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Museum of Moving Image will host the massive 30 films retrospective of Mizoguchi Kenji, one of the Big Three of Japanese cinema (along with Kurosawa Akira and and Ozu Yasujiro). Simply titled Mizoguchi, the retro will feature every surviving film of the Japanese master in celluloid, 35mm and rare 16mm prints.Known for his exquisite mise-en-scene and portraying enduring human experience in many of his films, Mizoguchi was hailed by many film scholars, critics and cinephiles as one of the greatest filmmakers ever lived.On the opening weekend of the retrospective, Saturday, May 3, film scholar David Bordwell will introduce a screening of Sansho the Bailiff, with a special presentation titled "Mizoguchi: Secrets of the Exquisite Image."Known for the exquisite beauty of his films and hailed as...
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So, last week I watched the Keanu Reeves abomination that was 47 Ronin and this week I took it upon myself to watch the 1941 original, The 47 Ronin, available on Hulu Plus and it's rather astonishing the differences between the two. Of course, the original doesn't have magic, monsters or the Reeves character and those are the immediate differences, but what's even more fascinating is to compare the way the two films approach the story and what is considered important. The first difference is in the approach to the story. Even though the '41 film runs 223, versus the 118 minutes that make up the 2013 remake, it wastes no time getting started. A little on screen text and immediately we see Lord Asano attack the court official Kira Yoshinaka. Due to the injection of Reeves' character into the remake it takes forever to get to this moment and by that time it's already »
- Brad Brevet
The Film Society of Lincoln Center have unveiled their incredible lineup for the forthcoming "Art of the Real" series, which includes work from Corneliu Porumboiu, Robert Greene, Thom Andersen, James Benning, and more:
"The thin and often blurry line between fact and fiction will be prodded in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s revamped Art of the Real, a two-week series (April 11-26) dedicated to an expansive definition of nonfiction filmmaking."
"Mr. Resnais had a full head of white hair that the French newspaper Le Monde said he had sported for so long that one could forget he was ever young. He exhibited a youthful energy well into his 80s and was working on drafts of his next project from his hospital bed when he died, the producer Jean-Louis Livi said.
Despite the serious nature of his films, »
- Adam Cook
3 items from 2014
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