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Classe tous risques DVD – Philip French on Claude Sautet's pitch-perfect directorial debut

22 March 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Claude Sautet, 1960; BFI, 12)

Le roman policier and le film policier (now widely known by the reverse slang or verlan term "polar") have been staples of French popular culture for a century. Its soundtrack crackling with underworld argot, its air thick with smoke from Gauloises, its morality pulsating with romantic cynicism, the genre's golden age in the cinema was roughly between 1955 and the mid-70s. That's from the release of Rififi (the 1955 gangster movie directed by blacklisted American exile Jules Dassin, a movie much indebted to John Huston's 1950 The Asphalt Jungle) to the death in 1973 of Jean-Pierre Melville, the Americanophile cineaste and creator of definitive gangster flicks. These two decades encompass the classic polars of Jacques Becker, the best films of Lino Ventura (the French Bogart), the nouvelle vague (informally launched by a Louis Malle policier, Lift to the Scaffold, starring Ventura), and Godard's subversion of the genre in Breathless. »

- Philip French

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The Noteworthy: "Art of the Real", Remembering Resnais, "Pulverizing Plots"

5 March 2014 6:20 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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."

 For The New York Times, Dave Kehr remembers Alain Resnais:

"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

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Alain Resnais, French Filmmaker, Dies At 91

3 March 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Alain Resnais, the famed French director, died late Saturday in Paris, France at the age of 91.

Resnais first made his stamp in film history with his 1959 film, Hiroshima Mon Amour, which continues to be hailed as one of the best films ever made. Resnais’ career, which includes Night and Fog (1955), a documentary on the Holocaust, Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Wild Grass (2009), spanned over half a century.

His last film, Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), premiered last month at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for introducing new perspectives into film. Resnais is also known for influencing a new generation of filmmakers, from the French New Wave to David Lynch.

“When people ask me why I make films, I always answer that ‘je tourne pour voir comment ça tourne,’ I make films to see how films are made. I’m proud of that phrase. »

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Alain Resnais snubbed at 2014 Oscars

2 March 2014 8:29 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Celebrated French director of Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year in Marienbad who died this weekend left out of In Memoriam section of Oscar ceremony

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The Oscars failed to paid tribute to Alain Resnais, the celebrated French director of Night and Fog and Hiroshima Mon Amour, who died today. Perhaps because of the late-breaking nature of his death, they did not include Resnais in the traditional In Memoriam section to the film-maker.

Resnais was never nominated for an Oscar, though he did receive a string of awards from major international film festivals, including a lifetime achievement award from Cannes in 2009. His feature debut, Hiroshima Mon Amour, was a key early entry in the French new wave, competing at the 1959 Cannes film festival against the likes of François Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Jack Clayton's Room at the Top »

- Andrew Pulver

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“In My Film Time Is Shattered”: Producer Anatole Dauman Remembers Working with Alain Resnais

2 March 2014 7:50 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Coinciding with a 2000 retrospective of Alain Resnais’ work organized by both the American Cinematheque and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, producer Florence Dauman gave Filmmaker these quotes from her father, Anatole Dauman, about working with the great director. Through his company, Argos Films, Dauman produced or co-produced many of the masterworks of postwar European cinema – including Resnais’s Night and Fog; Hiroshima, Mon Amour; Last Year at Marienbad; and Muriel. On the occasion of Resnais’ death yesterday at 91, we are reprinting them here. Night and Fog (1956) “It was our first short film together. Would he accept […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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All Tomorrow’s Yesterdays: Remembering Alain Resnais (1922 – 2014)

2 March 2014 7:32 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of cinema’s greats, the French director Alain Resnais, died yesterday, March 1, at the age of 91. The director of such landmark films as Last Year at Marienbad, Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and Night and Fog, he premiered his latest film, Life of Riley, just one month ago at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2000, coinciding with a retrospective organized by both the American Cinematheque and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Peter Bowen wrote the following short essay, and we collected appreciations from three independent directors — Christopher Munch, Keith Gordon and Radley Metzger. It is reprinted below. Perhaps […] »

- Peter Bowen

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Veteran French Filmmaker Alain Resnais Has Passed Away at Age 91

2 March 2014 4:47 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Few filmmakers leave a legacy behind in cinema that will last generations, and even fewer have a career that truly spans decades. French director Alain Resnais was one of those rarities behind the camera whose career began way back in 1946 and lasted up until his death on Saturday in Paris at age 91 (as reported by  New York Times), not too long after his last film The Life of Riley premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. The filmmaker never won an Oscar, but took home a BAFTA, saw several nominations and wins at the César Awards in France, and countless accolades at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. More below. Resnais is a name that only true cinephiles and students of film will know with iconic films such as Hiroshima, mon amour (starring Oscar nominee Emanuelle Riva), Last Year at Marienbad, Je t’taime, je t’aime, Night and Fog, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Alain Resnais obituary

2 March 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Complex and avant-garde French film director best known for Night and Fog and Last Year in Marienbad

Alain Resnais, who has died aged 91, was a director of elegance and distinction who, despite generally working from the screenplays of other writers, established an auteurist reputation. His films were singular, instantly recognisable by their style as well as through recurring themes and preoccupations. Primary concerns were war, sexual relationships and the more abstract notions of memory and time. His characters were invariably adult (children were excluded as having no detailed past) middle-class professionals. His style was complex, notably in the editing and often – though not always – dominated by tracking shots and multilayered sound.

He surrounded himself with actors, musicians and writers of enormous talent and the result was a somewhat elitist body of work with little concern for realism or the socially or intellectually deprived. Even overtly political works, Night and Fog, »

- Brian Baxter

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Alain Resnais, Acclaimed French Director, Dead At Age 91

2 March 2014 2:02 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Alain Resnais, the acclaimed director of controversial films such as Last Year at Marienbad, has passed away at age 91. To his admirers, Resnais was the epitome of the avant garde filmmaker, producing movies in the name of art, not commerce. His detractors felt some of his work represented style over substance and dripped with artistic pretensions. However, his 1955 30 minute film Night and Fog remains to many as the most devastating record of the Holocaust ever filmed. For more click here »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Can Little Indies Hope to Win Big Awards? The Independent Spirit Awards Beg the Question

2 March 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On the eve of the Oscars and the immediate aftermath of the Independent Spirit Awards, the chaotic war of art and commerce epitomized by this season suddenly felt very small. Late at night, word got around that New Wave master Alain Resnais had died in Paris at 91. It was one of those news items that felt both inevitable and surreal to anyone passionate about the movies. It concluded a career that spanned half a century and spawned countless cinephiles with seminal enigmas of cinematic ingenuity, from "Night and Fog" to "Last Year at Marienbad" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour." Just last month, Resnais unveiled his final work, the theater adaptation "The Life of Riley," while the time travel head trip "Je T'Aime, Je T'aime" landed a weeklong revival at New York's Film Forum. For most of his career, Resnais was a ubiquitous symbol of cinema's power to riff on time and memory with transcendent, »

- Eric Kohn

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Alain Resnais Dies at the Age of 91

2 March 2014 7:18 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I have only seen two of French director Alain Resnais' films, those being Last Year at Marienbad and Wild Grass, which is to say I have a lot to catch up with from Hiroshima, mon amour to Night And Fog. His latest film, Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life of Riley) recently played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, winning the Alfred Bauer Award, and sadly it will prove to be his last. Resnais passed away on Saturday night in Paris, his producer Jean-Louis Livi said this morning. Obviously, with such a limited amount of knowledge when it comes to Resnais' work I can only add so much other than to point you to my review of Criterion's Blu-ray release of Marienbad and point you to the following short film of his from 1958, La chant de la styrene, of which Jean-Luc Godard once wrote, "Alain Resnais is the second »

- Brad Brevet

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Alain Resnais dies aged 91

2 March 2014 6:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

His latest film, The Life of Riley, premiered in Berlin.

Veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais has died at the age of 91.

His death — in Paris on Saturday — comes just weeks after his latest film, The Life Of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), premiered at the Berlinale, where it won the Fipresci prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize (see Screen’s review here).

The director will be remembered as part of the French New Wave, while also changing with the times in subsequent decades — his prolific career includes nearly 50 features.

His 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour was Oscar nominated for best screenplay. He won Venice’s Golden Lion in 1969 for Last Year at Marienbad, and Berlin’s Silver Bears for best director for Smoking/No Smoking and The Same Old Song. He first attracted attention with his 1955 documentary Night and Fog, a BAFTA nominated portrait of Nazi concentration camps.

Dieter Kosslick, festival director of the Berlinale, said: “We mourn »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Alain Resnais dies at age 91

2 March 2014 6:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

His latest film, The Life of Riley, premiered in Berlin.

Veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais has died at the age of 91.

His death — in Paris on Saturday — comes just weeks after his latest film, The Life Of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), premiered at the Berlinale, where it won the Fipresci prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize (see Screen’s review here).

The director will be remembered as part of the French New Wave, while also changing with the times in subsequent decades — his prolific career includes nearly 50 features.

His 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour was Oscar nominated for best screenplay. He won Venice’s Golden Lion in 1969 for Last Year at Marienbad, and Berlin’s Silver Bears for best director for Smoking/No Smoking and The Same Old Song. He first attracted attention with his 1955 documentary Night and Fog, a BAFTA nominated portrait of Nazi concentration camps.

Cannes honoured Resnais with a lifetime achievement award in 2009. Previously, he won »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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On the passing of Alain Resnais, the auteur who stayed playful to the end

2 March 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I awoke this morning to the unhappy news that Alain Resnais, the French director of "Last Year at Marienbad," "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" and "Night and Fog" among many, many others, had passed away at the age of 92, my first thought was how different the moment felt to most other announcements of veteran artists' departures -- more sorely immediate than the usual solemn, remove-your-hat mourning. Most nonagenarian directors who die do so with their life's work complete; Resnais's certainly wasn't lacking, but the man wasn't finished either. Only three weeks ago, Resnais premiered his 19th feature, "Life of Riley," in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival to warm applause and even a couple of trophies. The jury awarded him the Alfred Bauer Prize for "a film that opens new perspectives on cinematic art" -- an award that, at first blush, seems an odd fit for one as comfortingly seasoned and familiar as Resnais, »

- Guy Lodge

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Rip Cinema Giant Alain Resnais

2 March 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One of the greatest film directors of the 20th century, Alain Resnais died yesterday at the age of 91, it was announced by his long-time producer, Jean-Louis Livi. Just a few weeks ago, I saw what has turned out to be his last film, Life of Riley, at Berlinale. The film is about the illness and death of a character who never appears in the film, which seems oddly fitting. Resnais' work in experimental and avant-garde cinema was behind the camera, and his later work combining film and theatre, has left an incredible legacy.Resnais' early work in short documentary film led to Night and Fog in 1955, which arguably put him on the world map. Using  a combination of contemporary colour footage of the abandoned concentration...

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French New Wave director Alain Resnais dies, aged 91

2 March 2014 4:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

French Director Alain Resnais has died, aged 91.

Renais passed away in Paris yesterday (March 1), his producer Jean-Louis Livi has confirmed.

The influential director, known as a pioneer of the New Wave movement, had been involved in the movie industry for over 60 years.

Renais - who was awarded a lifetime achievement prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 - helmed movies including 1961's Last Year at Marienbad and Nazi concentration camp documentary Night and Fog.

Life of Riley, the director's last film, was shot in 2013 and won a prize for innovation at the Berlin Film Festival last month.

Renais is survived by his wife Sabine Azema.

Watch the trailer for Last Year in Marienbad below: »

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Alain Resnais Dies

2 March 2014 3:29 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Alain Resnais, directorial great and unique filmmaking voice, has died aged 91. According to his long-time producer, Jean-Louis Livi, the Frenchman died in Paris on Saturday. Resnais, who filmmaking career spanned six decades, was known best for the radically experimental approach to storytelling that made Last Year At Marienbad and Night And Fog so influential - "a special nonrealistic language that has musicality" is how he described it - and as an influential grand frère to the French New Wave.Born in Brittany in 1922, his love affair with the medium began as a teenager shooting 8mm shorts. In 1943, he enrolled for the newly-founded Institut Des Hautes Etudes Cinématographique. Louis Malle and Costa-Gavras would later pass through the film school but Resnais, frustrated with its heavy onus on theory, left after a year and took a series of acting jobs, before returning to short filmmaking in the late 1940s.It was in »

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Alain Resnais dies at 91

2 March 2014 3:09 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Alain Resnais arrives for the photocall of You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet! (Vous n'avez encore rien vu!) presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival in 2012. Photo: Vous n'avez encore rien vu © Fif/Lf (Courtesy Cannes Film Festival) French director Alain Resnais has died at aged 91.

The Last Year In Marienbad director - whose latest film The Life Of Riley won an award for innovation and the Fipresci prize at last month's Berlin Film Festival - passed away on Saturday, surrounded by his family, his producer Jean-Louis Livi told the French press agency Afp.

Born in 1922, the filmmaker enjoyed a career that spanned more than some six decades and more than 45 films, including Private Fears In Public Places, Night And Fog, Wild Grass and the BAFTA winning Hiroshima Mon Amour.

In 2009, he was given a special award from the Cannes Film Festival for his body of work.

Read our full obituary. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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French Film Master Alain Resnais Dies

2 March 2014 3:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alain Resnais, a cinema pioneer and a leading light of the French New Wave, died Saturday in Paris, his longtime producer and friend Jean-Louis Livi said. He was 91.

One of the most critically-aclaimed French helmers of all time, Resnais directed such arthouse masterpieces as “Hiroshima Mon Amour,”a flagship pic of the New Wave, which earned writer Marguerite Duras an Oscar nom for original screenplay in 1961, and “Last Year at Marienbad,” a major influence on such directors as David Lynch.

Resnais, who began his career with a number of art documentaries and then broke through with the gripping 1955 “Night and Fog,” about the Jewish Holocaust in WWII, was one of the more intellectually rigorous members of the new wave of filmmakers who overturned the French film industry in the late ’50s.

The French cinema world is mourning Resnais today as critics, industryites, festivals’ toppers and fans pay him homage.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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