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'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »
- Andre Soares
The doc was acquired for Italy (Cinema Srl), Australia (Transmission Films), France (Pretty Pictures), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corporation) and Taiwan (Momentum), with more territories currently in negotiation.
“The interest from distributors worldwide does not come as a surprise. Ingrid Bergman was one of the biggest stars of our time. This film shows a more personal side of Ingrid that no one has seen before and we are convinced that it will be embraced by the audiences”, says TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis.
One of the most talented actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bergman has starred in classic films such as “Casablanca” and “Notorious.” The feature doc delivers a captivating portrait of Bergman through exclusive private footage, notes, letters, diaries and »
- Elsa Keslassy
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Read More: 2015 Cannes Classics Program Revealed; Costa-Gavras To Be Guest of HonorIngrid Bergman is one of the greatest actresses in American and world cinema, having earned three Academy Awards, two Emmys and a Tony. Best remembered for her role in "Casablanca," she also starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "Nortorious" and "Gaslight," which she won an Academy Award for. Her mark on cinema is everlasting and now director Stig Björkman aims to cheerish her legacy with "Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words." The documentary world premieres in the Cannes Classics section of the film festival this month and we have an exclusive clip, which you can watch above. In the clip, the Swedish actress is seen remembering her love affair with director Roberto Rossellini. Fellow Swedish star Alicia Vikander provides the voiceover. "With 'Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words' I’ve tried to make a rich and multi-colored portrait of this. »
- Travis Clark
“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”
Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www. »
- Tom Stockman
Here's looking at Hugh, kid. Hugh Hefner may be getting older, but his birthday tradition is timeless. To celebrate turning 89 years young on Thursday, April 9, the Playboy founder hosted (as he has in years past) a Casablanca-themed bash for family and friends. The 1942 film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is Hef's all-time favorite movie, and he watches it every year on his birthday. Afterward, guests retreat to the Playboy Mansion's spacious dining room -- transformed to look like Rick's Cafe from the [...] »
A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.
Speaking to ScreenDaily, Björkman described Vikander as “the Bergman of today”.
The film, sold by TrustNordisk, receives its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in mid-May prior to its Swedish release on August 28 - the day before the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth. Cannes will also commemorate the centenary by featuring the late Casablanca star on its poster.
Björkman has unearthed unique personal records of Bergman - including home movies, films of her as a child, diary entries and many letters.
“I’ve met Alicia a couple of times over the years and I like her very much »
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James Newton Howard, the tireless film composer with more than 120 score credits and eight Oscar nominations, will receive the Max Steiner Award at the eighth annual Hollywood in Vienna event at Austria’s Vienna Concert Hall on Oct. 15-16.
Howard — whose scores in just the past three years include the quartet of “Hunger Games” movies, “Snow White and the Hunstman,” “Maleficent,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Nightcrawler” — will follow in the footsteps of such past Steiner honorees as John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Howard Shore and last year’s recipient, Randy Newman.
“Howard is definitely one of the most versatile film composers of our time as he succeeds in writing both eerie classical mystery scores, uplifting comedy scores, electronic soundtracks as well as chart-winning songs,” said Hollywood in Vienna »
- Steve Chagollan
Ingrid Bergman featured on a Cannes poster.
After debonair Marcello Mastrioanni last year, the face of this year’s Cannes Film Festival will be Ingrid Bergman, the star of Casablanca and the recipient of three Oscars, four Golden Globes and a French honorary César award.
The Festival organisers who made the announcement today said that the actress, who was a neo-realist icon as well as being a Hollywood star, reflected the values of “liberty, audacity and modernism” all of which the Festival also espouses.
Her daughter Isabella Rossellini said that she and her family were “very touched” by the honour which comes in the centenary year of her birth. She noted: “Her career covered an exceptional breadth of experience from small European productions to big Hollywood fare. My mother loved her craft of being an actress – she said it was not so much a profession but more of vocation and »
- Richard Mowe
Hollywood classic and one of cinema’s greatest loves stories, Casablanca (1942) was born out of chaos.
The script was unfinished and being written on the fly.
Its director, Michael Curtiz, was temperamental and demanding. Its stars, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, were grumpy and confused, not knowing how to act as they didn’t know what their characters were going to do next.
Set during World War II, the film finds dour American Rick (Bogart) running a nightclub in Casablanca where refugees gather. Everyone is looking for “letters of transit” that will allow them to travel freely, including Rick’s ex-lover Ilsa (Bergman), whose freedom-fighting husband Victor (Paul Henreid) is wanted by the Nazis.
Amid the intrigue Rick and Ilsa rekindle their love affair, but is it too late for them to find happiness? Don’t worry, we wouldn’t dare spoil one of the all-time great movie endings, a »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
6.40 American Sniper
- Jeff Bayer
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”
Casablanca Screens at The Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis Saturday morning February 14th at 10:30am
Casablanca was the last movie that the Tivoli showed in the 35mm format (about 2 years ago) – and now you’ll have the chance to see it presented in a sharp digital presentation when it plays this Saturday morning at The Hi-Pointe as part of their monthly Classic Film Series.
I there was ever a film deserved to be considered a classic then Casablanca is it, Even if you haven’t seen it before you’ll recognize much of the dialogue; it is probably the most quoted, and misquoted, film of all time. Humphrey Bogart is excellent in this career defining role as bar owner Rick Blaine who has come into possession of two “letters of transit” which »
- Tom Stockman
Exclusive: Transilvania Film Fund to be launched in April with initial budget of at least €100,000.
Romania’s first regional film fund, the Transilvania Film Fund (Tff), is to be launched in April with an initial budget of at least €100,000 as part of a public-private partnership.
Speaking exclusively to Screen ahead of this year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market, Tff’s executive director Cristian Hordila said that the new venture is being initially financed by the City of Cluj where the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff) is held each June.
The aim is to have other cities in Transilvania come onboard the initiative as financial partners in the future.
Based on the model of similar regional funds in Europe, Tff would support the production of feature films (including international co-productions); the development of local film projects, shorts and documentaries; further training of film-makers through master classes; and the creation of a film commission.
Hordila explained »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Sometimes (Ok, frequently) the Academy drops the ball. Cary Grant gave his fair share of pantheon performances ("His Girl Friday," "Bringing Up Baby," "The Awful Truth"), none of which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor (he was instead honored for "Penny Serenade" and "None But the Lonely Heart"). Ingrid Bergman's work in "Casablanca," "Notorious" and "Stromboli" was similarly ignored. This year's Oscar candidates are no different, and with that in mind, here are the 15 best performances from the current acting nominees that weren't nominated for an Oscar. Patricia Arquette, "Lost Highway" (1997)"Lost Highway" is sometimes overshadowed by David Lynch's later masterpiece "Mulholland Drive," but it's a rewarding film in its own right, a nightmarish look at repressed guilt, barely-hidden jealousy and self-deception. Arquette (giving a canny double-performance as »
- Max O'Connell
Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939). This thematic and »
- Andre Soares
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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