19 items from 2015
Quentin Tarantino's 35mm movie haven, now 37 this year, ditched digital last Fall when he took over programming. Despite skepticism of this celluloid model, Tarantino's $8 35mm double features work with La audiences. He kicks off August at the all-celluloid New Beverly with a print of "For a Few Dollars More" and will close the month with "A Fistful of Dollars," another classic Leone western Tarantino presented at Cannes 2014. Read More: Quentin Tarantino Enjoys Running the New Beverly, Even When He's Shooting a Movie In spirit of Summer smash "Mad Max: Fury Road," Tarantino presents a double feature of "Mad Max" and "The Road Warrior" in mid-August, followed by Charlie Chaplin double bills, and back-to-back Hitchcock classics "Notorious" and "Suspicion," both starring Cary Grant. Read More: Alfred Hitchcock's Top 25 Films, Ranked And of course, as you'll see in the calendar, there are plenty of Westerns »
- Ryan Lattanzio
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
The stench of Grace Kelly biopic “Grace Of Monaco,” which opened Cannes in 2014 before ending up as a literal Lifetime Movie, was hard to wash off the Croisette. This year, another film focusing on an iconic female actress (and Hitchcock lead) of classic Hollywood proved far more successful, with the screening in the Cannes Classics sidebar of “Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words.” A documentary, rather than a biopic (thank Christ) “In Her Own Words,” from filmmaker Stig Björkman, is a Swedish film that looks to do exactly what it sets out to in the title: to tell the story of the star of “Casablanca,” “Notorious” and “Stromboli,” among others. Björkman does so through Bergman's own personal diary, along with home movie footage and personal photographs. The film was made with the blessing of her family, with daughter Isabella Rossellini being the one who initially suggested making the film. As the film’s trailer, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Though he’s currently preoccupied giving Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine an appropriate swan song as the actor prepares to hang up his adamantium claws, James Mangold is already eyeing a very different kind of project. Deadline reports that the versatile helmer will tackle an adaptation of Chris Greenhalgh’s Seducing Ingrid Bergman, possibly to be titled Blood and Champagne, about the heated love affair between actress Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa.
Set in 1945 in post-wwii Paris, the pic will focus on a pivotal time in the Casablanca actress’ life; she would subsequently become a tabloid sensation after launching into an affair with director Roberto Rossellini.
- Isaac Feldberg
Filmmaker James Mangold may be busy sharpening up the Wolverine claws at the moment, but he’s got his sights set on another drama in the near future. Deadline reports that the 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line director will helm an adaptation of the Chris Greenhalgh book Seducing Ingrid Bergman, which revolves around a torrid love affair between Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa in post-wwii Paris. Set in 1945, the film will trace the beginnings of a turning point in the Casablanca and Notorious actress’ life, as she would subsequently strike up an affair with director Roberto Rossellini in 1950 that turned her into scandal fodder for the U.S. media. The film—which will go by the title Blood and Champagne—was written by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and Mangold will work on the screenplay alongside Amel. The filmmaker was initially set to begin shooting on an »
- Adam Chitwood
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones has found time to direct Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about the conversation 50 years ago between the then 30-year-old François Truffaut and 63-year-old Alfred Hitchcock that would become a landmark book. David Fincher, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin discuss the impact of the book and Hitchcock's films—and the first round of reviews is in. So, too, are the interviews with Jones. While is own favorite Hitchcock is Notorious, the film focuses on Vertigo and Psycho. » - David Hudson »
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
Elizabeth Wilson, the actress who played Dustin Hoffman's mother in The Graduate, passed away on Saturday in New Haven, Ct, at the age of 94. Her death was confirmed to The New York Times by Elizabeth Morton, a close friend whom she considered a daughter. Elizabeth's first acting role was an uncredited appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious in 1946. She worked with Hitchcock again in 1963 and got a proper credit when she starred as Helen Carter in The Birds. Elizabeth then made a name for herself as a character actress both on stage and on film and also had notable roles in movies like 9 to 5, The Addams Family, and Quiz Show. She won a Tony Award in 1972 for her portrayal of a Vietnam War veteran's mother in David Rabe's Sticks and Bones. Her last onscreen appearance was in 2012 when she played the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson. »
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. 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. 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
Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events. »
- Andre Soares
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
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
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
Short promo to be presented at Berlin’s European Film Market.
TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for the upcoming Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words and will present a short promo for the film at the upcoming Efm (Feb 5-13).
Through never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews with her children and former colleagues, the documentary, which is currently in post-production, presents a personal portrait and look behind the scenes of the life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American cinema.
The film is directed by Stig Björkman and produced by Stina Gardell for Mantaray Film, co-produced by Zdf, Svt, Ntr, Yle, Jonas Gardell Produktion, Spellbound Ab and Örebro Invest through Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen and Chimney Pot Ab with »
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Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach)
The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 150 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.
The festival opens with the European premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.
Additional UK premiere highlights include awards season darling Still Alice, Wim Wenders’ recently Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon »
- Josh Slater-Williams
19 items from 2015
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