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Joshua Reviews Orson Welles’ Othello [Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review]

When discussing the cinematic adaptations of the works of one William Shakespeare, any and all conversations should really start and stop with one name, that being Orson Welles. Be it his legendary stagings of Julius Caesar or maybe the single greatest film adaptation of a Shakespeare work (or five, to be exact), Chimes at Midnight, Welles’ career is chock full of various top notch takes on The Bard’s canon, all of various different levels of experimentation. However, few look or feel quite like his film adaptation of the legendary playwright’s Othello.

Welles’ Othello is a profoundly moving and aesthetically audacious take on Shakespeare’s early 1600’s play, which tells the story of titular Moor of Venice, played brilliantly by a rarely-better Welles. The main narrative thrust of the film comes in the form of treachery and deceit, as committed by the bitter and ever-scheming Iago. Othello begins to believe that his wife,
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1952 / Black and White / 1:33 / Street Date October 10, 2017

Starring Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Micheál MacLiammóir

Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Anchise Brizzi, George Fanto, Alberto Fusi, Oberdan Troiani

Written by William Shakespeare (Adapted by Orson Welles)

Edited by Jenö Csepreghy, Renzo Lucidi, William Morton, Jean Sacha

Produced by Orson Welles, Julien Derode

Directed by Orson Welles

Shakespeare didn’t invent Orson Welles but he did define him; it can be said that if any one director took arms against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, it was the man behind Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and Chimes at Midnight. The 1952 production of Othello is exhibit A.

Filmed over a turbulent three year period in and around Morocco, Venice and Rome, Welles was bedeviled by an ever-changing cast and crew resulting in reshoots by five different cinematographers and assembled by four different editors. The sound recording was a joke.
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Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89
Acclaimed French actress Jeanne Moreau, whose films include such masterpieces as “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” has died. She was 89.

The mayor of the Paris district in which Moreau lived confirmed her death.

French President Emmanuel Macron called her “a legend of cinema and theater … an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom.” Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted: “She was strong and she didn’t like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying.”


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Moreau was honored with a 1965 Time magazine cover story, rare for a foreign actress, and was compared to such screen greats as Garbo and Monroe. Since her rise to prominence in the mid-’50s, she epitomized the tenets of the French new wave, boasting a womanly sexuality and a fierce independent spirit. Orson Welles,
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Review: Orson Welles' "Chimes At Midnight" 1966); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Jeremy Carr

It’s easy to see why Orson WellesChimes at Midnight is generally regarded as his finest post-Touch of Evil achievement. This Shakespearean mélange is a dazzling showcase for Welles’ ingenuity, his evident appreciation for the film’s literary foundation, and his relentless aptitude for stylistic inventiveness. However, its haphazard production and its rocky release comprise a backstory as complicated as the movie’s multi-source construction (the script, based on the lengthy play “Five Kings,” written and first performed by Welles in the 1930s, samples scenes and dialogue from at least five of Shakespeare’s works, primarily “Henry IV,” parts one and two, “Richard II,” “Henry V,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”). Plagued by what were at this point familiar budgetary constraints, Welles shot Chimes at Midnight over the course of about seven months in Spain, with a break when the financial well went dry.
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Can Crowds Fund Anything?

No, but Netflix can. Our streaming overlords buy themselves some Orson Welles.

Movies need money. They can win hearts, minds and lay the ground for thousands of little websites like this one to talk about them, but ultimately they need someone with bags of cash behind the scenes. Netflix, proud owner of one thousand hours of original content among other things, just dumped some of their cash bags on a movie called The Other Side of the Wind. It was filmed by Orson Welles in the early ’70s, stared Susan Strasberg, John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich, and was never fully edited or released to a general audience.

Welles’ movie had been initially funded by a mysterious Spanish producer (rumored to be Andrés Vicente Gómez) who, in turn, embezzled the money. It was then funded by Mehdi Bushehri, brother of the Iranian Shah, whose assets were seized after the Shah was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution. Then
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The Forgotten: Dimitri Kirsanoff's "Le crâneur"(1955)

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Dimitri Kirsanoff's 1926 classic Ménilmontant, which is either a short feature or a very long short, is one of the great things. If you haven't already seen it, you have just been handed an urgent mission.Related to the impressionist school of Epstein, Dulac, amd Delluc, but not actually part of that gang or, seemingly, associated with any school, movement or company, Kirsanoff, an Estonian emigré, fashioned a silent film without intertitles that plays like an unholy mash-up of Chaplin and David Lynch.But little of Kirsanoff's other work is seen or discussed. A few lovely shorts are available on YouTube, but what became of him when he was absorbed into the film industry and had to become a professional?Le crâneur (The Hotshot) is the answer. It's a fifties crime movie inhabiting a world familiar to cinephiles from the movies of Jean-Pierre Melville, only the gangsters don't wear white
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The Criterion Collection Announces May Titles: ‘Ghost World,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Jeanne Dielman’ and More

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The Criterion Collection Announces May Titles: ‘Ghost World,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Jeanne Dielman’ and More
The Criterion Collection has announced its May offerings, including “Dheepan,” “Ghost World” and a Blu-ray update of “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” Also joining the Collection are Orson Welles’ “Othello,” a new World Cinema Project collector’s set and Yasujirō Ozu’s “Good Morning.” More information below.

Read More: The Criterion Collection Announces April Titles: ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Rumble Fish,’ ‘Woman of the Year’ and More

Ghost World

Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that’s at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, ‘Ghost World’ follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred
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Episode 180 – Criterion Collection Favorites of 2016

To celebrate The Criterion Collection’s 2016 releases — and there’s a lot to celebrate — Arik Devens, David Blakeslee, Keith Enright, Scott Nye, and Trevor Berrett gather to talk about the past year in Criterion, including their favorite three Criterion releases of 2016.

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Episode Notes Arik’s List

– Favorite Cover: A Brighter Summer Day

– Favorite Packaging: Trilogia de Guillermo del Toro

– Favorite Releases:

3) Fantastic Planet

2) Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy

1) Night and Fog

David’s List

– Favorite Cover: Lady Snowblood

– Favorite Packaging: Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

– Favorite Releases:

3) The Executioner/Death by Hanging

2) Chimes at Midnight

1) The Emigrants/The New Land

Keith’s List

– Favorite Cover: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

– Favorite Packaging: Valley and Beyond the Valley

– Favorite Releases:

3) Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley

2) One-Eyed Jacks

1) The Kennedy Films of
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The 10 Best Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

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The 10 Best Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016
While everyone else is busy asking if the movies are dying or not, the Criterion Collection — year after year — is quietly devoting themselves to making sure that the medium will live forever.

Widely accepted as the gold standard of DVD, Blu-Ray, and beyond (2016 saw the company expand their grasp on the world of home video with the launch of FilmStruck, a streaming platform that’s largely dedicated to their roster of films and the cinephiles who can’t live without them), Criterion operates in a gilded bubble of their own design — it doesn’t matter if physical media is on the decline, people who swore off buying DVDs years ago still find themselves stockpiling those beautifully packaged Criterion editions like they’re building a library of precious volumes, like their homes would be glaringly incomplete without them.

The Best of 2016: IndieWire’s Year in Review Bible

2016 was business
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The Forgotten: Abel Gance's "Austerlitz" (1960)

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The great film historian Kevin Brownlow, who has devoted large sections of his life to restoring Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoleon, takes a dim view of this one. And indeed Austerlitz, a.k.a. The Battle of Austerlitz, has several strikes against it, belongs to several categories of film maudit all at once. It's a late film by a seventy-one-year-old director whose best work, by universal consensus, was in the silent era; it's a kind of belated sequel, the further adventures of Napoleon Bonaparte; it's a Salkind production.Incidentally, viewing the lavish sets for this movie, we can see how the Salkinds, those roving multinational mountebanks, ran up the unpaid studio bills in Yugoslavia which kept Orson Welles from building the elaborate vanishing sets he had planned for The Trial (starting realistic, it would have ended up playing in a featureless void), necessitating the repurposing of a disused Parisian railway station.
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‘Empire’ Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: ‘Chimes At Midnight’

This episode centered on a major crisis that befalls Empire. One day, the entire company is taken completely by surprise as it becomes hacked by an anonymous entity. The bug– which at first manifests itself in the form of an email with an mp3 attachment of Tiana’s hit single ‘Me’– begins to affect to executives, […]

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‘Empire’ Draws Inspiration From Sony Hack, Cyber Scandals With Nude Photo Storyline

‘Empire’ Draws Inspiration From Sony Hack, Cyber Scandals With Nude Photo Storyline
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Empire” Season 3, episode 6, titled “Chimes at Midnight,” which aired on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

“Empire” was hacked on Wednesday night with an episode that struck similarities to real-life cyber scandals. The major storyline on this week’s “Empire” was consumed with a major hack that exposed the emails and personal information of all employees and artists at Empire Entertainment — including a nude photo of Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson).

“The Sony hack is very much the inspiration, as well as the fact that we’re all living in the digital world where we all put everything out there,” executive producer Sanaa Hamri tells Variety. “At ‘Empire,’ we’re always on the pulse of current affairs and the hack at Empire, it’s real, and it could totally sink the entire company.”

As for the naked photo, Hamri says that plot point was organic to the ongoing storyline of
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Empire Recap: The Cold Light of Décolletage

Empire Recap: The Cold Light of Décolletage
Her name is The Ghost of Rhonda Lyon, and she approves this mess…

Hold up. Are we entirely sure Empire‘s late white hope would applaud hubby Andre’s fedora-sporting, abandoned-warehouse lurking, mama’s tatas-exposing power-grab? Actually, of course she would.

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And while it’s most likely that Andre’s secret hack of Empire Entertainment’s emails/masters/customer info will end up with a beatdown from Lucious and a trip to the unemployment line, for now let’s just be happy that one of the Lyon kids made it
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CriterionCast Chronicles – Episode 7 – August 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, and Scott Nye to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for August 2016.

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Episode Links Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words on iTunes Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words: A Full Picture of a Life – From the Current Ingrid Bergman, Filmmaker – From the Current A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey (1961) A Taste of Honey on iTunes A Taste of Honey: Northern Accents – From the Current Morrissey’s Taste for Shelagh Delaney – From the Current 10 Things I Learned: A Taste of Honey – From the Current Woman in the Dunes Woman in the Dunes (1964) Woman in the Dunes on iTunes Watch Woman in the Dunes | Hulu Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and
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Off The Shelf – Episode 102 – New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of September 6th, 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of August 30th, 2016 and September 6th.

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Episode Notes & Links News Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Star Trek: The original Series – The Roddenberry Vault Blu-ray The Skull Blu-ray Olive Films Announce November Titles The Bruce Lee Premiere Collection Blu-ray: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Game of Death 50% Off Arrow DVDs & Blu-rays | Barnes & Noble Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray + DVD): Various: Movies & TV American Buffalo (1996) Going Out Of Print September 12th!! – Screen Archives Entertainment Links to Amazon


Arrow: Season 4 Barbarosa Chimes at Midnight Destiny The Immortal Story The Jungle Book The Night Manager Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season 2 Disco Godfather Evils of the Night Eyewitness Hangmen Also Die! People of the Mountains Sid And Nancy
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Criterion Reflections – The Immortal Story (1968) – #831

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

This subdued hour long late-career enigma from Orson Welles initially feels a bit sad and anti-climactic when it’s presented as his “final completed fictional feature” (as stated on the back of the new Criterion Collection release.) A quiet, languidly paced adaptation of an Isak Dinesen short story, there’s very little action to stimulate the senses much of the time, with most lines delivered by actors sitting down, standing still and speaking rather quietly. When the tension ramps up a bit toward the end, the self-conscious art house touches run a great risk of falling flat and coming across as unintentionally comical. But the excellent 4K restoration, a well-curated selection of supplemental features, and above all else, the compelling presentation of a great man and cultural innovator entering his artistic decline makes the new Blu-ray package of The Immortal Story
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New to Streaming: ‘The Neon Demon,’ ‘Wiener-Dog,’ ‘To the Wonder,’ ‘Heaven’s Gate,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Captain America: Civil War (Russos)

In seeking to create an expansive multi-film universe, Marvel has managed to both bless and curse each of its subsequent films. The blessing comes in the form of a character development that takes place over the course of films and phases instead of scenes and acts. Characters who we met eight years ago have grown and changed before our eyes, and
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Weekly Rushes. Gene Wilder, Inverted "Vertigo," Antonioni in Japan, Movies Matter, Save Film!

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NEWSGene Wilder, we'll miss you. We have always had—and will always have—tremendous affection for the presence of this wonderfully funny, sweetly sorrowful actor.The San Francisco Cinematheque is holding a fundraising auction, "an annual convergence of visual and media arts to support their 56th year of exhibiting innovative experimental moving-image art." You can bid online.Recommended VIEWINGWhat is Japan 1984 – 7 Betacam Tapes? Celluloid Liberation Front writes at Sight & Sound about "never-before-seen video material shot by Michelangelo Antonioni in Japan." Watch it online at Belligerent Eyes through September 2.With Bertrand Bonello's highly anticipated Nocturama set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Le CiNéMa Club is now streaming Madeleine Among the Dead, a 2014 "sketch" from the director: "Bonello wanted to tell Hitchcock’s Vertigo from the perspective of Madeleine."The excellent documentary A Fuller Life, about legendary director Samuel Fuller, is purchasable through this website.Frankly not our
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Recommended Discs & Deals: Orson Welles, ‘Destiny,’ ‘The Jungle Book,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Chimes at Midnight and The Immortal Story (Orson Welles)

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff—the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal—here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace.
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Sounds Orson Welles' Chimes At Midnight

Orson Welles knew Falstaff. That is to say, as well as any twentieth century man could know a six-centuries-earlier construct character of William Shakespeare. Both men, by this time in their lives, had heard the deathly sounds of the chimes at midnight. Yet both persisted valiantly. For Welles, the struggle netted him the film, Chimes at Midnight. Until now, despite its towering reputation, Chimes at Midnight has remained nearly inaccessible. Those fortunate enough to have seen it prior to this extensive restoration (which ran theatrically in New York City and elsewhere in January of 2016) likely had to endure a horrid print with even worse sound. Falstaff, the sometimes buffoonish, sometimes noble rotund knight of Henry IV Parts I and II, as well as The...

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