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Foreplays #7: Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville’s "Liberté et Patrie"

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Foreplays is a column that explores under-known short films by renowned directors. Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville's Liberté et Patrie (2002) is free to watch below. Mubi's retrospective For Ever Godard is showing from November 12, 2017 - January 16, 2018 in the United States.I. One of the most beautiful essay films ever made, Liberté et Patrie (2002) turns out to also be one of the most accessible collaborations of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville. The deeply moving lyricism of this short may astonish even those spectators who arrive to it casually, without any prior knowledge of the filmmakers’s oeuvre. Contrary to other works by the couple, Liberté et Patrie is built on a recognizable narrative strong enough to easily accommodate all the unconventionalities of the piece: a digressive structure full of bursts of undefined emotion; an unpredictable rhythm punctuated by sudden pauses, swift accelerations, intermittent blackouts and staccatos; a mélange of materials where
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Canon Of Film: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of Woody Allen‘s most popular films, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)

Director/Screenwriter: Woody Allen

Part dark tragedy, part dark comedy, or is it all comedy? It’s certainly all dark to say the least. Considered by almost everybody as one of Woody Allen’s very best films (although I’m not sure Woody would agree), ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’, wasn’t his first dramatic film, that was the Ingmar Bergman-esque ‘Interiors,’ and it certainly wasn’t his last comedy, yet it clearly represents the moment in Allen’s career when he started to abandon comedy in favor of drama and tragedy. Well, maybe “abandon,” is the wrong word, but he certainly began to lose interest in comedy around here.
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Tomas Alfredson, Pernilla August, Svt Link for ‘Bergman Revisited’

Goteborg — Tomas Alfredson, Pernilla August, Lisa Aschan and Jane Magnusson are among local filmmakers participating in “Bergman Revisited” – a series of new short films by Swedish directors, inspired by Bergman’s spirit and universe and backed by the Swedish Film Institute and Swedish pubcaster Svt.

Celebrating the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth in 2018, “Bergman Revisted” will also feature shorts by Lisa Aschan and Jane Magnusson.

The centenary of Swedish legendary director Ingmar Bergman’s birth in 2018 looks set to spark major centenary events, one of the biggest being “Bergman Revisited, which was presented Monday at Sweden’s 40th Göteborg Film Festival by the chairman of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Jan Holmberg. Also presenting were Swedish directors Tomas Alfredson, Jesper Walderstam and Jane Magnusson. The local filmmakers, six in all, will tap Sek 1 million ($110,000) from the Institute and Svt to make the films.

As Swedish producer and editor of Svt
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French & Saunders: watch their best movie spoofs here

Simon Brew Louisa Mellor Nov 25, 2016

As Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness announce their own TV show of movie spoofs, we celebrate the work of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

The news today that Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness are joining forces for a new primetime ITV series of movie spoofs has, well, not been particularly well received (we're sticking vehemently to our rule of not judging something until we've seen it. Even on a project like, say, this one). Their new show, The Keith And Paddy Picture Show, will arrive on Saturday nights at some point in 2017. But the pair will have a high bar to aim for.

For it can’t just be us that holds in high regard the exemplary movie parody sketches of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. The pair gradually began to get higher and higher budgets from the BBC to make their spoofs and parodies
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‘Room’ and ‘Frank’ Director Lenny Abrahamson’s 10 Favorite Films

The best-known films of director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank and the quadruple Oscar-nominee Room, follow sad, and in some cases, broken souls as they search and fight for even the tiniest glimpse of happiness. Frank follows a band with an intentionally unpronounceable name, whose lead singer (Michael Fassbender) always wears a fake plastic head, concealing his scarred face from the world. In Room, a mother (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) survive a tragic fate, held prisoner in a single room for years on end.

The two films share an acute sensitivity to the lives of characters who struggle to make the best of the often brutal fates with which they’ve been burdened. Abrahamson listed the following ten films as his favorite in 2012’s Sight and Sound poll, a brilliant mixture of stories which as he laments in his quote, could have contained far more than a mere ten selections.
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Limping, Lisping and Lobstering: Escaping Yorgos Lanthimos’ Hotel of Purity

Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bergman's Final, Disturbing Masterwork About Religion, Power and Child Abuse

'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' – since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years – from 1907 to 1909 – in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired Alexander Ekdahl (Bertil Guve), the original "boy who sees dead people." Better yet, it should have been called "The Ekdahls," for that whole family is central to the film, especially Fanny and Alexander's beautiful blonde mother Emilie,
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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

Editor's Note: is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the
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Men are intellectually not as strong as women: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Men are intellectually not as strong as women: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is definitely one of the finest active filmmakers today. His 2014 film “Winter Sleep” won the Golden Palm (the biggest award) at the Cannes film festival. His “Winter Sleep” is not easy viewing—it is more than 3 hours long and is word heavy. It is a sensitive cinematic work where egos of men clash with those of women, the views of the rich clash with those less financially secure, and theatre performers become actors in their daily life on screen. Who is Ceylan and why are we discussing him?

Turkey is sandwiched between Europe and Asia. Ceylan as a young man went West to do his University studies and was disillusioned with life and attitudes there. With very little money on him, he went East, more precisely to India and then to Nepal, following his passion for mountain climbing, to find answers in life. He felt more comfortable in the East.
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“I don’t feel the need to do superhero films at the moment…” HeyUGuys talks to Richard Ayoade

You know the hair. The glasses. The voice. The sheer talent. Richard Ayoade spoke to HeyUGuys about The Double, which is out now on DVD and Blu Ray. Other subjects included The It Crowd, a new book, Ingmar Bergman, and trying not to bore audiences.

I’d like to start by going back a little bit to your first feature, which was obviously Submarine. I think for many people, they didn’t realise that a comedy actor was also going to be a great director. So I was wondering, did you feel that was a liberating experience?

Erm, I don’t know. I’d directed TV before – I directed a show called Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and music videos and things, so the main thing at the time [was I] felt the writing of something that was much longer than anything I’d done, and the structure of doing a film that has ninety minutes to it.
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Human Solitude in Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Winter Light’

If there is an essential problem that all art must confront, it is the vast and uncrossable gulf between individual human experience. All expression is flawed in that it can never express completely, because no point of view is perfectly able to be communicated between two beings. Something must always get lost in the shuffle. All communication (and art is, at its core, communication, even if the private artist communicates only with themselves) is approximation with a goal not of internalization but of baseline comprehension. It is in this problem that we find our own inescapable loneliness, a burden that, to live, must either be embraced completely or totally ignored; when we reach out to touch others, we must do so with the knowledge or ignorance that all connection is imperfect, and that even the most complete moments of connection are simply echoes of our own perspectives, not bridges between distant islands.
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The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if they are, they are widely panned). That being said, religious themes exist in more mainstream movies than ever, despite there being no deliberate attempts to dub the films “religious.” Faith, God, whatever you want to call it – it’s influenced the history of nations, of politics, of culture, and of film. And these are the most important films in that wheelhouse. There are only two American films in the top 10, and only one of them is in English.

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10. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

A brutally expansive biopic about the Russian iconographer divided into nine chapters. Andrei Rublev (Anatoly Solonitsyn) is portrayed not as a silent monk, but a motivated artist working against social ruin,
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Wamg Talks To Wes Anderson And Adam Stockhausen : The Grand Budapest Hotel

Welcome, beloved guests. The time has come to check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Upon arrival, be sure to take in the beautiful world surrounding you, as created by director and co-writer Wes Anderson, as well as the wonderful hotel aesthetic, brought to you by production designer Adam Stockhausen. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Anderson and Stockhausen to talk about Anderson’s all new caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Check it out below!

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest
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Review: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

Review: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick has made only five feature films to date, all made in the Us. None of those five films has won an Oscar although many of his films have made the grade of garnering numerous unsuccessful Oscar nominations. On the other hand, Malick’s The Thin Red Line won the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Days of Heaven won the Best Director award at Cannes, and now The Tree of Life has won the coveted Golden Palm at Cannes, awards that have eluded many Oscar winners. These facts themselves speak loudly about the quality of Malick’s cinema, appreciated more in Europe than in the Us.

For this critic, too, only three of the five Malick feature films, the same three that won acclaim in Europe, bear the stamp of truly outstanding cinema. In contrast, many American viewers to this day find his debut film Badlands, which has
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Daily Viewing. "Fanny and Alexander: Prologue"

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"It's hard to think about the films of Ingmar Bergman in the wake of something so tremendously humanistic and so irrepressibly joyful, despite horror both realistic and fantastic strewn among the emotional and physical landscape, as Fanny and Alexander," writes Chris Cabin in Slant. "The ghosts that hide, shake, and scream out in Persona and Hour of the Wolf, the ink-black blood relations of The Silence and Through a Glass Darkly, even the cherubic perversions of Smiles of a Summer Night don't so much burn or wash away, but rather seem like snapshots from what would become the film of Bergman's life. For in this case, we are, to be perfectly frank, speaking of one of the towering visions of cinema, one of those masterpieces that plainly presents itself as a work that transcends even the long career of a great artist." Fanny and Alexander (1982) is out on Blu-ray and
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The top 10 made-up movie languages

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The top 10 made-up movie languages
The "The Jazz Singer" launched the age of the "talkie" for film in 1927, and ever since then spoken language has been a part of watching movies, no matter how goofy or totally made up it may be. Today, we salute the filmmakers and actors out there who have gone to the next level and brought entirely new rules for speech and grammar to the big screen.

William Shatner gets an honorable shout-out for his work learning Esperanto for "Incubus" in 1966, but our ten favorite fictional film languages of all time get even crazier. They are funny, occasionally creepy and almost always put more pressure on their subtitles, but all of these foreign tongues defined their movies and breathed life into their elaborately imagined cultures.

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10. Martian, "Mars Attacks!" (1996)

The aliens in this Tim Burton cameo-orgy spoke with a vocabulary just slightly bigger than that of the teacher in the "Peanuts" cartoons,
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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

It’s another week which means another round up of all the titles Criterion has put up on their Hulu Plus page. And it’s a great smorgasbord of releases that will keep your eyes full until the next installment. Also, thanks again to everyone who has signed up for Hulu Plus via our referral page. Please sign up and let us know what you think of the service. Enough of this small talk, let’s get into the nitty gritty.

Last week’s article spoke about Louis Malle’s films being put up and sure enough, only a few days later they finally released Black Moon to their page, showing a film that will be coming out on June 28th. I love that they’re doing that with releases that are coming out, just to give their audience the film itself and if you like it, you’ll want to grab the whole package.
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The death of the film trilogy

Some of the finest directors have produced masterful triptychs. But do we really need a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean?

It currently seems the only three that interests Hollywood relates to dimensionality. The reverence once extended to the film trilogy is fast diminishing, and although third instalments are due for Transformers, Ong-Bak, Paranormal Activity, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Men in Black, Madagascar, Batman and Iron Man, only the first two have been announced as series finales.

Indeed, with Scre4m, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides and Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World soon to be followed by fourth entries in the Austin Powers, Mission: Impossible, Underworld and Bourne franchises, the trilogy could soon go the way of the 2D movie, as the synergy-obsessed suits controlling the multi-media conglomerates now owning the major studios adhere to the maxim that familiarity breeds both content and profit.
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Ingmar Bergman Retrospective at 61st Berlinale

Ingmar Bergman Retrospective at 61st Berlinale
Ingmar Bergman

A Retrospective of the renowned Swedish director Ingmar Bergman will be presented at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

“Bergman is one of the few who liberated cinema, freed it from conventions and brought it to a new artistic form, which opened a new world for many cineastes”, said Rainer Rotherin, the director of the Retrospective, in an interview.

Bergman is one of the few directors who is credited to have worked with the same team over decades. Three of the actresses Bergman has worked with: Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom and Liv Ullmann, will present his films at the Berlinale. They will also converse in detail publicly about life and work with Bergman for both the screen and the stage.

The director, who died in 2007, is well known for his films like The Silence , Scenes from a Marriage and Fanny and Alexander, which won him four Oscars.

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Top 7 Blu-ray/DVDs On My Holiday Wishlist

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Ho, ho, hold the Avatar “Three-Disc Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray”, you omnipotent bearded creature of the night. If you’re looking to donate something to my life possessions that is truly special to me, I’ve got a few ideas for you. And sorry, none of them are Batman action figures. That era has passed. It’s all about Blu-rays, Criterion Collections, and a little bit of R. Kelly for me now.

What Blu-ray/DVDs are you most excited about this holiday season?

7. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Recap: One of last summer’s biggest sugar rushes is finally on Blu-ray, and its coming to home theaters with a lot of extras. This specific package has got four commentaries, including a cast commentary featuring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Ellen Wong, and Brandon Routh.
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