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Venice Review: Sam Fuller Documentary 'A Fuller Life'

2 September 2013 9:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Like most right-minded film fans we're big fans of Sam Fuller (check out our list of essential films from the director). Kicking of his career as a crime reporter and novelist, Fuller soon found his way to Hollywood and after serving in World War Two as an infantryman, became a film director. Generally favoring low-budget and independently-produced pictures, but not averse to working within the studio system (he had a good relationship with Daryl Zanuck), he knocked out a string of genre classics — from "Pickup On South Street" and "Forty Guns" to "Shock Corridor" and his epic autobiographical masterpiece "The Big Red One" — that quietly influenced many of your favourite directors. So to say we were excited to see "A Fuller Life" tucked away in the Venice program would be an understatement. Directed by the great filmmaker's daughter Samantha, a former glass artist, it promised to dig into the man's fascinating life and tremendous work, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Venice Film Festival: Sam Fuller Doc ‘Life’ is One Worth Living

30 August 2013 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The documentary “A Fuller Life,” which screens here Sunday and Tuesday, includes never-seen footage that ranges from World War II-ravaged families to scenes from a long-ago Venice Film Festival. In other words, the 80-minute film, about director Sam Fuller, offers insights into the histories of the film industry and of the entire world.

The pic is directed by his daughter Samantha Fuller, with every word coming from his autobiography “A Third Face.” The excerpts are read by James Franco, William Friedkin (both in Venice this year), Wim Wenders, Jennifer Beals, Mark Hamill and others.

Samantha Fuller began the project two years ago, targeting what would have been his 100th birthday (he died in 1997).

She divided the pic into three sections: His years as a journalist; World War II; and his filmmaking, both in Hollywood and in Europe, where he fled due to McCarthy-era politics.

The WWII segment, for example, includes »

- Timothy M. Gray

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‘Pickup on South Street’ sees Cold War tensions put the ‘heat’ on the criminal underbelly

28 June 2013 1:20 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Pickup on South Street

Written by Samuel Fuller

Directed by Samuel Fuller

U.S.A., 1953

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the major international powers and their smaller, less imposing friends aligned themselves along two extremely divisive ideological lines: the Western pro-capitalists and the Eastern Bloc, the latter driven by a bastardized version of communism. The present column shan’t delve into lessons of political or economic history of the mid-twentieth century, save to mention the above detail and tie it into film noir. So much has been written and said about the aftermath of WWII and its impact on American cinema in the 1940s and 1950s that stumbling upon a noir film which directly relates to the terrible red scare that afflicted the United States in the aforementioned decades (and then some) comes as a surprise for the simple reason that fewer exist than one might come to expect. »

- Edgar Chaput

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85th Academy Awards red carpet: Zeitlin, Adams, Tveit

25 February 2013 2:44 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best Supporting Actress nominee Adams on the 85th Academy Awards red carpet Amy Adams, a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Paul Thomas Anderson's well-received psychological drama The Master, is seen arriving at the 85th Academy Awards show. Adams' competitors were the following: Jacki Weaver for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, Anne Hathaway for Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Sally Field for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, and Helen Hunt for Ben Lewin's The Sessions. Hathaway, as expected, turned out to be the winner. (See below photos of Aaron Tveit and Best Director nominee Benh Zeitlin on the Oscar red carpet.) This was Adams' fourth Oscar nod. Her previous ones, all in the Best Supporting Actress category, were the following: Phil Morrison's comedy-drama Junebug (2005); John Patrick Shanley's drama Doubt (2008), with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and David O. Russell's family drama The Fighter (2010), opposite Mark Wahlberg, »

- Anna Robinson

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Best Supporting Actress Academy Award Contenders Pose Together

4 February 2013 5:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sally Field, Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt: 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon Sally Field, Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver, Anne Hathaway and Helen Hunt were present at the 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 4. Field, Adams, Weaver, Hathaway, and Hunt are all Best Supporting Actress nominees. (Photo: Sally Field, Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver, Anne Hathaway and Helen Hunt. Please click on the image to enlarge it.) Sally Field: Oscar veteran Sally Field is the veteran-est among the nominees: Field won the Best Actress Oscar for Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae (1979), repeating the feat five years later for her performance in Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart (1984). This year, Field was nominated for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, in which she plays Daniel Day-Lewis / Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Jacki Weaver, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt: Two-time nominees »

- Anna Robinson

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