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Legendary actor Kirk Douglas is celebrating his 98th birthday Dec. 9, with a book of poems called “Life Could Be Verse” (Hci Books). His storied career began on the Broadway stage, where he says, “I got a few bit parts, and absolutely no press notice” — that is, until “The Wind Is Ninety.”
Do you remember your first mention in Variety?
In June 1945, I opened in a drama called “The Wind Is Ninety,” playing the ghost of a World War I soldier who takes the ghost of a World War II pilot back to his family to watch them receive news of his death. Although the critic gave it a mixed review — he mostly summarized a plot he found confusing — it was the first time I saw my name in Variety. Miraculously, the play was a hit. In January of 1946, the producers bought an ad in Variety quoting other critics about my »
- Shalini Dore
Justin Simien’s Sundance-awarded campus comedy “Dear White People” has made a real buzz at Stockholm, with screening sold out and additional screenings added during festival’s last weekend. Since its U.S. release last month through Roadside Attractions, the film has earned more than $3 million. Pic is also about to be sold to Scandinavian territory.
Variety’s Jon Asp chatted with the director during the fest in the Swedish capital.
Variety: How has a year with the film been like, from Sundance till now?
Simien: It’s been enlightening and profound to say the least watching this film with so many different audiences. I’m so happy and grateful the response has been both
enthusiastic and thoughtful on the whole.
Variety: Could you foresee all this attention?
Simien: Since American filmmakers, particular ones dealing with racial subject matter, are oftentimes told by industry “experts” their films won’t travel »
- Jon Asp
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange - if only for these works of cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick would be forever remembered in the history of the medium. If you add in the rest of his films, from Spartacus to Lolita to Barry Lyndon to Eyes Wide Shut, it gets a bit overwhelming and even hyperbole doesn't seem to go far enough. The best director in the history of the medium? Sure. The most remarkable series of films ever made? Yeah, that can be argued. Yet behind these now almost mythical creations was a man from the Bronx who took photos for Look Magazine and parlayed that into an onscreen vision that spanned from noir fisticuffs to...
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Panorama of European Cinema Festival pays tribute to Suleiman, Laverty, Ferris and Tsiolis.
This poetic tale on the cycle of life told through the story of an old Abkhaz peasant and his teenage granddaughter received the two main awards, from the Fipresci jury and the audience.
The Fipresci award named after the late Greek master Theo Angelopoulos was handed over by his widow, producer Phoebe Angelopoulos.
Produced by Kazakhfilm, Focus-Fox Studio and the director’s own company, Corn Island is sold worldwide by France’s Pascale Ramonda.
While receiving his award Laverty, made an impassioned reference to the Greek social and financial crisis in the presence of deputy culture minister Angela Gerekou who awarded »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexis Grivas)
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
The First World War was one of the greatest, most terrible conflicts and losses of life in the history of humanity, but curiously, it's been relatively under-represented on screen, aside from a smattering of pictures like Oscar-winner "All Quiet On The Western Front," Stanley Kubrick's "Paths Of Glory," Peter Weir's "Gallipoli," and most recently, Steven Spielberg's "War Horse." Perhaps it's because it was less of a just war than its bigger sequel, perhaps it's that it was a particularly gruesome slog of mud and sacrifice, perhaps it was because America only entered the war three years in, but there's no doubt that the conflict has been seen in the movies much less than WWII, or even Vietnam. This year, however, marks one hundred years since the beginning of the war, and so it was inevitable that related movies would start to appear. The first out of the gates is "Testament Of Youth, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
October has arrived, which means a whole slew of new titles are ready to queue up on Netflix Instant. This month’s highlights in the U.S. include Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, Galaxy Quest, Team America: World Police and the first season of the […] »
Given the news that Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix in October, you might be tempted to spend the entire month binging on that. We wouldn’t blame you, but there are some other exciting editions coming to the site this month if you want to take a break from Stars Hollow.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Oct. 22, giving you about a month to prepare for Mockingjay—Part 1. Netflix also has you covered when it comes to prepping for another fall release, the Annie remake, considering the 1982 Annie will be available Oct. 1. (So will 1995’s Annie: A Royal Adventure. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
Marc Müller put together this amazing tribute to the late, great Stanley Kubrick. The Montage features clips from The Killing, Paths of Glory, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. I’m not sure why he left out the other Kubrick films, but that doesn’t change the fact that this compilation is fantastic. Watch below.
Featured music (in order of appearance):
Georg Friedrich Händel – Sarabande
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Symphony #9
Gioachino Rossini – The Thieving Magpie
György Ligeti – Musica Ricercata II
Kubrick’s Poetry from Marc Müller on Vimeo.
The post Video of the Day: Kubrick’s Poetry appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
By Lee Pfeiffer
Now this is what you call a bargain: three terrific WWII flicks for only $10 on Amazon, courtesy of Shout! Factory's Timeless Media label, which continues to distribute first rate editions of films that were often considered to be second-rate at the time of their initial release. This "War Film Triple Feature" package includes three gems that were not particularly notable at the time of their release. Two have grown in stature, while the third has benefited only from Cinema Retro writer Howard Hughes' enthusiastic coverage in issue #25. The films included in the set are:
"Attack" (1955)- During the period of WWII, both the Allied and Axis film industries concentrated on feature films that were pure propaganda designed to motivate their fighting men and the public at large. By the early-to-mid-1950s, however, more introspective viewpoints emerged among Hollywood directors and writers. With the conflict now over, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
It was just a few months ago that I decided to stay in my basement for the weekend and watch every Stanley Kubrick movie. We have some harsh winters here in Canada, so don’t judge me. I managed to watch everything from 1960 onward as I figured I had seen Paths Of Glory enough times I could just re-watch it my head later. After all was said and done, like a lot of us do when a movie is over, I went to the Internet to learn everything I could about them. I quickly fell down a rabbit »
- Graham McMorrow
The carnage, horror, bravery and humanity of World War I has inspired such bigscreen fare as “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Paths of Glory” and “Gallipoli” — and now, as the centenary of the outbreak of the “war to end all wars” approaches on July 28, the BBC is offering unprecedented smallscreen coverage in a way that only a well-funded pubcaster can.
From now until 2018, more than 100 specially commissioned programs will be made available on TV, radio and online — approximately 2,500 hours of content. In fact, in January, the blitz began with four-part documentary “Britian’s Great War.”
“We know that by many definitions, it is the most ambitious (undertaking) we have ever mounted,” explains Adrian Van Klaveren, the BBC executive in charge of the commemoration. And while that may sound like hype, for once, reality appears to match the hard sell.
Van Klaveren notes that the shows will be running for »
- Steve Clarke
Sunday night’s Battle for Castle Black promises to be the biggest war scene in Game of Thrones history, with the entire episode focused on Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch fight with The Wildlings. Below, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tease up (spoiler free, of course) the epic confrontation, as well give some insight into last week’s Red Viper vs. Mountain fight and Sansa Stark’s big transformation. Note: The following answers are culled from two interviews, one conducted last week via email where the producers replied with joint statements, and the second by phone »
- James Hibberd
Austin Film Society continues their "Rebel Rebel" film series this weekend with a rare 35mm screening of Getting Straight at the Marchesa. This 1970 film from Richard Rush stars Elliott Gould as a Vietnam vet who attempts to go back to college amid the countercultural revolution. Also starring Candice Bergen and shot by legendary cinemtographer Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider, Paper Moon), it's playing tonight and again on Sunday afternoon. Doc Nights is booked for Wednesday evening and will be spotlighting the story of a young ballerina who was diagnosed with polio at 27. Read more about Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq in our preview post here. On Thursday evening, you can view Stanley Kubrick's Paths Of Glory as part of this month's Essential Cinema series about World War I.
The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series has a wide variety of flicks to choose from this week. Saturday and Sunday at the Paramount, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
★★★★☆The fourth feature of what would later evolve into a glittering directorial career, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) is not only a fine extension of the moral concerns towards war raised in his debut, 1953's Fear and Desire, but a clear precursor to the horrors that would lie in wait with his Vietnam-set Full Metal Jacket (1987). It's not so much fear and desire as fear and control that's the primary concern here, as a battalion of shell-shocked French soldiers in the trenches of the First World War are chastised for a perceived act of cowardice in the face of the enemy. Often overshadowed by fellow '57 graduate 12 Angry Men, a new rerelease should put Paths of Glory back on the road to reverence.
- CineVue UK
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