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A new 4K restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) has been traveling around the country and this weekend arrives in Austin and Nashville. More goings on: In New York, Glorious Technicolor and 35mm prints, Martin Scorsese's poster collection and Brunello Rondi's The Demon (1963). In London, an Abderrahmane Sissako season occasions a primer and, as the BFI has it, "Sci-Fi-London opens with The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?, Jon Schnepp’s documentary on a 1998 superhero film that never was, and closes with SuperBob, Jon Drever’s action romcom rejoinder to the conventional superhero flick." » - David Hudson »
Based on Shūsaku Endō's 1966 novel that follows Portuguese Jesuits who face violence and persecution while on a mission to remote 17th century Japan, "Silence" began shooting in January in Taiwan, which Ang Lee suggested as a location for Scorsese, and has now wrapped filming. The real work now begins for Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker. “I’ve wanted to make “Silence” for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality," said Martin Scorsese, whose film will be domestically distributed by Paramount, with foreign markets handled by AI Films/Im Global. "Silence,"one of our most anticipated films of the year, has now been slated for a 2016 release. Read More: How Scorsese and Schoonmaker Restored "The Tales of Hoffmann" "It’s a lifetime that the character of Father Rodrigues goes through that we witness," said Garfield at a press conference in Taiwan (video below). "It’s such an agonizing lifetime that he has to live. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
By Mark Cerulli
The 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann, the acclaimed British adaptation of the opera by Jaques Offenbach, was an early influence on major directors like Cecil B. DeMille, George Romero (who said it was “the movie that made me want to make movies”) and Martin Scorsese. They were drawn to co-directors, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger’s inventive camera work, vibrant color palette (each of the three acts has its own primary color) and smooth blending of film, dance and music. According to an interview found on Powell-Pressburger.org, Powell wanted to do a “composed film” – shot entirely to a pre-recorded music track, in this case, Offenbach’s opera. Not having to worry about sound meant he could remove the cumbersome padding that encased every Technicolor camera and really move it around production designer Hein Heckroth’s soaring sets. (Heckroth’s work on the film earned him two 1952 Oscar nominations. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Certain varietals of grandly gestured cinema inspire mad, inexplicable devotion among cinephiles: The films of Welles, Ophüls, Sirk, Leone, Scorsese, and Wong, for example, tend to magnetize our nerve endings more than our frontal lobes, and such infatuations often last a lifetime. Of course Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger belong on the list; it's not a question of whether you're in love with a Powell/Pressburger film, but which one.
Cultists stake their ground all over the duo's peculiarly mysterious and rhapsodic filmography, but the team was never as grand or wildly sensual as in The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), in a new 4K restoration at Film Forum. A hellzapoppin' filmization of the Offenbach opera, with stops pulled out by P&P's resident design team a »
The Tales of Hoffmann, 1951.
An opera, Hoffmann tells of his romantic history with three beautiful women; Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia
“I have to say”, says director Michael Powell prior to working on The Tales of Hoffmann, “I didn’t know much about the opera”. That makes both of us Mr Powell. On Extended Run at the BFI this month is the Technicolor triptych-narrative, The Tales of Hoffmann. Released in 1951, this was made three years after Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s celebrated masterpiece The Red Shoes. Rather than incorporating dance into a story, Powell and Pressburger decided to adapt a full performance in its entirety, presenting an epic story of romance, lost-love and tragedy.
In the interval of a ballet, Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) regales a crowd with talk of his previous exploits. Drunkenly holding court, »
- Simon Columb
Over the past decade, Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese's editor and Michael Powell's widow, has overseen the restoration of many of her husband's classic films. The latest is Powell and Pressburger's vibrant 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's opera of the same name, which can be seen in UK cinemas from 27 February
• The Tales of Hoffmann is being re-released by Park Circus and opens at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide. It was restored by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
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
7 items from 2015
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