15 items from 2012
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is attached to play reclusive poet Emily Dickinson in "A Quiet Passion", a new biopic about her from British director Terence Davies ("Of Time and the City") says The Hollywood Reporter.
The film follows Dickinson's life from precocious schoolgirl to tortured recluse who saw only seven of her 1,000+ poems published in her lifetime.
- Garth Franklin
This month's Sight and Sound dropped through my letterbox this morning, and in it contained their once-a-decade Top 10 Films of all Time, as voted for by critics and filmmakers. If you've been living as a recluse in your own personal Xanadu, Orson Welles, who's been number one for the past half century, got Citizen Kaned by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (James Stewart).
In the issue, Sight and Sound also included "100 sample entries" representing "edited highlights of the 358 voting entries we recieved for the 2012 Directors' Poll." The whole bunch will be available online from 22nd August, but until then, here's Part 2 of our own sample of your favourite filmmakers' favourite films...
Singin' in the Rain (Donen and Kelly)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles)
The Night of the Hunter (Laughton)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls)
The Searchers (Ford)
- Chris Villeneuve
U.K. based production banner Hurricane Films has sealed a co-production deal with German outfit ostlicht filmproduktion on coming-of-age tale Two Sevens Clash from writer and director Mark Jay (Dolphins). Set in north London in 1977 against a backdrop of a divided Britain, it details the story of 16-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy who escapes family pressures by plunging into the love of punk rock. Photos: Cannes 2012: Opening Night Gala Hurricane is run by producers Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos who brought Terence Davies' Of Time And the City to the Festival de Cannes in
- Stuart Kemp
All the latest news, reviews, comment and buzz from the Croisette, as it happens
9.53am: Bonjour mesdames et messieurs, it's Wednesday 16th May and that can only mean one thing: the 2012 Cannes film festival is open for business. They've dusted down the red carpet, springcleaned the cinemas, and installed thousands of metal barriers for the 12-day frenzy of film on the Riviera.
Right around now the world's critics are pushing and shoving their way into the press screening for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, the festival opener; in a couple of hours from now we'll know whether it's hot... or not.
We've sent a crack team out to the Croisette to bring you all the news, reviews and reactions: Peter Bradshaw, Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Charlotte Higgins, Jason Solomons, Henry Barnes and Elliot Smith. We'll also be running a daily live blog to be your one-stop shop for all things Cannes-related. »
- Andrew Pulver
My last day at the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival gave me the opportunity to finally catch up with yet another of 2011's most praised and talked about dramas with Shame, as well as new works from other British heavyweights Ralph Fiennes and Terence Davies, and a new Thai thriller that we have been following on Twitch for some time. Hkiff Day 13 (4 March)The Deep Blue Sea (dir. Terence Davies, UK)Though I was a big fan of Davies' previous films Of Time And The City and The Long Day Closes, I struggled to find much of interest in his adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play. Rachel Weisz is on excellent form as the lonely wife of a high court judge who embarks on a passionate »
Despite the inherent redundancy of the format, each new wave of 3D cinema throws up at least one oddity which goes some way toward justifying this technical gimmick. Die-hard 3D apologists cite Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder as a rare triumph from the 1950s fad (although House of Wax is more fun) while Flesh For Frankenstein outshines all other stereoscopic offerings from the 70s and 80s in terms of sheer bloodcurdling camp. But while the blockbusting Avatar remains the commercial flagship for early 21st-century 3D, my money is on Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011, Entertainment, U) being the movie which will be retrospectively regarded as the recent wave's most honourable outing.
Rather than toeing the baloney-on-toast "immersive experience" line trotted out by James Cameron et al, Scorsese's nostalgic homage to early cinema uses 3D as an archaic alienation device, reminding us that »
- Mark Kermode
Film: The Deep Blue Sea (2011) Cast includes: Rachel Weisz (The Whistleblower), Tom Hiddleston (War Horse), Simon Russell Beales (My Week with Marilyn) Director: Terence Davies (Of Time and the City) Genre: Drama | Romance (98) Based on a play by Terence Rattigan "Years ago I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to say to you. It's different this time because this time I really do want to die." It's 1950, and we're watching Hester in a shabby London flat. She puts money into the gas meter, spreads out a quilt in front of the fireplace, puts the note on the mantle, turns on the gas and lies down to die. As she drifts off, we see how things used to be. We see Hester enjoying the attention of Tom Page, a young fighter pilot on leave from the war. "I really mean it. You're the most attractive girl I've met." When she »
- Leslie Sisman
"With The Deep Blue Sea," writes Nick Pinkerton in the Voice, "the great British director Terence Davies returns to the postwar period — though in a sense, he has never left. Born in 1945, Davies's cinema is defined by a mixed pity and fondness for the world of yesterday, a past he seemingly finds impossible to put behind him or to do without. The era's hypocritical propriety and quivering repression has most frequently been held up for 'enlightened,' Pleasantville-style condescension, but Davies is a great historical filmmaker because he feels the period too intimately to mock its rituals and mores, knows that no progress occurs without loss."
A retrospective of Davies's work is running at New York's BAMcinématek through March 27, while Sing, Memory: The Postwar England of Terence Davies opens today at the Harvard Film Archive and runs through March 26. On March 28, The Long Day Closes (1992) opens for a week-long run at New York's Film Forum. »
No, we're not looking at a re-release of the man vs. smart shark film from the 90's. A short promotional trailer for this film showed up around the time of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, but now a full length trailer for The Deep Blue Sea, an adaptation of the classic 1950's play of the same name by Terrence Rattigan and directed by Terrence Davies (The House of Mirth), is online. The film stars Rachel Weisz as a London socialite and wife of a British Judge (Russell Beale) who's caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Watch the new trailer below! Here's the first full length trailer for The Deep Blue Sea originally form Apple: The Deep Blue Sea is written and directed by Terrence Davies (Of Time and the City, The House of Mirth) adapted from Terrence Rattigan »
- Ethan Anderton
With his break-out year in Hollywood, Tom Hiddleston mixed things up with two Best Pictures nominees (Midnight in Paris and War Horse) as well as a big blockbuster (Thor). 2012 isn’t looking any different with his role in The Avengers, before a small, quiet indie. We’ve got the domestic trailer for the latter, Terence Davies‘ postwar romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea. Based on Terence Rattigan’s play, I found it a bit dry at Toronto last fall but I’ve warmed up to it since, looking back on Rachel Weisz‘s solid performance and admiring the restrained style. The trailer below gives a good feeling on what to expect and one can see it below via Apple.
Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth) directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. »
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Long-awaited project, based on the Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel, finally secures funding despite its disturbing subject
According to producer Bob Last, the film is now casting, with a view to beginning shooting at the end of this year or the start of 2013 in Scotland and Sweden.
Last produced The House of Mirth for Davies in 2000 – that film was the highest-grossing of his career – and is planning to co-finance the film with Hurriance Films, the outfit behind Of Time and the City, Davies's acclaimed black-and-white documentary about the Liverpool of his youth.
Set in the early 20th century, Sunset Song begins – as did Davies's most recent film, The Deep Blue Sea – with a suicide attempt: that of a poverty-stricken woman in Scotland, broken by repeated childbirths, who kills »
- Catherine Shoard
"The Deep Blue Sea" and "House of Mirth" director Terence Davies’ long gestating adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic 1932 Scottish novel "Sunset Song" is finally getting underway says Screen Daily.
The story follows a proud young woman and her bittersweet relationship with the oppressive landscapes and Highland crofting culture in which she was born.
Casting is currently underway. Hurricane produced Davies' documentary "Of Time And The City". »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – One of the annual gems of the Chicago movie scene is the Siskel Film Center’s unmissable European Union Film Festival. It provides local movie buffs with the opportunity to sample some of the finest achievements in world cinema. For many of the festival selections, their EU appearance will function as their sole screening in the Windy City.
This year’s edition, running from March 2nd through the 29th, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”), Bruce Dumont (“Hors Satan”), Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (“The Fairy”), Abdellatif Kechiche (“Black Venus”) and John Landis (“Burke & Hare”). Moviegoers will have the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the world’s most acclaimed and beloved actors, including Léa Seydoux (“Belle Épine”), Tahir Rahim (“Free Men”), Colm Meaney (“Parked”), Noomi Rapace (“Beyond”), Andy Serkis (“Burke & Hare”), Isabella Rossellini (“Late Bloomers”) and Ewan McGregor »
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John Akomfrah's "commitment to a radicalism both of politics and of cinematic form finds expression in all his films," writes Sukhdev Sandhu in a profile for the Guardian. "Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993) draws on the photographer James Van Der Zee's The Harlem Book of the Dead and Sergei Paradjanov's The Color of Pomegranates (1968) to fashion a probing, internationalist vision of the black radical leader that is far removed from the conventional hero projected in Spike Lee's biopic the previous year; The Last Angel of History (1995) advanced the concept of the 'data thief' as part of its argument about science-fiction elements in the music of Sun Ra, George Clinton and Lee Scratch Perry. Akomfrah's new film, The Nine Muses, is a multilayered, gorgeously shot and affecting work that interweaves archival footage of black and Asian people traveling to and working in Britain with moody, elliptical shots of »
John Akomfrah's film-poem is a beguiling and often moving study in landscape and memory, comparable in spirit to Terence Davies's Of Time and the City. Loosely constructed around the nine muses of Greek legend (dance, music, tragedy, etc) it intermingles Alaskan landscapes hushed and blanketed in snow with extraordinary archive images of immigrant Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. No conventional narrative intrudes: impressionistic fragments of verse and quotation light the way, principally Anton Lesser reciting from Homer's Odyssey, with selections of Shakespeare and Milton, Beckett and Joyce picked out like distant constellations. The musical accompaniment is similarly eclectic, a mélange of old-school folk, gospel, classical and modern (Arvo Pärt figures prominently). The Nine Muses is less personal, more polemical than Davies's film, though their portrayals of Britain in mid-century have much in common. It is worth watching alone for the faces of children and adults just arrived in the country, »
15 items from 2012
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