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The Swedish-born star, a former model, is wheelchair-bound and has been living in a home for the elderly near Rome, Italy after her house was set on fire during a burglary.
The 80 year old's finances are being looked after by court-appointed administrator Massimo Morais, and he recently wrote to Fellini's estate pleading poverty, insisting Ekberg is struggling to get by because she has no valuable assets.
Morais tells Italian newspaper La Stampa, "It's not elegant to say it but Mrs Ekberg's real problem is a lack of liquidity.
"The Fellini Foundation has not replied yet but I am confident of solidarity from anyone who wants to share with other benefactors in helping out, however modestly, a good actress who really deserves it." »
Ekberg, 80, has been living in a care home near Rome for the past three months after she broke her thighbone in a fall. She hasn't returned to her apartment which was robbed of furniture and jewellery. A fire has rendered it unfit for habitation, according to accountant Massimo Morais who was appointed to help manage her affairs.
Morais has written to the Fellini Foundation of Rimini appealing for financial help and posted on the Foundation's. »
- Shiva Prakash
Being in London is making Claudia Cardinale nostalgic. The Italian actor remembers shooting one of her first films here, in 1959: Upstairs and Downstairs, a forgotten domestic comedy. She met the Queen at the premiere of West Side Story in Leicester Square in 1962, and looked the more regal of the two. She came here to see one of Marlene Dietrich's last concerts, in 1973, with her friend and regular director Luchino Visconti. "In his room he kept a signed photo of Marlene Dietrich, in her costume. Fantastic!"
This time, she's here for the London Turkish film festival, which opened last month with a new film starring herself; but on a quiet afternoon in a Mayfair hotel, the »
- Steve Rose
More than 50 years after its release, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita remains one of cinema's most celebrated achievements. A lush, sexually charged dramedy about a journalist's (Marcello Mastroianni) search for happiness in decadent Rome, the film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1960, inspired generations of directors and still makes lists of the best movies ever made. And no one can quite figure out who owns the thing. Thanks to the dizzying complexities of copyright law, Paramount executives, who thought they had acquired the film fair and square more than a decade ago, on Nov. 4 sued New York-
- Matthew Belloni , Eriq Gardner
By Zachary Swickey
It is increasingly rare in today’s modern music world to see a band make it past the ten year mark. It’s even rarer to see a band do it while maintaining musical credibility. Case in point, Every Time I Die – a group of headbanging, enthusiastic Bills fans from Buffalo who feature some of the dirtiest, awesomest metal riffs you’ll ever hear and just so happen to throw the hottest damn concerts in town.
Every Time I Die started off with brothers Keith Buckley and Jordan Buckley on vocals and guitars, respectively, before adding Andy “Paul Bunyan” Williams as a second guitarist. Original drummer Mike “Ratboy” Novak handled sticks for the group from their 1998 inception until 2009 when Canadian Ryan Leger (a madman on the drums nicknamed “Legs”) replaced him. (Insert name here) has been with the group since… sorry, inside joke since the bassist position »
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La Dolce Vita (directed by Federico Fellini) was released in 1960. It has been described as a groundbreaking film, capturing a time of reconstruction and economic growth in Italy, linked to the end of Fascism and the destruction caused by the Second World War.
Despite the availability of colour stock, La Dolce Vita was shot in black and white. The use of monochrome appears to emphasise the diametric oppositions between the old rural way of life and the new modernising Italy. La Dolce Vita looked firmly forward to the future, introducing an international audience not only to sleek and sophisticated Italian fashions but also a profession of which we are now thoroughly familiar; the unscrupulous celebrity photographer.
Roger Ebert is widely acclaimed as one of the world's leading film critics, but since treatment for thyroid cancer he has been unable to speak. Here, he explains how he remains so positive about life
Roger Ebert, who has been reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer prize. He is one of the few critics to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His reviews – he still writes up to six a week both for the newspaper and his website (which receives 110 million visits a year) – are syndicated around the world. He runs his own film festival, Eberfest, and co-wrote the screenplay of Russ Meyer's 1970 camp classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
In 2006, following post-surgical complications connected to his treatment for thyroid cancer, Ebert lost a large section of his right jaw; he has not been able to speak, »
- Rachel Cooke
What moment in film is most similar in its own way to the music you make, and how?
Fellini's La Dolce Vita – specifically, the Trevi fountain scene. I relate to it because of its style and meticulous detail. It's irreverent, and at the time it was made he was doing something that nobody else had done before. This is what we always strive for. Obviously, the results are in the eye of the beholder, but that's how I'd personally love to envisage what we do.
What moment in your music is most filmic, and how?
Two songs come to mind: an early one called The Chauffeur, which tells a story and lends itself to many different interpretations, and one from the new album, »
- Caroline Sullivan
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.
Portrait of the Artist as a Confused Man
Perhaps the idea of a filmmaker making a film about himself, his fears, his hopes, his life, is inherently self-indulgent. It's hard to argue otherwise though self-portraits have always been a staple of art. Perhaps Da Vinci and Rembrandt were self-indulgent too. Still, something about the self portraits is so necessary. Someone has to explore the life of the artist. Biopics, whether celebratory or critical, are often too structured and viewed from outside looking in. Only autobiographies allow the filmmaker the ability to really explore their internal rot. The cinema this creates may not always be compelling but it always feels essential. Federico Fellini's career is saturated in self-exploration, from the continual casting of his wife Giulietta Masina (La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits »
No less a source than Wikipedia refers to Les Cousins as a French New Wave film; a bold claim (that they probably actually did get from a reputable source, such as the back of the box here), considering that it came out in 1959, the same year as The 400 Blows, generally considered the key that ignited the movement. If not the full-tilt revolution in picture and sound that that film and its compatriots were, it does point the arrow squarely in the direction that European art cinema spent the next 15 or so years going. Though Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's L'Avventura are certainly more famous films, even they do not provide a more vacuous look at the banality of Europe's moneyed class.
- Anders Nelson
My Voyage to Italy (Italian: Il mio viaggio in Italia), 1999.
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese embarks on a journey through Italian cinema history.
Let’s get something straight, right now. If you’re a film lover, you will quite happily soak in Scorsese’s documentary of Italian cinema for all four hours of its run-time. If you’re not much of a film lover, if you still think Transformers is the pinnacle of cinematic accomplishment, My Voyage to Italy is not for you.
You’re more than welcome to go pick up a copy and gaze lovingly on Anita Ekberg’s glorious...achievements, but let me stress that run-time for you again: this documentary is four hours long. If the prospect of Martin Scorsese talking, or reading subtitles, or not witnessing explosions frightens you, take a step back.
If you haven’t been scared off by that introduction, »
Release Date: Oct. 18, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Raro Video
The belly laugh is on in The Clowns.
It’s the same film that marked the supplier’s DVD launch in the U.S. in February 2011, along with The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection, a four-disc set featuring the Italian genre filmmaker.
Fellini’s The Clowns is a typically “Fellini-esque” documentary/memoir mash-up about the lives of circus clowns, with Fellini delighting in the role of ringmaster. The movie features a carnival-sounding score composed by Nino Rota and an appearance by Anita Ekberg (star of Fellini’s 1960 La Dolce Vita).
Italian creator of the satirical film Mondo Cane and its 'shockumentary' successors
When the Italian film director Gualtiero Jacopetti, who has died at the age of 91, made Mondo Cane (A Dog's Life) in 1962, he tapped into people's curiosity and provided the strangest commercially successful film in the history of cinema. Audiences not yet accustomed to cheap air travel or the idea of globalisation were unprepared for its colourful National Geographic-style montages of "primitive" rites and "civilised" wrongs. The following year, they flocked to see the film's sequels, Mondo Pazzo (Mad World, or Mondo Cane No 2) and La Donna nel Mondo (Women of the World).
Mondo Cane was a film made out of a compilation of pithy sequences depicting strange rituals from around the globe. But while Jacopetti documented the peculiarities of what was then described as the third world, he also mocked the alleged superiority of western culture. The »
- Mark Goodall
As Arthur Banks, a playwright/director mining his own romantic misadventures for material, Adam Goldberg is a mashup of Woody Allen self-consciously whining in Manhattan and Marcello Mastroianni swanning around in La Dolce Vita or 8 ½ - it’s a totally unlikely and terrific combination. Most web series sound more promising than they turn out to be, but AMC’s stylish, wry The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks --shot in black-and-white, set in a vaguely retro time - is a smart exception to the frat-boys-rule-the-world mentality that still shapes so much of the genre. The immensely flawed title character – hero is… »
Future Projections is a program of moving-image artworks which will be on view throughout the city during the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9 through 18). Below is the festival's announcement of the program's lineup; it follows entries laying out the lineups for Visions, Wavelengths, Contemporary World Cinema and Galas and Special Presentations.
Mr. Brainwash: Mr. Brainwash in Toronto (2011). Made famous by the film Exit through the Gift Shop as legendary street-artist Banksy's alter ego, Thierry Guetta , aka Mr. Brainwash, has continued to produce provocative and playful Pop art. His work hungrily appropriates contemporary visual-art masters and cheekily tweaks the nose of gallery-based convention. He will be engaged in multiple projects during the Festival, including a significant, multiple-piece exhibition at Gallery One. His presence will also be felt outside Roy Thomson Hall, with his spray cans towering over the red carpet, providing emergency assistance for evenings requiring additional glamour and pomp. »
After three separate announcements (here, here and here), the Toronto International Film Festival has announced the final line-up for their Galas and Special Presentations, as well as a few other categories. Most notable is Andrea Arnold‘s Fish Tank follow-up Wuthering Heights, the next film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo, as well as Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps.
We also get Whit Stillman‘s Damsels in Distress starring Greta Gerwig and Geoffrey Fletcher’s Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini. In what should be a little fun we have Gary McKendry‘s Killer Elite starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham. We also get Owen’s horror flick Intruders and Joel Schumacher‘s Trespass starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage. Check out the full line-ups below.
Closing Night Film
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer. »
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Rome's celebrity snappers get a taste of their own medicine during shoot for Fellini-esque comedy Bop Decameron
Armed with unwieldy flashbulbs and plenty of chutzpah as they cruised cobbled streets on their Vespas, Rome's celebrity snapping photographers summed up the city's Dolce Vita in the 1950s, securing a starring role in Federico Fellini's film of the same name and gifting the world the term paparazzo.
Now, Rome's finest snappers are again being portrayed on film as Woody Allen shoots his decidedly Fellini-esque comedy Bop Decameron in the city – with the difference that Allen has opted to cast the city's real life paparazzi to play the part.
"Being paid by a celebrity to take pictures of a celebrity was unusual," said Vitaliano Napolitano, a 20 year, moped riding veteran of Rome's celebrity circuit. "And it became surreal when paparazzi not involved in the film showed up on set to »
- Tom Kington
Getty Rufus Sewell
There are not a lot of actors these days that could be described as smolderingly handsome. Sure, there’s Brad Pitt and Clive Owen and George Clooney – the usual smoldering subjects, but beyond that there’s but a handful. British actor Rufus Sewell is certainly one to add to the list. We’ve seen him in countless period pieces, (think “A Knight’s Tale” or “The Illusionist”) and mostly played the bad guy (like that nasty Jasper »
- Susan Michals
Realism: looking up the meaning of the word, there are probably a minimum of seven different definitions to choose from (at least, that is the kind of profuse selection that greeted me in each of the four name-brand dictionaries that I checked). Most of them quickly sum up the term's associations to the major arts (theatre, literature, fine art, and - of the most interest to us for right now - cinema), while others do an even more diminutive job of describing its role in philosophy and logic. In its most universal context, it describes that which is physically 'true', things as they are, without abstraction or idealism. Long an ideal in several modes of representation, Realism has consistently 'saved' a medium from any number of Romantic, expressionistic, or abstract splurges. First manifest in a sizeable scale in France with Poetic Realism, the trend eventually spread over to Italy after WWII. »
A fascinating book reveals the real-life scandal that lay behind Federico Fellini's La Dolca Vita
In glamorous Rome, Fellini's La Dolce Vita was the box-office hit of 1960, and launched Marcello Mastroianni as an international heart-throb. No film captured so vividly the flash-bulb glitz of Italy's postwar "economic miracle". After the drawn-out trauma of fascism, the nation was poised for a consumer boom of televisions, fridges and Fiat 500s. Daringly, Fellini disavowed the neo-realism of films such as Bicycle Thieves for the stylised fantasies of Hollywood. The Vatican not surprisingly objected to the scene in which Mastroianni makes love to Anita Ekberg in the waters of the Trevi fountain, and tried to have the film censored. Ever since, says the historian Stephen Gundle, Rome has endured as a fantasy of the "sweet life".
Yet all was not well behind the roseate flush of Italy's newfound prosperity. The miracolo italiano »
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