13 items from 2011
Inspired by a meeting in mime between Picasso and Chaplin, this artist's work improvises its own conversation between cubism and Hollywood
In their different ways, Picasso and Chaplin were great game-changers of the 20th-century's formative years. Cubism's premiere genius and early cinema's king of comedy first came face-to-face at a dinner in 1952. With no patience for translators, they chose to converse through mime instead.
It's easy to see why this anecdote is a particular favourite with British artist Catherine Story: her recent works improvise their own conversation between cubism and Hollywood. Her paintings and sculptures are small, awkward things, showing amorphous cubist forms in the reduced palette of silent movies' sepia tints. Frescoes are painted in plaster and sculptures crafted from wood and cement – humble materials of the kind favoured by pioneering set-builders. Even the plinths have a jerry-rigged feel, made from found bits of wood and left backless. They »
- Skye Sherwin
I haven't seen a newsy item excite so many cinephiles in quite a while. Talking to Allocine, Ethan Hawke has let on that a followup to the delightfully Rohmeresque films he's made with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, may be in the works. The Playlist's Simon Dang has the full video interview and has helpfully transcribed the money quote: "Well, I don't know what we're going to do but I know the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months. All of three of us have been having similar feelings that we're ready to revisit those characters. There's nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we're really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try write it this year. »
In our writers' favourite films series, Tony Paley saddles up for a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage in the old west
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Move aside Hitchcock, Welles, Ozu and Ophüls. They only managed to make what I consider the greatest movies. Howard Hawks made the ones I love.
Rio Bravo, not to be confused with Rio Lobo or the director's other pale imitation, El Dorado, is Hawks's masterpiece. And a weekend BBC movie matinee slot some three decades ago was a perfect introduction. Watching Rio Bravo demands the best part of an afternoon or evening and a particular frame of mind. It is a nigh-on two and a half hour western in which the tumbleweed lazily rolls across the main street from one character to another. Of course there are shootouts, »
- Tony Paley
In December of last year I reviewed the initial ten books in the excellent Masters of Cinema collection from Cahiers Du Cinema, published in the UK by Phaidon Press and I’ve been sent two of the next batch to be released. Here Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are under the spotlight, the other new books focus on Billy Wilder, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini.
Jérôme Larcher takes us through Chaplin’s extraordinary life, pausing at key points to survey the cinematic and social landscape. His major works have their turn under the spotlight, with Chaplin’s iconic characters deconstructed with The Tramp in particular commented on by Andre Bazin and Chaplin himself.
As Chaplin was at the forefront of cinema through its early development it is the story behind the scenes, battles with outlandish figures from old Hollywood and the discovery of a muse in Edna Purviance there is »
- Jon Lyus
Actress Claire Bloom achieved an amazing amount of success early in her career, winning acclaim for her portrayal of Ophelia in a production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in 1948 and finding screen stardom in 1952 opposite Charlie Chaplin in “Limelight.”
Tackling a wide variety of roles, Bloom has continued her work on stage and in film and television. On Tuesday night, she brought her 65 years of experience at New York’s Film Forum »
- Kenji Fujishima
The Colossus of New York, the 1958 sci-fi thriller classic that can rightfully takes its place in the pantheon of such great killer robot movies as The Terminator, RoboCop and Demon Seed, finally comes to DVD on Aug. 16 courtesy of Olive Films. It’ll carry a list price of $24.95.
Tall, dark, handsome...and mechanical!: The Colossus of New York finally comes to DVD.
Written by Thelma Schnee from Willis Goldbeck’s story, the intriguing film turns on the accidental death of a brilliant scientist (Ross Martin), a tragedy that prompts his lunatic father (Otto Kruger) and brother (John Baragrey) to transplant the dead man’s brain onto the body of a giant robot. The operation is successful, but the Colossus Robot mourns for his wife and child and doesn’t want to be the guinea pig in his father’s psychotic project and starts displaying homicidal behaviors.
Incidentally, the movie’s director, »
(Charlie Chaplin, 1951, U, Park Circus)
After 40 years in the Us, Charlie Chaplin, the most famous man in the world, made this, his final American film. He was then excluded from the Us as a result of McCarthyite hysteria. Although he directed two poor films in Europe, Limelight is his true valedictory movie. Set in London on the eve of the first world war, this work comments on his life and art through the chaste, mutually restorative relationship between a traumatised ballerina (Claire Bloom) and an alcoholic ex-music hall comic star (Chaplin). It's a verbose, technically creaky work, both sentimental and self-indulgent, and never very funny except for a brilliant scene with Chaplin and Buster Keaton as a disaster-prone musical duo. However, there are sublime, deeply affecting moments and for those who think Chaplin one of the key figures of 20th-century popular culture, it is a crucial movie. Accompanied by an »
- Philip French
By 1952 Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp character was behind him, his most satirical work (The Great Dictator, 1940) had dazzled audiences and the actor/director had well and truly passed his peak. In a cruel case of art imitating life, Limelight was a nostalgic look at declining fame and popularity – something that Chaplin was facing in reality. Fully intending it to be his last film Chaplin sank deep into the ocean of nostalgia and made a film that slaps audiences in the face with poignancy and the saccharine sweet taste of sentimentality.
Many have argued that the film is in fact a masterpiece – even Chaplin’s finest work – but it failed to impress contemporary audiences and its overly self-indulgent sentimentality actually negatively impacts on the power of the narrative. With the new Blu-ray transfer released today, after having another chance to re-evaluate the film it still remains one of the least effective Chaplin productions. »
- Stuart Cummins
This is the review of The King's Speech, written by Suki Ferguson for Pure Movies. The multi-award winning cast includes Academy Award nominee Colin Firth (A Single Man, Mamma Mia!) as King George VI, Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shine), as speech therapist Lionel Logue, Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter) as Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as King George V, Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, I Claudius) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Timothy Spall (The Damned United) as Winston Churchill, Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited) as Stanley Baldwin, Claire Bloom (Crimes and Misdemeanors, Limelight) as Queen Mary, and Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Glory, Pride and Prejudice) as Logue’s wife Myrtle. »
- Suki Ferguson
Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush: SAG Awards 2011 Colin Firth, above with Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, won the SAG Award for Best Actor for his performance as the stuttering King George VI in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. The acclaimed and surprisingly successful British period drama received SAG's Best Cast trophy as well. The King's Speech cast includes Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle, Orlando Wells, and veterans Claire Bloom, Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. While accepting the Best Cast award, Best Supporting Actor nominee Geoffrey Rush singled out Claire Bloom, who plays the Queen Mother in the film, referring to her as "the delicious Claire Bloom … [who] puts us in one degree of separation from Charles Chaplin." Bloom was Chaplin's leading lady in the 1952 drama Limelight. Photo: © SAG Awards. Click on the photo to enlarge it. »
- D. Zhea
Yesterday, I had the opportunity so speak for about 30 minutes over the phone with the legendary British stage and screen actress Claire Bloom, one of the great talents and beauties of the past century. Bloom, who made her film debut 63 years ago and has co-starred with countless greats — among them Charlie Chaplin, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Rod Steiger, and Paul Newman — is still going strong at the age of 79. Most recently, she gave a brief but memorable performance as Queen Mary, the mother of King Edward Xiii (Guy Pearce) and King George VI (Colin Firth), in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/24, R, trailer), which the Screen Actors Guild rewarded with a best ensemble nomination.
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Over the course of our conversation, Bloom and I discussed…
her early theater- and movie-going experiences/acting inspirations (her mother loved Shakespeare and »
- Scott Feinberg
At a recent Q&A following a screening of "The King's Speech," actor Claire Bloom--who plays Queen Mary in the film--was asked about working with the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin personally selected Bloom to co-star with him in his 1952 film "Limelight." The movie made Bloom a star, who would go on to appear in such classics as "The Haunting" and the miniseries "Brideshead Revisited." A clip from "Limelight" with Chaplin and Bloom is featured after the jump.Read More At Back Stage's 'Behind The Scenes' Blog »
As we enter awards season, we'd like to thank these past winners
Hattie McDaniel, 1940
Best supporting actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind
Twenty-three years before Sidney Poitier's best actor win, and 61 before Halle Berry's for best actress, Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. Gardenias in her hair, sequins down her gown (an outfit Mo'Nique paid homage to when she won the same award in 2010), McDaniel's speech is equal parts humility and gravitas: "I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel. And may I say thank you and God bless you." She keeps it sob-free, too, walking off with hankie, and dignity, intact.
Charlie Chaplin, 1971
An almost unrecognisable, semi-exiled Chaplin looks deeply affected by the »
- Catherine Shoard
13 items from 2011
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