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Berlin Review: ‘Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves’ is a Contemplative Epic

There’s universality to Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie‘s Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves, even if it is very much a Québécois film. In their second collaboration (after 2011’s Laurentie), the two were desperate to tell a tale about young radicals on the cusp of disillusionment after the failed Maple Spring protests, an infamous series of student demonstrations and strikes fighting back against the government’s proposed tuition hike for universities. Here was a generation emboldened to be confrontational and show their conviction to the world, only to find the war fizzling out after one hundred days and the new term seeing students go back to class. What of those who relented? What of those who would never give up?

These are the upstarts threatening revolution that countries around the globe hope to spark when injustice rears its head. To band together for a
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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex
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Producer of Four-Decade-Long Emmanuelle Franchise Dead at 72

'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 (photo: Sylvia Kristel in 'Emmanuelle' 1974) Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as "a short illness" on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at a Paris hospital. Siritzky, whose credits include dozens of Emmanuelle movies and direct-to-video efforts, several of which starring Sylvia Kristel in the title role, was 72. Ironically, Alain Siritzky didn't produce the original, epoch-making 1974 Emmanuelle. He became involved in that Yves Rousset-Rouard production via his Parafrance Films, which distributed Emmanuelle in France. 'Emmanuelle': 1974 movie sensation A couple of years after the release of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones (not to mention Boys in the Sand and Eyes of a Stranger), and the year after Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider sparked a furor by having simulated sex in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, the 1974 French release Emmanuelle still managed to become a worldwide cause célèbre.
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‘Emmanuelle’ Producer Alain Siritzky Dies at 72

‘Emmanuelle’ Producer Alain Siritzky Dies at 72
Alain Siritzky, the French producer of the “Emmanuelle” series of films, died Saturday in Paris at 72. A family member confirmed that he died after a short illness.

As general manager of French distributor ParaFrance, Siritzky acquired rights to the 1974 first in the series, “Emmanuelle,” starring Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, and distributed the film based on a 1959 novel about a French ambassador’s wife who is introduced to the art of love in Bangkok.

Emmanuelle” became one of the most successful soft-core films of all time, and was released in the U.S. with an X rating by Columbia Pictures, where it grossed $4 million, a respectable sum for the time.

Siritzky produced “Emmanuelle II” and went on to create dozens of sequels for film, TV and video such as “Emmanuelle in Bangkok.”

Among his other productions were “Dead Man’s Curve” with Matthew Lillard, the “Justine” series and the “Sex Files” series.
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Alain Siritzky, Producer of the 'Emmanuelle' Films, Dies at 72

Alain Siritzky, Producer of the 'Emmanuelle' Films, Dies at 72
Alain Siritzky, best known for producing the Emmanuelle series of erotic films, died Saturday in a Paris hospital after a short illness, his family told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 72. In the early 1970s, Siritzky acquired the audiovisual rights to the popular 1959 novel Emmanuelle by Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Arsan. He then distributed Emmanuelle (1974), which starred Dutch actress and model Sylvia Kristel as the promiscuous wife of a French diplomat. See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 The “soft-core” movie, filmed in Bangkok, was an immediate sensation in France and would play on the Champs Elysees for 13

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Electric Boogaloo review

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The rise and fall of Cannon Films is told in Mark Hartley's wildly entertaining documentary, Electric Boogaloo. Here's Ryan's review...

Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were famous (or infamous) for many things, but a stringent approach to quality filmmaking was hardly one of them. At the height of their success in the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, and their company Cannon Films, were synonymous with cheap B-movies of just about every kind: Chuck Norris action flicks, sex comedies, ninja martial arts epics, dance movies and tawdry slasher horrors.

Their films frequently horrified critics, but became a staple of video rental stores: with Cannon Films cranking out as many as 50 or so pictures a year at its peak, the company's distinctive logo and self-explanatory film titles (New Year's Evil, Avenging Force, Enter The Ninja) were ubiquitous throughout the 80s and early 90s. The company was eventually brought down by its fast-and-loose approach to film production,
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Netherlands Film Festival fights budget cuts

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Netherlands Film Festival fights budget cuts
Netherlands Production Platform hands out awards during Holland Film Meeting.

Midway through the 33rd Netherlands Film Festival (25th Sept to 4th October) in Utrecht, Festival Director Willemien van Aalst has made an impassioned call for the film sector to fight back against the ongoing funding cuts.

The theme of the festival is “Naked.” This is partially a tongue in cheek tribute to one of Utrecht’s most famous film figures, Sylvia Kristel, who died last year and who is buried in the town. (Kristel’s most famous film Emmanuelle screened over the weekend.) However, van Aalst pointed out, “as a film community in the Netherlands at the moment, we are getting naked because of all the cuts.”

The Festival is running on a budget of €3.2 million, down from €3.6 million in 2012.

There have been job losses in the Festival organisation, which is now more streamlined and more dependent on freelancers and volunteers.

“This has been
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Ian McShane: rogue trader

From Lovejoy to Deadwood, Ian McShane has made a career out of playing rogues. He tells us about his drink- and drug-fuelled past, and how he's given it all up to make blockbusters for his grandchildren

On a breezy spring afternoon in Santa Monica, Ian McShane and I are hauling furniture around a hotel room. The suite has been used recently for a photo shoot, and McShane has decided he wants everything back the way it was. I pull one of the sofas towards the fireplace, dragging the rug with it. He manoeuvres the other with surprising ease: he's a small but compact man, around 5ft 7in, sinewy, with a light mahogany tan; and although there is some grey amid the glossy black curls, it's very easy to forget that he is 70. "Seventy years old!" he rages in his distinctive Lancastrian burr, like syrup on sandpaper. "How did that happen?
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Ian McShane: rogue trader

From Lovejoy to Deadwood, Ian McShane has made a career out of playing rogues. He tells us about his drink- and drug-fuelled past, and how he's given it all up to make blockbusters for his grandchildren

On a breezy spring afternoon in Santa Monica, Ian McShane and I are hauling furniture around a hotel room. The suite has been used recently for a photo shoot, and McShane has decided he wants everything back the way it was. I pull one of the sofas towards the fireplace, dragging the rug with it. He manoeuvres the other with surprising ease: he's a small but compact man, around 5ft 7in, sinewy, with a light mahogany tan; and although there is some grey amid the glossy black curls, it's very easy to forget that he is 70. "Seventy years old!" he rages in his distinctive Lancastrian burr, like syrup on sandpaper. "How did that happen?
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Queering the 2013 Oscars

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This year's Oscar nominees are pretty straight, especially compared to the last few years where we had a strong showing with The Kids Are Alright, Pariah and Albert Nobbs. Fear not — we've got a way to keep it gay when you watch the ceremony this Sunday, at least as far as the women go.

Jessica Chastain

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Nominated for: Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty

Queer Quotient: Before she was the hottest new actress in Hollywood, Jessica starred in the indie Jolene where she has a lesbian relationship with Frances Fisher. She also posed for a sensual photo with Kat Dennings in W magazine once.

Jennifer Lawrence

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Nominated for: Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook

Queer Quotient: JLaw once told The New York Times her mom thought she was gay because she loved painting portraits of naked women.
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'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel biopic planned

'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel biopic planned
Sylvia Kristel has become the subject of a biopic from PVPictures and Dutch Features.

The late Emmanuelle star's son Arthur Kristel will serve as a creative consultant on the project, according to Screen Daily.

Kristel died at the age of 60 last October following a lengthy battle with cancer.

She began her career as a model in the 1970s before being handed her big break as an actress in Emmanuelle, an erotic film about the exploits of a man and his beautiful young wife in Thailand.

The Dutch actress went on to appear in several Emmanuelle sequels as well as Hollywood films such as Red Heat with Linda Blair.

Later in her career, Kristel dabbled in directing and won a 'Special Jury Prize' at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival for a short animated film she helmed called Topor et Moi.

Sylvia Kristel: Object of Desire is scheduled for release in 2015.

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Rest in Peace, Sylvia Kristel

Sad news: earlier this week, the Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel died of cancer at the early age of sixty. While she has been a supporting actress in many mainstream films of the seventies and eighties, by far her most famous role was as the title character in Just Jaeckin's 1974 French softcore classic, Emmanuelle. It's hard to overestimate the popularity of that film when it was released. These days the name Emmanuelle (or sometimes Emanuelle for copyright reasons) has been used in association with so many sequels and cheap knock-offs that it has become synonymous with cheap exploitative nudity. But the original was something else: until the eighties arrived it was still in the top ten highest grossing films of all time, the first French...
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Emmanuelle actor Sylvia Kristel dies

Star of 1974 film about bored housewife who embarks on voyage of sexual discovery dies after cancer battle and stroke

Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch-born actor who brought sex to the multiplex, has died at the age of 60. She had been battling cancer and suffered a debilitating stroke in June of this year. "She died during the night during her sleep," her agent, Marieke Verharen, told the Afp news agency.

Having initially worked as a model, Kristel rose to stardom in Emmanuelle, the 1974 tale of a bored, beautiful housewife who embarks on a journey of sexual discovery. Directed by Just Jaeckin, the softcore drama sent Kristel's character through an endless whirl of skinny dipping, masturbation and the leg-over antics of the Mile High Club. But Emmanuelle's hedonistic worldview struck a chord with mainstream 70s audiences. It went on to become one of the most successful French productions ever, earning upwards of
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Sylvia Kristel obituary

Her film career was dominated by her role as Emmanuelle

There can be few film actors so closely associated with one role as was Sylvia Kristel, who has died of cancer aged 60. The title role of the sexually adventurous housewife in Emmanuelle (1974) became a reference for every part she played subsequently. This was not surprising, as the Dutch star did play a character called Emmanuelle, with few variations, many times over.

In the original film, Kristel portrayed the bored wife of a French embassy official in Bangkok, urged by her libertine husband to explore all the possibilities of sex. Thereupon, she finds herself in bed with, among others, a lesbian archaeologist and an elderly roué. Directed with some grace by Just Jaeckin, this glossy soft-porn package, dressed up as art-house erotica, was a huge international hit, becoming the first X-rated film to be released in the Us. Lushly photographed and
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'Emmanuelle' Star and Erotic Film Pioneer Sylvia Kristel Dead at 60

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'Emmanuelle' Star and Erotic Film Pioneer Sylvia Kristel Dead at 60
Sylvia Kristel, who played the title character in the groundbreaking erotic film "Emmanuelle," has died at the age of 60, the Afp reports. Kristel, who had been suffering from cancer and was hospitalized earlier this year following a stroke, died in her sleep  Wednesday night in the Hague, her talent agency said. Also read: Can You Take the Porn Out of a Porn Star? The actress was thrust into the spotlight in 1974 with the release of her big-screen debut "Emmanuelle," which chronicled the sexual exploits of a young woman traveling in Asia.
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Beautiful Dutch Actress Kristel, Who Starred in Emmanuelle and Other Erotic Movies, Has Died

Sylvia Kristel: Emmanuelle actress has died at age 60 Sylvia Kristel, the beautiful Dutch actress best remembered for the epoch-making erotic hit Emmanuelle, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Amsterdam. Kristel, who had been battling cancer for several years, was 60. (Photo: Sylvia Kristel Emmanuelle.) Back in 1974, Emmanuelle made Sylvia Kristel (born Sept. 28, 1952, in Utrecht) a household name worldwide. Directed by former fashion photographer Just Jaeckin from a screenplay credited to Jean-Louis Richard (who collaborated with François Truffaut on [...]
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Sylvia Kristel Has Died

Sylvia Kristel Has Died
She was the face (and body) that launched a thousand teenage erotic dreams. Sylvia Kristel, who got her big break in 1974’s lusty classic Emmanuelle, has died at the age of 60.Despite a career stretching across more than 50 films, she’ll forever be known as the soft-core star of a series of movies chronicling the sexual adventures of a bored housewife.The original Emmanuelle became something of a controversial X-rated sensation and ran in one Parisian cinema for 11 years.Kristel was born in 1952 in the Netherlands and was raised by strict parents. After a convent school education, she became a teenage model and scored bit-parts in small films. But winning a Miss TV Europe competition in 1973 put her on the road to cult stardom when it helped her land the role of Emmanuelle at the age of 22.Kristel parlayed the success of that film into an acting career, appearing in
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Sylvia Kristel obituary

Her film career was dominated by her role as Emmanuelle

There can be few film actors so closely associated with one role as was Sylvia Kristel, who has died of cancer aged 60. The title role of the sexually adventurous housewife in Emmanuelle (1974) became a reference for every part she played subsequently. This was not surprising, as the Dutch star did play a character called Emmanuelle, with few variations, many times over.

In the original film, Kristel portrayed the bored wife of a French embassy official in Bangkok, urged by her libertine husband to explore all the possibilities of sex. Thereupon, she finds herself in bed with, among others, a lesbian archaeologist and an elderly roué. Directed with some grace by Just Jaeckin, this glossy soft-porn package, dressed up as art-house erotica, was a huge international hit, becoming the first X-rated film to be released in the Us. Lushly photographed and
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'Emmanuelle' Actress Sylvia Kristel Dies at 60

'Emmanuelle' Actress Sylvia Kristel Dies at 60
The Hague, Netherlands (AP) — Actress Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch star of the hit 1970s erotic movie Emmanuelle, has died of cancer at age 60. Her agent, Features Creative Management, said in a statement Thursday that Kristel died in her sleep Wednesday night. Kristel, a model who turned to acting in the 1970s, had been fighting cancer for several years. Her breakthrough came in Emmanuelle, a 1974 erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin, about the sexual adventures of a man and his beautiful young wife, played by Kristel, in Thailand. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 She went on

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R.I.P. Sylvia Kristel, star of Emmanuelle

The Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, star of the Emmanuelle film series that became a staple of late-night cable airings and many an adolescence, died last night after a long bout with cancer. Kristel was 60. Before becoming an early queen of softcore cinema, Kristel was a multilingual model and beauty pageant contestant. Her big break came when she was discovered by French director Just Jaeckin (a name that would strain the very limits of credulity if we made it up) who immediately cast her in 1974's Emmanuelle, a film about one woman's erotic awakening, over and over again ...
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