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Restored Version of Charles Burnett’s ‘To Sleep With Anger’ to Screen at Venice Film Festival in September

Over the past few years, the Venice Film Festival, which celebrates its 72nd anniversary in September, has presented newly restored versions of classic films in the Classics section at the festival. Yesterday their list of restored films to be shown was released, and among the 21 classic films selected are Akira Kurosawa’s 1965 "Red Beard," Sergej Ėisenstein’s 1938 epic "Alexander Nevsky," 1946 fantasy "A Matter of Life and Death" co-directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s highly controversial and graphic 1975 film "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom." But a very welcome surprise was...
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Fellini, Chabrol, Powell and Pressburger Head to Venice Film Fest

Fellini, Chabrol, Powell and Pressburger Head to Venice Film Fest
For the first time in Venice, the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been given “carte blanche” to select rare, forgotten or underestimated films for the Venice Classics section. This year's festival runs September 2-12, 2015. French cinema auteur (and dedicated film critic) Bertrand Tavernier will present four masterpieces he has personally chosen as Guest Director of the Venice Classics section: "White Paws" by Jean Grémillon (France, 1949, 92’, B&W), "The Vixen" by Alberto Lattuada (Italy, 1953, 93’, B&W), "Ray of Sunshine" by Pál Fejös (Germany/Austria, 1933, 87’, B&W) and "A Matter Of Life and Death" by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (UK, 1946, 104’, Color). Read More: Fellini Restoration Makes World Premiere in Venice Also, Italian film director Francesco Patierno will chair the Jury of film students which, for the third time, will award Best Restored Film and Best...
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Venice Classics to include 21 restorations

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Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij among Venice Classics titles; Bertrand Tavernier selects four films.

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
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The Tales of Hoffmann review – Powell and Pressburger’s purest work

(Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951; Studio Canal, U)

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,
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The Auteur Film Festival – Line-up Announced

Taking place at the Curzon Bloomsbury, which reopens on 27th March 2015, the Auteur Film Festival is set to be a week-long celebration of cinema’s greatest directors; and today the full-line-up for the festival has been announced. Tickets for the festival go on sale later today: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/auteurfilmfestival. Intros to the films will be announced in the next few weeks via http://twitter.com/CurzonBbury

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
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Daily | Godard, Welles, Sinclair

If you were looking for a primer on Jean-Luc Godard, you couldn't do much better than J. Hoberman's latest piece for the Nation. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Matthew Asprey Gear on the conspiracy thriller Orson Welles never got around to making, Imogen Sara Smith on Jacques Tati's Playtime, Julien Allen on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, Adam Nayman on George Stevens’s Shane, Robert Cashill on Richard Fleischer's Che!, Christopher Sharrett on Roger Corman's Bloody Mama, Leonard Quart on Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men, interviews with Martín Rejtman, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Matt Porterfield, David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), Daniel Wolfe (Catch Me Daddy)—and much more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Godard, Welles, Sinclair

If you were looking for a primer on Jean-Luc Godard, you couldn't do much better than J. Hoberman's latest piece for the Nation. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Matthew Asprey Gear on the conspiracy thriller Orson Welles never got around to making, Imogen Sara Smith on Jacques Tati's Playtime, Julien Allen on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, Adam Nayman on George Stevens’s Shane, Robert Cashill on Richard Fleischer's Che!, Christopher Sharrett on Roger Corman's Bloody Mama, Leonard Quart on Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men, interviews with Martín Rejtman, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Matt Porterfield, David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), Daniel Wolfe (Catch Me Daddy)—and much more. » - David Hudson
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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus,
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Camerimage to host Powell-Pressburger tribute

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Camerimage to host Powell-Pressburger tribute
Cinematography festival to present retrospective on the innovative British film-making duo, attended by Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

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

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Bill Hader’s List of 200 Essential Comedies Everyone Should See

Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new.
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Daniel Radcliffe Wants a Career as a Director

Daniel Radcliffe Wants a Career as a Director
In this week’s issue of Variety, Daniel Radcliffe talks about distancing himself from the “Harry Potter” franchise by starring on Broadway and in indies like “Kill Your Darlings” and the upcoming romantic comedy “What If.” But the bigger goal, Radcliffe says, is for him to eventually end up in the director’s chair.

“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
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66 Essential British Films To Take Your Mind Off The World Cup

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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
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Lawrence of Arabia, Chariots of Fire feature on new Royal Mail stamps

Lawrence of Arabia, Chariots of Fire feature on new Royal Mail stamps
Lawrence of Arabia, Chariots of Fire and 2001: A Space Odyssey all feature on a series of stamps released by The Royal Mail.

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
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Movie News: 'Kickboxer' Remake; 'Bond 24' Casting; Tom Cruise Stars in Extended 'Edge of Tomorrow' Trailer

Kickboxer: Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the 1989 martial arts movie Kickboxer, a modest box office success that spawned multiple sequels. Now a reboot has been announced, with Alain Moussi, Georges St. Pierre (Ufc welterweight champion) and Dave Bautista of the WWE (and Guardians of the Galaxy, above) set to star. Similar to the original, the reboot will follow an American who goes to Asia to avenge his brother; Hong Kong's Stephen Fung will direct. [Screen Daily]   British Stamps: In the U.K., the Royal Mail has launched a new series of stamps to honor six key British films, including A Matter of Life and Death; Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker (widow of the film's director, Michael Powell) were on hand for the occasion. Other films honored...

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News Bites: 'Kickboxer' Remake; 'Bond 24' Casting; Tom Cruise Stars in Extended 'Edge of Tomorrow' Trailer

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Kickboxer: Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the 1989 martial arts movie Kickboxer, a modest box office success that spawned multiple sequels. Now a reboot has been announced, with Alain Moussi, Georges St Pierre (Ufc welterweight champion) and Dave Bautista of the WWE (and Guardians of the Galaxy, above) set to star. Similar to the original, the reboot will follow an American who goes to Asia to avenge his brother; Hong Kong's Stephen Fung will direct. [Screen Daily]   British Stamps: In the U.K., the Royal Mail has launched a new series of stamps to honor six key British films, including Bend It Like Beckham. To mark the occasion for the classic A Matter of Life and DeathMartin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker (widow of the film's...

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Royal Mail celebrates film classics

The Royal Mail today launched a new series of stamps celebrating some of the best of British cinema. Featuring key scenes from these much-loved classics, six of them are available in postcard sized collectors' editions, as follows:-

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:-

Night Mail

Love on the Wing

A Colour Box

Spare Time

Since 1995, the Us has been celebrating one iconic film star on a stamp each year. This year it is featuring Charlton Heston....
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I Met Thelma Schoonmaker at the TCM Film Festival

Our coverage of the TCM's 2014 festival in Los Angeles wraps with Anne Marie on legendary editor Thelma Schoonmaker

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...
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TCM Fest: Restorationists as Rock Stars

Film restorationists don’t feel like rockstars. But with this crowd…”

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
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Looking back at Bill & Ted

Feature Seb Patrick 5 Mar 2014 - 05:55

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,
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English Heritage honours London flat that was base for Powell and Pressburger

British film duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's film company, the Archers, produced classics including A Matter of Life and Death and The Red Shoes

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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