19 items from 2015
Director Nanni Moretti has got his mojo back in this sad, funny and satisfying movie about a film director who carries on working while her mother is dying
The Italian auteur Nanni Moretti has directed his best film for years with this warm, witty and seductive drama. He has got his mojo back, and incidentally restored it to John Turturro as well, who plays a vain and insecure actor obsessed with telling everyone how he almost worked with Stanley Kubrick. Margherita Buy plays a film director whose personal crisis has brought her to the edge of mental breakdown involving vivid, hallucinatory dreams. Her mother, Ada (Guilia Lazzarini), is dying in hospital, but it is her brother Giovanni who must take time away from his off work to look after her, while Buy suppresses her guilt and carries on shooting her film.
Giovanni is played by Moretti himself, effecting what is »
- Peter Bradshaw
Films about film-making are one of the great staples of cinema. From All About Eve to Day for Night, a host of movies has wallowed in the difficulties of making movies. Many are considered classics but, in the digital age, they also seem dated, set in an age when filmmaking was necessarily expensive and elitist. Today, the process of making a film has never been more accessible: on YouTube and Vimeo, everyone is a film-maker. »
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 25th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Burn, Witch, Burn The Couch Trip Cruel Story Of Youth (Masters Of Cinema) Day for Night (Criterion) Diggstown Dressed to Kill Elena Face to Face aka Faccia A Faccia Hackers The Hunger La Sapienza La Grande Bouffe My Darling Clementine Navajo Joe »
- Ryan Gallagher
In today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum's interviews with Mark Rappaport and Béla Tarr and his review of Peter Watkins's La Commune (Paris, 1871); two new books on Stanley Kubrick, one on The Shining, the other on 2001: A Space Odyssey; reviews of Criterion's new release of François Truffaut's Day for Night; "Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history"; interviews with Jerry Schatzberg, Lily Tomlin, Joe Dante and John Magary; a tribute to Mike Leigh; Christopher Nolan's admiration for Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay; a listener's guide to Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising—and more. » - David Hudson »
Directed by François Truffaut
From Fellini to Fassbinder, Minnelli to Godard, some of international cinema’s greatest directors have turned their camera on their art and, by extension, themselves. But in the annals of great films about filmmaking, few movies have captured the rapturous passion of cinematic creation and the consuming devotion to film as well as François Truffaut’s Day for Night. While there are a number of stories at play in this love letter to the movies, along with several terrific performances throughout, the crux of the film, the real star of the show, is cinema itself.
Prior to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Truffaut was arguably the most fervent film loving filmmaker, wearing his affection for the medium on his directorial sleeve and seldom missing an opportunity to sound off in interviews or in »
- Jeremy Carr
“The Movie For Movie Lovers”
François Truffaut had an all too short but certainly brilliant career as a filmmaker. He began in the world of film criticism in France, but in the late 1950s he decided to make movies himself. Truffaut quickly shot to the forefront of the French New Wave in the late 1950s and early 60s, alongside the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, and others. By the time the 70s rolled around, Truffaut was a national treasure in France and a mainstay in art house cinemas in the U.S. and Britain.
His 1973 masterpiece, Day for Night (in France La Nuit Américaine, or “American Night”), won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of that year, the only time Truffaut picked up an Academy Award. Due to odd eligibility rules, the picture could be nominated for other categories the following year. For »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Read More: Check Out These 10 Parody Movie Posters From 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' We've broken down the playlist by track, followed by commentary. You can play the full playlist (save for one track that was not available on Spotify) by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. Enjoy! Gomez-Rejon originally chose Georges Delerue's "Chorale" from the 1973 Francois Truffaut film "Day for Night" as the score for the high school sequence at the beginning of the film. "It really worked, it was like the soundtrack in this cinephile's head," he told us. "'Day for Night' was his way in." As the film began to evolve during post-production, Gomez-Rejon decided to switch to an original composition, which is how composer Nico Muhly ended up being brought in to create, as Gomez-Rejon put it, "a sound for the beginning" of the film -- i. »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
Prestige distributor The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have agreed to a multi-year extension of their distribution agreement.
The alliance was launched last year. Current releases include “Five Easy Pieces,” “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” “State of Siege,” “My Dinner with Andre” and “The Black Stallion.” Upcoming titles include “A Room with a View,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Breaker Morant,” “Day for Night” and “Mulholland Drive.”
Under the deal, Criterion will continue to distribute its properties in the home entertainment window through Sphe in the U.S. marketplace.
Criterion specializes in high-end titles and premium home video releasing, selling classic films to film buffs. The privately held company pioneered the letterbox format for widescreen films along with providing bonus features, special editions, soundtracks, multi-disc sets and definitive versions.
Criterion sold Laserdiscs between 1984 and 1998, when it launched DVD sales. It began selling Blu-ray discs in 2008.
“Working together over the past year – both on »
- Dave McNary
Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut, which has a theatrical release planned for November this year, follows the Mumbai trial of an ageing folk singer who is accused of influencing the suicide of a sewage worker with one of his songs.
The Zoo Entertainment production was picked up from Memento Films International and will screen at the London Indian Film Festival (July 16-26) ahead of its release.
From New Europe Film Sales, the outfit acquired Dominga Sotomayor’s sophomore feature Mar, the Chile/Argentina co-production about a young couple on vacation in Argentina, while the company has struck a deal with Wa Entertainment for Takuya Misawa’s Chigasaki Story, a Japan/Thailand co-production that follows intertwining relationships at a wedding weekend. »
Directed by Chuck Workman
A documentary exploring the life and work of Orson Welles…
Vincent van Gogh, famously, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Leonardo Da Vinci struggled to finish many of the commissions he was given – his Last Supper is technically unfinished as he intended to include a roof on the mural. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles lifts the widely-respected filmmaker to such heights. Akin to van Gogh and Da Vinci, his canon of films includes multiple financial losses, alongside incomplete masterpieces that, even now, are rumoured to be lost in the deepest depths of Southern America. From Citizen Kane to F for Fake, his history is fascinating, and director Chuck Workman, takes us on the bumpy journey through his life.
Split into small, bite size chunks such as ‘The Boy Wonder’ and ‘The »
- Simon Columb
You no doubt know of a crazy local or two that mills around your town in a daze, occasionally causing disturbances, but otherwise remains fairly harmless. If you stop to think about it, it’s possible that they may have had an entirely different life with a past rich with fame, fortune and family, but sadly, their final warped reality is often the result of something as tragic as mental illness. In the case of François Truffaut‘s true to life telling of French literary master Victor Hugo’s increasingly demented daughter’s obsessive breakdown in The Story of Adèle H., the vagabond fate stems from haughty infatuation and swiftly disintegrates into detached delirium not unlike those familiar empty faces asking for bus fare or something to eat on your local street corner.
The Story of Adèle H. followed Truffaut’s Best Foreign Picture winning Day For Night, gleaning its »
- Jordan M. Smith
The Criterion Collection has announced its new line-up for August, with some more classic films being added to the collection. On August 4th Jules Dassin’s Night and the City is released, followed on August 11th by Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman starring Meryl Streep, and on August 18th Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill starring Michael Caine and François Truffaut’s Day for Night. Finally on August 25th the Dardenne Brothers superb Two Days, One Night starring Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard.
You can check out the full press release details below, as well as the artwork for each release.
Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, »
- Scott J. Davis
If you live in New York City, then you’re aware one of the best things about New York during the summer is Rooftops Films. They announced they’re upcoming slate of movies for the summer season. Check it out! Friday, May 29th On the Rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street, Sunset Park This is What We Mean by Short Films Opening Night! Rooftop launches our 19th year with spectacular short films about cinematic escapes. Films: All Your Favorite Shows! (Danny Madden); La Nuit Américaine d’Angélique (Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet & Joris Clerté); Actor Seeks Role (Michael Tyburski); Butter Ya’Self (Julian Petschek); The Land (Erin Davis); Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day! [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Read More: Watch: Jason Schwartzman Talks to Dogs in Exclusive 'Seven Chinese Brothers' SXSW Clips and Poster Rooftop Films has announced the opening night and features highlights for their 19th Annual Summer Series. Films will be screened in a variety of outdoor locations to be announced soon, but the event starts May 29 at Industry City in Sunset Park in Brooklyn with a series of short films. The next night, "7 Chinese Brothers" will screen on the roof of Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn. The entire line up so far is below, courtesy of Rooftop Films. Tickets go on sale May 5. Rooftop Films 19th Annual Summer Series Opening Weekend Friday, May 29, 2015 This is What We Mean by Short Films Opening Night of Rooftop Films 19th Annual Summer Series will feature eight short films about epic adventures, including the NY premiere of David Sandberg’s "Kung Fury." The Films: "Kung Fury" (David Sandberg), "La nuit américaine. »
- Travis Clark
The hero of Francois Truffaut’s “Day for Night” famously said that “making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the old west… when you start, you are hoping for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you just hope to survive. “ Directing a film —no matter if it’s a tentpole feature or a crowd-funded short— is a herculean undertaking, requiring much overtime, thankless work and often soul-deadening compromise. The best directors have found ways to fight righteously for their cinematic visions within the studio system. In a new video interview courtesy of Film4, a veritable who’s who of today’s best filmmakers share their thoughts on the directorial process, the translation of thought from page to screen and the urgency and chaos that fuels most film sets. The video encompasses interviews with the likes of Eli Roth and Ben Wheatley: both are genre directors who »
- Nicholas Laskin
Read More: SXSW: Complete List of Winners at the 2015 Film Awards In advance of this year's SXSW Film Festival, Indiewire sent out a questionnaire to the filmmakers taking their work to Austin. Below you'll find some of the inspirations for the competing films, both narrative and documentary. Here are the filmmakers' responses: Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti ("A Woman Like Me"): We were inspired by a wide range of movies: "All That Jazz," Agnes Varda's "The Beaches of Agnes," "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm," "Day For Night," "The Wizard of Oz," "Blue Vinyl," "Reds," Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up…." Alison Bagnall ("Funny Bunny"): I don't know if certain films inspire me anymore, though Jerry Schatzberg's "Scarecrow" is always an inspiration. Certain directors inspire me. The usual European suspects; Polanski, Pasolini, Fassbinder-but now it's »
- David Ballard
The situation is as follows: A onetime movie idol, his career and confidence in ruins, makes a daring move into a new medium. His livelihood, his sense of value, maybe even his life are at stake. But nefarious forces within the entertainment industry, like snakes around his ankles, conspire to thwart his efforts on behalf of art and his own reinvention.
“Birdman”? No, “Singin’ in the Rain,” the 1952 Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen classic set on the cusp of silent film and sound, and a movie that’s a lot of things — an infectious musical, an affectionate romance, a well-cultivated cultural artifact. But hardly a documentary about showbiz. Few of the myriad movies about movies have been, of course, despite a catalog of self-referential fare that ranges from “Sullivan’s Travels” to “Boogie Nights,” from “Living in Oblivion” to “A Star Is Born,” from “Day for Night” to “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. »
- John Anderson
40. Empire Records
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Ah, the coming-of-age story. There was no sub-genre more hijacked for a quick buck in the 1990′s. In between the good ones (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyz in the Hood”), the cheesy ones (“She’s All That,” “She Drives Me Crazy”), and the under-appreciated ones (“The Man in the Moon,” “Angus”), there were the middling ones that, if anything, boasted a cast that would go on to bigger, better things. Enter “Empire Records,” which is not only a coming-of-age story, but one that takes place at a record store, no less. Talk about the double dip. The entire film takes place over the course of one day, focusing on the employees, played by Anthony Lapaglia, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, and Liv Tyler. The independent record store is in Delaware – the hot spot of American music – and sees Joe (Lapaglia) allowing night manager Lucas »
- Joshua Gaul
By Anjelica Oswald
With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.
Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.
Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.
The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for »
- Anjelica Oswald
19 items from 2015
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