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Writer-director Sergio Sollima gives us one of the best 'political' Italo westerns from the pre- May '68 era... with two top stars in great form, Gian Maria Volontè and Tomas Milian. This two-disc German import has both the long and short versions of the movie in HD, with full language options for each. Face to Face (Faccia a faccia; Von Angesicht zu Angesicht) Region A+B Blu-ray Explosive Media (Alive) 1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 93, 112 min. / Street Date April 29, 2016 / available at Amazon.de / E 21,93 Starring Gian Maria Volontè, Tomas Milian, William Berger, Jolanda Modio, Gianni Rizzo, Carole André Ángel del Pozo, Aldo Sambrell, Antonio Casas, Lidia Alfonsi, John Karlsen, Gastone Moschin, G&eacutge;rard Tichy. Cinematography Raphael Pacheco Film Editor Eugenio Alabiso Original Music Ennio Morricone Art Direction and sets Carlo Simi Written by Sergio Donati, Sergio Sollima Produced by Arturo González, Alberto Grimaldi <Directed by Sergio Sollima
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Back in the summer of 2014 it was reported that Franco Nero would reprise the role of Django from the 1966 spaghetti western for Django Lives, and now the project has found itself a writer and director in Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles (Passion Fish, Lone Star).
Django Lives will mark Nero’s third outing as Django after the original movie and the 1987 sequel Django Strikes Again!, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, it had previously been reported that the film would “be set in 1915, with Nero playing the role of an older Django working as a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns who gets involved with racketeers.” Of course, that could change, given that Sayles will now be rewriting.
- Gary Collinson
Even if our man on the ground didn’t much respond to Asghar Farhadi’s recent Cannes premiere, The Salesman, our anticipation and admiration remain high — but so it is for one of our age’s greatest filmmakers. (Really appreciating The Past makes some lukewarm reactions much easier to take.) Consider us pleased, then, that his Penélope Cruz-led, Almodóvar-produced, Spain-set project is steadily advancing: per Variety, it’s looking to add none other than Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem — fun fact: also an actor — is nearly complete, script-wise, and will roll cameras “next summer or early fall.”
It’s hardly surprising that Farhadi’s written another film marked by moral intrigue and sundry complications, yet there’s already some sense of new territory: it follows “a family of wine growers living in rural Spain,” has been called, by producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, “a psychological thriller with a dash of Agatha Christie in it, »
- Nick Newman
In possibly the most interesting film news of the day (if not the week), stalwart American indie writer/director John Sayles (Brother From Another Planet, Lone Star, Passion Fish) will be writing and directing Django Lives!, the third installment of the Django series, once again starring Franco Nero. As reported on A.V. Club, the film is set 50 years after the first film, with Django now working as a horse handler and extra on the set of D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. This seems to tie in with the themes of much of Sayles' indie films dealing with race relations in the Us. Sayles is one of my favourite American directors, creating films such as those above and others like Men With Guns and Go...
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Oh, I see. Hollywood decided to get me all sorts of presents this month, and they’re just spacing them out so I don’t explode from joy on my actual birthday. Today’s delightful news is that John Sayles is going to direct Django Lives with Franco Nero returning to play the title character. While I love Sayles and the diversity of his output as a writer/director, I admit a certain fondness for his genre work. When he wrote a script like The Howling or Alligator or Battle Beyond The Stars, he didn’t treat those jobs as garbage. Instead, he wrote with the same degree of invention and dedication, and as a result, many of those movies have aged incredibly well, better than a lot of the drive-in fare of the same era. Franco Nero should have been a bigger movie star. The guy is pretty much just raw onscreen charisma, »
- Drew McWeeny
While John Sayles is best known as one of the pioneering independent filmmakers of American cinema, he’s also a writer and director of varying interests. He’s had no hesitation working within the studio system, directing one of the all time great baseball movies in “Eight Men Out,” and lending his pen to fare as wide […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Pathé International is set to launch sales on a quartet of new titles in Cannes, led by Guillaume Canet’s mid-life crisis comedy Rock ‘n’ Roll, in which he stars as himself opposite Marion Cotillard as his wife and Django Reinhardt drama Django
“It’s sort of Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard playing themselves but not quite. It’s a fantastic concept. It’s sort of based on their real life together but it’s not. It’s very sarcastic, very funny,” says Sauzay of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Canet stars as Guillaume Canet, a 42-year-old actor who decides to overhaul his life when a beautiful young co-star on a film he is shooting tells him he is no longer ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ or high-up on her list of ‘bangable’ actors.
The actor-director »
The feature focuses on Reinhardt’s adventures during World War Two when he tried to flee France to escape persecution by the Nazi because of his Roma ethnicity.
The jazz guitarist – who co-founded the iconic Quintette du Hot Club de France with violinist Stéphane Grappelli in the 1930s - was at the peak of his career when war broke out in 1939, performing regularly in the top clubs of Paris as well as collaborating with Us artists such as Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie.
It is a directorial debut for Colmar, who is best known as screenwriter on Of Gods And Men and producer on some 20 titles, including »
Paris — Lagardere Studios, France’s second biggest independent production company, is aiming to expand its reach across Europe.
Last may, Lagardère Studios bought a 82% share of Grupo Boomerang TV, one of Spain’s leading production companies, and is now about to launch Boomerang in Italy, another key European market for Lagardere where Boomerang is already a well-known brand with such hit daily soaps as “The Secret of Old Bridge” and “Acacias 38,” which air on Mediaset Italia’s Canale 5. Boomerang produced approximately 1,200 hours of programming (scripted and unscripted) last year, notably “The Mysteries of Laura,” which sparked an NBC remake, as well as “The Time in Between,” a period espionage thriller sold worldwide including to Netflix in Latin America.
Through Boomerang, Lagardere is also establishing a presence in Latin America. Boomerang is indeed developing two scripted series through its Chilean subsidiary, Bcl Producciones, and is looking to expand in Colombia and Mexico next, »
- Elsa Keslassy
The western subgenre has seen somewhat of a resurgence lately, with films like Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful 8 and S. Craig Zahler’s shocking Bone Tomahawk. Hitting the market (available on DVD now) and adding to that resurgence, is directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves’ excellent entry, Kill Or Be Killed. Revolving around a group of outlaws trying to find a big score all while being picked off one by one, the film is bloody and full of entertainment, from start to finish.
We had a chat with Meeks and Graves about the film, its entry into the western genre and much more, so read on!
The Western subgenre is having such a great resurgence of sorts lately, with really good entries like Bone Tomahawk, Diablo, The Hateful 8 and so non. What inspired you to make Kill Or Be Killed? It’s very unique.
Meeks: Well, we wrote and filmed »
- Jerry Smith
Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...
Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.
Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. »
“[Morricone] has been nominated seven times for the Oscar and has never won. Let me tell you something. On Sunday, Quentin and I are going back to Italy with him, because he’s going to win.”
See Weinstein make the remarks around the 49-minute mark below:
In 2007, Morricone received an »
- Variety Staff
The three Ninja films produced by 1980’s low-budget kings Cannon Films that like many of the studio’s films have become cult hits since their initial release.
“Before Menahem, I didn’t and I bet that millions of people didn’t know the word ‘Ninja'” said Boaz Davidson in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2015’s superb documentary on the crazy life and times of The Cannon Group, led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus. The duo has bought Cannon Films in 1979 and went on to make their mark on American cinema and pop – culture through the 1980’s before going bust in 1994. They introduced us to any wild films, »
- Scott J. Davis
Everyone who works with Ennio Morricone calls him "Maestro." It's a title that's both deferential and affectionate for the prolific, 87-year-old composer. Since the late Fifties, he has written some 500 movie scores, including such celebrated and iconic contributions to soundtracks such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. His music has inspired a wide swath of artists from Metallica to Celine Dion, as well as filmmakers from Sergio Leone to Bernardo Bertolucci. But despite this, he has received few film awards in the U. »
14 items from 2016
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