8 items from 2016
Ida Lupino was the first woman to direct a classic noir film. In fact, she was the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to direct a feature and she directed seven features and more than 100 TV episodes. She was the only woman to direct episodes of the original “The Twilight Zone” series, as well as the only director to have starred in the show.
She was born in London on Feb. 4, 1918, during a German zeppelin bombing. Her father’s forbears were traveling players and puppeteers in Renaissance Italy. Later generations migrated to England in the 17th century. Her father, Stanley Lupino, was a noted comedian, and her mother, Connie Emerald, was an actress who was also descended from a theatrical family. A cousin, Lupino Lane, was an internationally popular song-and-dance man.
As a child, she improvised and acted scenes with her younger sister, Rita, in a small »
- Sydney Levine
If you think AFI Fest exists just as a hometown awards-season exercise, think again.
The festival, which runs Nov. 10-17 at Los Angeles’ Tcl Chinese Theatre, is celebrating its 30th edition this year and has grown into an increasingly diverse mix of world and local premieres that focus on new auteurs, the best of global cinema, and, of course, potential Oscar players.
“We are unique in that we are at the end of the year,” says festival director Jacqueline Lyanga. “Our goal is to showcase not only the significant films of the year and find a way to contextualize those films for the audience; we are trying to find ways to bring the international conversation about cinema to Los Angeles.”
To that end, this year the festival is introducing what it hopes will become a new tradition, the series “World Cinema: Masters in Conversation,” highlighting outstanding international filmmakers who might »
- Gregory Ellwood
Los Angeles’ annual AFI Fest presented by Audi kicks off this week, and boasts a robust slate of some of the festival season’s most beloved offerings and a few highly anticipated new premieres. If you’ve missed out on the rest of the year’s big festivals, AFI Fest is a prime opportunity to catch up on the starriest titles before awards season really kicks into high gear, along with enough bonafide premieres to keep even the most ravenous movie-goer very happy indeed.
Ahead, we pick out 14 of our most anticipated films from the fest, including a handful of genuine classics, some big contenders and at least one very buzzy debut. Take a look and start filling up your schedule now.
- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey, Zack Sharf and Steve Greene
The AFI Fest is free! And it takes place in the heart of Hollywood at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. All you need is a ticket!SydneysBuzz is proud to be the official presenter of “The Hitch-Hiker” directed by Ida Lupino, one of the rare women directors in Hollywood in the 1950s and today being brought back to our collective consciousness by AFI!“The Hitch-Hiker”Ida Lupino
A deranged hitchhiker takes two all-American Everymen as hostages in the gripping film noir classic, “The Hitch-Hiker” by Ida Lupino, a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress who became the first woman to direct a film noir. She is one of a trio of diverse female trailblazers being celebrated in the 30th edition of AFI Fest presented by Audi. AFI Fest will also spotlight Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award® and Anna May Wong, »
- Sydney Levine
Joining Neruda (pictured) and The Untamed on AFI Fest’s 33-strong programme are Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama selection, Denis Côté’s Boris Without Beatrice, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, Yang Chao’s Crosscurrent, Death In Sarajevo from Danis Tanović, and Juho Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki.
The inaugural Masters In Conversation series features screenings followed by on-stage talks for Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Lav Diaz’s The Woman Who Left, and Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Fire At Sea.
AFI Fest runs from November 10-17. Click here for the full line-ups »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Dandridge was the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award; Lupino was a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress who became the first woman to direct a film noir; and Wong was the first Chinese-American actress to rise to international prominence.
AFI Fest will screen Otto Preminger’s 1954 musical “Carmen Jones,” starring Dandridge; Lupino’s 1953 drama “The Hitch-Hiker”; and E.A. Dupont’s “Piccadilly,” starring Wong. The trio will also be celebrated in key art for the event.
“This year, AFI Fest continues its annual commemoration of influential women in film by reviving the contributions of these three screen legends,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of the festival.
AFI recently partnered with 20th Century Fox to help increase the number of »
- Dave McNary
Raro Video resurrects an exploitation goodie masquerading as another bit of cheap Eurosleaze, Hitch Hike (aka Autostop Rosso Sangue) a 1977 thriller from Italian director Pasquale Festa Campanile. Like a tawdry version of an early Polanski effort, it’s a significant anomaly of its ilk for several reasons, the most notable being its director, usually known as a fixture of 1970’s Italian-style comedy (aka commedia all’italiana). Adapted from the novel The Violence and the Fury by Peter Kern, it’s headlined by Franco Nero, French actress Corinne Clery (the title character from infamous The Story of O, 1975) and grindhouse staple David Hess (The Last House on the Left, 1972), while predictable story elements spiked with moments of brutal violence should be enough to rejuvenate interest in a title not often screened in the Us (despite its initial box office success in Europe).
- Nicholas Bell
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSThe Academy of the MusesThe announcement for what films have been selected for the Cannes Film Festival won't come for more than a month, but early speculation is rife. Critic Neil Young not only has a prediction of what'll be in this year's festival, but also the odds on which of those films will win the coveted Palm d'Or. Currently in the lead? Argentine director Lucrecia Martel's long-awaited Zama.For those lucky enough to be able to afford to live in London (or travel to it), the Tate Modern will host A Night with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a 14-hour event with the director in person featuring "ghosts, dreams, stillness and sleep." We'll certainly dream of attending.The latest issue of Film Comment is on newsstands, and some of it has been posted online, »
8 items from 2016
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