The Manxman (1929)
If, when you consider our national heritage, you think of murder, guilt, sex and cheeky humour – well, somebody out there agrees with you. The decision to add Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent movies to Unesco's UK Memory of the World register puts his early work on a cultural par with the Domesday Book and Field Marshal Douglas Haig's war diaries – also selected for the list this year.
The nine silents were all directed by Hitchcock in the 1920s and include better-known films in the director's classic thriller mode such as The Lodger and Blackmail as well as comedies (Champagne, The Farmer's Wife) a boxing movie (The Ring) and dramas (The Pleasure Garden, Downhill, Easy Virtue and the lush, rustic romance The Manxman). The collection was nominated by the BFI,
“Los Angeles- Nov 8, 2012- Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that a collection of 59 film stills that belonged to Alfred Hitchcock and the only existing evidence of The Mountain Eagle, one of his last silent films, will be on the auction block at “Drama, Action, Romance- The Hollywood Auction.” The auction will take place December 15 & 16 in Los Angeles.
This previously unknown, extraordinary collection of (59) special oversize photos are for two of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important silent films, The Mountain Eagle (1926) and The Manxman (1929), two of the most searched for lost films in history. These are not regular theatrical distribution publicity stills, which would
Some of the highlights of the lineup are festival favourites of the year Amour, Chitrangada, Samhita, The Sapphires, Drapchi, Miss Lovely, Me and You, Celluloid Man, and Baandhon.
Fourteen films will screen in the Competition section while seven contemporary films will be screened in “Indian Cinema Now” section.
Complete list of films:
Fourteen feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete for the coveted “Suvarna Chakoram” (Golden Crow Pheasant) and other awards.
Always Brando by Ridha Behi (Tunisia)
Inheritors of the Earth by T V Chandran (India)
A Terminal Trust by by Masayuki Suo (Japan)
Shutter by Joy Mathew (India)
Today by Alain Gomis (Senegal-France)
The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)
Sta. Niña by Manny Palo (Philippines)
Amy Kaufman and Ben Fritz write about the success of indie release Bacholorette for The La Times:
"Struggling to compete with big-budget movies at the box office, indie films are increasingly finding a lucrative niche in one of Hollywood's fastest-growing markets: video on demand. The number of films released in theaters and video on demand at the same time nearly doubled from 2009 to 2011 and is projected to jump about 30% this year, to 68."
Read the full article here.
This current era in filmmaking truly is unprecedented. The nature of distribution and access to filmmaking itself has changed dramatically as technology has spread into everyone’s houses, phones and Apple products. The time of a ‘family film’ on a Sunday night ‘as a treat’ has well passed. You don’t need to wait. Streaming packages on Netflix and LoveFilm mean that a minimal price gains unlimited downloads.
The Venice Film Festival has finished and The Master won the Silver Lion award, amongst others:
"Anderson's intense character study of the relationship between the leader of a fledgling religious movement and his impulsive disciple has been building off-the-charts buzz at Venice and Toronto and pop-up screenings in the U.S. in advance of its arrival in theaters Friday. "The Master" [also] won one other honor as well: the Fipresci critics award for best film in competition."
Glenn Whipp covers the film festivals for the La Times, so feel free to read the full article here and check out Flickering Myth's review of The Master here.
As the London Film Festival draws closer, I start to try and work out what I want to see ahead of receiving my programme of films. Cannes, Venice and Toronto all factor into what gains my attention, but
This year sees the introduction of several changes to the Festival’s format. Now taking place over 12 days, the Festival expands further from its traditional Leicester Square cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and Empire – and the BFI Southbank to include four additional new venues – Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix, which join existing London venues the Ica,
BFI London Film Festival announced their promising line-up today, which includes Argo, as well as Michael Haneke‘s Amour, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and much more. Check out the complete line-up below, as well as WB’s first TV spot for Argo.
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director,
Immediate stand outs are Ben Affleck’s Argo, Bill Murray’s Oscar tempting drama Hyde Park On Hudson, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, Sightseers, The Sessions, The Sapphires and Robot And Frank, starring Frank Langella, all of which will debut at the festival.
I’m still trying to process the amount of films thrown at us, and indeed while I do that, here’s the full release.
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and
Let us know your thoughts on the line-up below in our comments section.
The Festival itself runs from October 10th to October 21st and we’ll be doing our best to bring you reviews from as many films as we possibly can!
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and
Newell’s adaptation will be making its world premiere the Toronto International Film Festival on 11th September, and will then make its European debut here in London on Sunday, 21st October, before its UK-wide release at the end of November.
Jeremy Irvine stars as the young Pip, and is joined by a stellar cast headed up by Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams, and Ewen Bremner.
Newell, whose credits include the classic Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is directing a script penned by the best-selling novelist/screenwriter David Nicholls (Starter for 10,
Born in Leytonstone, east London, but destined to be the toast of Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock learned the business of film-making in London, not La. The business at that time was silent cinema, and the young Hitchcock had a full apprenticeship.
He spent years at Gainsborough Pictures in Islington, north London (or Famous Players-Lasky as it was when he arrived) crafting caption cards, editing scripts and designing sets before he was given the chance to direct his own films. His early features are far more accomplished, and more personal, than many a director's debut. And if you're familiar with his famous sound movies, you'll find much in them that prefigures his most celebrated suspense-filled sequences.
All three cases from the second (Cumber)batch of updated Holmes stories are still online – but the first two only until Sunday. Download and enjoy if you've yet to crack A Scandal In Belgravia, The Hounds Of Baskerville or The Reichenbach Fall. Strong support for the polymath detective comes from Martin Freeman, and guests such as Katherine Parkinson (pictured right).
Film: 22 Free Hitchcock Movies Online
With early films dropping out of copyright and into the public domain, there are some interesting gems to be found online. Openculture.com is a good place to search for free movies, as their recent roundup of Alfred Hitchcock's work proves. It's a fascinating archive that includes links to The Manxman (1929), his last silent film, as well as features such as Blackmail (1929), Sabotage (1936) and the first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), starring Peter Lorre.
Film: All Of Me
The audience at the Capitol cinema in London during the middle week of April 1926 witnessed an unusually bold declaration of authorship. The opening moments of The Pleasure Garden, touted in the fan magazines as the debut of "the youngest director in the world", contained, under the "directed by" credit, the slanted and underlined signature of the 26-year-old Alfred J Hitchcock. What followed was also – as it would become clear over the decades – signature Hitchcock film-making. The film's first scene gives us a voyeur's-eye-view of a dancer's legs; and then makes us share the voyeur's unease as the look is returned. The Spectator's influential critic Iris Barry scented the "new blood" desperately needed by the ailing British film industry,
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Promised Lands (1974)
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Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)
Streaming Available: 04/19/2011
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