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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to "Tangerines," one of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Written and directed by Zaza Urushadze, "Tangerines" follows an elderly Estonian man who, in 1990s-era war-torn Georgia, cares for two wounded soldiers across opposite sides of the battle line. A spare and lonely portrait of a man in isolation a la Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" -- though more heartfelt -- "Tangerines" has been picking up buzz and accolades along the festival circuit since 2013, playing in Warsaw where it won the Best Director and Audience Awards, Palm Springs, Seattle and more. It was also a foreign Golden Globe nominee. Produced by Estonia's Allfilm and Georgia's Cinema 24, the film stars Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nuganen, Mikhail Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Raivo Trass, and Zurab Bealishvili. Samuel Goldwyn plans a 2015 release. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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 »
- Roger Ebert
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
3 items from 2015
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