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Abel Ferrara’s ‘Go Go Tales’: Art, Commerce, Beauty, and Exploitation

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

“Here in America there is no difference between a man and his economic fate. A man is made by his assets, income, position and prospects. The economic mask coincides completely with a man’s inner character. Everyone
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Abel Ferrara Calls Out "Punks" At IFC Films Who Want Him To Cut 'Welcome To New York'

Abel Ferrara has never had the easiest time when it comes to U.S. distribution for his films. He usually winds up with tiny companies who can only afford limited releases ("Chelsea On The Rocks") or taking literally years to find a screen stateside ("Go Go Tales"); being a Ferrara fan can be frustrating. But his last film—prior to this year's double whammy of "Welcome To New York" and "Pasolini"—"4:44 Last Day On Earth" hit U.S. cinemas in the able hands of IFC Films, and it seemed things went well. The company snatched up the rights to the director's next effort, "Welcome To New York," but it seems something has gone wrong. Arriving in theaters and on VOD in France this past spring, the movie is inspired by the scandal that surrounded by former Imf chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, when he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City maid.
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Watch: First Clip For Abel Ferrara's ‘Pasolini’ Starring Willem Dafoe, Plus New Photos, Director's Statement & More

"We’re coming from a point of a lot of respect. We dig [Pasolini's] work, we dig everything about him. He’s essential viewing. His death, in 1975, was also kind of a very outrageous moment, all the bullshit surrounding, the killing. When it comes down to it, we were probably gearing up to make this movie from the moment we heard he was dead."—Abel Ferrara The last few years have not been kind to Abel Ferrara’s career if you've taken a close look, but the filmmaker has soldiered on regardless. Starting around 2007, films like "Go Go Tales" "Mulberry St," "Napoli, Napoli, Napoli" and "Chelsea on the Rocks" either failed to receive North American distribution or what roll out plan was in place was rather minuscule (and good luck finding a copy of 2005’s “Mary” on DVD or VOD as well). None of it seems to matter to the Bronx-born filmmaker who,
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Watch: Willem Dafoe in First Trailer for Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini'

Set to have its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, starring Willem Dafoe as the Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini, has premiered ahead of its upcoming Venice Film Festival premiere. The film takes a look at the final days of Pasolini's life and the confusion surrounding his death in 1975 as he struggles with the censors as he is about to finish Sal?, or the 120 Days of Sodom, pausing for an interview with a journalist that allows him to reflect on ideas of sex and politics, having lunch with his beloved mother with whom he shared a house, welcoming friends and former lovers and his obsessive predilection for cruising the nocturnal streets of Rome in search of furtive sex via. Depending on how things shape out when it comes to my Tiff schedule, I might be seeing this one on Sunday,
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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The Stars – September 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September
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Film Review: 'Welcome to New York'

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★★★★★If Go Go Tales (2007) and 4:44: Last Day on Earth (2011) suggested that Abel Ferrara may be entering a late master period, then Welcome to New York (2014) confirms it. It's a bold fictional take on the story of former Imf director Dominique's Strauss-Kahn's arrest for the sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid in the titular city in 2011. Eschewing the carnival of excess of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Ferrara has created a discomforting vision that unfolds in three precise acts; it's a Nietzschean digi-horror, an exorcism of national demons and a grim procession of humility. In Devereaux, brilliantly played by veteran Gérard Depardieu, the director gives us a monstrously skewed King Lear for the 21st century.
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Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup

Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.

The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”

One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs.
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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Main Competition, Un Certain Regard & Special Screenings

With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.

Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise,
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Willem Dafoe To Play Pier Paolo Pasolini In Biopic Directed By Abel Ferrara

Announced way back at the beginning of the year, this is a bit of news we missed, forgot about and are now reminded that not only is it actually a thing, but that it's very much moving forward. Provocateur Abel Ferrara, who is currently finishing up "Welcome To New York," a movie based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal, is now preparing to bring the final moments in the life of one of cinema's most daring directors to the big screen. Ferrara is lining up "Pasolini" -- yes, about Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini -- a movie that will see Willem Dafoe taking on the title role. Marking the fourth film between the actor and director (following "New Rose Hotel," "Go Go Tales" and "4:44 Last Day On Earth"), the film will track Pasolini's last days, presumably leading up to his murder. While a young hustler was arrested at the time,
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'The Master' Tops Sight & Sound's Top Ten of 2012 While 'Holy Motors' is #1 with Cahiers Du Cinema

The first top ten lists of 2012 have arrived by way of Sight & Sound and the distinguished French magazine Cahiers Du Cinema, and to no surprise we are looking at a pair of lists that largely target festival features rather than anything mainstream. Sight & Sound's is compiled through contributions of approximately 100 critics and does contain a few more "well known" features, but for the most part you're looking at a pair of cinephile lists that will probably include a few titles you haven't heard of... no problem with that. Three films crossover between each list with Leos Carax's Holy Motors landing at #4 on the Sight & Sound list while coming in as the #1 film on Cahiers' list. Then, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson, which wasn't necessarily well received everywhere it landed, comes in at #2 on the Cahiers list and ties for the eighth spot on Sight and Sound's. Finally,
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Léos Carax’s “Holy Motors” No.1 on Cahiers du Cinéma’s Top 10 List for 2012

Léos Carax’s “Holy Motors” No.1 on Cahiers du Cinéma’s Top 10 List for 2012
Still from Holy Motors

Léos Carax’s Holy Motors has been named the best in Top-10 of 2012 list of French film journal ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’. The film won the Award of the Youth and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 and three other awards, Best International Feature, Best Actor and Best Cinematography awards, at the Chicago International Film Festival 2012. Holy Motors has replaced Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope, that was last year’s number one. Carax has twice earlier featured on Cahier’s list with Bad Blood and Lovers on the Bridge.

David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis has secured the second place. The film has been one of the festival favourites of the year. It was nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Started in 1951, Cahiers du Cinéma has seen prominent cinephiles like Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut,
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Cahiers du Cinéma's "Top Ten 2012"

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Cahiers du Cinéma's December issue has arrived, and with it the journal's annual conversation-starting top ten list, featuring not one but two nods to Abel Ferrara and topped with this year's notorious limousine-themed double bill.

The list:

1. Holy Motors, Dir. Leos Carax

2. Cosmopolis, Dir. David Cronenberg

3. Twixt, Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

4. 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Dir. Abel Ferrara

4. In Another Country, Dir. Hong Sang-Soo

4. Take Shelter, Dir. Jeff Nichols

7. Go Go Tales, Dir. Abel Ferrara

8. Tabu, Dir. Miguel Gomes

9. Faust, Dir. Alexander Sokurov

10. Keep the Lights On, Dir. Ira Sachs
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Cahiers du Cinema Names Top Ten Films of 2012: 'Holy Motors' Reigns, Cronenberg, Ferrara and Coppola Represent [Trailers]

Cahiers du Cinema Names Top Ten Films of 2012: 'Holy Motors' Reigns, Cronenberg, Ferrara and Coppola Represent [Trailers]
Cahiers du Cinema has released its Top 10 Films of 2012, and it's appropriately eclectic, with Leos Carax's berserk "Holy Motors" topping the list. David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Miguel Gomes' "Tabu" and Hong Sang-Soo's "In Another Country" also make the cut. Jeff Nichols' 2011 poetic, apocalyptic "Take Shelter" also represents, as does Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt" and Abel Ferrara's "4:44 Last Day on Earth." Full list below. Check out our Toh! review of "Holy Motors" here. Cahiers du Cinema's Top 10 of 2012 (with several ties): 1. Holy Motors (Leos Carax) 2. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg) 3. Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola) 4. 4:44 Last Day On Earth (Abel Ferrara) 4. In Another Country (Hong Sang-Soo) 4. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols) 7. Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara) 8. Tabu (Miguel Gomes) 8. Faust (Alexadre Sokourov) 10. Keep...
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'Holy Motors' Tops Cahiers Du Cinema's Top 10 Of 2012; 'Cosmopolis,' 'Keep The Lights On' & More Make The Cut

'Holy Motors' Tops Cahiers Du Cinema's Top 10 Of 2012; 'Cosmopolis,' 'Keep The Lights On' & More Make The Cut
Well, Thanksgiving has barely started and the first top ten list of 2012 has arrived from the snooty folks (kidding guys, we love you) at French movie bible Cahiers Du Cinema, and as usual, it's pretty...eclectic... If you ever doubted the magazine's dedication to Auteurs, this list will set your mind at ease. Topping it is Leos Carax's celebrated (and somewhat divisive) poem to the movies themselves, "Holy Motors," which we suspect will be finding its way to many lists as the year winds down. Equally divisive, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" slots into second place, but from there, things get a bit funky. Francis Ford Coppola's not-very-well-received 3D jaunt "Twixt" places, while Cahiers found room for two Abel Ferrara movies (complicated distribution only saw "Go Go Tales" debut overseas this year). We're really glad to see Jeff Nichols' underrated "Take Shelter" get some love (it arrived in.
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The Noteworthy: Aurora, Man(oel) of Steel, Daney's Legacy


The Aurora tragedy, in which a man took the lives of 14 people, and injured many others, in a horrific shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, has devastated everyone. David Hudson rounds up some of the responses critics have offered in the wake of this unthinkable event. Issue 63 of Senses of Cinema is now available online for your perusal. Among the offerings are pieces on Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Ferrara's Go Go Tales and an assortment of festival reports. Above: Jerry Lewis sure knows how to keep busy. The 86 year-old is hard at work on directing his first play, a stage adaptation of The Nutty Professor. Dave Itzkoff, who visited Lewis during rehearsals, has a piece on the subject in The New York Times. Claire Denis is set to begin shooting The Bastards, her next feature. We've yet to get any plot details, but
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: 4:44 Last Day on Earth

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: IFC/Mpi

Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh cope with impending doom in 4:44 Last Day on Earth.

The 2011 film 4:44: Last Day On Earth is a science fiction-tinged drama-fantasy by the inimitably independent and ferocious Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York).

The movie hinges on the idea that tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end, brought about by the destruction of the ozone layer. As panic hits the Earth’s population, two lovers – actor and recovering drug addict Cisco (Willem Dafoe, Antichrist) and painter Skye (Shanyn Leigh, Public Enemies) – seclude themselves in their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours of existence together. Accepting their doomed fate, Cisco and Skye take care of some personal business—they call their families to say goodbye, they make love, they order Chinese takeout—and
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A Personal Reflection on the Work of Abel Ferrara in Light of His New Picture (Written in the Shadow of Serge Daney)

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I used to believe, like Wenders or Godard, in the death of cinema. I accepted it as fact but never believed in it. The movies, that’s what I believed in—a dark room, shadows on a surface, a bunch of lonely people sitting down, looking up.

Like Leos Carax to Serge Daney, Abel Ferrara showed me there’d be cinema ‘til the end of the world.


At first I thought Abel Ferrara’s films were badly acted; I soon realized Ferrara would take bad acting with truth in it over a masterpiece of falsehoods. (Later I found out that Ferrara would, in Dangerous Game and New Rose Hotel, use one to create the other.)

I thought his films were too commercial. “Already captivated by cinema, I didn’t need to be seduced as well,” as Serge Daney put it. Hollywood in the 21st century is a highly sophisticated marketing ploy.
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4:44 Last Day On Earth Trailer Featuring Willem Dafoe

Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Nyff ’07), cinema’s chronicler of humanity’s damned, opened this year’s S.F. Indie Fest with 4:44 Last Day on Earth. IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for Ferrara’s crazy Southern take on the last days before the end of the world. Moviegoers will stay awake for the full 85 minutes of [...]

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Abel Ferrara Reaffirms His Dominque Strauss-Kahn Pic With Gerard Depardieu Will Shoot In June (Producers Are Not So Certain)

Abel Ferrara continues to insist disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be the inspiration for an upcoming film. First revealed at the tail end of last year, reports surfaced that the director was looking at Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani to star in a movie that will use the Strasse-Kahn affair, and incidents involving Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi and more to tell a fictionalized tale about sexual scandals. Production company Wild Bunch were quick to downplay any connection to Dsk saying the film would only have "a little bit" of influence from his highly publicized incident in New York City. While, we'll have to see how it all plays out, Ferrara is quickly moving on the project. Apparently fueled on cocktails during the France premiere of "Go Go Tales" (delayed in the country for a variety of arcane reasons), Le Monde caught up with the chatty director. Ferrara said
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Notebook's 4th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2011

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Looking back at 2011 on what films moved and impressed us it becomes more and more clear—to me at least—that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, our end of year poll, now an annual tradition, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2011—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2011 to create a unique double feature. Many contributors chose their favorites of 2011, some picked out-of-the-way gems, others made some pretty strange connections—and some frankly just want to create a kerfuffle. All the contributors were asked to write a paragraph explaining their 2011 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative
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