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NCIS Season 14 Episode 11 Review: Willoughby

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Happy New Year, fellow fans of NCIS! I hope you enjoyed the holidays, because we're leaping right back into things with a thorough downer story on NCIS Season 14 Episode 11.

This episode finally delved into the mysterious Operation Willoughby, to which we had only been given the vaguest of clues prior.

There have been some questions as to whether there would be a long-term story arc this season – certainly, this business with Chen lays that to rest.

It would have been nice to have learned about this apparently notorious Super Evil Criminal before now, but we can't have everything.

It was nice that there was at least some prior establishment (however vague) of Operation Willoughby, but Chen's sudden introduction as a Napoleon of Crime-type villain came off as a bit abrupt.

The decision to kill off Rafi Silver's Qasim seemed a bit harsh for the character, especially given what he'd
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Mia Hansen-Løve’s 10 Favorite Films

She’s only been making feature films for less than a decade — and truly only gained international recognition this decade — but it seems as if the talents of Mia Hansen-Løve as a writer-director are already fully formed. This isn’t to discount room for certain growth in her relatively young career, but with Goodbye First Love, Eden, and now Things to Come, her ruminations on life are expressed as if conveyed by an elder master director. Looking at her eclectic list of all-time favorite films — provided for the latest Sight & Sound poll — one can get a glimpse at her impeccable taste and where her formative influences come from.

“All of my films are my versions of Heat,” she recently told us, speaking about one of her picks. “Because Heat is actually a film about melancholy, about action, and it’s action vs. melancholy and self-destruction — action becoming self-destruction. It’s a couple.
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The Forgotten: Abel Gance's "Austerlitz" (1960)

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The great film historian Kevin Brownlow, who has devoted large sections of his life to restoring Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoleon, takes a dim view of this one. And indeed Austerlitz, a.k.a. The Battle of Austerlitz, has several strikes against it, belongs to several categories of film maudit all at once. It's a late film by a seventy-one-year-old director whose best work, by universal consensus, was in the silent era; it's a kind of belated sequel, the further adventures of Napoleon Bonaparte; it's a Salkind production.Incidentally, viewing the lavish sets for this movie, we can see how the Salkinds, those roving multinational mountebanks, ran up the unpaid studio bills in Yugoslavia which kept Orson Welles from building the elaborate vanishing sets he had planned for The Trial (starting realistic, it would have ended up playing in a featureless void), necessitating the repurposing of a disused Parisian railway station.
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J’accuse (1938)

World War, a solemn vow, and a promise betrayed lead to a ‘night of the living war dead’ – all cooked up by the director of Napoleon, Abel Gance. The early, famed pacifist fantasy is back in near-perfect condition and restored to its full length. It’s a reworking, not a remake, of Gance’s 1919 silent classic.

J’accuse

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1938 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 120 min. / That They May Live; J’accuse: Fresque tragique des temps modernes vue et Réalisée par Abel Gance / Street Date November 15, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring Victor Francen, Line Noro, Marie Lou, Jean-Max, Paul Amiot, Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcel Delaitre, Renée Devillers, Romuald Joubé, André Nox, Georges Rollin, Georges Saillard.

Cinematography Roger Hubert

Film Editor Madeleine Crétoile

Original Music Henri Verdun

Written by Abel Gance, Steve Passeur

Produced & Directed by Abel Gance

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Around 1973, UCLA film school professor Bob Epstein
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Napoleon review – restoration of a silent masterpiece

This 90-year-old epic story of the French emperor’s rise to power is a staggering piece of film-making

A strong contender for the most exciting, daring and groundbreaking cinema release of the year is this painstaking digital restoration of a film that was made nearly 90 years ago. Abel Gance’s remarkable five-and-a-half-hour account of the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte was all but lost, the nitrate film degraded and recycled. But thanks to a 50-year project headed by film historian Kevin Brownlow, whose lifelong fascination with the picture was triggered when he saw a couple of reels of it as a schoolboy, Napoleon has been restored to its original state.

The result is, quite simply, staggering. From the opening sequence, a deftly edited extended snowball fight in which the young Napoleon displays his strategising skills, to the breathtaking triptych battle of the final act, there is barely a frame of this
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Napoleon review – silent-era epic more thrilling than ever

For its pure ambition, panache and passion, Abel Gance’s 1927 biographical masterpiece is a staggering acheivement

France’s dream of glory became cinema’s dream, too, in 1927, with Abel Gance’s staggering silent epic story of Napoleon, lasting five-and-a-half hours; its intimately mysterious imagery and magnificent set pieces look more thrilling than ever.

The film is not simple power worship; Gance’s Napoleon – unlike, say, Riefenstahl’s Hitler – is rooted in human history and human mortality: in the schoolroom there is a terrible omen when a lesson on islands brings our infant hero to the somehow disagreeable subject of St Helena.

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Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation Restores Abel Gance’s Monumental ‘La Roue’

In the wake of receiving Pathé’s silent film library last year, the Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation, founded in 2014 and headed by Sophie Seydoux, is planning to restore Abel Gance’s monumental “La Roue” (The Wheel) in its original six-hour version, as a pan-European endeavor.

The Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation occupies the historic Gaumont Gobelins cinema building in Paris, that has been subjected to a spectacular renovation project by architect Renzo Piano.

Film restorations undertaken to date include Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux,” Claude Sautet’s 1983 “Garcon!” and Abel Gance’s lesser-known 1940 “Paradis Perdu.”

Now entering its third-year of activity, one of Sophie Seydoux’s main priorities is film restoration. Restoration of Abel Gance’s pic “La Roue” is its most ambitious project to date.

The pan-European project involves the French Cinematheque, Cineteca di Bologna, with which the Foundation has a close working relationship, German pubcaster Zdf (especially
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Weekly Rushes. Scorsese Dated, MGM Tour, Napoleon Returns, Watching Old Movies

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NEWSLillian SchwartzMartin Scorsese's much-anticipated (and long-in-the-making) 16th-century drama set in Japan, Silence, finally has a release date this year.Director Herschell Gordon Lewis, the so-called "godfather of gore," has died at the age of 87.In New York, the Magenta Plains gallery has opened an exhibition dedicated to early computer art pioneer Lillian Schwartz, whose films are truly delightful.You are no doubt familiar with the video essays of Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin, in no small part due to their work here on the Notebook. Next week can hear the two speak about their critical practice at London's Essay Film Festival.News, yes, but also recommended viewing: the third edition of the free, streaming avant-garde program Kinet is now available, including two wonderful short films by New York filmmaker Gina Telaroli.Recommended VIEWINGTruly the Golden Age of Hollywood: A 1925 tour of MGM studios at its height.One of cinema's
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Stirring Re-Release Trailer For Abel Gance’s Newly Restored, 5 1/2 Hour Silent Epic ‘Napoleon’

Though it marked the fledging early days of the medium, silent cinema was not without its ambitious filmmakers and massive epics, it’s just that time hasn’t always been kind to them, with many works from the period lost forever. However, passionate advocates of the era, such as Kevin Brownlow, have been responsible for ensuring that whatever remains from those important years is preserved, and in the case of Abel Gance‘s “Napoleon,” revisited and revitalized for a new generation.

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Scorsese and Kubrick Praise Abel Gance’s Silent Epic ‘Napoleon’ in Restoration Trailer

Clocking in at five-and-a-half-hours, Abel Gance‘s 1927 silent epic Napoleon has undergone a restoration that 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.”

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, and now it’ll see the light of day this November in the U.K. thanks to a theatrical and Blu-ray release.

Ahead of the release, we have a new trailer, which features quotes from both Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick, as well as a glimpse at the landmark triptych sequences. Amusingly, Kubrick did indeed call the film “a masterpiece of cinematic invention,” but he
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Off The Shelf – Episode 98 – New Blu-ray & DVD Releases for Tuesday, August 2nd 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week August 2nd, 2016.

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Follow-up Dead Ringers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Dated Scream Factory: Rabid Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Dated News Lionsgate bows new Vestron Bd series, plus BFI’s Napoleon, Peter Gabriel, Da Vinci Code 4K, Phantasm & more Warcraft official for Bd, BD3D & 4K on 9/27, plus Everest 4K, Bates Motel: S4, Arrow’s Dark Water & more Vestron Video – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Vestron Video VHS Covers Vestron Video – Clg Wiki Scorpion Releasing: Joseph Losey’s Steaming Heading to Blu-ray Glengarry Glen Ross Blu-ray Upcoming Eureka Entertainment Blu-ray Releases The Lodger Blu-ray Detailed First Look at New 4K Remaster of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls Kino: New 2K Restoration of Night People Coming to Blu-ray The Almodóvar Blu-ray Collection Babyface (1977) Blu-ray
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New Faces of Independent Film, Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ Restored, Mel Gibson’s Action, and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Filmmaker Magazine has published their annual 25 New Faces of Independent Film, featuring Sasha Lane, Macon Blair, Connor Jessup, and more.

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Mubi‘s Michael Pattison on Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day, our favorite animation of the century so far:

Psycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, a blend. Bill, a black-on-white stick figure whose only distinctive feature is his top hat, is on his way to the bus stop when he sees someone he recognizes but whose name he doesn’t remember.
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Top 5 Films For Bastille Day, July 14

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
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Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big

Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big
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,
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Will Women's Right to Vote Signal the End of the Family?: Socially Conscious Rarities

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!!

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

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!

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

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

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
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