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The NoHo 7, the Playhouse 7, and the Royal in Los Angeles will all be showing a double feature of two of Doris Day’s best-known films on Monday, August 29, 2016. At 7:00 pm The Man Who Knew Too Much, the classic 1956 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, will be screened as part of its 60th anniversary. At 4:30 pm and again at 9:30 pm, 1961’s Lover Come Back, directed by Delbert Mann, will be screened as part of its 55th anniversary.
From the press release:
Doris Day Double Feature
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics presents a tribute to Doris Day, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
That's my question to you today, dear readers.
Jason asked us to choose our favorite drunken clown couple in Shortcuts early in the week (have you voted yet?) to celebrate International Clown Week. I thought to do a follow up post but every time only horror films came to mind and it's just not the right time for that. Are there any non-scary clowns in the movies? Besides Anne Archer in Short Cuts, that is. Even Jimmy Stewart, who was largely a warm screen presence onscreen outside of Vertigo, was of mysterious and possibly murderous history when he played one in the much-maligned Best Picture winner The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), never taking his makeup off. »
- NATHANIEL R
“He assembled a temp score [existing music used during editing], which was very influential and exerted a pretty strong influence on ‘Drive,'” said Martinez in a recent interview with IndieWire. “On ‘Neon Demon’ he really threw me a curveball, he had it temped from top to bottom exclusively with music of Bernard Herrmann.”
The scores of the legendary Hollywood composer Herrmann, most commonly remembered for creating big, dramatic orchestral music for films like “Citizen Kane,” “Pyscho,” “Vertigo” and “Taxi Driver”, are in a different sonic universe from Martinez’s scores, which are defined by sparse, modern music that gives his films a dark, electronic undertone.
“Nicolas said, ‘I »
- Chris O'Falt
Back when I was a kid, and a lot more naïve about how the motion picture industry works, I had expectations of filmmakers that were completely unreasonable in their very reverence. If I saw a masterpiece, and then placed the person who directed it high atop my superstar pedestal of art heroes, I longed for him or her to go forward and make 10 or 20 more masterpieces (hey, why not!), and I always felt keenly disappointed if it didn’t work out that way. It was hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that even a movie as enthralling and visionary and apparently brilliantly orchestrated as “The Godfather” or “Nashville” was, among other things, a kind of fantastic accident: a coming together of elements that even the director isn’t always (or ever) in full control of.
But when it came to the art heroes who let me down, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Mondo has released promotional images for its 1/6 scale Alfred Hitchcock collectible figure, with the Master of Suspense available to pre-order now; check them out here…
The iconic director of over 50 films, including classics such as Psycho, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock continues to inspire us as his work is still imitated to this day. We’re proud to present the famous filmmaker in 1/6 scale, featuring an authentic likeness, tailored fabric suit, director’s chair, interchangeable hands, and a few nods to some of his classic films. Whether he’s on your desk or perched on a shelf next to your Blu-rays, the 1/6 Scale Alfred Hitchcock Figure is the perfect addition to any film lover’s collection.
- Amie Cranswick
The Alfred Hitchcock sixth scale figure goes on sale on Thursday, May 26th at 1:00pm Est. The posters will also become available on Thursday, albeit at a random time, so keep an eye on Mondo’s official Twitter page if you’re looking to add them to your collection before they sell out. Below, we have photos of the new collectibles as well as the official press release with full details:
Press Release: The iconic director of over 50 films, including classics such as Psycho, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock continues to inspire us as his work is still imitated to this day. We’re proud to present the famous filmmaker in 1/6 scale, »
- Derek Anderson
Last summer, BBC Culture compiled their list of the 100 Greatest American Films, voted on by critics around the world. The results featured the expected heavy hitters like Orson Welles‘ “Citizen Kane” and Alfred Hitchcock‘s “Vertigo” sitting comfortably near the top, more contemporary movies like “25th Hour,” “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” and even “Forrest […]
The post Watch: 7-Minute Supercut Of The BBC’s 100 Greatest American Films appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLiam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's SilenceWe're still waiting for Martin Scorsese's new film set in 17th century Japan, Silence (an adaptation of the same book Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film is based on), but things may be moving quickly for his next project, the long-in-gestation The Irishman, set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. We'll believe it when we see it, but we sure want to see it!Cannes begins! If this week's Rushes seems a bit threadbare, it's because we've arrive at the Cannes Film Festival and can't think of anything else. Stay tuned on the Notebook for our festival coverage.Recommended VIEWINGOur very favorite video essayist, Tag Gallagher, has made a new one for Sight & Sound on Raoul Walsh's classic noir western, »
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
He’s only been making features for the last decade, but Joachim Trier is the rare example of a director whose voice felt fully formed upon his debut (Reprise). That’s, of course, not to discredit room for growth — his follow-up, Oslo, August 31st was proof enough that he can expand and deepen his skills. This week sees the release of his third feature, the impressive drama Louder Than Bombs, which premiered in competition at Cannes last year. For the occasion we’ve dug up his ballot for the 2012 Sight & Sound poll (taken around the release of his second feature).
Featuring some of the more obvious touchstones by Kubrick, Fellini, and Hitchcock, a few picks display where he clearly borrows influence for his dramatically piercing work, including Resnais’ debut, and classics from Antonioni and Tarkovsky, as well as his sense of comedy, from Scorsese and Allen. Perhaps most noteworthy is »
- Jordan Raup
Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Hollywood tackles the big issues! This adapted play about an unwanted teen pregnancy is actually quite good, thanks to fine performances by Carol Lynley and Brandon De Wilde, who convince as cherubic high schoolers 'too young to know the score.' And hey, the teen trauma is set to an intense music score by Bernard Herrmann. Blue Denim 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives 1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date March 16, 2016 / available through Amazon / 19.98 Starring Carol Lynley, Brandon De Wilde, Macdonald Carey, Marsha Hunt, Warren Berlinger, Vaughn Taylor, Roberta Shore, Malcolm Atterbury, Anthony J. Corso, Gregg Martell, William Schallert. Cinematography Leo Tover Film Editor William Reynolds, George Leggewie Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by Edith Sommer, Philip Dunne from the play by James Leo Herlihy and William Noble Produced by Charles Brackett Directed by Philip Dunne
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Sex education today is erratic, with no established standard, but »
- Glenn Erickson
It’s safe to say most filmmakers today have learned something from Alfred Hitchcock, if not been directly influence. The master filmmaker's resumé speaks for itself — “Rear Window,” “Psycho,” “Rebecca,” “Notorious,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rope,” “The Birds,” “North by Northwest,” “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Dial M for Murder” — and his remarkable grasp on technical prowess in achieving big screen spectacle has been rarely matched. And among the things Hitchcock knew best about filmmaking was how to stage a scene, as broken down and analyzed by Nerdwriter1 in his latest video, “How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene.” Read More: Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores Ensemble Staging In Bong Joon-Ho's 'Memories Of Murder' Taking a closer look at an early scene in “Vertigo” — the 1958 picture some cinephiles would argue is not only Hitchcock’s greatest work, but also quite possibly the best film of all-time — the nine-minute »
- Will Ashton
It was only last month when we shared a mega-post of materials regarding Alfred Hitchcock, so even if he weren’t among the most widely viewed and discussed artists in cinema history, you might think it’s a little soon to be sharing something else. But two video essays recently caught our attention: one weighs a familiar aspect of the director’s oeuvre; the other considers a key formal building block, certainly no stranger to examination, in a more directly visual way than one might be used to.
The latter examines how blocking during Vertigo‘s key exposition scene will lay out many of its dramatic and power dynamics, making use of a handy side-by-side mapping and effective voiceover by creator Evan Puschak. (We’ve previously featured his work.) The former concerns Psycho‘s shifting perspectives and their use as tools of manipulation, with citations of previous Hitchcock films offered to support its argument. »
- Nick Newman
March 22 would have been the 103rd birthday of Lew Wasserman, whom Variety described as “Hollywood’s ultimate mover and shaker.”
Most people in the public didn’t know his name; if they did, it might be as the studio executive who championed Steven Spielberg, and the man who thwarted Donald Trump’s attempted 1988 takeover of McA Universal. But Wasserman was so important and influential in the worlds of entertainment and politics that if someone simply mentioned the name “Lew,” with no last name, everybody involved in show business knew whom was meant.
Wasserman was born on March 22, 1913, and became an agent for McA in Chicago in 1936, under Jules Stein. He moved to Los Angeles and helped build the agency into a powerhouse. Variety‘s front-page banner on July 24, 1962, read “McA dissolves entire agency.” The story began, “McA Inc.’s talent agency, which only a week ago was the most powerful in the industry, »
- Tim Gray
I love listening to jazz—or what I now have to identify as “mainstream” or “straight-ahead” jazz, to be clear—so I always look forward to a new release from clarinet master Ken Peplowski. His new CD, Enrapture, on Capri Records offers many pleasures including a number of tracks where he trades his mellow clarinet for an equally beautiful-sounding tenor sax. The album features an incredibly eclectic lineup of tunes by everyone Duke Ellington and Noel Coward to John Lennon…along with a jazz treatment of Bernard Herrmann’s main theme from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo! In his liner notes, Ken credits his wife for nudging him to record...
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- Leonard Maltin
Paris — The Cannes Film Festival is replacing stars with stairs on the official poster for its 69th edition.
In recent years, the event has selected iconic shots of classic film actors — Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Marcello Mastroianni, Ingrid Bergman — to grace its posters. This year, however, it is a film still, selected from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 “Contempt,” that will set the tone for this year’s festival.
Tinted a radiant yellow-gold, the image depicts a man climbing the side of the Casa Malaparte — a modernist mansion overlooking the sea on the far east side of the Isle of Capri, accessible only to dreamers and cinemagoers.
Though we cannot make out the man’s face, the staircase itself draws the eye — and should look especially striking blown up to enormous dimensions and suspended over the red carpet entry to the Palais des Festivals, as in 1997, when a trompe l’oeil banner extended the entry staircase heavenward. »
- Peter Debruge
Hey creeps, as ya know I gave my two cents on the action adventure romp (with strong horror biz roots) Camino a few columns back (click here if the use of a search function is too much for ya). Anyway, I’m bringin’ this whole thing up because none other than that films die-rector Josh C. Waller just strolled into the Crypt o’ Xiii!
Famous Monsters. Welcome to my humble hovel Josh! How did Camino come about, and were there any ass-paining elements to the shoot?
Josh C Waller. The original idea came about while shooting The Boy in Colombia, but the project itself came together as a result of Daniel [Noah] and I having a last-minute gap in our production schedule and needing to fill that gap. The challenges that faced us aren’t necessarily ones unique to our film. They were the same types of obstacles that all independent filmmakers face. »
Directed by Kent Jones.
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, James Gray, Alfred Hitchcock, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, Francois Truffaut.
Filmmakers look at the impact Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book ‘Cinema According to Hitchcock’ had on Hitchcock’s reputation, and their own films.
As our contemporary understanding dictates, Alfred Hitchcock is revered as one of the great filmmakers of cinema history; many filmmakers, critics, and scholars define him as more than ‘the master of suspense.’ But he wasn’t always regarded with such prestige; in fact, this film highlights that Hitchcock was primarily seen as an entertainer. Hitchcock/Truffaut almost explores the transitory period in Hitchcock’s reputation from a good director to one of the greats. One of Hitchcock’s great admirers was Francois Truffaut, who saw something in his oeuvre that many hadn’t prior: the construction of his framing, »
- Matthew Lee
You may think the Divergent series can't get any more action-packed, but wait until you see Allegiant. Opening on March 18, the third installment of the Ya movie series follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) "into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before." We're debuting an exclusive first look at the film's IMAX poster, and it is, dare we say, ravishing. We're getting serious Alfred Hitchcock/Vertigo vibes here. Check it out, and feast your eyes on the many posters for Allegiant! »
- Maggie Pehanick
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