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Watch: Sizzling Re-Release Trailer For Orson Welles' Noir Masterpiece 'Touch Of Evil'

12 June 2015 5:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While the narrative these days around Orson Welles tends to focus on his unfinished films or the wacky work he did in the latter stages of his career, like editing pornos, it can't be overstated that he was an absolutely brilliant filmmaker. Of course, there's "Citizen Kane," but even the studio-mangled "The Magnificent Ambersons" shines in its truncated form, "The Stranger" is an underrrated gem, and then there's "Touch Of Evil." It's a flat out noir masterpiece and audiences in the U.K. are going to get to see it on the big screen once again this summer. Read More: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles As with many of his films, Welles saw his original vision for "Touch Of Evil" manhandled by the studio. After submitting his rough cut to Universal, the studio hired Harry Keller to shoot additional material. After Welles saw this new cut, he issued »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Very Nsfw Scene From '70s Porn '3 A.M.' Edited By Orson Welles

8 June 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Orson Welles' career and filmography is essentially split into two categories: the filmmaking master behind "Citizen Kane," "The Magnificent Ambersons," and "Touch Of Evil," and the washout who starred in commercials, and did various less than prestigious jobs for money. And a curio from that latter category has been unearthed. Read More: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles In Josh Karp’s new book "Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind," the author brings up the previously not-well-known story of Orson Welles' brief job editing a lesbian sex scene in the 1975 porno "3 A.M." The movie was directed by Gary Graver (working under the pseudonym Robert McCallum), who was actually the cinematographer on Welles still unfinished "The Other Side Of The Wind" (for which there's a current crowd-sourcing campaign). Welles didn't have the money to pay the crew on 'Other Side, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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David Reviews Robert Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture

1 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Let’s get the obvious question out of the way: why in the world is Criterion Cast posting a review of Star Trek: The Motion Picture? The film was released in the late Seventies, no new version has been recently issued on either Blu-ray or in a new theatrical run, and while it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility for this site to take a look at mainstream big budget productions aimed at the mass audience, it’s also pretty obvious that St:tmp isn’t the sort of movie that fits all that comfortably alongside the foreign, independent and alternative cinematic expressions that typically draw our critical attention.

The reason I’m posting this review here is that I agreed to participate in the 2015 White Elephant Blogathon, a project organized by Philip Tatler in which he solicits nominations from a couple dozen movie bloggers for offbeat films »

- David Blakeslee

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The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

23 May 2015 8:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Magnificent Ambersons

Landon’S Take: 

Orson Welles is celebrated as one of the foremost visionaries in the history of American filmmaking. He’s also renowned as the perennial artist against the system. While both of these factors make Welles perhaps the ideal auteur – someone satisfied with nothing less than a perfect articulation of his individual vision within the collaborative medium of filmmaking – it also presents some unique problems in examining works that were taken away from him.

The classically celebrated auteurs of studio era Hollywood (e.g., Hawks, Ford, Hitchcock) were known for creating individuated worldviews across their body of work either despite or even because of the strictures inherent in Classical Hollywood filmmaking. This was not Welles, who from his rise to infamy with the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast to his first studio feature made a name by challenging the assumed utilities of a medium. Neither could »

- Drew Morton

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Kael Vs. Kane: Pauline Kael, Orson Welles and the Authorship of Citizen Kane

10 May 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I.

In 1963, Film Quarterly published an essay entitled “Circles and Squares.” It addressed the French auteur theory, introduced to America by The Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris. Auteurism holds that a film’s primary creator is its director; Sarris’s “Notes on the Auteur Theory” further distinguished auteurs as filmmakers with distinct, recurring styles. Challenging him was a California-based writer named Pauline Kael.

Kael attacked Sarris’s obsession with trivial links between filmmaker’s movies, whether repeated shots or thematic preoccupations. This led critics to overpraise directors’ lesser films, as when Jacques Rivette declared Howard HawksMonkey Business a masterpiece. “It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either,” Kael wrote.

She criticized auteurist preoccupation with Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, claiming critics “work embarrassingly hard trying to give some semblance of intellectual respectability to mindless, »

- Christopher Saunders

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'The Third Man' Gets Special Release for Orson Welles's 100th Birthday

6 May 2015 3:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Happy 100th birthday to Orson Welles, who is looking better than ever thanks to a major new restoration. Welles was born May 6, 1915, and even though he passed away in 1985, he got himself trending on his birthday in 2015. That's when you know you're a #legend.

In honor of Welles' 100th b-day, Rialto Pictures is releasing "The Third Man" in a major 4K restoration. It's the first-ever for the 1949 Carol Reed classic -- considered by many to be one of the greatest movies of all time -- which stars Orson Welles as Harry Lime and Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins. According to a media release, the new restoration will have its world premiere this month in the "Cannes Classics" section of the Cannes Film Festival, with U.S. openings at New York's Film Forum on June 26 (2-week run) and L.A.'s Nuart on July 3. Showings in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, »

- Gina Carbone

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Coming Soon to "Best Shot"

19 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Why not join the merriest movie club? You only have to 1) watch the movie, 2) take a screengrab of your favorite image and 3) post it somewhere online saying why you chose it. It's that easy! 

Here's what's coming right up...

Wed, April 22nd 9 To 5 (1981)

With the new series Grace and Frankie premiering in May on Netflix, let's revisit the first comic pairing of the legendary Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, this time as an Unofficial Office Manager and Mousy New Secretary who have the world's worst boss. Also starring Dolly Parton and one of the great movie theme songs. The one thing we've never really considered about this movie is how it looks. So let's look. Invite a friend to play because who doesn't love this movie?

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Wed, April 29th Bright Star (2009)

We're joining Anne Marie's "Women's Pictures" series for a Jane Campion (she's the topic this month). Drown in the »

- NATHANIEL R

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Movies This Week: April 3-9, 2015

3 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

This weekend, the Austin Film Society continues with "Perfect Criminals: The 70's French Noir Connection" series, and Friday night has a killer (no pun intended) double feature on tap. Alain Delon stars in Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 gangster film Le Samourai (for a one-off screening) paired with Le Cercle Rouge, another Melville classic from 1970 that also stars Delon. The latter film will screen again on Monday night and both are presented in 35mm at the Marchesa. Amanda Wilder's Approaching The Elephant is screening on Tuesday for Doc Nights and David Lynch's Blue Velvet screens in 35mm on Wednesday night as part of the "Jewels In The Wasteland" series, although this edition will only include a video introduction from Richard Linklater due to an unexpected conflict. Essential Cinema on Thursday night will feature Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire, the 1951 film based on the Tennessee Williams play that features »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Will Ferrell And Kristen Wiig Cancel Plans For Lifetime Movie 'A Deadly Adoption'

3 April 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, is this like the comedy version of the presumably destroyed footage of "The Magnificent Ambersons?" If you were excited about the Will Ferrell and Kirsten Wiig starring Lifetime movie "A Deadly Adoption," we have some bad news for you: it's not happening. To recap: news dropped on April 1st —which was underscored by an assertion that this wasn't an April Fool's day joke— that Ferrell and Wiig had secretly completed a campy dramatic thriller of the sort Lifetime is known for. Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg (“Escape From Polygamy,” “Love at the Christmas Table,” “Toddlers and Tiaras: Where Are They Now?”), penned by Andrew Steele ("Spoils Of Babylon"), and co-starring Jessica Lowndes ("90210"), the story concerns a couple who look after a young, pregnant woman with plans to adopt her child, only for things to go wrong. The project was being kept top secret with plans for the movie to air in the. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Ferrell And Kristen Wiig Cancel Plans For Lifetime Movie 'A Deadly Adoption'

3 April 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

So, is this like the comedy version of the presumably destroyed footage of "The Magnificent Ambersons?" If you were excited about the Will Ferrell and Kirsten Wiig starring Lifetime movie "A Deadly Adoption," we have some bad news for you: it's not happening. To recap: news dropped on April 1st —which was underscored by an assertion that this wasn't an April Fool's day joke— that Ferrell and Wiig had secretly completed a campy dramatic thriller of the sort Lifetime is known for. Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg (“Escape From Polygamy,” “Love at the Christmas Table,” “Toddlers and Tiaras: Where Are They Now?”), penned by Andrew Steele ("Spoils Of Babylon"), and co-starring Jessica Lowndes ("90210"), the story concerns a couple who look after a young, pregnant woman with plans to adopt her child, only for things to go wrong. The project was being kept top secret with plans for the movie to air in the. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Video Essay Explores Orson Welles' 'F For Fake' & Narrative Structure

2 April 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Most cineastes associate Orson Welles with landmark motion pictures like “The Magnificent Ambersons,” “Touch of Evil,” and the granddaddy of them all, “Citizen Kane.” But his 1974 oddity, “F for Fake” — a nifty riff on the notion of deceit and what exactly “artistic license” really means, and also the last picture he would ever direct — is worth seeking out for those who wish to dig into the more obscure corners of the legendary filmmaker’s body of work. A loosely structured, free-form narrative hoax, one that Roger Ebert famously called “fun and engaging [but] minor,” “F for Fake” cannot attest to the almost-unanimous acclaim of Welles’ earlier pictures, but, oddly enough, it plays well today. The film has a prankish, fearless spirit that is as ahead of its time, in its own way, as the films of Jean-Luc Godard (an amusing comparison, if for no other reason than Welles had some not-very-nice »

- Nicholas Laskin

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New on Video: ‘The Lady from Shanghai’

24 March 2015 6:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Lady from Shanghai

Written and directed by Orson Welles

USA, 1947

The Lady from Shanghai (1947) didn’t come easily for Orson Welles. No film ever really did after his breakthrough, the great Citizen Kane (1941), the movie that put him on the map and in the crosshairs of the Hollywood establishment. They wanted little to do with this iconoclastic hotshot from New York, and for the rest of his days, Welles struggled to achieve an autonomous artistic vision. That so many astonishing films came out of this struggle, like The Lady from Shanghai, surely says something about his cinematic gift, an inherent talent that could not be restrained or denied.

It took considerable wheeling and dealing for Welles to convince Harry Cohn to back the film. Welles had three features on his directorial résumé, and though Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) were not financially successful, his third film, The Stranger (1946), was. »

- Jeremy Carr

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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

15 March 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »

- Andre Soares

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

5 February 2015 7:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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).[11] This thematic and »

- Andre Soares

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Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

4 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Two of Redford's Biggest Box-Office Hits on TCM Tonight

6 January 2015 5:20 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford movies: TCM shows 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. That's what nostalgists have been bitching about for the last four or five decades; never mind the fact that movie stars have remained as big as ever despite the demise of the old studio system and the spectacular rise of television more than sixty years ago. This month of January 2015, Turner Classic Movies will be honoring one such post-studio era superstar: Robert Redford. Beginning this Monday evening, January 6, TCM will be presenting 15 Robert Redford movies. Tonight's entries include Redford's two biggest blockbusters, both directed by George Roy Hill and co-starring Paul Newman: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which turned Redford, already in his early 30s, into a major film star to rival Rudolph Valentino, »

- Andre Soares

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Daily | Orson Welles 100

1 January 2015 9:43 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Film Forum toasts 2015, the centennial of Orson Welles’s birth, with Orson Welles 100, an exhaustive five-week overview of his oeuvre," reports Andy Webster in the New York Times. William Friedkin will introduce screenings of Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and the Film Forum Players will accompany screenings of Too Much Johnson (1938). Welles scholar Joseph McBride discusses Chimes at Midnight (1965) and we're collecting more writing on The Stranger (1946), Othello (1952) and The Trial (1963). » - David Hudson »

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