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Boys and girls, I'll be brief. The Film Society Of Lincoln Center will be keeping the cinephiles of NYC well busy this holiday season thanks to their See It In 70mm! running December 21 - January 1. So what can you see in 70mm? Well it wouldn't be a celebration of 70mm without 2001: A Space Odyssey, so they've got that covered. But how about a 20th anniversary screening for Ron Fricke's travelogue Baraka, a 30th anniversary screening for Tron, restored prints for The Sound Of Music, My Fairy Lady, Lord Jim and Jacques Tati's Playtime? Well, it's all happening. So is that all? Nope, there's just too much to mention here. Get the full schedule below. »
Bloodletting: Canijo’s Latest a Masterwork of Familial Upheaval
Portuguese director Joao Canijo returns with his eighth feature, Blood of My Blood, (his first fictional outing since 2007’s Misbegotten) a sprawling, all consuming portrait of one week in the life a matriarchal run familial unit in the slums outside Lisbon, and may indeed be his masterpiece. Inevitably, there’s no denying a comparison of technique with Altman and Mike Leigh (Canijo spent two years developing the characters with the actors via a series of workshops as Leigh does), but the film stands quite firmly as an often uncomfortable, unpleasant, and always fascinating family saga that would, in a fair world, finally open up the English speaking market to Canijo’s previous directorial efforts, which date back to the early 80s.
In Padre Cruz, a slum on the edge of Lisbon, the Fialho clan, whose workable, but makeshift daily existence is about to be severely shaken. »
- Nicholas Bell
James Mason movies Turner Classic Movies, Saturday, August 11 (Edt) 6:00 Am Lord Jim (1965). After turning coward, a naval officer tries to redeem himself by helping Asian natives stage a revolution. Director: Richard Brooks. Cast: Peter O’Toole, James Mason, Curt Jurgens. Color, 154 minutes. Letterbox. 8:45 Am Thunder Rock (1942). A disillusioned writer moves into a lighthouse where some ghostly visitors restore his faith. Director: Roy Boulting. Cast: Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason. Black and white, 107 minutes. 11:00 Am The Seventh Veil (1945). A concert pianist with amnesia fights to regain her memory. Director: Compton Bennett. Cast: James Mason, Ann Todd, [...] »
- Andre Soares
After sixty years of performing, 79-year old Peter O'Toole confirmed in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he's retiring from acting.
O'Toole says "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back. My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits. However, it’s my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one’s stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."
O'Toole was nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards and though never winning a competitive Oscar, he was bestowed with an honorary statuette »
- Garth Franklin
Lawrence of Arabia is folding his tent. Peter O'Toole, the eight-time Oscar nominee and honorary Oscar winner who first blazed across the screen in David Lean's desert epic 50 years ago, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from acting. He is 79. "Dear All," began his message, released by his reps. "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back. "My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
European Pressphoto Agency The wreck of the Costa Concordia on Sunday, when a 13th body was found.
There is only one sea story: I jumped. Sea stories are as fueled by jumps as romances are by misunderstandings: “I had jumped… it seems,” says Jim, chief mate on the Patna, the stricken ship in Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim. There are seven lifeboats for the four-hundred on board: the Patna’s Captain and three of the crew agree to abandon ship while the passengers are asleep. »
- Frances Wilson
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