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With La dolce vita in 1960, Federico Fellini created a new kind of personal fantastical movie to deal with the corrupt, newly affluent Italy. It replaced the neorealism that had dominated Italian cinema for 15 years. Three years later, in the even more phantasmagoric, semi-autobiographical Otto e mezzo (aka 8½), Marcello Mastroianni, who'd become Fellini's alter ego in La dolce vita, played Guido Anselmi, a director at the end of his tether while in pre-production on his latest expensive movie at Rome's Cinecittà.He has magnificent sets and costumes, but no script, and as he's badgered by producers, wives, mistresses, journalists and assorted hangers-on, he fantasises about his life and loves and revisits his past.
It is a dazzling film, funny, moving and deeply serious. One of the most influential pictures ever made, it contributed to the myth of the film director as supreme auteur, encouraged a movie critic to publish a »
- Philip French
Federico Fellini was the undisputed king of Italian cinema during the post-war era of the 1950s and '60s when foreign filmmakers began to reach worldwide audiences. Directors such as Ingmar Bergman from Sweden, Akira Kurosawa from Japan, and Jean-Luc Godard of France became icons, almost ambassadors of their respective cultures, and Fellini was the emissary of all things Italian: skinny ties, sunglasses, and a robust attitude toward sex. In films like La Dolce Vita , Juliet of the Spirits , and Amarcord he blended surreal, fantastical imagery with deeply personal explorations of his own history and psyche. Probably his most famous movie, the 1963 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Film 8 1/2 became his lasting masterpiece, a crowning achievement with a style that has been imitated by »
Principals Donald Krim and Richard Lorber will each serve as co-presidents of the combined operation and together will continue to release films under their established labels -- Kino International and Lorber Films -- as well as through Lorber's Alive Mind for docs and Knitting Factory for music titles. No financial details were available.
Each exec will remain primarily responsible for acquisitions for his ongoing lines, along with other differentiated roles: Krim will guide the traditional distribution operations, while Lorber will be charged with business development and corporate strategy. Staffs of both companies will remain with the merged business.
The union brings together two execs, each with 30 years of experience, and film libraries that total 600 titles. The combined company will continue to distribute classic and »
- By Elizabeth Guider
This week it was a pair of Italian cinema greats and one of the best films of 2009. I also watched Inglourious Basterds on Blu-ray as well as a second helping of Public Enemies, but reviews of both of those will be just around the corner so no further mentions here.
Ginger and Fred (1986) Quick Thoughts: If you're any kind of fan of Italian cinema and/or Federico Fellini you know the names of Marcello Mastroianni and Giulietta Masina. If you don't you really should. Might I recommend picking up La Strada, 8 1/2, Nights of Cabiria and La Dolce Vita. That should be a good primer and should have you falling in love with these two. Once you've done that, pick up Ginger and Fred as this is a film to be watched only after enjoying these two charismatic actors in their younger years as they are both much older in this film, »
- Brad Brevet
How the mighty have fallen—at least for a night. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted last night leaving La Dolce Vita restaurant in Beverly Hills, and must say, there was nothing sweet about Brangelina's look. We know Brad's been sporting this grimy growth for some time (no, that's not a cryptic play on words saying that Angelina's a beard or anything). But it's really making B.P. look like a ratty-ass mess, not the sexy father-of-six mess like we've gotten used to. This is a stud who can usually pull off any look, but his Bff George Clooney, only a few movie-star miles away, seems to have a far better handle on aging. Why's that? No kiddies to wrangle, just »
The couple were all smiles while meeting up with George Clooney and his new girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at high-end Italian eatery La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Earlier that evening, Clooney walked the red carpet with Canalis and his mom.)
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The foursome were celebrating Clooney's newest flick "Up in the Air" (in theaters Dec. »
Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Last night Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went to La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills for the Up In The Air premiere afterparty, and the golden couple partied with the likes of George Clooney and Cindy Crawford until almost 2Am! Click here to see X17online's gallery of Brad and Angelina last night Angelina and Brad arrived around 10Pm, and they looked ecstatic when we snapped them in their SUV, but X17 photographers noted that Angelina looked "painfully thin" when she followed Brad into the restaurant. Click here for all of X17online's Angelina Jolie stories Click here for all of X17online's Brad Pitt stories »
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out together yesterday for a date night in La. The duo enjoyed a meal at La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills and were spotted heading back to their car hand in hand. The public display of affection is well-timed, considering the recent release of some bombshells about their relationship in the upcoming Brangelina Exposed. You guys seem split about the book's many allegations about their lives, but there were no signs of strain between them as they smiled for the cameras on their way home. View 10 Photos › To see more of Brad and Angelina, just read more. View 10 Photos › »
They've been around the world ... from London to The Bay ... but last night, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had a date night at La Dolce Vita restaurant in Beverly Hills. The couple went home early, but Angie's pants were definitely too legit to quit.Stop. Hammer time. ...
With its silent superspectacles, postwar neo-realism and 1960s new wave, the Italian film industry has enjoyed three major periods of international influence. In between times, it has assimilated the technological advances and dramatic styles of foreign competitors and used them to shape such local trends as the `white telephone' film, calligraphism, giallo, the `sword and sandal' epic, the `spaghetti' Western and the dialect comedy.
Over the years, the unexpected has become commonplace. Therefore, it's no surprise to see Gianni di Gregorio, the screenwriter of the uncompromising crime saga Gomorrah, making his directorial debut with Mid-August Lunch, a charming comedy of bourgeois manners, whose unforced naturalism, social insight and deceptive wit hark back to a golden age that is recalled here by MovieMail - the best place to buy classic movies and world cinema on DVD.
After two decades of propaganda and pictorialism, Italian film went back to basics after the Second World War. »
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The film is billed as a tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. It follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love. »
- By Stuart Kemp
Barring some epic year-end bombshell, Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" is sure to walk away with the designation of year's most provocative movie -- with its sadomasochistic sex, penis smashing and spontaneous clitorectomy, it rivals Nagisa Oshima's 1976 cinema scandal "In the Realm of the Senses" in its efforts to shock and offend.
It's a useful comparison. Over the years, international art cinema has often been inextricably tied to our most prurient desires. In the 1960s, foreign masterpieces were as much about championing auteurs as glimpsing a choice piece of European ass. Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" was marketed with blonde bombshell Anita Ekberg dancing around in Dionysian ecstasy, while Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt" and Luis Bunuel's "Belle De Jour" were literally sold off the naked backsides of Bridget Bardot and Catherine Deneueve. But do such depictions of outré sex still sell challenging foreign cinema today?
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- Anthony Kaufman
In A Serious Man, the latest masterwork from the Coen Brothers, former Broadway actor Michael Stuhlbarg plays Larry Gopnik, a middle aged man who seeks wisdom from his local rabbis in a time of extreme misfortune. Gopnik has so many questions, those of which are proposed by the film’s “hint of mischief,” but as the answers become more necessary, they constantly allude him.
The Scorecard Review sat down with Michael Stuhlbarg in Chicago’s new Trump Hotel to discuss many issues raised by the film, including how religion influenced the film, what it was like embodying the unfortunate character of Larry Gopnik, and even the meaning behind the rather odd opening sequence.
Click Here to read Allen’s Scorecard Review of A Serious Man
What do you feel your role and character had to do with the mystery of faith?
I would say almost a physical manifestation of the mystery of faith. »
- Nick Allen
The following post discusses "Souvenir," last night's episode of "Mad Men." I'm not feeling great tonight. It's just a head cold, but I don't think this is going to be one of my longer "Mad Men" posts. I liked the episode, which had elements of not just "The Jet Set" and "Long Weekend," but Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" as well. There was something decadent and sexy about the whole Rome plot, and after the intensity of the last couple of episodes, that was bellissimo. The good thing is, it's not as if there were a lot of hidden meanings or »
Ricky D is the founder and creator of Sound on Sight. Due to contrary belief he has never attended any film school. Instead Ricky learned his craft from his eight years as a video store clerk and countless hours of watching Vcr porn and 70`s horror films. He has completed just over a dozen short films in which he produced, directed, edited and photographed. He has taken home various awards including best director, editor and camera man at various short film festivals. Whatever little free time he has is usually spent at the movies, reading comic books and spending time with his boyfriend and two puppies. His favorite film makers are Pier Paolo Pasolini, David Cronenberg, Lars Von Trier, Gus Van Sant, Paul Thomas Anderson, Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock. His favorite films are Pulp Fiction, La Dolce Vita, Europa and Salo. He is currently working on a slasher film. »
Austin is now the third major Us city I’ve lived in since officially leaving the nest of my parents’ home in central Texas six years ago. After spending several years in both Los Angeles and New York before my current settlement in Weird City, I’ve had the fortunate chance of getting exposed to three very distinct cultures of cinephilia. In preparation for and anticipation of a week of sleeping, eating, and living exclusively in Austin’s uniquely cinephilic Alamo Drafthouse and Paramount Theater for the upcoming Fantastic Fest, this week’s Culture Warrior takes a look at three great American cities and their equally great movie theaters. Los Angeles The home of infamous movie palaces like Mann’s Chinese, Mann’s Egyptian, the ArcLight Cinerama Dome, and gigantic one-screens in Westwood frequently used to house major west coast premieres, Los Angeles is a city known for a particular type of celebration of the theatrical moviegoing »
- Landon Palmer
Which stars have been out and about this past week? Whole galaxies of them. I've collected a few randomly for this edition of the red carpet lineup. It's but a tiny fraction of the luminaries since we're now in the thick of festival season. Telluride is behind us, Venice wraps today, and Toronto just kicked off. And that's just the big ones.
Nicholas Hoult and Julianne Moore hit Venice for the premiere of A Single Man (see previous post). An Education's Carey Mulligan, quickly emerging as the one to beat for Best Actress, is going to be fought over fiercely when it comes to dressing for the Oscars, just watch. She wore this Prada 09 Fall/Winter collection piece for her film's Toronto premiere. Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and her perpetually Oscar snubbed husband Paul Bettany were also in Toronto promoting the Charles Darwin biography / marital drama Creation.
Finally, Venice »
- NATHANIEL R
Matt Damon and his wife Luciana held hands as they surveyed the scene at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. Earlier this week they were all dressed up for Matt's premiere of The Informant!, but they looked casual and comfortable for their leisurely stroll and boat ride. Matt's good friend George Clooney wasn't too far away promoting his own movie, as both guys continue their Italian fun after spending time together at Lake Como. View 10 Photos › For more photos of Matt's visit to Italy, just read more. View 10 Photos › »
Subhash Ghai to be the guest of honor to inaugurate the festival.
Subhash Ghai’s ‘Black and White’ has been invited for the Carlsberg International Film festival to be held in Nagpur from the 11th to the 18th of September 09 while Subhash Ghai has been invited to inaugurate the festival.The film will be featured along with La Dolce Vita, Turtles can fly, Spring Summer, Edge of Heaven and a Marathi film Gabriche Pause.
Black and White has emerged as show stealer and has garnered critical acclaim from media as well as general Public.In the first week of its release it was granted tax exemption in Delhi followed by the state of Maharashtra. This small budget patriotic drama is still growing at the box office too on the strength. »
Subhash Ghai's Black & White has been invited for the Carlsberg International Film festival to be held in Nagpur from the 11th to the 18th of September 09 while Subhash Ghai has been invited to inaugurate the festival. The film will be featured along with La Dolce Vita, Turtles can fly, Spring Summer, Edge of Heaven and a Marathi film Gabriche Pause. Black & White has emerged as show stealer and has garnered critical acclaim from media as well as general Public. In the first »
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