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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Lean's Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) is playing October 14 - November 13, 2017 on Mubi in the United States.John (J.R.) Ridgefield is a man possessed. The wealthy and influential aircraft industrialist is consumed by his desire to manufacture a plane capable of penetrating the inscrutable sound barrier. This supersonic obsession is a blessing and a curse for the Ridgefield family, providing their ample fortune and triggering largely latent rifts in their ancestral relations. It’s an opposition at the heart and soul of David Lean’s 1952 film The Sound Barrier, a post-war endorsement of British ingenuity and determination, and an emotional, blazing depiction of sacrifice and scientific achievement. The opening of The Sound Barrier (also known as Sound Barrier and Breaking the Sound Barrier), spotlights Philip Peel (John Justin), one of the film’s principal test pilots. In just under two minutes, »
In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at immersing the audience…
In the ever changing landscape of film, it seems in the modern age of digital film-making, modern editing programmes with limitless options and changing temperament (seemingly) with film audiences, that we’ve seen an inherent shift from film-makers devoting time and indeed bravery in allowing an audience time to ingest their story, to entertainment which washes over us.
Films used to do this with far more regularity. I mean how much longer do you need to fully ingest the majesty of the four hour running time of Lawrence of Arabia? Not much, but regardless, this was a film that was visually beautiful and fully immersed the audience into the setting.
We’re now in the age where you can have 14 cuts in 6 seconds (Taken 3…the second time in a film class I »
- Tom Jolliffe
Mark Allison Oct 11, 2017
Big film scores have changed over the past decade - and Hans Zimmer may be the reason why...
For every movie-going generation, there is a film score composer who ascends above all others and comes to encapsulate the sound of their era. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brooding and mysterious tones of Bernard Hermann would define a generation of suspense cinema. Decades later, it was John Williams who ushered in the blockbuster era with a series of bold and iconic melodies, from Jaws through to Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Today’s cinema has its own musical zeitgeist. When future archaeologists uncover the buried ruins of our civilisation, they may well refer to it as the 'Hans Zimmer period'.
Hans Zimmer is a movie composer of singular acclaim. He is one of the only such artists with the clout to fill concert arenas across the world, »
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced »
It’s never been an all-out love-him-or-hate-him thing — though you can always find a cinephile purist or two to grouse about him, with a fervor as irrational as it is intense. That said, there’s an undeniable Beatles-person-vs.-Stones-person quality to the following debate: Either you think that Steven Spielberg is a genius, that he’s created an array of films — not just the early ones — that are suffused with a transporting vision, with a flow of feeling and a camera-eye intuition unique in the history of cinema; or you think that Spielberg is a gifted fabulist trickster with more flash than depth, the kind of brilliant but ultimately facile entertainer who deserves to be called things like “manipulative,” “sentimental,” “crowd-pleasing,” and — yes — “shallow.”
If you’re in the latter camp, then you probably won’t respond much to “Spielberg,” an unabashedly admiring two-hour-and-27-minute documentary portrait of the man and (mostly) his movies that premiered tonight »
- Owen Gleiberman
For “Spielberg,” an HBO documentary about the highest-grossing director in film history, director and producer Susan Lacy (“American Masters”) conducted 30-plus hours of interviews with Steven Spielberg. She also spoke to more than 80 of his family members, friends, and collaborators, among them Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Robert Zemeckis, J.J. Abrams, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Drew Barrymore, and late “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” screenwriter Melissa Mathison.
All of that makes for a long movie — it clocks at nearly two-and-a-half hours — but the documentary has its rewards. Here’s the highlights of Lacy’s look at the 70-year-old icon.
There was a pet monkey
- Chris O'Falt and Jenna Marotta
A big welcome to UK disc purveyors Indicator, or Powerhouse, or how does Powerhouse Indicator sound? Savant’s first review from the new label is a favorite from the Columbia library. The extras are the lure: they company has snagged long-form, in-depth interviews with James Fox and director Arthur Penn. Everybody’s written about The Chase but here Penn tells his side of the story.
The Chase (1966)
Blu-ray + DVD
1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date September 25, 2017 / Available from Amazon UK / £14.99
Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle
Production Designer: Richard Day
Art Direction: Robert Luthardt
Film Editor: Gene Milford
Original Music: John Barry
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Directed by Arthur Penn
- Glenn Erickson
Mohammed al-Hathri, a secretary and educational chief in Saudi Arabia was fired after Star Wars character Yoda was spotted in a text book next to a Saudi King. In most places, Yoda showing up in a textbook wouldn't be such a bad thing, but it ended up costing al-Hathri his job after students noticed the clearly Photoshopped image. Education minister Ahmed al-Eissa has described the incident as an unintended mistake while also announcing that new versions of the textbook were already being produced to fix the Jedi Master error.
The Sun U.K. reports that the doctored image, created by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, more popularly known as Shaweesh, depicts the late King Faisal, who was foreign minister at the time, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945 with the tiny green Jedi Master seated to his right. Shaweesh said that the image is a part of a montage in »
Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.
Region B Blu-ray
(will not play in domestic U.S. players)
Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment
1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95
Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.
Cinematography: Joseph Biroc
Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz
Art Direction: William Glasgow »
- Glenn Erickson
Perfidious algorithms | Women in film | Meeting types | John Lemon lemonade
The long read on “Facebook’s war on free will” (19 September) makes valid points about tech, engineers, cold-blooded corporations, manipulation, data mining and commodification etc. But there is a dangerous trend to synonymise the word “algorithm” with “everything potentially malign about digital technology”. An algorithm is merely a tool, a set of rules, a recipe or formula of the sort you might use to filter data or solve a mathematical problem.
Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
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Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend Of The Holy DRINKERr is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs).
Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances – and his alcoholism – forever intervene.
Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique »
- Tom Stockman
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.
This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?
Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc
“Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film »
- David Ehrlich
EA and Dice have unveiled Battlefield 1 Revolution at their Gamescom stream; this is a new edition of their hit multiplayer shooter title which is available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC as of today. This new edition includes the main game and a Premium Pass giving access to all four DLCs. A new trailer has been released to accompany the announcement and can be watched below…
As mentioned above, Battlefield 1 Revolution will include the base game and the Premium Pass which will provide access to four expansions, these are: They Shall Not Pass (available straight away), In the Name of the Tsar (coming September), Turning Tides (available in December) and Apocalypse (arriving early 2018). Each of these expansion will provide new maps, weapons, and game modes. Those who purchase this edition of the game will also receive the Red Baron Pack, Lawrence of Arabia Pack and Hellfighter Pack which contain themed weapons, »
- Andrew Newton
The history of the Muriel Awards stretches aaaalllll the way back to 2006, which means that this coming season will be a special anniversary, marking 10 years of observing the annual quality and achievement of the year in film. (If you don’t know about the Muriels, you can check up on that history here.) The voting group, of which I am a proud member, having participated since Year One, has also made its personal nod to film history by always having incorporated 10, 25 and 50-year anniversary awards, saluting what is agreed upon by ballot to be the best films from those anniversaries during each annual voting process.
But more recently, in 2013, Muriels founders Paul Clark and Steven Carlson decided to expand the Muriels purview and further acknowledge the great achievements in international film by instituting The Muriels Hall of Fame. Each year a new group of films of varying number would be voted upon and, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
Lawrence of Arabia and Patton have 70mm engagements.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“’77” continues with films by Lynch, Zulawski, Cassavetes and more.
A queer utopia comes to Manhattan with On Fire Island, Joshua Encinias reports:
On Fire Island is programmed by Michael Lieberman, head of publicity at Metrograph, and »
- Nick Newman
Apparently, “most white people are related,” according to Kevin Bacon’s wife Kyra Sedgwick. The Hollywood couple recently learned that they’re distant cousins on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.” This got us wondering if any other celebrity duos have shared heritage. Albert Einstein The revered genius married his first cousin Elsa Lowenthal. Rudy Giuliani The former New York mayor married his second cousin once removed, Regina Peruggi. Jerry Lee Lewis The rock and roll musician married his first cousin once removed Myra Gale Brown. David Lean The “Lawrence of Arabia” director married his first cousin Isabel Lean. H.G. Wells »
- Ashley Boucher
Netflix is very quickly changing the way media is being consumed. Just a few short years ago, they weren’t even involved in original programming, and in the time since then, they’ve managed to be one of the most respected “networks” around (if you can even call them that). They are now hard at work at extending their reach to the feature film department.
Netflix has had a good number of original films hit their service over the past few years, but this year has the release of a few high profile ones. Among them is the Brad Pitt-starring War Machine, the fantasy film Okja, the horror-thriller (based on a manga) Death Note, and the original action-fantasy-cop drama Bright, from Suicide Squad director David Ayer.
Related: Death Note Review - A Film Worth Noting
With a unique film like this hitting, outlets were understandably curious about how the »
- Joseph Medina
“Lawrence of Arabia” is no stranger to receiving restorations. To mark its 50th anniversary in 2012, it received a digital 4K restoration that took three years to complete. If you think that means we don’t need another, well think again.
Read More: 15 Essential Movies Shot On 70mm Film, From ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ to ‘Dunkirk’
International distributor Park Circus is getting ready to bring David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece back to the big screen the way it was always meant to be experienced: 70mm. That’s right, the company has given a 70mm restoration of “Lawrence of Arabia,” meaning one of the great theatrical experiences in movie history will see another day.
“Lawrence of Arabia” stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, a British archaeologist and military officer who travels to the Arab Peninsula to act as a liaison during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in Wwi. He gets caught up »
- Zack Sharf
In the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri in the summer of 2014, many other embattled police department struggled to change in the face of continuous outcry for reform and transparency. In Peter Nicks’ “The Force,” that department at hand is the Oakland Police Department, a long-troubled organization that was nearly felled by its own scandals.
Nicks’ cinema vérité look inside the department follows the Oakland police as they attempt to positively change both their public face and their internal politics in the wake of a shocking scandal and a growing demands from various movements around the country. Nicks’ documentary doesn’t judge, instead offering up a deep dive look inside the department and its ongoing problems and attempts to change them, putting the onus on the viewer to decide where they fall. »
- Kate Erbland
Released just 15 years apart, Lawrence of Arabia and Close Encounters of the Third Kind don’t have a great deal in common, thematically-speaking, but as far as epic theatrical experiences go, they are both one-of-a-kind. Each have recently undergone restorations for re-releases and now a pair of trailers have arrived to preview these new editions.
First up, Park Circus is distributing a new 70mm restoration of David Lean’s epic and this new trailer makes the classic look better than ever. If you’re in NYC, it’ll screen at the Museum of Moving Image in August and keep your eyes peeled for more dates throughout the country.
Next up, we have a new trailer to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, which has been newly restored in 4K (Director’s Cut edition) and will have a one-week theatrical run starting September 1st.
Check out both previews below, »
- Jordan Raup
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