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A regular fixture in discussions of cinema's greatest ever achievements, Federico Fellini's 8½ (1963) returns to screens this week thanks to European preservationists Argent and the British Film Institute. Regarded by Fellini himself as his eight-and-a-halfth feature (hence the playful, self-referential title), 8½ would go on to be recognised as the Italian auteur's magnum opus, a remarkable work of autobiography that disguises itself exquisitely under layers and layers of rich theatricality. Both terrifically funny and brutally honest in equal measure, Fellini lays himself bare for all to see in the guise of Marcello Mastroianni's frustrated filmmaker. »
- CineVue UK
Federico Fellini's 8½ dances on a fine line between reality and dreams as it tells the story of Guido (Marcello Mastroianni), a struggling director (and a version of Fellini himself) who has lost his edge. Peter Bradshaw explains why the re-release of this glorious and ambitious film is worth your time this week. 8½ is on release in the UK now Continue reading »
- Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes
Though the Czech New Wave of the sixties was not as addicted to anthology films as the Italians (any major Italian director could have called a film Eight and a Half, since they all directed episodes at one time or another), they did make Pearls of the Night (1966), which showcased nearly all the major graduates of the national film school, Famu (a.k.a. the Kids from Famu): Vera Chytilová, Jaromil Jires, Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec and Evald Schorm.Three years later, Schorm was back, collaborating with new chums Jirí Brdecka and Milos Makovec on a raunchy supernatural triptych, Prague Nights. An international traveller picks up a strange woman, determined to enjoy a night of illicit passion during his Czech stopover. Driven through a green-tinted sepia night in her vintage limo, he's told three tales of murder, lust and the supernatural, and, at the end, as in any Amicus »
- David Cairns
The novel, Kimi Yo Funnu No Kawa O Watare, was first adapted in 1976 as a Japanese film starring legendary actor Ken Takakura, who passed away last year. It was the first foreign film released in China after the Cultural Revolution.
The story follows a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and sets out on a one-man mission to clear his name. Media Asia acquired the rights to the original novel from Japanese publisher Tokuma Shoten Publishing.
Woo has been a huge fan of Takakura since watching him in Yasuo Furuhata’s 1983 Station. In 2005, the Japanese actor worked with Chinese director Zhang Yimou, starring in Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles.
“When I found out that John was a huge fan of the late Ken Takakura, I immediately »
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4 items from 2015
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