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The Pied Piper | Blu-ray Review

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A forgotten oddity from the early 1970s is Jacques Demy’s English language mounting of The Pied Piper, a rather bleak but mostly unequivocal version of the famed Grimm Bros. fairy tale about a titular piper who infamously lured the children of Hamelin to their assumed deaths after being rebuffed by the townsfolk when he similarly rid the town of plague carrying rats.

Set in the 1300s of northern Germany, this UK production blends bits of Robert Browning’s famed poem of the legend into the film, but the end result is unusually straightforward and unfussy, considering Demy’s predilection for inventive, colorful musicals, such as the classic confections The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. The stunt casting of Donovan as the piper generates a certain amount of interest, although he’s whittled down to a supporting character amongst a cast of master character actors like Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Peter Vaughan, and child star Jack Wild.

Notably, The Pied Piper is one of the few Demy films not to be built around a strong, beautiful female lead, which may also explain why there’s no center point in the film. Cathryn Harrison (daughter of Rex, who starred in Louis Malle’s Black Moon) and a gone-to-seed Diana Dors (though not featured as memorably as her swarthy turn in Skolimowski’s Deep End) are the tiny flecks of feminine representation. It was also not Demy’s first English language production, as he’d made a sequel to his New Wave entry Lola (1961) with 1969’s Los Angeles set Model Shop. So what compelled him to make this departure, which premiered in-between two of his most whimsical Catherine Deneuve titles (Donkey Skin; A Slightly Pregnant Man) is perhaps the film’s greatest mystery.

Cultural familiarity with the material tends to work against our expectations. At best, Donovan is a mere supporting accent, popping up to supply mellow, anachronistic music at odd moments before the dramatic catalyst involving his ability to conjure rats with music arrives. Prior to his demeaning, Demy’s focus is mostly on the omnipotent and aggressive power of the corrupting church (Peter Vaughan’s Bishop) and Donald Pleasence’s greedy town leader, whose son (a sniveling John Hurt) is more intent on starting wars and making counterfeit gold to pay his gullible minions than stopping the encroaching plague. Taking the brunt of their violence is the Jewish alchemist, Melius (Michael Hordern), who is wise enough to know the rats have something to do with the spread of the disease. Demy uses his tragic demise to juxtapose the piper’s designs on the children.

While Hurt and Pleasance are entertaining as a toxic father and son, Demy seems estranged from anyone resembling a protagonist. Donovan is instantly forgettable, and the H.R. Pufnstuf and Oliver! child star Jack Wild gets upstaged by a wild mop of hair and a pronounced limp (which explains why he isn’t entranced along with the other children), and the film plays as if Donovan’s role might have been edited down in post. The script was the debut of screenwriters Andrew Birkin (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, 2006) and Mark Peploe (The Passenger, 1975; The Last Emperor, 1987) who would both go on to write a number of offbeat auteur entries.

Disc Review:

Kino Lorber releases this obscurity as part of their Studio Classics label, presented in 1.66:1. Picture and sound quality are serviceable, however, the title would have greatly benefitted from a restoration. Dp Peter Suschitzky’s frames rightly capture the period, including some awesomely creepy frescoes housing Pleasence and son, but the color sometimes seems faded or stripped from some sequences. Kino doesn’t include any extra features.

Final Thoughts:

More of a curio piece for fans of Demy, The Pied Piper mostly seems a missed opportunity of the creepy legend.

Film Review: ★★½/☆☆☆☆☆

Disc Review: ★★★/☆☆☆☆☆

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John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77

John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77
John Hurt, the wiry English actor who played a drug addict in “Midnight Express,” Kane in “Alien,” the title character in “The Elephant Man,” and Winston Smith in “1984” has died. He was 77.

He died on Wednesday at home in Norfolk, his widow, Anwen, confirmed in a statement to Variety. Hurt had disclosed in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Anwen wrote as a tribute, “John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him.”

Mel Brooks, executive producer of “The Elephant Man,” tweeted that he was a “truly magnificent talent.”

It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.

Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017

No one could have
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Joe Dante’s Chiller ‘Labirintus’ to Star Mark Webber, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lorant Deutsch (Exclusive)

Joe Dante’s Chiller ‘Labirintus’ to Star Mark Webber, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lorant Deutsch (Exclusive)
London — Mark Webber (“Green Room”), Rachel Hurd-Wood (“An American Haunting”) and Lorant Deutsch (“The Visitors: Bastille Day”) have signed on to star in chiller “Labirintus,” which is directed by “The Howling” and “Gremlins” helmer Joe Dante. Goldcrest Films is handling international sales.

“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator (Webber), psychiatric researcher (Hurd-Wood) and engineer (Deutsch) who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.

Written by Alan Campbell, “Labirintus” is produced by Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Prods., Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Prods., Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Nick Quested and Pascal Degove,
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Alice Eve, Jack Davenport sign up for 'The Stolen'

Alice Eve, Jack Davenport sign up for 'The Stolen'
Niall Johnson is directing the New Zealand-set period adventure film.

Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Carribean) will star in Niall Johnson’s adventure film The Stolen, which will shoot in New Zealand in May.

Set during the country’s gold rush of the 1860s, Eve will play an upper class British woman searching for her kidnapped child in a perilous wilderness inhabited by ex-cons, with Davenport playing her romantic charge.

New Zealand native Emily Corcoran, who was an associate producer on BAFTA-nominated The Survivalist, wrote the screenplay and will also produce.

Premiere Picture is providing financing along with Red Rock Entertainment, Head Gear Films and New Zealand philanthropist Sir Douglas Myers.

Also starring are Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy), Ariadna Cabrol (Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer), Gillian MacGregor (A Lonely Place To Die) and Cohen Holloway (What We Do In The Shadows).

Michael
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J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, Mia Farrow and More Mourn Alan Rickman's Death on Twitter

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Alan Rickman, veteran actor and beloved for his performance in the "Harry Potter" franchise as the chilly villain Severus Snape, died today at 69. His roles, from "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" to "Love Actually" to "Die Hard," display his vast range; though he excelled at embodying nefarious characters, Rickman was a renaissance actor. Today, Hollywood mourns the loss of a legend. His "Harry Potter" co-stars and other celebrities took to social media to express their grief.  "Harry Potter" FamilyCelebritiesREAD More: Remembering Alan Rickman: 9 Essential Performances Now Streaming Online
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #70. Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King

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A Hologram for a King

Director: Tom Tykwer

Writer: Tom Tykwer

Primarily known for his famed 1998 title Run, Lola Run, which shot actress Franka Potente into international stardom, German director Tom Tykwer’s been involved with a variety of international co-productions since, each seeming to find a minor cult following, such as Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The International (2009), and most infamously, Cloud Atlas (2012), which he co-directed with Andy and Lana Wachowski (however, we were most impressed with his less discussed return to Germany with 2010’s well performed Three). Now, Tykwer’s adapated David Eggar’s (screenwriter for Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are) novel, A Hologram for a King, a political allegory set in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. The comedy-drama tells the story of an American businessman who makes a last-ditch attempt to stave off bankruptcy and finally accomplish something big. He wants to
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What's Leaving Netflix in September 2015

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As you've likely heard, a slew of high-profile movies, including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "World War Z" are leaving Netflix in September, thanks to the expiration of a deal with Epix.

Also going bye-bye, TV series including "Coach," "Undeclared," and Britcom "The It Crowd."

Leaving September 1

"Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" (2004)

"Bratz: Rock Angelz" (2005)

"Care Bears: Big Wish Movie" (2005)

"Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot" (2004)

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)

"Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!" (2009)

"Doomsday Preppers": Season 1-3

"Electrick Children" (2012)

"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992)

"Ink Master": Season 2

"Jackie Brown" (1997)

"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)

"Mortal Kombat: The Movie" (1995)

"Patch Adams" (1998)

"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (2006)

"Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" (2000)

"Rules of Engagement" (2000)

"Rumpelstiltskin" (1987)

"Sarah's Choice" (2009)

"School of Rock" (2003)

"She's the One" (1996)

"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)

"The It Crowd": Series 1-4

"The Lost Boys" (1987)

"Total Recall" (1990)

"W." (2008)

Leaving September 2

"Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This
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Spectre featurette – Video blog shows Mexico City footage

Spectre featurette: A new video blog shows behind the scenes footage from the shooting of the opening sequence at the Day Of The Dead festival in Mexico City. Spectre featurette

A new Spectre featurette has just been released from the production of the 24th James Bond adventure. The 2-minute promo features a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which is still shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes.

The Mexico set action sequence will have the country’s Day Of The Dead festival as a back drop, and will feature as the elaborate opening scene of the new movie, which opens in the UK and the Us in early November this year.

Sam Mendes said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #38. Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King

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A Hologram for the King

Director: Tom Tykwer// Writer: Tom Tykwer

Primarily known for his famed 1998 title Run, Lola Run, which shot actress Franka Potente into international stardom, German director Tom Tykwer’s been involved with a variety of international co-productions since, each seeming to find a minor cult following, such as Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The International (2009), and most infamously, Cloud Atlas (2012), which he co-directed with Andy and Lana Wachowski (however, we were most impressed with his less discussed return to Germany with 2010’s well performed Three). Now, Tykwer’s adapated David Eggar’s (screenwriter for Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are) novel, A Hologram for a King, a political allegory set in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. The comedy-drama tells the story of an American businessman who makes a last-ditch attempt to stave off bankruptcy and finally accomplish something big. He wants to
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From Wild to Lord of the Rings: Who’s Walked the Farthest in Movies?

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From Wild to Lord of the Rings: Who’s Walked the Farthest in Movies?
Every so often, in a bizarre coincidence of release-date timing, two movies that seem remarkably similar will arrive in theaters in the same season. Remember how Paul Blart and Observe and Report turned early 2009 into the year of the mall cop? It’s happened again with Tracks, in which Mia Wasikowska treks 1,700 miles across the Australian outback, and Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon treks 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. These, of course, are not the first films to tag along with those traveling on foot. Nor are they the most ambitious. Even with an average distance walked of 1,400 miles, Wasikowska and Witherspoon aren’t among film history's top five when it comes to distance traveled using nothing but legs and feet. Here’s our list of Hollywood’s longest walkers:The Day After Tomorrow (2004): 225 miles, from Washington, D.C., to New York City Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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Mipcom: European Dramas Eclipsing U.S. Productions

This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Europe is dominating at the annual international TV confab Mipcom in Cannes, as continental dramas generate the market chatter typically reserved for U.S. productions. Constantin Film is expanding into English-language TV production, starting with Helix showrunner Ed Decter's small-screen Mortal Instruments, with production set to start in 2015.  Read more Mipcom: Netflix's Ted Sarandos Talks "Antiquated" Movie Distribution Model The German giant is combing its catalog for other films to turn into series, with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Resident Evil high

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Constantin Film producing 'Mortal Instruments,' 'Resident Evil' TV series

Constantin Film producing 'Mortal Instruments,' 'Resident Evil' TV series
While production on a sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones resumed after first being stalled, it seems that project has actually transformed from a film sequel to a television series. EW has learned that a deal is being finalized for a TV adaptation of Cassandra Clare's popular book franchise. Constantin Film, the company who controls the rights to the series, has shifted its focus to producing a television drama based on the franchise. Production is set to begin in 2015, though no other details about the project's development are currently known. The news makes sense for the company,
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Lilting: A Four-Hanky Work of Art

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Lilting is about loss times two. Mother and partner divided when their love object was alive. Battling still after his unexpected death. But although you will get teary eyed, the film is not depressive by any measure.

Why?

Writer/director Hong Khaou's debut feature is exhilarating in its craft, its performances, and its tale of the eventual fusing of two disparate hearts. Also, in its timeliness. Many ethic groups residing in Western countries are still more than a few steps behind in their acceptance of same-sex relationships.

The film commences with the handsome, lithe Kai (Andrew Leung) visiting his mother Junn (Cheng Pei Pei) in a London retirement home. Junn, of Cambodian-Chinese origin, although having lived in England for decades, has never bothered to become proficient in English. In fact, "Fuck you very much"is about her total vocabulary. A widow, Junn has consequently always depended on Kai for everything,
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Ben Whishaw Replaces Colin Firth As Voice Of Paddington

This winter’s Paddington has received our attention for all the wrong reasons so far. First, there was that terrifying image of the film’s stuffed bear that sparked the hilarious Creepy Paddington meme. Then, The Weinstein Company released a disappointing first trailer for the movie that made it appear to be a spiritual – albeit less gratingly non-musical – cousin to Alvin and the Chipmunks, of all things. Finally, we learned that Colin Firth, who had previously been set to voice Paddington, had dropped out of the project mid-way through production. Luckily for TWC though, it doesn’t appear that the film will be delayed, as Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has just been set to lend his voice to the animated bear.

Though the British actor is certainly less of a household name than Firth, Whishaw’s star has been steadily rising over the past few years. He’s won fans
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Ben Whishaw Mourns In First Trailer For Sundance Drama ‘Lilting’

While he’s impressed us in everything from Bright Star to I’m Not There to Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Ben Whishaw got a bit of a deserved worldwide boost as the new Q in Skyfall. His latest role finds him taking on something much smaller with the drama Lilting. After premiering at Sundance (where Urszula Pontikos picked […]
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Panzer Chocolate Cuts Through Glass and Flesh in this Trailer

Tagline: "The Darkest Nazi Secret... is about to be Revealed." It has been a year since there has been any news on the horror feature Panzer Chocolate. Since 2013, the film has released in Spain and a trailer has also been released for the film. The clip looks inspired by 3D elements as chains cut through the camera lens. As well, the film stars Melina Matthews (Mama), Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago), Ariadna Cabrol (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), Tony Corvillo (Sleep Tight) and Mark Schardan. Film fans can see the latest on this title below. In the story, three friends and part time archaeology students set off in search of missing art. Lost in World War II, these three colleagues are looking for stolen prints, taken by the NAZIs. Instead of finding the artwork, they find a hideous beast, Das Kommandant Frank. Their encounter with Frank shortens their lifespans, considerably.
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Mike Tyson, Pam Anderson Join "God Little"

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Werner Herzog's new film continues to assemble an eclectic cast with Mike Tyson and Pamela Anderson in talks to star in Herzog's film adaptation of the award-winning coming-of-age tale "Vernon God Little" at Canana Films.

Based on Dbc Pierre's 2003 debut novel, the story is set in a small Texan border town. A violent school shooting is perpetrated by a bullied loner who guns down six classmates and then himself.

Vernon (Austin Abrams), his only friend, not only witnesses the suicide he then becomes a suspect in the shootings. Despite the dark subject matter, the tone is said to be that of a satirical black comedy about America's fame and violence obsessions.

Tyson would plan an ax murderer while Anderson's role is undisclosed. Russell Brand and Sasha Pieterse are also onboard as a scheming newspaper reporter and Vernon's love interest respectively.

Andrew Birkin ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer") adapted
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Hurd-Wood boards Second Origin

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Hurd-Wood boards Second Origin
Sci-fi romance was originally slated to be directed by the late Spanish director Bigas Luna.

Rising British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer) is to star in Second Origin, the new film that maverick Spanish director Bigas Luna was originally slated to direct.

Here at the Efm, Manifest Film Sales today announced the imminent start of production on the project.

Bigas Luna who sadly died during the pre-production, is still being billed as co-director. His friend, co-writer and director Carles Porta is now helming.

A science-fiction romance about love and adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world, Second Origin tells the story of Alba and Dídac two young people struggling to survive in a world left in ruins.

Based on the bestselling Catalan novel Mecanoscrit del Segon Origen by Manuel de Pedrolo, which has sold over 2m copies worldwide, Second Origin is a Spanish/UK co-production, produced by [link
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Russell Brand, Werner Herzog Team On "God"

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Russell Brand, Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") and 17 year-old Austin Abrams ("The Inbetweeners") are in talks to star in Werner Herzog's next film "Vernon God Little" at Canana Films.

Based on Dbc Pierre's 2003 debut novel, the story is set in a small Texan border town. A violent school shooting is perpetrated by a bullied loner who guns down six classmates and then himself.

Vernon (Abrams), his only friend, not only witnesses the suicide he then becomes a suspect in the shootings. Despite the dark subject matter, the tone is said to be that of a satirical black comedy about America's fame and violence obsessions.

Brand would play a charming but manipulative reporter who is willing to betray anyone in order to get a fresh angle on the story. Pieterse plays the beautiful but self-absorbed object of Vernon’s affections.

Herzog helms from a script by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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10 Things About... Ben Whishaw

10 Things About... Ben Whishaw
Though he spends much of his time hacking into computer systems and revealing top secret information as Q, actor Ben Whishaw chooses to remain very quiet about his private life.

In light of his announcement as the star of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Digital Spy brings you ten facts about this multi-talented individual, who is being widely hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation.

1. Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Bedfordshire on October 14, 1980 to Linda and Jose Whishaw, a cosmetics worker and an It consultant respectively. He has a fraternal twin brother, James.

2. Whishaw has been interested in acting from a young age; he was a paying member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theatre and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003. Whishaw has a career that spans radio, stage, television and film! Do you think he just couldn't make his mind up?
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