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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) is showing January 31 - March 2 and Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) is showing February 2 - March 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the double feature Gone Girls.In Peter Weir’s Australian classic, Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975), an injured, delirious Englishman being ferried away by doctors hands over a piece of lace he found on “the Rock,” as the locals refer to it. It is a scrap torn from the dress of one of three schoolgirls who went missing days earlier during a lunchtime picnic, and who all believe are lost, surely dead. This, his desperate look says, is proof the girls are up there somewhere. Halfway through Otto Preminger’s late masterpiece Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), a distraught mother seizes upon a paper stub that she finds in a wallet, »
“Your soul for a sweet?” If you summon him, don’t take him up on his offer. The Man in the Rabbit Mask short film, an entry in the Storyhive contest, can be viewed in today’s Horror Highlights, which also includes The Room at the Top of the Stairs, Game of Thrones pens, The Field Guide to Evil, and the Famous Monsters Party in San Jose.
The Man in the Rabbit Mask Short Film: “A poem spoken over candlelight by two girls invites an unexpected visitor, offering a gift… for a price. As the allure of the ultimatum invokes their better judgement, the illusion of safety begins to fade in the presence of the masked stranger.
Director: Ariel Hansen
To learn more and to vote for The Man in the Rabbit Mask in the Storyhive competition, visit:
- Derek Anderson
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin court disgrace (and each other) in the first trailer for Roger Michell’s “My Cousin Rachel,” an adaptation of the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier, most famous for penning “Rebecca” and “The Birds.” A lesser known work, the last time “My Cousin Rachel” made it to the big screen was in 1952, starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.
The novel centers around a young man named Philip (Claflin) as he plots against his mysterious and beautiful cousin, Rachel Ashley (Weisz), whom he suspects of poisoning his guardian. Philip falls under the beautiful Rachel’s spell, losing his resolve as his infatuation grows — and maybe even endangering his own life in the process.
The trailer shows Philip peering at Rachel from around corners and sneaking up on her in a dimly lit manor house, »
- Jude Dry
Author: David Sztypuljak
With Denial in cinemas this week starring the fabulous Rachel Weisz as Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt it comes as no surprise that Fox Searchlight have released the first UK poster & trailer for My Cousin Rachel starring Weisz and her co-star Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games). For anyone unsure, this is most definitely not a sequel to the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny starring Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio and Marisa Tomei… as nice as that would be!
My Cousin Rachel is a dark romance about a young Englishman who plots revenge again his mysterious beautiful cousin believing that she’s murdered his guardian. His feelings becoming rather more complicated when the finds himself falling for her. »
- David Sztypuljak
The striking similarities between Hitchcock and Welles’ Noir-tinged masterpieces.
(Spoilers for both films lurk below. Advance with care.)
When it was released in 1941, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane was regarded as a wholly original film, one that broke the mold of American moviemaking and simultaneously introduced the auteur to American audiences. And while it is true that Kane holds a unique place in the history of film, it isn’t quite as original as many people give it credit for. It was, after all, modeled after the life, times, and persona of William Randolph Hearst, publishing magnate and self-appointed moral custodian of the early 20th century, but that’s just a narrative facet. Aesthetically, Welles might have borrowed a little from other sources as well, namely the Academy Award Winner for Best Picture from just the year before, 1940, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.
If you look at the opening and closing scenes in particular, the »
- H. Perry Horton
6 items from 2017
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