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The Cannes Film Festival thrives on controlled chaos: endless networking and pitching, protracted negotiations, slammed screenings, crowded villa and yacht parties, champagne for days and special festival pricing. Who could possibly need a restorative break after a fortnight at the Palais, and endless trips up-and-down the Croisette? Practically everyone. Variety researched some ideas for easily accessible R&R in Europe.
A Royal Stay
London’s Athenaeum Hotel
Steps from Green Park and Buckingham Palace in Mayfair, the Athenaeum Hotel’s central location (and option of fully serviced apartments) makes it a good choice for those who like to be in the middle of the action. That action can start in the lacquered lobby or at the hotel’s 300-bottle whiskey bar. Pairing small bites and potent tastes, the Whisky-tasting experience, conducted by the hotel’s Whisky sommelier, is one very pleasant way to launch an evening. New this year for »
- Kathy McDonald
8 1/2, 1963.
Directed by Federico Fellini.
A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…
“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.
- Simon Columb
Director: Michael Radford
Running Time: 93 mins
The elderly have been getting a pretty raw deal from the media in recent years. Seemingly every film, TV show or advert will tolerate them, as long as they’re taking off their cardigans, putting down their cups of tea and doing everything they can to act like “the youth”. Growing old disgracefully has never been so popular, so it was with trepidation that I approached Elsa & Fred, a remake of a European film about an elderly pair stoking the embers of love against the recurring visual backdrop of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
- Steve Palace
Becoming Anita EkbergThe Film Society of Lincoln Center’s "Art of the Real" series, which recently unspooled its second season, has become New York’s annual showcase for the “hybrid” film, experimental works that, despite a more than tenuous relationship with the documentary tradition, oscillate between fiction and nonfiction. Now that documentary has become unmistakably fashionable (a banal subplot in Noah Baumbach’s dreary comedy, While We’re Young, is even spawned by cartoonish version of a debate over “documentary ethics”) the schism between films such as The Hunting Ground and Merchants of Doubt, which resemble feature-length 60 Minutes stories, and the sort of documentaries programmed at film festivals like Doclisboa and Cph: Dox has grown even wider. Art of the Real, laden with an amalgam of festival favorites and classic precursors of cinematic hybridity (this year’s Agnés Varda retrospective is a case in point) is certainly a cheerleader for »
- Richard Porton
Miracolo!: Monicelli’s Exuberant, Digitally Restored Classic
There hasn’t been a performer that’s come close to equaling the vibrant energy of Italian actress Anna Magnani, that furious powerhouse that graced some of the best works of Rossellini, Visconti, Pasolini, and Renoir and swept her way through English language cinema, winning an Oscar for 1955’s The Rose Tattoo. It’s with great pleasure to discover that Mario Monicelli’s forgotten classic The Passionate Thief was digitally restored last year, playing at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival before being treated to a limited theatrical run this Spring at select theaters. Starring Magnani with her frequent stage collaborator, famed comedian Toto, and a nubile Ben Gazzara, the trio wanders through Rome’s streets one lackluster New Year’s Eve as they stumble through a series of escapades.
- Nicholas Bell
It’s been fifty-five years since Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni premiered L’Avventura at the Cannes Film Festival, causing a major public and critical uproar while eventually walking away with the Jury Prize. (The Palme d’Or went to Frederico Fellini for La Dolce Vita – talk about a good year for Italian cinema.) L’Avventura was Antonioni’s fifth feature, directed when he was already 48-years-old. But it felt like something completely new: Ostensibly a missing persons drama about a woman (Lea Massari) who disappears during a boating trip, leaving her best friend (Monica Vitti) and lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) to
- Jordan Mintzer
I'm a huge fan of Federico Fellini's films, films that have essentially become part of the the fabric of cinema history. This largely refers to La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, La Strada, The Nights of Cabiria and Amarcord. Of course, I've also seen and enjoyed I Vitelloni and Juliet of the Spirits while also not particularly loving The White Sheik or Ginger & Fred. I mention this only as a note that I will pretty much devour whatever Fellini feature is placed in front of me, and as much as I was ready to delve into this new Criterion release of his 1969 feature Fellini Satyricon, I can't say the trip was an enjoyable one. Admittedly, Criterion always manages to deliver something intriguing with their releases and this new Blu-ray edition of Fellini Satyricon is no different, but not for the film itself, more for the supplemental material that makes you start to »
- Brad Brevet
Kim Kardashian has taken a shocking turn in her career, posing for a new deliciously decadent photo spread in Love magazine. She hasn’t been this naked since her sex tape went viral nearly a decade ago. Now see all her photos uncensored! Kim, 34 and a mother of one, hasn’t looked this good since giving birth, and she must have been dying to flaunt her stuff. She poses full-frontal in the spread among other shots, in surreal kaleidoscopic settings that channel vibes from Stanley Kubrick’s “Clockwork Orange,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blow Up” and Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” ...Read More »
“There are certain movie images that come to stand for more than just the picture itself — they come to define an entire era, and it seems to happen instantaneously: Humphrey Bogart waiting at the bar for Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, James Dean in his red jacket in Rebel Without A Cause and, of course, Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. This brief moment conjures up a vast universe that’s gone now — the international ‘jet set’ of the 60s and 70s, the world of international moviemaking, the very special cinematic world of Federico Fellini. He and Marcello Mastroianni and Ekberg made magic together. It was her one great moment in movies, »
- The Deadline Team
Anita Ekberg has died in Rome after a series of illnesses, aged 83. The Swedish actress, model and sex symbol is best known for bathing in the Trevi fountain - one of Rome's most popular landmarks - in 'La Dolce Vita', Federico Fellini's film about a restless reporter who drifts through life in the Italian capital city. Ekberg, who was born in Malmo, Sweden, in 1931, had been in a wheelchair for several years after she was knocked down by one of her pet Great Danes, which led to a broken hip. Ekberg was named Miss Sweden at the age of 20, after which she traveled to the Us to compete in the Miss Universe contest. Although she failed to win the high-profile event, Ekberg - who spoke very little English at the time - was signed to a contract by Universal Pictures. She was cast in the role of »
See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)
“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”
Negron, a Glendale, California-raised performer who studied acting at UCLA, began his acting »
- Greg Gilman
Update, Sunday 4:10 Pm: Adds anecdote about Back From Eternity, below: The blond beauty who added a smoldering Swedish sensuality to the pantheon of European 1950s and ’60s screen sirens that included Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot, died Sunday in Rocca di Papa, near Rome, according to reports confirmed by Deadline. She was 83.
She had lived in Italy for decades since a starring role, opposite Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking 1960 La Dolce Vita, made her an international sex symbol. In the film she she played Sylvia, a Swedish-American movie star who arrives in Rome and captures the attention of Mastroianni’s night-crawling paparazzo, who takes her on a moonlit tour of the city. In one of the episodic film’s most famous scenes, Sylvia — poured into a strapless, form-fitting black gown — wades into the Trevi Fountain, beckoning her suitor to follow.
Later she pointedly, and frequently, remarked that »
- Jeremy Gerard
The film career of Anita Ekberg – who died today aged 83 – was defined by a few minutes of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960). Playing a movie star, she is shown dancing riotously in a nightclub. She throws away her fur and takes off her shoes. “Come on everybody, follow me,” she shouts as her drunken fiancé (Lex Barker) sits on the sidelines. They row and she storms off. Jaded journalist Marcello Mastroianni drives her away into the Roman night. After howling like a wolf and wandering the streets with a kitten on her head, they end up at the Trevi Fountain. The sight of the water cascading over her body electrified audiences. »
I've made no secret about loving Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita as noted in my essay on the film last year and today, which makes today's news of the passing of Anika Ekberg that much more sorrowful. As evidenced on the DVD edition of La Dolce Vita from Koch Lorber, Ekberg had a bit of a quick wit about her, though in the last few years she fell on hard financial times, several years removed from the memory we have of her, wading in Rome's Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni. Ekberg landed a contract with Universal back in the early '50s after appearing at the 1951 Miss Universe contest, after which she would land roles in films such as King Vidor's War and Peace as well as three other Fellini features -- I clowns, Intervista and Boccaccio '70. Ekberg's passing comes as the result of a complications with a long illness, »
- Brad Brevet
With the Golden Globes set to get underway a little later tonight, the movie world has become a little less glamorous as iconic screen actress Anita Ekberg has passed away at the age of 83. There is no cinema lover who doesn't know Ekberg from her most famous role, playing "the most wonderful woman created since the beginning of time" in Frederico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." She landed the role after capturing Hollywood's attention as the Swedish beauty who arrived in the United States to compete in the 1951 Miss Universe contest. She didn't win, but she was nonetheless signed to a contract with Universal Studios. She appeared in a string of films — including King Vidor's "War and Peace" with Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn, "Back from Eternity," "Interpol," and others. But it was "La Dolce Vita" that would be her defining role, and the one that launched her to international stardom. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The world lost two famous supporting screen talents this weekend. Firstly, comedian and famed character actor Taylor Negron died at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer. You may not recognise the name, but his deadpan delivery and complete lack of fear about tackling all sorts of topics will long be remembered.
Negron is best known for numerous bit roles in various films and TV shows including "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Easy Money," "River's Edge," "Punchline," "Angels in the Outfield," "Spy Hard," "Bio-Dome," Chairman of the Board," "The Thin Pink Line," "Stuart Little," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas ," "The In Crowd," "Loser," "The Hughleys," "So Little Time," "Funky Monkey," "The Aristocrats," "Three Days to Vegas," "Vamps" and more.
Sadly he isn't the only one to have passed on though as screen actress Anita Ekberg also died over the weekend at the age »
- Garth Franklin
Anita Ekberg, a blonde bombshell who became an international sex symbol in the 1950s and ’60s, died in Italy Sunday at age 83.
The Swedish-born actress was best known for her role as a movie star in Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” which received the Golden Palm at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and elevated Ekberg to screen siren status.
She was featured in a scene in which “she wades into the Trevi Fountain in a strapless evening gown, turns her face ecstatically to the fountain’s waterfall and seductively calls Marcello Mastroianni’s character to join her – establishing her place in cinema history, »
- Todd Cunningham
By Lee Pfeiffer
The cruel loss of legendary cinematic figures continues into the new year with the death of Anita Ekberg in Italy at age 83. The precise cause of death is not known at this time but she had suffered from a long illness. Ekberg was Swedish by birth but was often mistaken as a native of Italy because of her close association with Fellini and his films. She was named Miss Sweden as a teenager and competed in the Miss Universe contest before her statuesque figure ensured a career in show business during an era when full-bosomed sex sirens were all the rage. Hollywood studios were particularly on the lookout for the next exotic European beauty and Ekberg filled the bill perfectly. She slogged through bit parts uncredited in major studio productions before landing a prominent role opposite John Wayne and Lauren Bacall in the 1955 hit "Blood Alley" (in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Anita Ekberg, the Swedish pageant queen whose beauty bewitched director Federico Fellini in La Dolce Vita, died in a hospital outside of Rome at the age of 83. Known in some gossip rags as "The Iceberg," Ekberg was known as one of the sex symbols of Hollywood, and played opposite a number of Hollywood stars throughout her career like Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace and Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in Four for Texas. She also toured with Bob Hope on a number of U.S.O. tours and starred in a number of movies with him. And long before the uproar over Scarlett Johansson's casting as the lead in Ghost in the Shell, Ekberg played a Chinese woman, Wei Ling in Blood Alley, for which she won a Golden Globe award in 1956.Ekberg was born in Malmo, Sweden in 1931, and grew up as one of eight children. She »
- E. Alex Jung
As Hollywood gears up for the Golden Globes, the news broke that Oscar-winning actress Anita Ekberg has died. The star of the 1960 film La Dolce Vita passed away age 83 on Sunday, Jan. 11, near Rome, Italy, Reuters reports. The Swedish actress had been fighting an illness for two years, and her funeral will be held in Rome this week. Her body will be cremated, and her ashes will be returned to her birthplace in Sweden. Ekberg was crowned Miss Sweden in the '50s. She also appeared [...] »
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