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Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci enters the living room of his Rome apartment through a door that had been in New York’s now-defunct New Yorker Theater, the legendary mecca for film buffs where his “Before the Revolution” screened in 1965, when he was 24.
Wheelchair-bound due to a back injury, a white cat sitting on his lap, the 74-year-old helmer asks his assistant to turn off the 4K projector beaming images on the wall, and begins to speak about his latest film, “Me and You,” as well as to muse on his lingering desire to work in 3D.
The maestro’s first feature since 2004’s “The Dreamers,” “Me and You” (Io e te) — also Bertolucci’s first Italian-language film in 32 years — debuted in Cannes in 2012 to mixed reviews; in 2012, it made a strong $2 million-plus in Italy and played in key markets in Europe. The film opened in New York on July 4 via niche distrib Emerging Pictures. »
- Nick Vivarelli
It has been said that very few (modern) filmmakers are able to succinctly capture the enigmatic nature of women on film. Matias Pineiro is most assuredly one such filmmaker. In his (thus far) brief filmography, complex, spirited females are always at the forefront of his films, both in the focused frame, and in the often elliptical narratives. Drawing on the works of deceased Argentinean writer/statesman Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in his earlier two films, and then Shakespeare in his later films, Pineiro permeates his canvas with characters taken from some of literature’s most memorable texts. What could have been a stale English lesson, however, has Piniero instead brilliantly transforming the material into something altogether compellingly fresh and intoxicating. This week, Tiff Bell Lightbox is proud to present a retrospective of the master auteur’s work, with the filmmaker in attendance for each of the special screenings.
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- Leora Heilbronn
In as much as the Beatles experienced any kind of movie career beyond “A Hard Days Night” and “Help,” the two cheeky vehicles directed by Richard Lester in the mid-’60s, Ringo Starr took the medium a bit more seriously, at least for a while. To paraphrase a country song covered by the Fab Four and sung by Ringo, all he had to do was act naturally.
“He was used perfectly in the movies,” says Chris Carter, longtime host of the Sunday-morning radio show “Breakfast With the Beatles” on Klos-fm. “In ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ he had his own scene and his own theme; in ‘Help’ it’s all about the ring and Ringo; he sings the title song for ‘Yellow Submarine.’ So if you think about it, he was really used to great effect, and I don’t think the other guys minded it in the least.”
- Steve Chagollan
3 items from 2014
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