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The Witness For The Prosecution part two review

Aliya Whiteley Dec 27, 2016

The Witness For The Prosecution tied together a great plot with satisfying character development in just two hours of screen time...

This review contains spoilers.

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With all that good work done in establishing deep and believable characters in part one - each one with his/her own past and problems - part two of the new BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution cracked on with plot developments in a series of court scenes. Quiet, traumatised Leonard Vole (Billy Howle) was accused of the murder of his older lover, Mrs Emily French (Kim Cattrall). His lover Romaine Heilger (Andrea Riseborough) had decided to change from a witness
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Tale of Tales

It's strange, it's different, and I can see why it wasn't a theatrical hit... but Matteo Garrone's superb telling of three very adult, very extreme 17th century folk tales is a special item, beautifully directed and visually splendid. Tale of Tales Blu-ray Shout! Factory 2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 133 min. / Street Date September 6, 2016 / 22.97 Starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave, Stacy Martin, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Laura Pizzirani, Franco Pistoni, Jessie Cave. Cinematography Peter Suschitzky Film Editor Marco Spoletini Production Design Dimitri Capuani Original Music Alexandre Desplat Written by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso from a book by Giambattista Basile Produced by Matteo Garrone, Anne Labadie, Jean Labadie, Jeremy Thomas Directed by Matteo Garrone

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Matteo Garrone needs no more endorsement than a mention of his terrific modern gangster film Gomorrah (2008), an epic that makes the
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‘Tale of Tales’ Review

Stars: Salma Hayek, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Vincent Cassel, Hayley Carmichael, Shirley Henderson, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Guillaume Delaunay, John C. Reilly | Written by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso | Directed by Matteo Garrone

Tale of Tales is a peculiar film and it’s difficult to know where to start with it. It has been directed by Matteo Garrone, who is best known for the Italian gangster film Gomorrah, a film so naturalistic in its approach, it almost felt like a documentary. Which makes Tale of Tales, a retelling of three archetypal fairystories with a surreal dream-like approach, a surprise straight out of leftfield.

The three interwoven stories take place in separate kingdoms. In the first, Salma Hayek’s queen uses dark magic to finally give her a son (Christian Lees), but becomes violently jealous when her progeny prefers the company of his mysterious doppelganger (Jonah Lees) to her.
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“Tale of Tales” is the rare collection of fairy tales for adults

Even though fairy tales themselves have often been dark throughout the years, the translation to film from book form has almost exclusively been directed towards young audiences. Occasionally we get more adult themed fairy tales, but they tend to be few and far between. Lost a bit in the Tribeca shuffle for me was the release last weekend of the new movie from Matteo Garrone, the fantasy film of sorts Tale of Tales. It’s a real unique flick, having debuted last year at the Cannes Film Festival before finally now in theatrical release, as of the weekend. It’s interesting enough that I wanted to make a quick mention of it, as it’s really something else. The film is, more or less, a collection of a few fairy tales, just given a different spin than usual. There’s three main ones, including the obsessive quest of the Queen
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Full AFI Festival Lineup And Schedule Unveiled

The American Film Institute announced today the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programs at AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi.

AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo,
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AFI Fest Completes Lineup, Includes 10 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

The American Film Institute has completed its AFI Fest lineup: 127 films from 45 countries will screen from Nov. 5 to 12.

The festival includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries and 10 official foreign-language Oscar contenders, including Argentina’s entry “The Clan,” Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and Romania’s “Aferim!” along with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” The screenings and events will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt.

AFI has already announced a trio of world premieres: the opening night film, Angelina Pitt Jolie’s “By the Sea,” on Nov. 5; the Will Smith drama “Concussion” on Nov. 10; and the closing night film, Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” on Nov. 12. It’s also scheduled galas for Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” on Nov. 7 and the Chilean miners drama “The 33” on Nov.
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Round-Up: Lumberjanes Movie In the Works, Tale Of Tales, Doof Warrior Shirt

A live action movie adaptation of Boom! Studios' supernatural comic book series, Lumberjanes, is in the works. We also have details on Tale of Tales being acquired for U.S. distribution and a look at Fright Rags' T-shirt depiction of the Doof Warrior.

Lumberjanes Movie: According to TheWrap, Will Widger (who wrote the Black List screenplay, The Munchkin) is lined up to pen a live action feature film adaptation of the Lumberjanes comic book series for 20th Century Fox.

Producing the project are Boom! Studios' Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, with Adam Yoelin co-producing. The folks at 20th Century Fox have reportedly put the Lumberjanes film near the top of their priority list, so we could see this project move rather quickly along the path to the big screen.

A Boom! Studios comic book series that debuted last year, Lumberjanes has propelled past its original eight-part planned run, with its
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IFC Films acquires ‘Tale Of Tales’

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The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up Us rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.

Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C Reilly and Toby Jones star in Tale Of Tales, Garrone’s English-language gothic debut that weaves together several fairytales from the Middle Ages Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile.

Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher also star.

Garrone co-adapted the screenplay with Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Gaudioso.

Jeremy Thomas produced with Jean Labadie and Garrone, while Alessio Lazzareschi, Peter Watson, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan and Sheryl Crown served as executive producers.

IFC’s Cannes acquisitions haul includes A Perfect Day, while sister label Sundance selects picked up Disorder and held rights to Palme d’Or winner Dheepan ahead of the festival.
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Salma Hayek Film ‘Tale of Tales’ Acquired by IFC

IFC Films announced Thursday that it has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales.” The film stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. It was produced by Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie and Garrone from a screenplay by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone. It’s executive produced by Alessio Lazzareschi, Peter Watson, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan and Sheryl Crown. See photos: The Scene at Cannes 2015: Red Carpet Premieres and Beyond “Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English language film, had its
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Cannes: Salma Hayek’s ‘Tale of Tales’ Bought by IFC for U.S.

Cannes: Salma Hayek’s ‘Tale of Tales’ Bought by IFC for U.S.
IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s fantasy story “Tale of Tales,” starring Salma Hayek.

“Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English-language film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review, calling it a “lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation.”

“Tales” also stars Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Producers are Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone.

The film is inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile, centering on the rulers of three neighboring kingdoms put to the test when magic enters the picture. Hayek plays a happy queen who is living unhappily until an ominous figure offers a dangerous bargain.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Thorsten Schumacher at Hanway Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Cannes Buy: Matteo Garrone's Love-It-or-Hate-It 'Tale of Tales' Goes to IFC (Trailer)

Cannes Buy: Matteo Garrone's Love-It-or-Hate-It 'Tale of Tales' Goes to IFC (Trailer)
IFC had a productive Cannes this year, scooping up hot titles including "Disorder" and "A Perfect Day" out of the festival's sidebars, along with Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan." Now they've picked up Us rights to one of the last of the sought-after English-language films with name elements in an overheated seller's market.  That's because Italian Matteo Garrone's English-language debut "Tale of Tales" did not play well out of the Competition. The cast includes Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby JonesShirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Read More: "Tale of Tales" Cannes Review and Roundup Reilly and Hayek play the king and queen of a small kingdom in a fairytale land far far away. There are rock canyons a lot like the world of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," and mossy deep forests for the likes of hunter kings
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Review: The modernity of 'Tale of Tales' almost trumps its visual splendor

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Review: The modernity of 'Tale of Tales' almost trumps its visual splendor
Cannes — Once upon a time there were fairy tales that were strange and horrific. Fairy tales that were meant to entertain and to enlighten. Fairy tales that weren't just meant for young children. Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone takes you back to that time with "Tale of Tales," his loose adaptation of Giambattista Basile's "The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones," which screened Wednesday night at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The result is a slightly bumpy two hours of storytelling, but it's peppered with wonder and unexpected humor. Best known for his critically acclaimed thriller "Gomorrah," Garrone has fashioned a lose narrative around three nearby kingdoms in Basile's tales. The main story, if there is one, centers on a distraught, barren Queen (Salma Hayek) who's husband, the King of Longtrellis (John C. Reilly), makes a deal with a mysterious charlatan (Franco Pistoni) in order to get her pregnant.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Tale of Tales’

In this era of fairy-tale prequels, sequels and spinoffs, how often do we encounter stories of wicked queens, licentious kings and captive princesses in which we don’t already know what happens next? That’s the thrill of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales,” a lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation of three stories from 17th-century Neapolitan scribe Giambattista Basile’s “Pentamerone,” which predates and even inspired many of the classics in heavy rotation today, from Rapunzel to Cinderella. Whereas Walt Disney mostly overlooked Basile, the brothers Grimm were big fans, and the sheer volume of bloodshed, off-color coupling and dark comedy clearly puts Garrone’s film in the category of adult-skewing fairy tales (but not that sordid subgenre of softcore exploitation movies that issued from Italy in the ’70s), which seems likely to result in the director’s largest international showing yet, aided by its cast of familiar faces and English-language script.
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Tale of Tales Movie Review

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Tale of Tales Movie Review
Title: Tale of Tales Director: Matteo Garrone Starring: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Alba Rohrwacher, Massimo Ceccherini, Laura Pizzirani, Franco Pistoni, Giselda Volodi, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Jessie Cave, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Guillaume Delaunay, Eric Maclennan, Nicola Sloane, Vincenzo Nemolato, Giulio Beranek, Davide Campagna, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Stacy Martin, Kathryn Hunter, Ryan McParland, Kenneth Collard, Renato Scarpa. Kings, princesses, monsters, ogres, dark fairytales drenched with curses and magic that comes with a price, populate Matteo Garrone’s new cinematic endeavour, through the screen adaptation of a seventeenth-century collections of tales by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile: ‘Lo cunto de li cunti’ (Pentamerone), i.e. ‘Tale [ Read More ]

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A Season in the Congo; Too Clever By Half – review

Young Vic, London; Royal Exchange, Manchester

Patrice Lumumba was democratically elected prime minister of Congo on 23 June 1960. Seven days later, the country gained independence from Belgian colonial rule. By January 1961 Lumumba was dead – shot in murky circumstances that involved Congolese dissenters and foreign powers. His story is the core of Martinican poet, playwright and politician Aimé Césaire's 1966 "decolonisation drama" A Season in the Congo. It's a play I've been curious to see since first reading it on returning from a stay in the country more than a decade ago, while never really believing that any one actor would be capable of the lead part.

The role of Lumumba requires a combination of seemingly irreconcilable characteristics: easy amiability with explosive oratorical power; canny political acumen with poetic vision. It demands a hero of classic stature in a 20th-century reality, able to convince as a man and to embody the idea of a nation.
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