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Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Baumbach & Paltrow‘s De Palma plays with a Jim McBride feature on Saturday and two De Palma shorts on Sunday. »
- Nick Newman
An estimated 7,000 spectators packed Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore square to catch the 1936 classic starring Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in a restored version with live musical accompaniment on Saturday, as it opened the 30th edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival dedicated to rediscovered gems.
Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ermanno Olmi, and Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux are among guests of this year’s 30th edition of Cinema Ritrovato, which will run through July 2. Fremaux, who also heads the Lumiere Institute in Lyon, inaugurated a photo exhibition dedicated to the Lumiere Brothers, cinema’s most illustrious pioneers.
The Dardenne brothers Sunday night introduced the freshly restored copy of their 1996 breakthrough feature “La Promesse” (“The Promise”), on the timely topic of immigration in Europe. Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Now”) will be »
- Nick Vivarelli
In a 2005 episode of “Entourage” a super-agent played by Malcolm McDowell tells Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold that his eight-year-old daughter knew that Johnny Depp was going to be a star when she watched “Platoon.”
“You showed her ‘Platoon’ when she was eight years old?” the hyper-caffinated Gold asks incredulously.
The joke may be about bad parenting, but the reality is that Depp was marked for stardom by Hollywood almost from the time he first turned heads in the Vietnam drama. After a brief detour into teen heartthrob-dom with the TV show “21 Jump Street,” Depp began justifying that initial enthusiasm, amassing well received turns in the likes of “Ed Wood” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
The movie industry was so convinced that the actor possessed that rare alchemy of talent and charisma that marks a true star, that it stuck by Depp for over a decade until he found his box office footing. »
- Brent Lang
The French actor and star of The 400 Blows will receive an honourary Palme d’Or at this year’s festival.
French actor and comedian Jean-Pierre Léaud will receive an honourary Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The award will be presented during the festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday May 22.
First discovered by Francois Truffaut when he cast the young actor as the lead in his The 400 Blows, Léaud went on to have a glittering career in French cinema, working with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard (La Chinoise), Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango In Paris), Jacques Rivette (Out 1), and many others.
He made his debut at Cannes in 1959 with The 400 Blows at the age of just 14, and has since returned to the Croisette on numerous occasions, including with 2001’s The Pornographer, when he was awarded a Firpresci prize for his performance.
Léaud was also an assistant director to Godard on [link »
A symbol of the French New Wave, Léaud, who’s had a long relationship with Cannes, was discovered at 14 by François Truffaut with “The 400 Blows.” Leaud also starred in “Antoine and Colette,” “Stolen Kisses,””Bed and Board” and “Love on the Run.” He later starred in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris,” Jacques Rivette’s “Out 1,” Jean Eustache’s “The Mother and the Whore. which received the Cannes’s Special Grand Prize.
- Elsa Keslassy
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Gato Barbieri (1932-2016) - Composer and saxophonist. His music scores include those for Last Tango in Paris (hear it below) and Seven Servants. He died on April 2. (THR)\\ Erik Bauersfeld (1922-2016) - Actor. He voiced the character Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi (see below), for which he also voiced Bib Fortuna. His other movie credits include Crimson Peak and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He died...
- Christopher Campbell
After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create, Novecento (1900) one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of two childhood friends born on the same day in 1900 at opposite ends of the social scale through five decades of class struggle.
Described by Pauline Kael as making most other films “look like something you hold up on the end of a toothpick”, Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu headline an extraordinary cast, including Burt Lancaster, Alida Valli, Sterling Hayden, Stefania Sandrelli and Donald Sutherland. Lustrously photographed by Vittorio Storaro and scored by Ennio Morricone, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this singular work in a new Blu-ray edition.
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- Gary Collinson
When it comes to Yash Raj Films anything can happen. Producer Aditya Chopra can pull off even a kiss between Salman's arch rival Shah Rukh Khan and Salman's favourite girl Katrina Kaif when Shah Rukh had very clearly stated he doesn't kiss on screen. He wasn't talking big. Shah Rukh had never kissed on screen before Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Ranveer Singh now shows up in a torrid lip lock with Vaani Kapoor in Aditya Kapoor's Befikre. The film, set in Paris, follows the love saga of two free souls who come together under trying circumstances. Sources say this would be Yash Raj Film's most steamy rom-com ever. "Befikre is like an Indian version of Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris. There are some very explicit love-making scenes in Befikre, to be shot realistically but aesthetically. Ranveer and Vaani will be working hard on getting their chemistry just right. »
- Subhash K. Jha
To mark the release of Novecento (1900) on 18th April, we’ve been given 3 Blu-ray copies to give away After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create, Novecento (1900) one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of
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Minister hails shake-up which could bring “60% more finance” to industry; Sorrentino, Bertolucci, Benigni embrace the changes.
The Italian government has unveiled long-awaited film finance reform which promise to shake-up the local production, distribution and exhibition sectors.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, together with culture minister Dario Franceschini, late last week announced a new annual fund of $435m (€400m) for the Italian film industry.
According to the announcement, the Cinema Fund and a raft of tax breaks and subsidies will take effect from 2017.
“Each year, 12% of Vat tax revenue gained from companies exploiting film content – including TV broadcasters, internet service providers, phone operators and film distributors – will feed into a fund amounting to no less than €400m,” explained Franceschini following a meeting with top Italian industry figures including film-makers Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango In Paris), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful).
He added: “This is not a corrective intervention, but a »
Sex and the cinema have always gone hand in hand, predominantly because they are both subjects that heavily rely on the idea of fantasy. Inevitably, filmmakers have thus exploited sex – and all that is associated with the act – to varied results across the span of the century.
There are the “classic” films built around themes of sex, of course: Last Tango in Paris, Belle de Jour, In the Realm of the Senses, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. Then there also those films that have been branded as outright “sexy” – films such as Wild Things, Cruel Intentions, Y Tu Mamá También, The Dreamers and Secretary – which exist purposely to ignite something in the loins. And it’s those sorts of films that this list is interested in.
- Sam Hill
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