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Weekly Rushes. Gene Wilder, Inverted "Vertigo," Antonioni in Japan, Movies Matter, Save Film!

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NEWSGene Wilder, we'll miss you. We have always had—and will always have—tremendous affection for the presence of this wonderfully funny, sweetly sorrowful actor.The San Francisco Cinematheque is holding a fundraising auction, "an annual convergence of visual and media arts to support their 56th year of exhibiting innovative experimental moving-image art." You can bid online.Recommended VIEWINGWhat is Japan 1984 – 7 Betacam Tapes? Celluloid Liberation Front writes at Sight & Sound about "never-before-seen video material shot by Michelangelo Antonioni in Japan." Watch it online at Belligerent Eyes through September 2.With Bertrand Bonello's highly anticipated Nocturama set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Le CiNéMa Club is now streaming Madeleine Among the Dead, a 2014 "sketch" from the director: "Bonello wanted to tell Hitchcock’s Vertigo from the perspective of Madeleine."The excellent documentary A Fuller Life, about legendary director Samuel Fuller, is purchasable through this website.Frankly not our
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A Fuller Life to play at the second annual Reel East Film Festival

Samantha Fuller’s documentary A Fuller Life has been selected to play at the second annual Reel East Film Festival in Oaklyn, New Jersey on August 21 2015. The decision to screen the documentary about the life of maverick filmmaker Sam Fuller continues the festival organiser’s interest to use the festival as a platform to look back to film history. The inaugural 2014 festival year saw screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927) and Humphrey Bogart’s All Through The Night (1942), alongside April Wright’s new documentary Going Attractions that celebrated the story of the American drive-in movie. This year’s festival presents a daughter’s tribute to her filmmaker father and focuses specifically on the career of an individual filmmaker.

A Fuller Life celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even in service to his country. The sry
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Film Review: 'A Fuller Life'

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★★★☆☆ Ron Mann's Altman (2014) chose to look at the director's career largely through his own eyes, combining archive material and interviews together with the recollections of friends and family. A Fuller Life (2013) is another biographical doc about a master of independent American cinema, but Samantha Fuller's affectionate portrait of her father Samuel goes one step further - the words are exclusively the subject's own. Friends and collaborators lend their voices to gobbets of Fuller's autobiography, which proves the ideal source text. Whilst the surrounding film is a little rough-and-ready, the core dialogue between auteur and audience encapsulates the kind of penetration and energy inherent to his oeuvre.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron fends off Spooks: The Greater Good at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May 2015…

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has retained the top spot at the UK box office for the third week running, fending off competition from Spooks: The Greater Good to push its cumulative gross beyond £40 million, making it the highest-grossing release of the year so far on these shores.

The big screen adaptation of Spooks debuted in second place, earning £1,010,363, while Blake Lively romantic drama The Age of Adaline pulled in £570,386 to take fourth place, while the Samuel L. Jackson-headlined adventure flick Big Game also cracked the top ten with an opening weekend of £535,905 enough to take seventh.

Number one this time last year: Bad Neighbours

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron, £3,509,620 weekend; £40,353,610 total (3 weeks)

2. Spooks: The Greater Good, £1,010,363 weekend (New)

3. Far from the Madding Crowd, £833,804 weekend; £3,588,881 total (2 weeks)

4. Unfriended, £662,622 weekend; £2,794,074 total (2 weeks)

5. The Age of Adaline,
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Daily | Goings On | Crossroads, Pereira, Stanwyck

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MoMA's retrospective Nelson Pereira dos Santos: Politics and Passion opens today and runs through April 17. Aaron Cutler has a quick primer on the Brazilian filmmaker in Artforum. More goings on: Barbara Stanwyck in Nashville, Wojciech Jerzy Has and Ben Rivers at Harvard, Paul Clipson and more experimental film at Crossroads in San Francisco, Paolo Gioli in New York and, in Los Angeles, Sam Fuller's cut of Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, screening with his daughter's documentary on him, A Fuller Life. » - David Hudson
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Samantha Fuller's "A Fuller Life"

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A photograph of Samuel Fuller in "the shack."

It is always well to remember that documentaries are first of all films like other films, meaning that no less than fictional narrative movies, they too have a narrative shaped by the vision of their maker and are not only about their subjects but also are that vision and the individual elements that make it up. So, in A Fuller Life there are a number of choices that Samantha Fuller as director has made, for example to film in “the shack”—the bungalow her father kept as office and filled with his memorabilia from his days as a crime reporter, an infantryman in WWII, a writer and filmmaker; or to use her “readers” (including both actors—mostly from Fuller’s movies—and some well-chosen directors) dramatically, effectively acting their readings from Fuller’s posthumous autobiography A Third Face; or, very simply, to
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Finnish filmmaker Peter von Bagh dies

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Finnish film historian, critic, documentary filmmaker Peter von Bagh – co-founder and director of the Midnight Sun Film Festival – has died aged 71

When in 1985 Finnish directors Anssi Mänttäri, Aki and Mika Kaurismäki, and film historian Peter von Bagh met in Helsinki to discuss where it would be totally impossible to organise a film festival, they agreed on Sodankylä – who would go 129 kilometres north of the Arctic circle, to a village in Lappland with 8,809 inhabitants, 35,000 reindeer and millions of mosquitoes to watch films?

At this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival, von Bagh – festival director for 29 years – walked down Peter von Bagh Street to the Lapinsuu Theatre to welcome Us director Samantha Fuller, who was invited with A Fuller Life, the documentary about her late father, who was a special guest in 1986. She had taken the Samuel Fuller Street from the hotel; the village knows whom to honour.

The Midnight Sun Film Festival put Sodankylä on the world map, mainly
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Film Review: ‘A Fuller Life’

Film Review: ‘A Fuller Life’
Sam Fuller’s daughter Samantha made a wise decision to utilize passages from her father’s autobiography as the soundtrack for her documentary “A Fuller Life.” Read aloud and with great feeling by actors and directors who admired and worked with him, these visceral, punchy sentences vividly conjure up an extraordinarily vital, fiercely engaged gestalt. But if the pic effectively evokes Fuller the man, it fails to do equal justice to Fuller the filmmaker, and its clip selections sometimes feel truncated and over-literal in their application. A loving tribute for those well versed in the Fuller canon, the doc may prove less revelatory than entertaining for neophytes.

There is something endearing about the sight of Samantha with her father’s rifle awkwardly slung over her shoulder as she pays affectionate homage to him in the film’s prologue; this hokiness feels infinitely preferable to the smudged resentments present in so many “daddy dearest” docus.
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Line-up announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

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The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th June. In total, 156 features from 47 countries will be screened, with 11 world premieres, 7 European premieres and 95 UK premieres.

The festival opens with the world premiere of British drug trafficking thriller Hyena from writer-director Gerard Johnson, starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, and MyAnna Buring. The closing night gala is the international premiere of romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, directed by husband and wife team Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (best known for The Big Bang Theory). Written by and also starring Helberg, it features Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, and Alfred Molina in its cast.

We’ll Never Have Paris

The American Dreams strand highlights cutting-edge new works from American independent cinema. Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring featured last year, and now Gia Coppola
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Edinburgh unveils 2014 line-up

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Edinburgh unveils 2014 line-up
Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Abel Ferrara’s controversial Dsk feature Welcome To New York.

The full line-up of the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been revealed this morning by artistic director Chris Fujiwara at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

This year’s festival, which runs from June 18-29, will comprise 156 features from 47 countries, including 11 world premieres, eight international premieres, seven European premieres and 95 UK premieres.

New titles announced today include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final performances that was first shown at Sundance in January.

Straight from its lively premiere in Cannes is Abel Ferrara’s controversial title Welcome To New York, inspired by the case of former Imf managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gérard Depardieu, which will receive its UK premiere at Eiff.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman Pic Play at Edinburgh Fest

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman Pic Play at Edinburgh Fest
London — Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival line-up, which was unveiled by artistic director Chris Fujiwara Wednesday, includes 156 feature films from 47 countries. The festival, which runs from June 18 to 29, will include 11 world premieres, eight international premieres, seven European premieres and 95 U.K. premieres.

Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman; Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts; and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” inspired by the case of former Imf managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gerard Depardieu.

Eiff will also host the world premiere of “Castles in the Sky” from Gillies MacKinnon, the story of the Scottish engineer and developer of radar Robert Watson-Watt (played by Eddie Izzard). The film is one of the contenders for the Michael Powell Award for British films, whose line-up was announced previously. Competitors also include “Set Fire to the Stars,” the debut feature from Andy Goddard,
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James Franco: 21 Reasons Why You Couldn't Avoid Him in 2013

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It seems James Franco is now the hardest-working man in show-business -- if you look back at his 2013, that is.

Franco's multi-tasking started to seem like a Joaquin Phoenix-style put-on a couple years ago; not only was he writing, directing, and starring in various films, but he was also, it seemed, studying for graduate degrees at several universities at once. But then, it became apparent that he really was spreading himself too thin when he practically fell asleep onstage while co-hosting the 2011 Oscars. He took a lot of flak for that, but he hardly seems to have lessened his pace.

Indeed, the Oscar jokes ceased once Franco returned to the good graces of moviegoers with the 2013 smash "Oz the Great and Powerful."

According to IMDb, Franco worked on some 49 film and TV projects in 2013, and while many of those were just guest spots on talk shows, that still means that,
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Venice Film Festival: Sam Fuller Doc ‘Life’ is One Worth Living

Venice Film Festival: Sam Fuller Doc ‘Life’ is One Worth Living
The documentary “A Fuller Life,” which screens here Sunday and Tuesday, includes never-seen footage that ranges from World War II-ravaged families to scenes from a long-ago Venice Film Festival. In other words, the 80-minute film, about director Sam Fuller, offers insights into the histories of the film industry and of the entire world.

The pic is directed by his daughter Samantha Fuller, with every word coming from his autobiography “A Third Face.” The excerpts are read by James Franco, William Friedkin (both in Venice this year), Wim Wenders, Jennifer Beals, Mark Hamill and others.

Samantha Fuller began the project two years ago, targeting what would have been his 100th birthday (he died in 1997).

She divided the pic into three sections: His years as a journalist; World War II; and his filmmaking, both in Hollywood and in Europe, where he fled due to McCarthy-era politics.

The WWII segment, for example, includes
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Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Led by The Zero Theorem, The Wind Rises and More

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Following the announcement that came earlier this week, launching yet another hugely impressive line-up at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the respective line-up has now been announced for what is in some ways its European counterpart, the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

The announcement shows that the two will continue to have a number of films overlapping, including Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (the Opening Night Film in Venice), Peter Landesman’s Parkland, Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and more. But it also brings with its news of where a number of films will be making their debut, including Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem; the latest film from Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises; James Franco’s Child of God; Lee Sang-il’s Yurusarezaru Mono, the Japanese remake of Unforgiven; and Steven Knight’s Locke, led by Tom Hardy, and shot in one take.

In Competition

Es-Stouh – Merzak Alloucache (Algeria, France, 94’) L’Intrepido – Gianni Amelio (Italy,
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