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On December 7 there will be a rare big screen showing of producer Samuel Bronston's 1964 epic "The Fall of the Roman Empire" starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness and Christopher Plummer. The film's failure ended Bronston's career but it remains an impressive, thinking-man's spectacle. The movie will be shown at Concordia University and will be presented in Ib Tech! For details click here
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba has revealed further details of The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De Espana), the new comedy drama he is planning to make with Spanish star and fellow Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.
Trueba talked about the project when giving the Binger/Screen International interview at the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht on Friday evening.
The new film is set in the Franco-era Spain of the 1950s - as big American film companies begin to come to the country to shoot runaway productions like El Cid and The Fall Of The Roman Empire.
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During the 1950s and 60s the historical epic was something of a staple of Hollywood’s output – from Ben-Hur to The Fall of the Roman Empire, sword and sandals tales on a huge scale were incredibly popular, guaranteed to draw huge crowds into the cinemas.
By the late 1990s, however, this was long a thing of the past. Studios were reluctant to pour the required millions into such lavish productions for fear that the public no longer wanted to see such movies, and for the most part they were right. Then Ridley Scott came along – collaborating with writers and producers David Franzoni and Douglas Wick, they pitched the idea of Gladiator to Universal Pictures who gave the movie the green light even before a script had been completed. It was a bold move, especially considering that the script would be under constant rewrites throughout the lengthy production.
- Andrew Dilks
Written by Philip Yordan
Directed by Anthony Mann
Director Anthony Mann was a specialist at genre filmmaking. From early crime dramas like T-Men and Raw Deal, to historical epics like El Cid and The Fall of the Roman Empire, he seemed to have a knack for working within — and working with — the conventions of a given generic formula. His Westerns, especially, are among the best that that particular type of movie has to offer. And when he set his sights on the war film, his natural aptitude for genre would be as prominent as it was anywhere. Men in War, from 1957, his second war film of the decade (released two years after Strategic Air Command), contains much of what makes Mann a distinct filmmaker, and reveals much of what makes the war film its own unique form of motion picture.
- Jeremy Carr
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