Stairway to Heaven (1946)
Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij and A Matter of Life and Death are among 21 titles announced today to screen in Venice’s (September 2-12) Classics section, which will reveal further titles later this month.
Director Bertrand Tavernier, who is to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award, has selected and will present four films for the Classics strand: Pattes Blances (White Paws) by Jean Grémillion, La Lupa (The Vixen) by Alberto Lattuada, Sonnenstrahl (Ray of Sunshine) by Pál Fejös and A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Eric Pressburger.
The 21 restorations:
Akahige (Red Beard) by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1965, 185’, B&W), restoration by Tōhō Co., Ltd.
Aleksandr Nevskij (Alexander Nevsky) by Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn (Ussr, 1938, 108’, B&W), restoration by Mosfilm
Amarcord by Federico Fellini (Italy, 1973, 123’, Color) restoration by Cineteca di Bologna with the support of yoox.com and the
One of the great experiences of British cinema in the mid-20th century was to sit in the stalls as the curtain drew aside and an arrow hit a bull’s-eye on a target, announcing a film by the Archers, the team of British director Michael Powell and Hungarian émigré screenwriter Emeric Pressburger. They took a joint credit as “writer, director and producer”. This logo presaged a wartime movie such as 49th Parallel or The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which took a subtler, more humane view of the conflict than the usual black-and-white propaganda, or it proffered a thoughtful view of a possible postwar world the way A Canterbury Tale and A Matter of Life and Death did.
In the 1940s and 50s, the Archers stood apart from the prevailing social realism of that period in their feeling for the mystery of the landscape,
A director is considered an Auteur when his or her individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film a recognisable, personal and unique stamp.
Through its history, the Bloomsbury cinema has been associated with director of singular vision, so it is fitting to reopen the doors with a festival dedicated to their work. The Auteur Film Festival is presented to acknowledge the diversity in world cinema, to celebrate the resurrection of a cultural institution, and reignite debate
Camerimage (Nov 15-22) is to host a special retrospective around the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
The film festival that celebrates cinematography, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, will be attended by Powell’s wife and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker as well as film scholars and Powell-Pressburger experts Erich Sargeant and Ian Christie.
Films of the due set to be screened at Camerimage include:
The Edge Of The World; 1937; cin. Monty Berman, Skeets Kelly, Ernest Palmer
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing; 1942; cin. Ronald Neame
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp; 1943; cin. Georges Périnal
A Canterbury Tale; 1944; cin. Erwin Hillier
‘I Know Where I’m Going!’; 1945; cin. Erwin Hillier
A Matter Of Life And Death; 1946; cin. Jack Cardiff
Black Narcissus; 1947; cin. Jack Cardiff
The Red Shoes; 1948; cin. Jack Cardiff
“I would love to direct,” Radcliffe says. “I do it in my head when I’m watching other directors direct. ‘No, don’t say that to them!’ I think I’m quite good with people. Part of being a director is knowing how different actors work in different ways. I’d enjoy it.”
Radcliffe, 25, has observed some of the best directors in the industry, since the “Harry Potter” films were helmed by Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates and Chris Columbus. “The mistake I see even the really good directors make is they assume they are
Whether you’re destined to be widowed by the beautiful game, sickened by your team’s performance (or that they didn’t even qualify) or just can’t stand another minute of hearing about the World Cup, at some point during the next few weeks, you’re likely to need some distraction from the football. With that in mind, and to celebrate the importance of British cinema (as well as the kingdom’s flagship status in the footballing world) we’re looking at 66 of the very best British films that will give you a good reason to resist putting your foot through the telly after the match.
There’s no guarantee that they’ll cheer you up but they will certainly take your mind off it.
There are a few rules for this list: for the sake of repetition no Bond, no Harry Potter (though there are
The stamps, which are celebrating British movies, have been produced after consultation with film experts, the British Film Institute and public polls.
Peter O'Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, agreed to appear on the stamp just prior to his death in 2013.
Secrets & Lies, A Matter of Life and Death and Bend It Like Beckham are all included in the set of stamps.
O'Toole's daughter Kate said: "Lawrence Of Arabia has stood the test of time and still remains a firm favourite in the hearts of film lovers everywhere.
"The stamp is a wonderful tribute to my father - and, of course, the film."
A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: "This stamp issue takes in landmark films, epics and influential movies that evoke the distinctiveness and quality
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
"We are delighted to present this celebration of our home-grown film industry, which features six classic British films that have enjoyed global success in the post-war era," said the Royal Mail on its webste.
A miniatures sheet depicting scenes from four acclaimed 1930s documentaries is also available, with stills from the following films:-
Love on the Wing
A Colour Box
Since 1995, the Us has been celebrating one iconic film star on a stamp each year. This year it is featuring Charlton Heston....
Thelma in the editing bay...
Thelma Schoonmaker is surprisingly calm. Not just calm, calming. As I sat listening to her twice at Tcmff--first at the introduction for A Matter Of Life And Death, next at an hourlong interview--i marveled at the three-time Oscar winning editor's stillness. Considering she is the preferred collaborator of Martin Scorsese, an infamously energetic director, one would think she'd need reservoirs of energy to tackle the boxing matches in Raging Bull or the tense chases in The Departed.
Schoonmaker wasn't at Tcmff to speak about herself, though...
the TCM Festival is happening at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood
Mike Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, chuckles as another round of cheers breaks out from the audience. Pogorzelski is introducing a 35mm print of The Lion in Winter that he restored from camera negative, and so far the audience has cheered for the words “35mm,” “restoration,” “Academy,” and “Peter O’Toole.” Typically, only one of those gets applause, but then TCM Film Festival isn’t your typical Hollywood film festival.
Every single film that plays at the TCM Film Festival is old. The newest film is Mr Holland's Opus, which celebrates is nineteen years old. This means that every single film, from the 35mm print of Stagecoach to the world premiere Dcp of Oklahoma! (previously discussed), has arrived through the efforts of archivists and restorationists
As Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure turns 25, Seb takes a look back at the duo's outings...
There’s an urban legend that posits that the execrable 1996 Pauly Shore vehicle Bio-Dome was originally written as a third Bill & Ted film, before being turned down by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter and so repurposed with new characters. The rumour has been heavily debunked by many, including Winter himself; but frankly, it says a lot about a person if they believe it ever might have been true in the first place. Specifically, what it says is that that person hasn’t watched, or paid attention to, either of the Bill & Ted films.
What the rumour does play to is a range of assumptions about Bill and Ted: that they’re stoners, or slackers, or surfer dudes. That they’re completely lame-brained idiots who fail to understand anything about the world around them,
• Martin Scorsese: why I restored Colonel Blimp
In the dog days of the second world war, the heart of British cinema could be found inside a three-room flat off the Marylebone Road in London. This, from 1942-1947, was the headquarters of film-makers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the production office for such pictures as A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. In the event of air raids, the office came equipped with a set of camp beds.
Now the flat at Dorset House has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque, honouring the work of Powell and Pressburger's film company, the Archers. Attending the unveiling were Powell's widow, the Oscar-winning American editor Thelma Schoonmaker,
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