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“You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.”
La Dolce Vita screens Wednesday September 28th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
There is sexy, and then there is Anita Eckberg, whose voluptuous figure splashing around the Trevi Fountain in Rome in Federico Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita, while wearing that bellissima black dress, was the ultimate symbol of male fantasy. The film won the Academy Award in 1960 for Best Costumes, thanks in large part to the black sleeveless gown that Miss Eckberg displayed in that famous scene. Costume designer Piero Gherardi worked in neo-realist Italian cinema from 1954 to 1971, notably on four key films by Federico Fellini. »
- Tom Stockman
The Toronto film festival is over and with it our first glimpse at Ewen McGregor’s attempt to bring Philip Roth’s American Pastoral to the big screen. How well do you remember other notable film versions of novels?
The Talented Mr Ripley
Pride & Prejudice
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Out of Africa
The Conformist »
- Aidan Mac Guill
“No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.”
Lawrence Of Arabia screens Wednesday September 21st at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
“Greatest biopic ever”…”Genius in 70mm”…”A Miracle of a Movie”…
All these statements were said somewhere about director David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia and it’s understandable. It was some kind of madness to make a movie like this in 1962. Working in the middle of desert for such a long time, those extraordinary ways of cinematographer Freddie Young, and working with that huge number of actors (and camels).
But it all worked. Lawrence Of Arabia is more than a glorious, expensive, old biopic movie. »
- Tom Stockman
“Our revenge will be to survive, and have children,” rallies the mayor of an Ottoman city whose Armenian population is targeted for annihilation in Terry George’s “The Promise” — “…and one day, to make movies,” he might as well add, since that is ultimately what “The Promise” is about: Aiming to do for the 1915 Armenian Genocide what “Doctor Zhivago” did for the Russian Revolution, this sweeping romantic epic intends to dramatize a dark chapter so often denied and so seldom depicted onscreen — and yet, the events in question deserve better than a sloggy melodrama in which the tragedy is forced to take a backseat to a not especially compelling love triangle.
Willed into being by Armenian investor-philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian, who established Survivor Pictures in order to finance this project before he passed away last year, “The Promise” was conceived as a glossy, English-language entertainment — not to be mistaken for the »
- Peter Debruge
“You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten.”
The Sound Of Music screens Wednesday September 14th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
The hills are alive with The Sound Of Music Wednesday night at The Tivoli. Julie Andrews takes to the screen in this beloved 1965 film adaption of the original Broadway musical and gives a dazzling performance as the spirited Maria who warms our hearts and takes us away into a lovely world of song. The Sound Of Music is set in Salzberg in Austria in the dying days of the 1930s. Rebellious trainee nun Maria (Andrews) has stepped on the toes of the Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) one too many times and she finds herself shipped off »
- Tom Stockman
“When the Romans were marching me to the galleys, thirst had almost killed me. A man gave me water to drink, and I went on living. I should have done better if I’d poured it into the sand!”
Ben-hur (1959) screens Wednesday September 7th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as the inaugural feature in their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
The recent Ben-hur cost over 100 million dollars to make and is already being called the bomb of the summer. That’s too bad, because I think it’s actually quite good. It was made for a modern audience and runs 132 minutes. The 1959 version of Ben-hur costs 16 million to make and lasts 100 minutes more than the new remake. I wonder if today’s attention-challenged audiences would have flocked to »
- Tom Stockman
In today’s second Horror Highlights, we have preview panels from three of Night of the Living Dead: Revival‘s #5 issues (Rise, Soul, and Slab), as well as details on a shirt from Cavity Colors that gives a new twist to John Carpenter’s They Live. We also have release details for Scream Factory’s Fender Bender Blu-ray / DVD, Shudder’s acquisition of Us rights for Beyond the Walls, info on when to watch the short film Bleed the Night on El Rey Network, and two preview videos from Bb.
Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 Preview Panels: Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 issues are now available from Double Take. To learn more, visit Double Take’s website. In case you missed it, check out all ten #5 covers, our impressions of the #5 issues, and our exclusive Q&A with Sr. Story Editor / writer Michael Coast.
- Derek Anderson
There’s nothing more fun than getting to watch classic movies the way they were intended–on the big screen!
Now, I understand plenty of people don’t want to go to a theater, spend a fortune on tickets, popcorn, and a drink just to see the glow of cell phones and hear people rudely talking while someone kicks your seat from behind, but that’s not the experience you’ll get at Landmark theaters newly-announced (and affordable) film series. St. Louis movie buffs are in for a treat as Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater will run it’s ‘Classics on the Loop’ every Wednesday beginning September 7th at 7pm. The Tivoli will screen, on their big screen (which seats 320 btw), the type of epic, widescreen masterpiece that needs to be seen in a theater with an audience. Admission is only $7.
One benefits of the big screen is that you »
- Tom Stockman
Perhaps best known for playing Buliwyf in The 13th Warrior, the big budget epic sword and sorcery-type film from director John McTiernan and writer Michael Crichton from 1999, actor Vladimir Kulich towers above his co-stars in most of the projects he’s been in. Imbued with a distinct look and voice, Kulich also co-starred in films such as Decoy with Peter Weller, Red Scorpion 2 with Matt McColm, Crackerjack with Thomas Ian Griffith, and Firestorm with Howie Long. Over the years he’s specialized in playing Nordic heroes or stalwart warriors in projects like Ironclad and the TV series Vikings, but he’s also versatile, appearing in key roles in Smokin’ Aces and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. His latest projects are the independent horror film Grave Walkers »
It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2
When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Just as vibrant and urgent as it was when it debuted in 1975, Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” is perhaps the perfect historical epic to be re-introduced to a brand new audience. Masterfully crafted and featuring a slew of all-time performances (you’ve scarcely seen the full depth of Ryan O’Neal’s talents if you haven’t seen the feature), the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning film really does hold up (and it was overlooked during its own time), and the BFI is banking on that appeal to help send a new re-release over the top.
In advance of the new UK re-release of the film, the BFI and Warner Bros. commissioned Ignition Creative London to craft a new trailer for the film, one that builds in a contemporary feel without sacrificing the film’s authenticity (and includes »
- Kate Erbland
Sean Wilson asks his fellow Flickering Myth writers about the film experiences that shaped their childhoods…
I was more than a little startled when hit with the recent revelation that nineties family classic Free Willy this year passed its 22nd birthday. It’s not a lengthy period in the grand scheme of things but for me it encapsulates an entire aeon of time having passed, as it was one of the first movies I vividly remember watching at the cinema. I couldn’t have been older than 7, the theatre was the Paignton Picture House (one of the world’s oldest cinemas, currently undergoing a new lease of life following its tragic closure in 1999) and the movie was the sort of rollicking emotional rollercoaster that sears itself into young minds.
This seemingly unassuming piece of news nevertheless hit me like the proverbial wave, making me wistful and reflective on the nature of formative cinema experiences, »
- Sean Wilson
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
29 April 1966: Guardian film critic Richard Roud is not very impressed with the new David Lean film set during the Russian Revolution
There have been a lot of films made from novels which were acceptable as long as one hadn’t read the book. There have even been turns better than the books they were adapted from. But Doctor Zhivago (Empire) is one of those rare film adaptations which, unless you have already read the book, makes you wonder why anyone ever bothered to make the film at all.
I mean this quite seriously. The novel has been reduced to the love story of Lara and Zhivago, and it’s not a terribly interesting one. Goodness knows, it was not for the plot as such that one liked “Doctor Zhivago.” The hero of the book may have been Zhivago, but the heroine was Moscow, and the revolution held the all-important role of catalyst. »
- Richard Roud
To mark the release of The Sound Barrier on 11th april, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. The film tells the story of John Ridgefield (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago, The Heiress), the self-made wealthy owner of the Ridgefield Aircraft factory. The far-seeing aviation manufacturer is driven toward a significant breakthrough, envisioning
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David Lean is well known for his romantic dramas (Brief Encounter) and literary adaptations (Great Expectations, Doctor Zhivago), which is why The Sound Barrier, his 1952 semi-biographical portrait of the British struggle to surpass the speed of sound, seems like something of an oddity.
The story focuses on the relationships between an ambitious Raf pilot Tony (Nigel Patrick), his military bride Susan (Ann Todd) her father, John (Ralph Richardson), a wealthy plane manufacturer who has lofty goals and doesn’t mind risking human lives to reach them. A brief prelude sees Susan’s brother Christopher – a small but welcome appearance from Indiana Jones’ Denholm Elliott – attempt to join the air force, despite both a lack of interest in and aptitude for flying. This ominous complication, paired with the »
- Mark Allen
The Egyptian star of Doctor Zhivago remembered in the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam section
Omar Sharif has been remembered by the Oscars in this year’s In Memoriam section of the Academy Awards ceremony.
The Egyptian-born actor never won an Oscar, was nominated for Lawrence of Arabia (as best supporting actor) but, remarkably, not for Doctor Zhivago, the film for which he is arguably best remembered. However, he did win a Golden Globe for both roles.
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- Andrew Pulver
London — A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short stories are set to be produced in a new four-part adaptation for Sky Arts, the channel has confirmed.
“Likely Stories” is produced by Sid Gentle Films and will be directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the duo behind Nick Cave docu “20,000 Days on Earth.” Jarvis Cocker will score the four 30-minute stories, which will topline George MacKay (“Pride”), Tom Hughes (“The Game”), Johnny Vegas (“Moone Boy”), Kenneth Cranham (“Maleficent”) and Rita Tushingham (“Doctor Zhivago”).
The “dark and strange” London-set tales will center on the act of storytelling in a world that moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy. Gaiman will appear in each story in an “unusual way,” with subtle nods to his wider work that will appeal to his fanbase.
The four adaptations are titled “Foreign Parts,” a story of identity, ghostly tales “Feeders & Eaters” and “Closing Time” and the life-spanning story “Looking for the Girl. »
- Diana Lodderhose
A four-part adaptation of short stories penned by Neil Gaiman, Likely Stories will be produced by Sid Gentle Films for Sky Arts. Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth helmers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are directing. Jarvis Cocker is scoring the half hours which star George MacKay (Pride), Tom Hughes (The Game), Johnny Vegas (Moone Boy), Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) and Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago). Set in London, the “dark and strange” stories center on the act of… »
A young Azerbaijani nobleman falls for a Georgian princess, crossing religions (he’s Muslim, she’s Eastern Orthodox), cultural backgrounds and even ambitions for their country’s future in “Ali and Nino,” and though we take it on faith that this photogenic couple love each other very deeply, director Asif Kapadia’s handsome yet relatively heartless big-screen adaptation confuses romance for beautiful imagery, leaving us cold. Perhaps Kapadia, having delved so deeply into the real-world dreams of “Senna” and “Amy,” simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to simplify Kurban Said’s pseudonymous 1937 literary classic, stripping the material of all but its most David Lean-ian grandeur. Unfortunately, the Oscar-nominated nonfiction helmer’s return to fable-like narrative filmmaking captivates more with its exotic landscapes than with anything that occurs between its characters.
Admittedly, the landscapes in question seldom grace American screens, and despite the fact that the average moviegoer couldn’t locate Azerbaijan on a map, »
- Peter Debruge
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