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Movie Poster of the Week: “Maigret Sets a Trap” and the Art of Nathan Gelgud

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This beautiful pair of illustrated posters for two late 50s Maigret adaptations by Jean Delannoy is the work of Nathan Gelgud, an artist who by now should be well known to cinephiles in New York and Los Angeles. Nathan is the creator of the auteur tote bag, an essential cinephilic fashion accessory for the 2010s, more on which later. Full disclosure: I was involved in the art direction on these posters at Kino Lorber, whose repertory division is re-releasing Maigret Sets a Trap (originally released in the Us as Inspector Maigret and later re-released as Woman Bait) at Metrograph today and will be releasing both films on Blu-ray in December. I’d been aware of Nathan’s work for a while, but it was his comic-book style resumé poster for Metrograph’s Alain Tanner retrospective this summer that convinced me he’d be perfect for Maigret. And, as luck would have it,
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Gaumont, Eclair to restore 100 feature films

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Gaumont, Eclair to restore 100 feature films
Robert Bresson’s Lancelot Du Lac [pictured] included in deal.

French mini-major Gaumont and Eclair, the European cinema technologies specialists and part of Ymagis group, are joining forces to restore more than 100 feature films.

The films will be selected from Gaumont’s catalogue. The deal is an extension of a pre-existing partnership that has already seen Eclair restore a number of the company’s film library using digital technology.

In 2016, Eclair restored 25 Gaumont features, including Louis Malle’s My Dinner With André (1981), Maurice Tourneur’s Samson (1936) and André Barsacq’s Le Rideau Rouge (1952).

Titles selected for 2017 include Julien Duvivier’s Untel Père Et Fils (1945) and L’homme Du Jour (1937) Jacques Doillon’s La Femme Qui Pleure (1979) and Robert Bresson’s Lancelot Du Lac (1974).

Since Eclair launched its restoration division in 2000, more than 750 films have been restored by the company.

Yves Gringuillard heads up the restoration and preservation side of the business, which has a staff
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Chris Pine And Michelle Williams To Star In All The Old Knives

Variety is reporting that Chris Pine and Michelle Williams are in negotiations to appear in the next film from Theory of Everything director James Marsh. It’s a spy thriller titled All The Old Knives and is adapted for the screen by Olen Steinhauer from his novel of the same name.

The film features a tense romance between former and current CIA agents Henry and Celia. They’ve been an item in the past and reunite for a dinner to discuss their old activities. Soon, however, conversation turns to the disastrous hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which crashed and killed all aboard. The catastrophe haunts the CIA’s Vienna team to this day, and it’s not long before this innocent sounding dinner is revealed to have deeper implications. Has Henry come to try and make his relationship with Celia work, or is he trying to see whether she’s involved in a shady conspiracy?
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Netflix’s New Ratings System Is a Terrible Idea

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Whatever future of entertainment may hold, it’s reasonable to assume Netflix will play some role in determining it. The company is at the forefront of defining home viewing habits and the ways in which audiences can discover its library of movies and television. It’s a fickle process, one that doesn’t favor the discovery of edgier content. So it was particularly dispiriting to learn that sometime in April, Netflix will abandon its five-star ratings in favor of a thumbs up/thumbs down approach.

“Five stars feels very yesterday now,” said Netflix VP of product Todd Yellin in a press briefing. He went on to suggest that star ratings hurt its business investments in catalogs of titles, noting that “bubbling up the stuff people actually want to watch is super important.”

However, that logic holds only if you believe the only important metric is giving the audience exactly what it wants — and nothing else.
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The Before Trilogy

Who would have thought that a ’90s ‘slacker’ independent filmmaker would make such a strong romantic statement? Well, it’s not all romance in the old sense. In what must be a project of love, Richard Linklater examines the ongoing love life of Jesse & Céline, in three movies spread across eighteen years. The conversations are as free- flowing as are the cameras roaming through European back streets. Thanks to the commitment of Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the in-depth relationship seems real.

The ‘Before’ Trilogy

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1995, 2004, 2013 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101, 80, 109 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 79.96

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Cinematography: Lee Daniel; Lee Daniel; Christos Voudouris

Film Editor: Sandra Adair (3)

Original Music: Fred Frith; none; Graham Reynolds

Written by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan.

Produced by Anne Walker-McBay
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Girls season 6 episode 3 review: American Bitch

Joe Matar Feb 27, 2017

Girls season 6 tackles another bottle episode in easily its best instalment so far this run...

This review contains spoilers.

See related Netflix investing $50m in Bong Joon-ho’s monster film, Okja

6.3 American Bitch

Well, well, it’s another Girls bottle episode about Hannah in a house with a dude. This certainly invites comparisons to season two’s One Man’s Trash, but they’re not actually all that similar. The season premiere—with its hazy, too-positive, sex-filled surreality (that subsequently comes crashing back to reality) was far more Trash-like. Though this one is more contained, the tone is sober almost throughout, with the plot focused on a discussion between Hannah and a successful author, Chuck Palmer (Matthew Rhys), about a scathing article she wrote about him. It’s less like One Man’s Trash and more like My Dinner With Andre.

American Bitch feels like it’s
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‘The Master And Margarita,’ Influential Russian Novel About The Devil In Moscow, Optioned For Feature Film

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‘The Master And Margarita,’ Influential Russian Novel About The Devil In Moscow, Optioned For Feature Film
Exclusive: It’s a book that has inspired other iconic works. Many lines in the Rolling Stones’ song Sympathy for the Devil are from its pages. Comparisons have been made between it and Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, even by the author himself. It’s been tapped for material by artist H.R. Giger, the band Pearl Jam, in movies such as My Dinner with Andre, and even in Star Trek. And now, this book about the devil visiting 1930s Moscow right after Christ’s crucifixion…
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'The Young Pope' Recap: Out of Africa

'The Young Pope' Recap: Out of Africa
It was the best of Popes, it was the worst of Popes. Tonight's episode contained both individual shots and lengthy segments that are as successful as anything the HBO show has put on screen so far – but it's also the first installment of the series that feels like a substantial failure. It's oddly appropriate: The storyline, in which Pope Pius Xiii exits his comfort zone by leaves the cozy confines of his papal palaces and travels abroad to meet his public, is the one in which co-writer/director Paolo Sorrentino wanders off course himself.
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 51 – The Documentaries of Louis Malle [Part 3]

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This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor are joined by Keith Enright to discuss Eclipse Series 2: The Documentaries of Louis Malle.

About the films:

Over the course of a nearly forty-year career, Louis Malle forged a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile cinematic storytellers, with such widely acclaimed, and wide-ranging, masterpieces as Elevator to the Gallows, My Dinner with Andre, and Au revoir les enfants. At the same time, however, with less fanfare, Malle was creating a parallel, even more personal body of work as a documentary filmmaker. With the discerning eye of a true artist and the investigatory skills of a great journalist, Malle takes us from a street corner in Paris to
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 50 – The Documentaries of Louis Malle [Part 2]

  • CriterionCast
This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor are joined by Keith Enright to discuss Eclipse Series 2: The Documentaries of Louis Malle.

About the films:

Over the course of a nearly forty-year career, Louis Malle forged a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile cinematic storytellers, with such widely acclaimed, and wide-ranging, masterpieces as Elevator to the Gallows, My Dinner with Andre, and Au revoir les enfants. At the same time, however, with less fanfare, Malle was creating a parallel, even more personal body of work as a documentary filmmaker. With the discerning eye of a true artist and the investigatory skills of a great journalist, Malle takes us from a street corner in Paris to
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 49 – The Documentaries of Louis Malle [Part 1]

  • CriterionCast
This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor are joined by Keith Enright to discuss Eclipse Series 2: The Documentaries of Louis Malle.

About the films:

Over the course of a nearly forty-year career, Louis Malle forged a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile cinematic storytellers, with such widely acclaimed, and wide-ranging, masterpieces as Elevator to the Gallows, My Dinner with Andre, and Au revoir les enfants. At the same time, however, with less fanfare, Malle was creating a parallel, even more personal body of work as a documentary filmmaker. With the discerning eye of a true artist and the investigatory skills of a great journalist, Malle takes us from a street corner in Paris to
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Crisis In Six Scenes Review – Woody Allen Drops Trying Fun At Amazon

Woody Allen shows up at Amazon (September 30th) for a “series” that is really difficult to call anything but a movie chopped into six episodes, and the results are a bit mixed. If you’re an Allen fan, you have to take it in, just for his best moments, and an ending that harkens back to a bygone era of loopy situation construction.

Crisis in Six Scenes is almost over-dipped in Allen styling, and unfortunately feels like a script that had a few revisions to go. It’s hard to avoid being charmed by Allen, playing his usual “not-quite-everyman” who now gets to pile paranoia on top of his agitated neurotic shtick, but the show loses its focus and ability when he isn’t on screen.

Allen plays Sidney Muntzinger, a semi-successful author who lives with his wife, Kay (Elaine May), a marital counselor. It’s the ’60s, the Vietnam War,
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The Mascots Trailer Is Here And The World Is A Little Happier

The world of film is obviously as broad and far-reaching as it could be, and no matter how much we might feel that certain films are so good that everyone should like them, people have differing tastes. I might think My Dinner with Andre is easily one of the best films there is, despite the fact that most people can’t finish it. Virtually every list of the best films ever includes Casablanca somewhere close to the top, but I agree with the cast and crew in thinking that it isn’t really anything special. Such is life.

But, if you don’t have Waiting for Guffman, or Best in Show, or both, on your list of favorite movies, I just don’t get you.

Christopher Guest‘s mockumentary films (which also include A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration – which are both good, but not nearly as solid) all include familiar faces,
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‘Maggie’s Plan’ Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and More Praise Director Rebecca Miller

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‘Maggie’s Plan’ Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and More Praise Director Rebecca Miller
Rebecca Miller’s new witty romantic comedy “Maggie’s Plan” charmed audiences and critics when it premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and then later when was it released in theaters this past May. Now, it soon will enchant audiences when it hits home video.

Read More: Toronto Review: With ‘Maggie’s Plan,’ Greta Gerwig Officially Owns Her Own Genre

The film follows Maggie (Greta Gerwig), a vibrant and independent New Yorker, decides to become a single mother with the help of a former college acquaintance (Travis Fimmel), but the initial plan comes up against fate when she meets and falls for “ficto-critical anthropologist” John (Ethan Hawke), whose marriage to Columbia University professor Georgette (Julianne Moore) is falling apart. Years later when Maggie finds herself falling out of love with her now husband, she devises a new plan to reconnect John with Georgette. The film also stars
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Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Doug Kraner Dies at 65

Production designer Doug Kraner, who designed the famous beach house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” with Julia Roberts, died on April 4 at the age of 65. Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, Calif.

Kraner first met Danny Cannon while working on “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” He then teamed up with Cannon on the pilots for “The Forgotten,” “Nikita,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Gotham,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination.

Kraner was first nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or Special for his set decoration on “Little Gloria……Happy at Last.”

He also worked on the films “My Dinner With Andre,” “The Untouchables” and “Working Girl.”

Kraner worked with many well-known directors including Michael Apted, Brian DePalma, Louis Malle, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols and Dean Parisot. He also frequently collaborated with
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Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Doug Kraner Dies at 65

Production designer Doug Kraner, who designed the famous beach house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” with Julia Roberts, died on April 4 at the age of 65. Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, Calif.

Kraner first met Danny Cannon while working on “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” He then teamed up with Cannon on the pilots for “The Forgotten,” “Nikita,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Gotham,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination.

Kraner was first nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or Special for his set decoration on “Little Gloria……Happy at Last.”

He also worked on the films “My Dinner With Andre,” “The Untouchables” and “Working Girl.”

Kraner worked with many well-known directors including Michael Apted, Brian DePalma, Louis Malle, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols and Dean Parisot. He also frequently collaborated with
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Disney’s Alan Horn Uses Low-Key Approach, Keen Creative Vision to Find Hits of the Future

If Disney’s Burbank headquarters suggests the look of a whimsical, post-modern Parthenon, with columns styled as giant “Snow White” dwarves, then a sixth-floor screening room might be the building’s most sacred shrine. At least to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

It’s to a modest, three-row theater that the man who oversees Disney’s hit-making factory retreats to get an early look at the would-be blockbuster movies of tomorrow, from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Captain America: Civil War” to “The Jungle Book” and “Finding Dory.” Horn comes to the theater carrying only two possessions: a totemic brand of pencil (more on that later) and a notepad. “I get to look at the very, very first cut,” he says, pausing to relish the thought. “That is heaven for me.”

The humble trappings belie the status of one of the most powerful figures in media. His position at the forefront of U.
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Styling the Comedic Horror Film Another Evil like My Dinner with Andre: Dp Drew Bienemann

For his feature debut Another Evil, writer/animator Carson D. Mell tackles the risky horror-comedy genre. A husband and wife discover that their vacation home may be populated by malign spirits, bringing in two separate exorcists to deal with the problem. Comedy is courtesy of a cast of familiar TV presences (including TogethernessSteve Zissis and Veep‘s Dan Bakkedahl), horror courtesy of the tone established by Mell and Dp Drew Bienemann. Prior to the film’s SXSW premiere, Bienemann talked about being guided style-wise by My Dinner with Andre, getting a recommendation for the job from Jody Lee Lipes and the importance of shooting on an Alexa. […]
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Interview: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for ‘Me and Earl and The Dying Girl’

One of my favourite movies of kast year is the superb Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. It’s a truly delightful film that hits the home formats on 11th January. Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the film, but we caught up with film’s talented director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who spoke about his movie.

What was it about Me And Earl And The Dying Girl that appealed to you as a filmmaker?

The idea that you can learn about people after they die, you just have to pay attention. The second I read that line I thought ‘What a beautiful idea’. I had just lost someone very close to me – namely my father – and I was having difficulty incorporating loss into my life and making something out of it instead of letting it destroy me. It felt like a movie I could personalise.
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Disc Deals: 50% Off Criterion Blu-rays at Amazon

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The Barnes & Noble sale may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still buy some Criterion Collection releases for 50% off. Best Buy is currently having a 50% off sale on a number of Criterion releases, and Amazon has begun to match their prices.

Thanks to everyone for supporting our site by buying through our affiliate links.

A note on Amazon deals, for those curious: sometimes third party sellers will suddenly appear as the main purchasing option on a product page, even though Amazon will sell it directly from themselves for the sale price that we have listed. If the sale price doesn’t show up, click on the “new” options, and look for Amazon’s listing.

I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week, as new deals are found, and others expire. If you find something that’s wrong, a broken link or price difference,
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