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12 Movies with the Best Color Cinematography of All-Time

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12 Movies with the Best Color Cinematography of All-Time
These days, major cinematographers like Emmanuel Lubezki and Ed Lachman are as much of a draw to serious moviegoers as the directors they work with. Currently, Roger Deakins’ masterful work in the visually stunning “Blade Runner 2049” has led to one recurring question above all: Will Roger finally win the Oscar? Among the more striking aspects of Deakins’ accomplishment is the use of color: Virtually every shot has a different palette.

It feels like something we’ve never seen before, but have we? How does today’s best cinematography stack up against the great color films of the past?

Since the early 20th century, there have always been experimentations with color cinematography, but it wasn’t until the late ’30s, with the massive success of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind,” that color films became a staple of international cinema. With films stretching from 1947 to 2011, from masters like Jack Cardiff to Lubezki,
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'The Leopard' TV show in the works

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'The Leopard' TV show in the works
English-language version of story that was adapted into 1963 Luchino Visconti film announced.

Italy’s Indiana Production has acquired rights to Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s acclaimed novel The Leopard and is lining up an English-language TV adaptation.

Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen and Benedetto Habib of Indiana Production, Daniel Campos Pavoncelli and Ilaria Castiglioni will produce the chronicle of Sicilian society at the time of Italian unification.

“It will be a saga that retells the story of a country during its most profound changes, which involved the whole of Europe,” Donvito, founding partner at Indiana Production, said.

“As so clearly said in the novel, ‘Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same.’ I can’t think of a more contemporary phrase to describe the times we currently live in, where some forces want to prevent real and needed changes, and the indecision of a few will weigh on the majority.”

The project
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‘The Leopard’ to Be Adapted Into English-Language TV Series (Exclusive)

‘The Leopard’ to Be Adapted Into English-Language TV Series (Exclusive)
More than half a century after Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster strutted down the Cannes red carpet for Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard,” plans are under way for an English-language TV adaptation of the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Italian shingle Indiana Production (“The Leisure Seeker”) has acquired rights to the book in collaboration with Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, its original publisher. They are developing an eight- to 10-episode series being shopped around in Cannes to potential European partners. The project has the full support of Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, who represents the estate of the late Sicilian author.

English-language writers are being recruited to work on the screenplay in tandem with Italian scribes to guarantee the series’ cultural authenticity.

The plan is for the ambitious project, touted as a high-end historical tapestry with production values on the same scale as “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown,” to go into production in 2019 in several Sicilian locations.

“It
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TV at Cannes: Inevitable, Perhaps, but Not Everyone Is Pleased

TV at Cannes: Inevitable, Perhaps, but Not Everyone Is Pleased
Seeing David Lynch and Jane Campion on the Croisette is no surprise. But that the two Palme d’Or winners are in Cannes with TV series is.

The encroachment of television onto the red carpet has been one of the talking points of the festival. For some in the industry, which is already fretting about how to welcome (or not) Netflix to the Cannes party, allowing TV in is a step too far.

“There is a purity to Cannes as a film festival. It’s not a ‘content festival,’” says Im Global boss Stuart Ford. “When TV launches here, it blurs the lines.”

Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” revival and Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl” are both premiering in Cannes, the former with full red-carpet treatment.

The attitude of the festival itself to the inclusion of TV is lukewarm. Artistic director Thierry Fremaux admits he is “not a big fan of series,
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TV at Cannes: Inevitable, Perhaps, but Not Everyone Is Pleased

TV at Cannes: Inevitable, Perhaps, but Not Everyone Is Pleased
Seeing David Lynch and Jane Campion on the Croisette is no surprise. But that the two Palme d’Or winners are in Cannes with TV series is.

The encroachment of television onto the red carpet has been one of the talking points of the festival. For some in the industry, which is already fretting about how to welcome (or not) Netflix to the Cannes party, allowing TV in is a step too far.

“There is a purity to Cannes as a film festival. It’s not a ‘content festival,’” says Im Global boss Stuart Ford. “When TV launches here, it blurs the lines.”

Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” revival and Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl” are both premiering in Cannes, the former with full red-carpet treatment.

The attitude of the festival itself to the inclusion of TV is lukewarm. Artistic director Thierry Fremaux admits he is “not a big fan of series,” but
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Cannes Film Festival Honoree Claudia Cardinale Reflects on Her Long Career

Cannes Film Festival Honoree Claudia Cardinale Reflects on Her Long Career
Silver screen icon and committed feminist Claudia Cardinale, who’s being celebrated by the 70th Cannes Film Festival, has been breaking the mold of the submissive sex symbol for six decades.

Born in Tunisia to Sicilian immigrant parents, Cardinale was discovered by Italian producer Franco Cristaldi as a teenager after she won a Miss Italian Beauty pageant. Her first mention in Variety, dates back to 1959. It reads: “Tunisian-Italian thesp, signed by Rank for Ralph Thomas’ ‘Upstairs and Downstairs,’… and specifies “she’s under contract to Vides of Rome.” That contract, inked reluctantly when Cardinale was 18, marked the start of a glorious career comprising memorable roles in classics by European masters including Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Werner Herzog, and appearances in several Hollywood movies such as “The Pink Panther” and “Lost Command.”

Today Cardinale continues to work non-stop often with first-time helmers, most recently playing an avaricious duchess
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The Assassin

Writer-director Elio Petri scores big in his first feature, the story of a heel suspected of murder. Is he a killer, or just an average guy trying to get ahead, who uses women to his advantage? Marcello Mastroianni impresses as well in a serious role, with Salvo Randone shining as the police inspector trying to pry a confession from him. Beautifully restored in HD; the show is from a time when Italian film was at its zenith.

The Assassin

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1961 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / L’Assassino / Available from Arrow Video

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Salvo Randone, Andrea Checchi, Francesco Grandjacquet, Marco Mariani, Franco Ressel.

Cinematography: Carlo Di Palma

Film Editor: Ruggero Mastroianni

Original Music: Piero Piccione

Written by Tonino (Antonio) Guerra, Elio Petri, Pasquale Fest Campanile, Massimo Franciosa

Produced by Franco Cristaldi

Directed by Elio Petri

Fans of Elio Petri
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‘The Fits’ Director Anna Rose Holmer Criticizes Photoshopped Cannes Poster

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‘The Fits’ Director Anna Rose Holmer Criticizes Photoshopped Cannes Poster
A just-unveiled poster for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is raising eyebrows for all the wrong reasons. Featuring Claudia Cardinale, the new artwork has been criticized online for airbrushing the Italian actress to make her appear thinner than she did in the original 1959 snapshot. Joining the chorus is “The Fits” director Anna Rose Holmer, who tweeted her displeasure: “Why the need to alter Claudia Cardinale’s body so dramatically for #Cannes2017 official poster?”

Read More: Cannes 2017: 70th Anniversary Festival Poster Features Joyous Claudia Cardinale

“I am honored and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes,” Cardinale said in a statement, “and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the festival, of an event that illuminates everything around. That dance on the rooftops of Rome was back in 1959. No one remembers the photographer’s name … I’ve also forgotten it.
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Cannes Poster Unveiled

Claudia Cardinale is this poster girl for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (May 17th-28th). 

The Italian star, whose credits include classics like 8½, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Leopard, Big Deal on Madonna Street, and Rocco and His Brothers is 78 now. She's still a regular on film festival red carpets. This photo of her was taken in 1959 when she was just 21 (and people are not happy that it's been reportedly airbrushed to make her thighs smaller.)

More news: Another Italian goddess Monica Bellucci has been named the Mistress of Ceremonies; Romanian auteur Cristian Mungiu (4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days,  Beyond the Hills) will preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury; and the Main Competition Jury president is Spain's Pedro Almodóvar. We don't yet know what the films he'll be judging are (and who will be on his jury) but speculated titles include Alexander Payne's Downsizing,
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Claudia Cardinale Dances On Poster For 70th Cannes Film Festival

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We’re a couple of weeks away from the organizers at Cannes unveiling their full slate, and we’re still yet to hear about the opening film, but for now they’re tiding us over with this terrific poster for the 70th edition of the festival.

Claudia Cardinale continues the recent tradition of movie icons gracing the one-sheets for the fest, with the actress dancing in this lovely promo. Cardinale has spent plenty of time on the Croisette, with Valerio Zurlini’s “Girl With A Suitcase,” Mauro Bolognini’s “La Viaccia,” Luchino Visconti‘s “The Leopard,” Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2,” Liliana Cavani’s “La Pelle,” Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo,” Marco Bellocchio’s “Henry IV,” Diane Kurys’ “A Man In Love,” and Claude Lelouch’s “And Now… Ladies And Gentlemen” all landing at Cannes.

Continue reading Claudia Cardinale Dances On Poster For 70th Cannes Film Festival at The Playlist.
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Claudia Cardinale Graces the Poster for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival turns 70 this year, and they are having fun doing so. This year’s official poster features a dancing Claudia Cardinale, the legendary actress who has appeared Once Upon a Time in the West, 8 1/2, The Leopard, Rocco and His Brothers, Fitzcarraldo, and more. Created by Bronx Agency, the mix of luxurious gold and vibrant red is a fitting kick-off for the festival, which begins on May 17.

“She dances, she laughs, she lives! Who better to symbolize the next Festival than Claudia Cardinale, the image of an adventurous actress, independent woman and social activist?,” the festival said in an official statement. “Throughout the 12-day festival, the spirit of openness and welcome will infuse the Croisette — as it does every year — with pictures of a world that dares to look itself in the mirror, to stand proud and to speak out.”

“I am honored and proud to be flying the
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Cannes reveals 2017 poster

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Cannes reveals 2017 poster
This year’s festival poster depicts a dancing Claudia Cardinale.

The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the poster for its upcoming 70th edition.

This year’s vibrant red design depicts a dancing Claudia Cardinale, the Italian actress known for her roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West

According to Cardinale, the picture is from an unknown photographer and shows her dancing on a rooftop in Rome in 1959:

“I am honoured and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes,” she commented, “and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the Festival, of an event that illuminates everything around. That dance on the rooftops of Rome was back in 1959. No one remembers the photographer’s name… I’ve also forgotten it.

“But this photo reminds me of my origins, and of a time
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Masters of Cinema Cast Episode 54 – Rocco and His Brothers

We return with a look at Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers. Enjoy!

From Masters of Cinema:

From Luchino Visconti — the master director of such classics as La terra trema, Bellissima, and The Leopard — comes this epic study of family, sex, and betrayal. Alongside Fellini’s La dolce vita and Antonioni’s L’avventura, Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers [Rocco e i suoi fratelli] ushered Italian cinema into a new era, one unafraid to confront head-on the hypocrisies of the ruling class, the squalor in urban living, and the collision between generations.

When a tight-knit family moves from Italy’s rural south to metropolitan Milan, the new possibilities – and threats – present in their fresh surroundings have alarming, unforeseen consequences. Operatically weaving the five brothers’ stories across a vast canvas, with an extraordinary cast including Alain Delon, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale, Rocco and His Brothers stands as one of the most majestic and influential works of its era.
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Alain Delon Defends Roman Polanski; Would Not Accept César Post In Solidarity

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Alain Delon Defends Roman Polanski; Would Not Accept César Post In Solidarity
Following an Instagram post in which actress Anouchka Delon suggested her father, iconic French actor Alain Delon, should replace Roman Polanski as President of this year's César Awards, Delon père shot down the idea. In an interview with Le Figaro, the 81-year-old Delon said, "If they asked me to preside over the Césars, I wouldn't do it in solidarity with Roman Polanski. Every time he crosses the street, are we going to talk to him about 1970?" The star of The Leopard
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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77
It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s
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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77
It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s
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Mauro Bolognini’S Commedia All’Italiana ‘Arabella’ (1967) Starring Virna Lisi; New On UK Region 2 DVD From Simply Media

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By Howard Hughes

New to DVD in the UK is ‘Arabella’, an Italian period comedy set in that hotbed of hilarity, pre-wwii fascist Italy. Virna Lisi stars in the title role – known variously in the film as Arabella Danesi and Arabella Angeli – who determines to save her grandmother from destitution by finding ingenious ways to pay off her elderly relative’s crippling tax bill.

The film is structured rather like those 1960s Italian portmanteau comedy-dramas, such as ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘The Witches’ or ‘Woman Times Seven’. Such films were intended as vehicles for one female star, be they Sophia, Silvana or Shirley, to demonstrate their versatility in a variety of roles. But instead of separate stories, with different characters, ‘Arabella’ has one continuous story arc, with Lisi’s sexy heroine adopting various costumes, personas and wigs to seduce and blackmail her way through a string of lovers, who are then
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Structure of ‘La Haine,’ Don Cheadle Analyzes ‘Miles Ahead,’ Searching For Women-Directed Films, and More

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Watch Don Cheadle analyze a scene from Miles Ahead:

Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan begins shooting on July 9th, Le Journal de Quebec reports.

Cinematographer Jeff Cutter discusses shooting 10 Cloverfield Lane with Filmmaker Magazine:

Anamorphic lenses just have a feeling that reminded Dan and I of what it used to be like watching these great widescreen movies when we were kids that were shot anamorphic. It just makes it feel like a big movie and that was something that we really,
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The Hawaiians

The sequel to the epic Julie Andrews road show picture wasn't a hit, but it tells a good story of its own. Charlton Heston is okay but the central character is a Chinese immigrant played by Tina Chen. Against all odds, the peasant matriarch survives plagues and leprosy to found a family dynasty for the new Hawaii. The Hawaiians Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mako, John Phillip Law, Alec McCowen, Miko Mayama, Virginia Ann Lee, Chris Robinson, Naomi Stevens, Keye Luke, Khigh Dhiegh, Mary Munday, Harry Townes, Lyle Bettger, James Hong, James Gregory, Harry Holcombe, Victor Sen Yung Cinematography Lucien Ballard, Philip Lathrop Film Editor Byron Brandt, Ralph Winters Original Music Henry Mancini Written by James R. Webb from the novel by James A. Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by
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Exclusive: Claudia Cardinale, Legendary Italian Actress, to Receive Dublin International Film Festival Award

Exclusive: Claudia Cardinale, Legendary Italian Actress, to Receive Dublin International Film Festival Award
Claudia Cardinale, the iconic Italian actress whose credits include several of the most revered films of the past six decades ("8 1/2," "The Leopard," "Once Upon a Time in the West," and "Fitzcarraldo," to name a few), will be in attendance to accept the Audi Dublin International Film Festival's Volta Award for lifetime achievement, along with fellow legend Dame Angela Lansbury. Among the festival's other highlights are opening night selection "Sing Street," from "Once" director John Carney, which made a crowd-pleasing splash at Sundance; closing night selection "Viva," Ireland's Spanish-language Oscar entry; and festival-circuit favorites like "Arabian Nights," "Desierto," and "Nasty Baby." Read More: "Sundance: John Carney Explains How the Crowd-Pleasing 'Sing Street' is Part of a Greater Trilogy" The festival's commitment to Irish filmmaking is further evidenced in the...
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