9 items from 2014
Alejandro Jodorowsky's name has been on everyone's lips as of late after Jodorowsky's Dune, a documentary telling of the Chilean filmmaker's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's novel to the big screen, made such a big splash beginning at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Well, also last year at Cannes, Jodorowsky's first film in 23 years premiered, that being The Dance of Reality, a story of his childhood told as only Jodorowsky can tell it, which is to say it has a vision all its own. My personal experience with Jodorowsky is limited as I introduced myself to his most popular feature, El Topo (1970), just last year with a wordless exploration of screen captures from the feature, but I am proud to have the chance to introduce you to his latest feature with the following exclusive clip. Set for release on May 23, this autobiographical feature is said to »
- Brad Brevet
One bona fide movie legend will fete another on June 11 when John Carpenter presents Roger Corman with the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Carpenter is, of course, the director of such genre classics as Halloween and The Thing while the list of notable films made by producer and director Corman merely begins with The Trip, Death Race 2000, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and the original Little Shop of Horrors. As a distributor he was also responsible for introducing American audiences to an array of European art house films. (Those interested »
- Clark Collis
It’s rare to see these two horror icons on stage together, so we thought our Los Angeles readers would like to know that John Carpenter will be presenting Roger Corman with a special Legend Award at the New Media Film Festival in June:
“Susan Johnston, producer and founder of the New Media Film Festival, announced today that Roger Corman, the filmmaker, Honorary Academy Award-winner and pioneering producer/director/screenwriter/ actor, will be the recipient of the festival’s coveted Legend Award. “We are proud and honored to award Roger Corman the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award for a long career of iconoclastic and memorable films, for also inspiring audiences and helping to launch generations of successful filmmakers with his groundbreaking approach,” said Johnston. The award ceremony will take place during the closing night of the Fifth Annual New Media Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 Pm at the Landmark Theatre. »
- Jonathan James
A Criterion Royal Flush! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Luchino Visconti's Italian cinema classic "The Leopard," starring Burt Lancaster.Classical movie making of the highest order, Visconti’s sweeping 1963 epic set during the Italian revolution plants Lancaster (forced on the director by nervous producers, but ultimately a valued working partner) at the center of a long form feast for the senses, photographed by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord, Satyricon) and with music by Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, The Godfather). Surely a major influence on Bernardo Bertolucci’s grandiose epic 1900, also featuring Lancaster. Various versions exist, ranging from 205 minutes to 151. One of Martin Scorsese’s favorites. »
- Trailers From Hell
Classical movie making of the highest order, Luchino Visconti’s sweeping 1963 epic set during the Italian revolution plants Burt Lancaster (forced on the director by nervous producers, but ultimately a valued working partner) at the center of a long form feast for the senses, photographed by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord, Satyricon) and with music by Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, The Godfather). Surely a major influence on Bernardo Bertolucci’s grandiose epic 1900, also featuring Lancaster. Various versions exist, ranging from 205 minutes to 151. One of Martin Scorsese’s favorites.
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- TFH Team
Kaushik Ganguly’s Apur Panchali takes off on Pather Panchali and is about the child actor who played Apu in the film – Subir Banerjee – and what happened to him because he never made another film after Ray’s masterpiece.
Cinema in India has now split up into several pan-Indian categories. Apart from the mainstream Hindi film we have the ‘indie’ cinema represented by films like The Lunchbox and Ship of Theseus as well as the documentary (Fire in the Blood), which has become commercially viable, as it was not. Apart from these categories, there is the regional art film which, unlike its popular counterpart, is pan-Indian rather than local – because it is aimed at audiences at film festivals and other pan-Indian cultural gatherings, and cannot be imagined without subtitles in English. The pan-Indian art film is gaining ground across India and well-known film critics were also recommending the Indian Panorama »
- MK Raghavendra
Few and far between are the directors able to look upon the era of their childhoods with any kind of objectivity, easy as it must be too lapse into uncritical nostalgia, self-aware namedropping, or outright hostility to the process of aging. Interestingly enough, the most successful entries in this subgenre are those that make no bones about their respective directors's rose-colored perspective, and charge head first into the past without so much as a glance forward; The Long Day Closes certainly belong in this category. Similar to Fellini's Amarcord, Day is as nostalgic as anything that Reiner, Spielberg, or Allen ever made, but largely divorces itself from narratives about former glories in favor of sensory details; what writer/director Terrence Davies saw and heard as a young man, rather than anything in particular that he did. It's an absolutely hypnotic experience, and one that evokes youth in terms that a youth will respond to. »
- Anders Nelson
I first watched Federico Fellini's 1960 film, La Dolce Vita, just over five years ago and with this week marking what would have been the filmmaker's 94th birthday I've chosen La Dolce Vita as the debut film in my Best Movies feature. Not because I believe it to be his best (though it certainly is one of the best), but largely because I've had the urge to watch it again ever since learning Paramount has finally been granted exclusive rights to the film, prompting me to hope it will finally receive a domestic Blu-ray release sometime soon. Captured in lovely black-and-white, Otello Martelli's cinematography lives up to the literal translation of the film's title -- "the sweet life" -- while the narrative focuses on a character living a life more empty than "sweet". Marking the first time Marcello Mastroianni and Fellini would work together, Mastroianni plays Marcello Rubini, a »
- Brad Brevet
The Oscar race is never a dull one and that couldn’t be any more apparent than in the race for Best Foreign Language film. This year is certainly shaping up to be a battle of David vs. Goliath if you looked at the histories of the countries competing. In one corner, you have Italy, with a whopping 12 wins in this category, facing off with a country like Cambodia, with no Oscar nominations. But such is the beauty of the awards season and the Oscars. So before the nominations come out, here’s an Oscar primer to get you caught up on the Foreign Language films.
Belgium – 2013 Nominee: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Logline/Synopsis: Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, »
- Terence Johnson
9 items from 2014
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