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Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s, »
- Andre Soares
Dustin Hoffman is looking to finally try his hand at directing, as the Academy Award-winning actor is set to make his feature directorial debut with Quartet. Based on the stage play of the same name, the film centers on a quartet of celebrated opera singers whose yearly plans to put on a concert in order to raise funds for their opera singers-only retirement home go awry when four of the finest singers in English operatic history living under one roof leads to trouble. Hoffman has assembled a cast of British veterans that includes Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith, and Michael Gambon. Production got underway today in and around Buckinghamshire and will last for nine weeks. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Here’s the full press release: London, 12th September 2011... Dustin Hoffman has assembled a cast of Britain’s most virtuoso actors »
- Adam Chitwood
Exotic animals abound in the post-apocalyptic fantasy Black Moon.
After skirting the horrors of an unidentified war being waged in an anonymous countryside, a beautiful young woman (Cathryn Harrison, The Dresser) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic odyssey of a mysterious family. Evocatively shot by Ingmar Bergman’s (The Magician) go-to cinematographer Sven Nykvist (Cries and Whispers), the foreign film is reportedly a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities, talking animals and general weirdness.
We’ve never seen this cult movie, but the good people of Criterion describe it as “one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other,” and that definitely works for us!
The Blu-ray and DVD editions, »
Alan Rickman is close to joining the cast of Gambit, it has been revealed. The Sweeney Todd actor is in talks to star alongside confirmed cast members Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in the crime picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Veteran actor Sir Tom Courtenay, who has appeared in Doctor Zhivago and The Dresser, has also signed for a role in the movie. (more) »
- By Christian Tobin
Michael Gough, one of the last links to the glory days of British stage and cinema, has passed away at age 94. Gough was the epitome of the reliable supporting actor, able to appear comfortably in prestigious art house films as well as commercial horror vehicles for Hammer and Amicus studios. Gough earned his reputation through his work in the National Theatre and Old Vic. Among his champions was Lord Laurence Olivier. He toiled in largely forgettable feature films but scored with later characterizations in movies like Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula), the seminal Hammer film, the studio's underrated remake of Phantom of the Opera and the Amicus cult classic Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. Gough alternated between crassly commercial movies and upscale projects such as Women in Love, The Dresser, The Age of Innocence and Out of Africa. He received a late career boost from director Tim Burton, who cast »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
From red-carpet thrillers to insider accounts, the Guardian's film critic hands out his gongs to the best Oscars literature out there
Partly because Academy Award madness is almost upon us, partly because like all former PhD students I love a good reading list, and partly out of sheer nerdiness, I have compiled an arbitrary list of the top 10 Oscar-related books. This has involved the incidental pleasure of hanging out in the Humanities One reading room of the British Library, and also in the library of the excellent and under-appreciated Cinema Museum in Kennington, south London.
1) Robert Osborne – 80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards (2009)
A hefty, celebratory, coffee-table slab of a book, packed with stats and pictures like a book about sport. Very much the approved, authorised version.
2) Mason Wiley and Damien Bona – Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (1977)
Notionally "unofficial" but in »
- Peter Bradshaw
Even by arthouse standards, the French director Eugène Green's minimal, formalistic films are an acquired taste, and his latest work, which centres on a beautiful French actress in Lisbon to shoot a film version of the 18th-century novel about the affair between a nun and a French naval officer, is fairly characteristic. There are only two outright jokes, one being Green himself as the film's director, Denis Verde (ho! ho!), the other a hotel desk clerk mocking pretentious French films.
Otherwise, it's a solemn, portentous affair, dramatically, verbally and visually, where everyone talks in an uninflected manner. This does have its payoff in an oddly moving, all-night encounter in a chapel between the actress playing a nun and an authentic Portuguese religieuse, in which they discuss the nature of secular and spiritual love.
- Philip French
Peter Yates, who died this past weekend at age 81, was one of several British directors invited to make movies in The States in the 1960s, all of whom had a particular and rare filmmaker’s gift for capturing a sense – the feel — of a setting often better than native-born filmmakers could. Yates’ obits talked about the car chase in Bullitt (1968), the Oscar nods for Breaking Away (1979) and The Dresser (1983), but they missed how this gift he shared with his UK colleagues was such a critical part of what made his best work so special.
Think of the hundreds – the thousands – of American-helmed movies set against the country’s great metropolises where the city sits inertly behind the action, as undistinguished and indistinguishable as a generic theatre backdrop. Then compare them to the almost hallucinogenically surreal Los Angeles of John Boorman’s Point Blank (1967), Manhattan’s desperate, grubby demimonde in John Schlesinger »
Two bits of "Captain America: The First Avenger" image-related news today - a shot of Hugo Weaving in character as Red Skull (pre-makeup) holding the Cosmic Cube is is here, while apparent concept art of Red Skull after the transformation is here.
"Oscar-nominated English filmmaker Peter Yates, who directed such cult hits as "The Deep," "Bullitt," "Krull," "The Hot Rock," "The Dresser," "Suspect" and "Breaking Away", died Sunday in London at the »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – On the stadium set of “Breaking Away,” during the 1978 filming of the climatic bike race sequence, an extra ran up to director Peter Yates and handed him a cold beer. The filmmaker raised it high, and lustily took a drink. The onlookers roared their approval for the characteristic gesture. Peter Yates passed away yesterday at age 81.
British born, Yates graduated from London’s Royal Academy of the Arts, where he began as an actor. Afterward, he performed in repertory theater and did some race car driving, before working his way up through the British film system as an editor and assistant director. His first film as director was a 1963 musical, directing the “British Elvis,” Cliff Richard, in “Summer Holiday.”
Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The director Peter Yates, who has died aged 81, helped Steve McQueen achieve iconic status with the cop movie Bullitt (1968), enjoyed a massive box-office success with The Deep (1977) and made one of the most beguiling of all youth movies in Breaking Away (1979). He maintained a steady career throughout five decades, initially in the theatre and then in mainstream cinema, but he suffered the critical neglect so often accorded those who tackle a variety of subjects and genres and become known, somewhat disparagingly, as journeyman directors.
Pauline Kael described him as a competent director "with a good serviceable technique for integrating staged movie action into documentary city locations". David Thomson suggested that, in America, Yates had "done nothing more profound than send hubcaps careering around corners". Bullitt's famous San Francisco car chase (later revived by Ford as part of »
- Brian Baxter
Peter Yates, one of cinema’s most versatile directors. has died in London at age 81. Upon graduation from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Yates worked his way up from dubbing assistant to assistant director in the classic films A Taste Of Honey and The Guns Of Navarone. He gained experience as a director on the British produced TV shows The Saint ( starring Roger Moore ) and Danger Man ( re-titled Secret Agent for America and starring Patrick McGoohan. Yates began his feature film directing career with 1963′s Summer Holiday. After two more features Yates traveled to the U.S. where he helmed the action film classic Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. The film is still highly regarded for it’s groundbreaking car chase sequence through the winding streets of San Francisco. For the next few years Yates worked mostly in the states on dramas like John And Mary and The Friends Of Eddie Coyle »
- Jim Batts
Four time Oscar nominee Peter Yates passed away on January 9th at the age of 82 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. He directed and produced several films over the years, starting his career in 1963 with Summer Holiday.
After working as a director for television shows, he moved to the crime triller Robbery in 1967, which grew into a very impressive career. Some of the films he was best known for was Bullitt, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Breaking Away, Suspect, and The Dresser. And while it doesn't hold up today, he also directed one of my favorite films from my youth, Krull. »
- Josh Baldwin
Peter Yates, the greatest American filmmaker to ever be born in Britain and live there his whole life, died Sunday as the result of a prolonged illness. Yates got his start as a feature director in the early 1960s and made the jump into a new era of filmmaking with Bullitt and Breaking Away coming in back to back years. The first, hitting theaters in 1968, is credited with inventing the cinematic car chase and remains one of the best examples of the element that’s now common place in most action movies. The second is a completely different beast altogether; it’s the thoughtful coming of age story that captures Americana and teenage life better than most American directors could. He was nominated for four Oscars, sure, but Yates will most likely be remembered for his sheer versatility. The man directed both Mother, Jugs and Speed and Krull. He directed crime films like The Friends of Eddie Coyle and »
- Cole Abaius
A statement from Yates' agent, Judy Daish, said he died Sunday in London after an illness.
A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art who directed stage greats including "Dresser" star Albert Finney and Maggie Smith, Yates also created one of film's most memorable action sequences – the much-imitated car chase in the 1968 police thriller "Bullitt."
Born in Aldershot, southern England in 1929, Yates trained as an actor, performed in repertory theater and did a stint as a race-car driver before moving into film, first as an editor and then as an assistant director on films including Tony Richardson's »
British director Peter Yates died Sunday after a long illness. The four-time Oscar nominee was 81. In a four decade career, Yates' most enduring films focused on rebels and iconoclasts. Whether it was Steve McQueen's hard-charging detective in "Bullitt"; the Italian speaking cycling enthusiast in "Breaking Away"; or the gay actor's assistant in "The Dresser" -- the classic Yates protagonist was never entirely comfortable operating within the system. Yet it is "Bullitt," with its shoot first and ask questions later protagonist, for which Yates will best be known. Arriving at the tail-end »
- Brent Lang
Peter Yates, the Oscar-nominated English filmmaker who gave us one of the greatest car chases in cinema history and the defining sports drama of the '70s, died Sunday in London at the age of 82 following a long illness. We thought we'd look back at his life and his five best films... After breaking into the British theater as an actor, director and stage manager, Yates began helming TV episodes of The Saint before making his feature debut with the 1963 musical Summer Holiday. During a five-decade career that followed, he worked on everything from B-movies (see 1977's The Deep and 1983's Krull) to Oscar-worthy prestige pictures (1979's Breaking Away and 1983's The Dresser). Along the way he »
British filmmaker and four-time Oscar nominee Peter Yates has passed away after a long illness. He was 82.
Yates is best known for directing the 1968 thriller Bullitt featuring Steve McQueen and one of the best car chase sequences in cinema history, but the talent also helmed the Robert Redford-starrer The Hot Rock, the 1983 cult fantasy flick Krull, the Shakespearean drama The Dresser, and the coming of age cycling film Breaking Away.
- Jeff Leins
British director Peter Yates has died at age 82. Yates began his career as an assistant director for Tony Richardson and gained a reputation for action movies with his acclaimed 1967 film Robbery. His proficiency with handling large-scale car chase sequences in that film led to his being hired by Steve McQueen to direct Bullitt the following year. The San Francisco car chase sequence in that film is still regarded by many as the best in movie history. Yet Yates' talents were not just limited to action films. His work ranged from moving dramas such as Breaking Away, The Dresser and The Friends of Eddie Coyle to comedies such as The Hot Rock and the big budget 1977 adventure pic The Deep. for more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
British director Peter Yates has passed away at the age of 81. The AP reports that the filmmaker died in London yesterday after an illness. Yates had an eclectic filmography that ranged from fantasy (Krull) to horror (The Deep) to drama (The Dresser) to one of the all-time great action films, Bullitt. With Bullitt, Yates directed one of cinema's best car chase scenes as Bullitt (Steve McQueen) races through the streets of San Francisco. Yates also directed one of my personal favorite films, Breaking Away. He received four Oscar nominations during his lifetime, two for Breaking Away (director and producer) and two for The Dresser (director and producer). Our condolences go out to Mr. Yates' friends and family. »
- Matt Goldberg
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