screening with a »

- Alex Billington

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Abel Gance’s Silent Classic ‘Napoleon’ Receives Massive Restoration for Theatrical Release

27 January 2016 5:18 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although worthwhile restorations are unveiled on a semi-regular basis, some — such as Out 1, perhaps the greatest thing cinema offered last year — are in a league of their own. The most recent case in point is another hard-to-find, epic-length title of staggering ambition: Napoleon, Abel Gance‘s five-and-a-half-hour, 1927 silent epic whose most recent restoration has been a decades-in-the-making endeavor. It’ll be heavily credited to the BFI, yet historian Kevin Brownlow “spent over 50 years tracking down surviving prints from archives around the world since he first saw a 9.5mm version as a schoolboy in 1954.”

The fruits of that labor will be enjoyed soon: BFI National Archive, Brownlow’s Photoplay Productions, and Dragon Di have restored the film — funding for 35mm elements came in 2000 — while Philharmonia Orchestra recorded the entirety of Carl Davis‘ score, both of which are forming a U.K.-wide release that will roll out in 2016. When this will come to the U. »

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Epic five-hour silent film Napoleon to be released on DVD

27 January 2016 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Remastered 1920s masterpiece by Abel Gance, once thought lost and now re-scored by Carl Davis, will also have a cinematic run

Napoleon, Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half-hour epic from the silent-movie era, has been digitally restored and is to be released on DVD and in cinemas.

The BFI has announced details of a new chapter in the remarkable history of the 1927 French film, which was feared lost until the film historian Kevin Brownlow set about piecing it together by tracking down surviving prints more than 60 years ago.

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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent

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Directing dictators: bringing an authoritarian regime to the big screen

15 January 2016 12:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From North Korea kidnapping Shin Sang-ok to Richard Burton being hired by Tito, fame-hungry demagogues have always understood the power of the movies. But, as new comedy Lost in Karastan shows, working with tyrants can be tiring

There were many reasons why Apocalypse Now fell behind schedule. Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos was just one of them. He was happy to loan his helicopters, but then he wanted them back – the better to crush pesky rebellions. But his martial law did at least mean locals were braced for another formidable taskmaster: the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola. These people were prepped for high-maintenance leaders. “Coppola was God,” the director’s Filipino liaison later said. “Our mantra was, if he asks for a pink elephant, you shout: ‘Coming!’ and figure it out later.”

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- Phil Hoad

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