I girasoli (1970)
Price: Blu-ray $34.95
Anita Ekberg is all smiles in Boccaccio '70
Four legendary Italian filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in the landmark 1962 anthology comedy-drama film Boccaccio’70.
Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (The Clowns) Luchino Visconti (Senso) and Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and many others through a quartet of titillating stories filled with unabashed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, the four are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy.
Monicelli’s “Renzo e Luciana” (cut out of the original American release) is a tale of young love and office politics in the big city. Fellini’s notorious “Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio” features Ekberg as a busty model in a milk advertisement whose image begins to haunt an aging prude. Visconti’s “Il Lavoro” stars Romy Schneider as
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's newly restored Despair (1978) "was one of the hottest tickets in the Classics sidebar" in Cannes this year, notes Dennis Lim in his Los Angeles Times review of the new DVD out from Olive Films, which has also issued Fassbinder's I Only Want You to Love Me (1976). "The relative obscurity of Despair is surprising given its pedigree. It's based on a Vladimir Nabokov novel, adapted by Tom Stoppard, and starring the English actor Dirk Bogarde. Nabokov's story of a Russian émigré, written in the 30s, takes place in Prague. Fassbinder changed the setting to early-30s Berlin, teetering on the abyss of the Third Reich…. Despair is perhaps the most explicit elaboration of one of Fassbinder's recurring themes: the alienation of someone who not only 'stands outside himself,' as Hermann [Bogarde] puts it, but also wants to escape himself and indeed flee the trap of identity altogether.
Jia's vision of China is both a gritty appraisal of a lurching economy and massively destabilizing reconstruction projects, and a phantasmagoria of the intimate desires of its ordinary citizens. Documentary realism vies with the simulacra of contemporary life: cellphone daydreams explode in flash animation, UFOs rise above the Three Gorges Dam project, everyday banalities mix alchemically with the glimmering seductions of popular culture. Jia's is a cinema of contradictions, of fact against fiction, of bitter memory against the utopias of post-socialism. But most of all, it's defiantly a cinema of the present — not a forecast of the glories of the China to come, but an ode to a
This special Sunday addendum features a handful of new double feature releases…
Children Of The Corn V: Fields Of Terror / Children Of The Corn 666: Isaac’S Return From Dusk Till Dawn / From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers / Halloween: H2O Hellraiser: Bloodline / Hellraiser IV: Inferno My Bosses Daughter / Duplex Supercop / Twin Dragons The Yards / The Lookout Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 Eddie Murphy stars in the cop comedy Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Will Canon directs the intense frat drama Brotherhood (2010) John Wayne stars in The Comancheros: 50th Anniversary Edition (1961) Kat Dennings stars in Daydream Nation (2010) Dario Argento directs Deep Red (1975) Henri-Georges Clouzot’s suspenseful masterpiece Diabolique: Criterion Collection (1954) Kevin Bacon & Djimon Hounsou star in Elephant White (2011) Dragon Dynasty presents The Five Deadly Venoms (1978) Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason star in
Sophia and Marcello love each other -- and we love them -- in Marriage Italian Style.
All are presented in their original Italian language with English subtitles and co-star that other gorgeous Italian screen legend of yesteryear, Marcello Mastroianni (8 1/2).
Marriage Italian Style Blu-ray and Sunflower Blu-ray each carry a list price of $29.95.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Blu-ray will be priced higher at $34.95, but it includes the feature-length documentary Vittorio D., a look at Yesterday’s director, the great Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine).
Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD discs include trailers and stills galleries.
All of the films (including Vittorio D.
As the Fifth Generation of Chinese cinema squander their seriousness trying to out-"Crouching Tiger" each other, the subsequent "Sixth Generation" has raised the bar without going ancient-era historical or relying on the hotsiness of Gong Li. Namely, Jia Zhangke, Lou Ye and Zhang Yuan have favored a kind of philosophical realism, and if the films haven't hit the mass audience sweet spot like the feminist/liberal melodramas of the '90s did, they've nevertheless made the films of Zhang Yimou look like a new brand of orientalism and painted life in contemporary China as despairingly as the gorgeous Gong movies used to portray the past. Meanwhile, a subgenre has emerged . the traditional family saga/bildungsfilm-as-haunted-by-the-Cultural-Revolution film, à la Zhang Yimou's "To Live," Gu Changwei's "Peacock," Xiao Jiang's "Electric Shadows," etc. Zhang Yang's "Sunflower" (2005) is a paradigmatic example, with its 30-year span, its timeless father-son battle of wills,
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