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Here's a nifty way to get audiences back in movie theaters that actually works: build one underground. The Underground Film Club will host a series of screenings at Charing Cross, the abandoned tube station where big action set pieces for Bond films including "Skyfall" and "Die Another Day" unfolded. Moviegoing Londoners will be treated to subterranean viewings of "Blade Runner," "Some Like It Hot," "Strangers on a Train," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Casablanca," "Cinema Paradiso" and "Paddington," which also shot in the station, closed since 1999. Supported by the British Film Institute and organized by Rooftop Film Club, the pop-up cinema heralds London's upcoming all-night tube service expected to begin on September 12. Other events include behind-the-scenes tours and a photography exhibit at Westminster station. Check out a gallery of photos inside the theater here, and more from Mashable »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been striding the streets of Edinburgh this week for a new film shooting on location from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, who made the classic Cinema Paradiso, for which he won an Academy Award.
Irons plays an astrophysics professor in The Correspondence, which is being filmed in Edinburgh as well as on San Giulio Island in the Piemont region of Italy, and Trentino Alto Adige and parts of England.
The film centres on Irons’ relationship with his student, Amy (Olga Kurylenko) . Her character is also a stuntwoman for television and cinema whose action scenes always end with the death of her fictional character, a choice imposed by her attempt to sublimate strong guilt-feelings. The relationship with her professor will "help her to find her lost existential balance,” according to the production notes.
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- Richard Mowe
In Italy, where local movies are increasingly sagging at the box office, Arturo Paglia and Isabella Cocuzza represent something new -— young producers scoring solid returns with movies that can travel. But even more impressive: They’re willing to risk their own money on the projects.
It’s a novel vision for Italy, where producers typically mount movies by assembling outside financing, and then pocket only peanuts beyond a producer’s fee.
Latest in the pipeline of Paglia and Cocuzza’s Rome-based Paco Cinematografica single is Giuseppe Tornatore’s English-language cross-generational romancer “The Correspondence,” toplining Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko, which started shooting March 30 in Northern Italy.
“Correspondence” marks the producers’ second English-lingo Tornatore pic, following “The Best Offer,” the 2013 thriller starring Geoffrey Rush, which grossed $13 million in Italy via Warner Bros. and was sold globally by uMedia. “Offer” repped a major comeback for the “Cinema Paradiso” helmer, whose misguided »
- Nick Vivarelli
Don't be alarmed if you feel a little lost during the early scenes of the somber new gangster film Black Souls. Director Francesco Munzi lets his tragic narrative unfold gradually and subtly, like a neo-neorealist take on The Godfather. There's a good reason for this: He wants to show us his individual characters — all members of the Carbone family – in their different environments. And at first, this isn't quite the Mafia we recognize from movies. There's a mundane quality to this business: We see Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta), the boss, getting cash from his bankers so he can pay his men (many of whom, we may notice, have Middle Eastern names); we see his loose-cannon brother Luigi (strong-jawed Marco Leonardi — who was once the fresh-faced teenage Toto in Cinema Paradiso) negotiating some kind of deal with a group of Spaniards; we see Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane), the oldest, who wants »
- Bilge Ebiri
Now I Lay Me Down to Kill: Munzi’s Enjoyably Reserved Mafia Film
Premiering last fall at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, where it picked up a handful of prizes, Francesco Munzi’s third film, Black Souls, is a deliberately paced examination of familiar mafia standards. Based on a novel by Giacchino Criaco, it’s bound to be compared (and perhaps exist within the shadow of) Matteo Garrone’s highly celebrated 2008 feature, Gomorrah. But Munzi’s film is equally convincing, lending an austere sense of realism to what otherwise plays like a classic theatrical tragedy of three brothers at odds, locked in opposition and contention with the heavy baggage of their lineage. Light on dialogue and heavy on brooding characters marinating in their own mistrust or disdain of one another, it’s a successfully engaging film, but despite an enjoyably dire finale, isn’t as memorable as some modern comparative material. »
- Nicholas Bell
Rome — Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s 1971 foreign-language film Oscar winner “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” will be reissued in a digitally restored print funded by Italian fashion label Antony Morato in collaboration with Italo state film entity Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and Vogue magazine, which are world-preeming the fresh version in Rome with an international launch to follow.
Restoration of the “Finzi-Continis” film, which is based on Giorgio Bassani’s largely autobiographical novel about an aristocratic Jewish family in the beautiful Italian town of Ferrara prior to their deportation to Nazi death camps, marks the latest instance of the film and fashion worlds intersecting. A glitzy March 25 gala at Rome’s Casa del Cinema will be attended among others by De Sica family members, by actor Lino Capolicchio — who starred in the film, which also featured Dominique Sanda — and by Vogue Italy editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani.
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- Nick Vivarelli
Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
At the closing night awards ceremony, First Time Fest co-founders Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward honoured Harvey Weinstein for his distinguished career and support of first-time filmmakers. The 400 Blows by François Truffaut and Kurt Vonnegut's book Cat's Cradle influenced him when he went on to distribute Cinema Paradiso. Federico Fellini and Philippe de Broca's Jean-Paul Belmondo movies That Man From Rio and Cartouche were a part of his cinema education growing up in Queens, New York, which may have equipped him for his relationship with Quentin Tarantino.
Previously fêted for their commitment to cinema were Darren Aronofsky, by Martin Scorsese, and Julie Taymor. While waiting for Harvey's arrival, I joined Gay Talese and Tony Bennett for a lively conversation on movies, the demise of burlesque and tennis »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
A director and a producer in Iraqi Kurdistan battle the odds to make a feature about Saddam Hussein’s Al Anfal massacre in “Memories on Stone,” a dark tale of an inescapable past told with expected dollops of absurdist humor. Presumably full of semi-autobiographical touches, the film fits snugly into director Shawkat Amin Korki’s body of work (“Kick Off,” “Crossing the Dust”) and the long line of pics dealing with the social and personal pressures of making a relevant movie. “Memories” has been picking up awards (Abu Dhabi, Unesco), and while weak on character development, it will continue to find hospitable fest berths.
A “Cinema Paradiso”-style prologue shows young Hussein (Birhat Hussein) visiting his projectionist father (Kamiran Betasl) during a screening of “Yol” (the art department adds a nice cinephile flourish with a “Mogambo” poster in the booth). Soldiers storm the theater saying the film is forbidden, beating »
- Jay Weissberg
Exclusive- Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) has joined the previously announced Jeremy Irons in Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore’s romantic drama The Correspondence. The film, set to shoot this spring in the UK and Italy, follows the love affair between a professor and a younger woman working in the same field. The project re-teams the Academy Award-winning Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) with production company Paco Cinematografica, distributor-producer Warner Bros'… »
Valentine.s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate this most sacred of romantic holidays we have a supercut that has been created to feature an array of kisses from over 100 movies. You can watch the clip to get in the mood for Valentines below. Can you feel the love? Movieclips. montage is a rather delightful homage to some of the most romantic moments in cinematic history. My personal favorites include little tip of the hats to Gone With The Wind, American Beauty and Arsenic And Old Lace. I mean, who doesn.t love seeing Cary Grant having a kiss? However, they all actually pale in comparison to Cinema Paradiso.s mesmeric kissing montage - which is poignant enough to make even the most heart-broken soul believe in love again. Check it out here. Warning, you.ll almost certainly start to weep while watching it though. Movieclips didn »
Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful examination of the relationship human beings have with film. This connection is explored through the story of a young boy and his friendship with the projectionist at the town’s local cinema. The strength of this friendship is only surpassed in intensity by the boy’s deep desire to become a part of the world of movie making. This is a story not about the medium of film in itself, but about the real people whose lives are illuminated by the stories it relates.
As a tale primarily of ordinary Roma people, the costumes in Cinema Paradiso, as designed by Beatrice Bordone, help create a 1940s/50’s period world where this can be accepted without question. These people are not wealthy or fashionable; they are not movie stars and they are probably never going to leave their home town or make a huge impact upon the world. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
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By Mark Mawston
Ennio Morricone, one of the most celebrated film composers in cinema history, appeared to a packed 02 arena in London’s Docklands on February 5th 2015. The venue, (formally The Millennium Dome) normally a mainstay for Boy Bands and Revered Rockers, seemed Cathedral -like, not only due to its sheer size and capacity, but mainly due to the soaring music which filled it over two hours. This concert, unlike other Morricone concerts I’ve had the pleasure to attend, had a reverential feel to it, one of reflection. The music that the 100 strong orchestra and 75 piece choir gave life to wasn’t simply the most popular from the composer’s incredible body of work but obviously the ones that meant to most to him personally. Tracks from films such as Casualties Of War, 1900, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso were the ones given centre stage. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Jan Ole Gerster (Oh Boy), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Pardiso) and Oren Moverman (The Messenger) are among the filmmakers attached to direct episodes for the Berlin I Love You omnibus film.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will shoot his eight-minute segment via distance directing from Beijing this weekend.
Speaking by Skype from his studio in Beijing, the world renowned artist explained that his contribution is “based on the experiences of a newcomer - my son Ai Lao - coming to Berlin [the six-year-old and his mother have been living there for the past six months] and the way we communicate these days through virtual digital reality”.
“I am not using the film to help myself,” he stressed. “It is more about people being apart, a similar condition for so many in the world because of wars, political or economic reasons. But they can still communicate through art, film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
14 items from 2015
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