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Michael Redington obituary

In 1948 my father, Michael Redington, was a young member of the Old Vic Company’s triumphant tour of Australia, headed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. His admiration for both actors was boundless, and Olivier’s performance as Richard III, he felt, was a theatrical epiphany.

But when he married Ann Connell two years later, Michael accepted an actor’s life was precarious and joined Atv, taking on a role in live television production. He worked with Kenneth Clark in the early 1960s before the art historian’s great success with the BBC Civilisation series. He also put TV religious programmes on the map, securing a Bafta for his efforts. Michael won an Eisenhower fellowship and travelled throughout the Us in the 60s during the time of the civil rights movement.

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Win The Man Between on Blu-ray

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Author: Competitions

The perfect companion piece to Carol Reed’s The Third Man, post-war spy thriller The Man Between comes to Blu-Ray for the first time, DVD and VOD on 2 January, boasting brand new extra features. To celebrate, we have 3 copies of the film on Blu-Ray to give some lucky winners courtesy of Studiocanal.

Set against the backdrop of a haunted, newly divided Berlin, Ivo Kern (James Mason: 5 Fingers, Spring & Port Wine, Cross of Iron) – a troubled former lawyer now working the Black Market – gets caught up in a cat and mouse chase with potentially tragic consequences as he attempts to free a young British lady (Claire Bloom: Richard III, Look Back in Anger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) who has been kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity. Starring British screen icons James Mason and Claire Bloom Cbe alongside German sweetheart Hildegarde Neff,
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The Independent Film Community Picks the Best Films of 2016

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The Independent Film Community Picks the Best Films of 2016
Every year, IndieWire looks beyond the countless top 10 lists written by critics to widen the field. We turn to friends and colleagues in the independent film community — programmers, distributors, publicists and others — to give them the opportunity to share their favorite films and other media from the past 12 months. We also invited them to share their resolutions and anticipated events for 2017.

The Best of 2016: IndieWire’s Year in Review Bible

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

I’m limiting my list to films that had Us and Canadian theatrical releases in 2016. I saw far more than 10 this year that I liked, but if I have to be brutal, I’ll limit it to the films that lifted me.

1. “Moonlight

2. “Julieta

3. “Toni Erdmann

4. “Cemetery of Splendor

5. “Arrival

6. “Fences

7. “13th”

8. “American Honey

9. “Things to Come

10. “Moana”

Michael Barker, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics

“Now is the winter of our discontent.
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Review: "Looking For Richard" (1996) Starring Al Pacino; UK DVD Release From Odyssey

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By Diane A. Rodgers

This film comes across as something of a vanity project for Pacino, part documentary, part dramatisation of  Shakespeare's Richard III, in an attempt to explore, understand and represent the play to the common man. The film and its aims are ambitious perhaps and in great danger of hilarious and actorly self parody in places ("It has always been a dream of mine to communicate how I feel about Shakespeare to other people") . Although overall Pacino's film is a little confused about what it's exact aims are, it does capture some entertaining aspects of the creative acting and directing process.

Pacino's sincere passion for Richard III, his earnest attempts to analyse it and make it relevant are admirable; the play is complex and interwoven, full of scheming politics, intrigue and backstabbing. He tackles head on a number of issues including the difficulties American actors and audiences face with the language of Shakespeare,
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New Trailer for Us Re-Release of Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight'

"I speak to thee, my heart!" Just in time to ring in the chimes at Midnight as New Years 2016 rolls in. Janus Films has debuted another slightly different trailer for Orson Welles' 1965 classic Chimes at Midnight, also known as Falstaff Chimes of Midnight. Earlier in 2015, we featured the trailer for the 50th anniversary re-release in the UK, and now we have a Us version. Chimes of Midnight is really Welles adaptation of his play Five Kings which was an attempt to combine Shakespeare's works Henry IV, V, VI and Richard III into a single play, reportedly "Welles' favorite of his films." The result is a work that is heralded as a masterpiece, featuring performances by Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud and Jeanne Moreau. Chime in below. Here's the new trailer for the restored re-release of Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight, from Apple: The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s later film career,
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Criterion Link Collection: October 6th 2015

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Here are a handful of links that I think are worth reading today, for discerning Criterion Collection fan.

Articles

Over on his Criterion Reflections blog, David has just posted his review of Mikio Naruse’s Scattered Clouds:

Since a couple years have passed between my last viewing of a Naruse film (1964’s Yearning, back in 2013, though not reviewed anywhere), I was thus quite eager to sit down and take in Scattered Clouds, available on Criterion’s Hulu channel (and only there, as no version of it on disc is anywhere to be found for the Region 1 market, anyway.)

Don’t miss the Criterion Collection As Haiku blog’s latest entry, on Lonesome.

Jonathan Rosenbaum has republished his review of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan on his blog, adding:

Even though this is favorable, I think I underestimated the achievement of this first feature; reseeing it a quarter of a century later,
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Four Women Tapped for Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame

A quartet of pioneering women — Carmen Dillon, Patricia Norris, Dorothea Holt Redmond and Dianne Wager — .have been selected for induction into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremonies will take place at the guild’.s 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

“These women made great strides in their craft achieving prominence despite designing in a field dominated by men,” said the guild’s Council Chairwoman Marcia Hinds. “Acknowledgement of their efforts leads to a more balanced and open guild.”

The Hall of Fame honors are are only given posthumously. There are currently 44 members.

Dillon was the first female art director in the British film industry and became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration in 1949 for “Hamlet.” Her film credits include “Richard III,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Browning Version,” “The Prince and the Showgirl,
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Richard III: Laurence Olivier’s melodramatic baddie is seriously limp

Hunchbacked, conniving child-killer or slandered victim of Tudor propaganda? This 1955 film is an exaggeration of a distortion that gets us no closer to the truth

Richard III (1955)

Director: Laurence Olivier

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: D–

Richard III is one of the most notorious kings in English history. His popularity has revived since his long-lost remains were discovered beneath a Leicester car park in 2012.

Here now begins one of the most famous, and at the same time, the most infamous of the legends that are attached to the crown of England.

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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the
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Movie News: 5 Films in Appreciation of Rod Taylor, 1930-2015

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Los Angeles – The suave, Australian-born Rod Taylor may have been a leading man footnote in the early to mid-1960s, but he did star in a notable classic: the Alfred Hitchcock-directed “The Birds”. His chiseled good looks and sincere acting style were also memorable in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rod Taylor passed away of a heart attack in Los Angeles on Jan. 7 2015, according to his daughter, Felicia Taylor. He was 84.

Rodney Sturt Taylor was born in Lidcombe, Australia, and was inspired to acting after seeing Sir Laurence Olivier portray Richard III. He played an American – as he would in subsequent roles – in his 1954 debut film, “King of the Coral Sea.” A failed screen test for another role got him a contract at MGM, and he made his debut as a leading man in the popular sci-fi film, “The Time Machine.” What followed was a scatter shot of lead roles,
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Richard III: Laurence Olivier’s melodramatic baddie is seriously limp

Hunchbacked, conniving child-killer or slandered victim of Tudor propaganda? This 1955 film is an exaggeration of a distortion that gets us no closer to the truth

Richard III (1955)

Director: Laurence Olivier

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: D–

Richard III is one of the most notorious kings in English history. His popularity has revived since his long-lost remains were discovered beneath a Leicester car park in 2012.

Here now begins one of the most famous, and at the same time, the most infamous of the legends that are attached to the crown of England.

Continue reading...

Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Sexy Richard III In The Hollow Crown

If all you have ever seen of Shakespeare’s Richard III is Laurence Olivier’s limping, leering, badly made-up monstrosity of a king, then you’re going to have to revise your idea of this most fabulous villain. Richard as Shakespeare wrote him may have been bad, and he may have been twisted, but in his newest iteration he’s far from unattractive. Given that he’s being played by Benedict Cumberbatch, that should hardly be surprising.

The actor has taken on the role of Richard in the BBC’s adaptation of the play as part of the final section of their series The Hollow Crown, which covers all of Shakespeare’s “War of the Roses” plays, beginning with Richard II. Cumberbatch is just the latest in a long line of excellent contemporary actors to take on parts in The Hollow Crown: everyone from Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and the Posters of Karl Oskar Blase

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Above: 1964 poster for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, Germany, 1920).

I’ve written a lot about the German designer Hans Hillmann in these pages and elsewhere, and the current exhibition running through September 27 at the Kemistry Gallery is a must-see if you’re in London (there are some great images of the exhibit here if you’re not), but I only recently came across the work of a peer and compatriot of Hillmann’s, Karl Oskar Blase. Born the same year as Hillmann, on March 24, 1925, and now in his late 80s, Blase was, like Hillmann, a professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Art director of the German design magazine Form, Blase designed every cover of the magazine from 1957 to 1968. He is also renowned as a designer of stamps.

Throughout the 1960s Blase also designed film posters for the revival house Atlas Films (as did Hillmann). His posters are mostly a
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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles

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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles
Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves.  So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones
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Blu-ray Release: Khartoum

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Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $Tba

Studio: Twilight Time

Charlton Heston heads into battle in Khartoum.

The 1966 historical action adventure movie Khartoum makes its Blu-ray debut in January, 2014 from Twilight Time.

The exotic epic film concerns the ill-fated expedition of British General Charles Gordon (Charlton Heston, The Ten Commandments) in late 19th-century Sudan, an attempt to halt the incursion of the fanatical Muslim leader, Muhammad Ahmad (Laurence Olivier, Richard III), the self-styled Mahdi (“The Expected One”).

Directed by Basil Dearden and Elliot Elisofon and written by Robert Ardrey, Khartoum is a large-scale widescreen (it was shot in Cinerama) roadshow extravaganza filled with battle sequences, stunning desert landscapes, and political intrigue involving British Prime Minister Gladstone (Ralph Richardson, The Four Feathers).

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be prepared to pre-order this one directly from distributor Screen Archives as soon as the prebook date is announced,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Perfect Understanding

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013

Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $34.99

Studio: Cohen Film Collection/Entertainment One

Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier test out the viability of their marriage vows in Perfect Understanding.

Cinema icons Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard) and Laurence Olivier (Richard III) star in the 1933 romantic comedy Perfect Understanding, the only film the pair made together.

Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas (Olivier) are a young society couple who marry based on the “perfect understanding” that they will be allowed to enjoy extramarital adventures and never let jealousy come between them.

That arrangement is soon put to the test when a drunk Nicholas sleeps with a former lover (Nora Swinburne, TV’s The Forsythe Saga). When he returns to Judy, he is guilt-ridden and confesses his indiscretion. Judy forgives him, but Nicholas is soon battling his own feelings of jealousy when he comes to believe that Judy has slept with an old friend of hers (John Halliday,
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Criterion Collection: Richard III | Blu-ray Review

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More than 500 years later, historians and archaeologists have unearthed, and then validated the skeleton remains of the two-year term King of England, and in the same token, the Criterion folks issue the crisp, restored Blu-ray edition of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, his third feature as a director following 1944′s Henry V and 1948′s Hamlet. In 1957, the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. During the same year, the film won Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.

The great Olivier is Richard the Duke of Gloucester, a man with an insatiable appetite for power. He often smiles but his heart is full of poison. Assisted by the corrupt Duke of Buckingham (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago), he plans to kill his brother George (John Gielgud, The Elephant Man) and two nephews, while winning the heart of the vulnerable The Lady Anne (Claire Bloom,
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Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard

Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard
"I can smile, and murder while I smile," confides that notorious noble, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, "and frame my face to all occasions." For Laurence Olivier, pronouncing "frame" like "feign," it's an auspicious beginning. In Shakespeare's words, he finds his performer's credo. Spoken in the opening moments of "Richard III" (1955), the third in actor/director/adapter Olivier's cinematic trilogy of Shakespearean works, they are the Bard's words, and Gloucester's, too. But they do not in fact appear in "Richard III" -- rather, Olivier's pilfered them from Gloucester's monologue in Act III of "Henry VI, Part 3." The lines flow seamlessly from the original text -- it was only in searching for an accurate quotation that I discovered the discrepancy -- and yet illuminate Richard's damaged dissembling. Olivier knew, almost preternaturally, that the interest lay in the interpretation, in twisting the page to fit the screen, though only to a point. This
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‘Richard III’ to be restored in 4K

Culver City, Calif. — A few months before the bones of Richard III were discovered below a parking lot in Leicester, England, the infamous British monarch was the focal point of a very different type of reclamation project halfway around the world in Culver City, California. There, Colorworks, Sony Pictures’ digital intermediate facility, applied the finishing touches to an exhaustive 4K restoration of “Richard III,” Laurence Olivier’s 1955 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

The project was completed under the auspices of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1990 by Martin Scorsese to preserve endangered films. The group has supported the restoration of over 600 films to date. The restored “Richard III” is being released in April on Blu-ray by Criterion.

“We’re so pleased to have been able to support this stunning restoration thanks to the generosity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and with the support of our partners: Janus Films,
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