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Ufa: The Fall and Rise of the 100-Year-Old Production Powerhouse

Ufa: The Fall and Rise of the 100-Year-Old Production Powerhouse
Universum-Film Ag is founded in December 1917 during World War I as part of an effort to create greater competition against foreign films and as part of the German Empire’s propaganda machine. Following the war, however, the film company focused on popular genres.

During the 1920s, Ufa produces silent classics like Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.” Other major Ufa productions in the era include Fritz Lang’s “Dr. Mabuse,” “Die Nibelungen” and “Metropolis,” for which it builds Europe’s largest sound stage at the Neubabelsberg Bioscop studios (today’s Studio Babelsberg), as well as F.W. Murnau’s “Faust” and “The Last Laugh.”

Following a financial crisis, Ufa is taken over in 1927 by the Scherl Group. The company begins making talkies in 1930 with Josef von Sternberg’s “The Blue Angel,” starring Marlene Dietrich, which becomes a worldwide success. Lightweight film operettas replace the more emotional films of the silent era.

In 1933, the Nazi Party rises to power and filmmakers
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The Last Laugh

The cream of German Expressionist filmmaking of the 1920s is increasingly accessible to modern audiences. The curated restoration of F.W. Murnau’s expressionist masterpiece is a beauty — we finally can experience the film in its full original form.

The Last Laugh

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Kino Lorber Kino Classics

1924 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 90 min. / Der letze mann / Street Date November 14, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring: Emil Jannings, Georg John.

Cinematography: Karl Freund

Film Editor: Elfi Böttrich

Production Design: Edgar G. Ulmer

Original Music: Giuseppe Becce

Written by Carl Mayer

Produced by Erich Pommer

Directed by F. W. Murnau

Back in the early 1970s film school professors had limited resources. They lectured, assigned readings from a short list of authoritative film scholars and screened 16mm prints of renowned world classics. The only problem is that it was often difficult to correlate the classics described in the texts with the ragged film prints available.
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Oscar Doc Submissions Are 35 Percent Women-Directed

Motherland

It’s time to meet the 2018 Oscar doc contenders. One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the category at the upcoming Academy Awards, and one of them will be taking home an Oscar and the title of Best Doc at the 90th installment of the ceremony. Of those 170 titles, 60 are directed or co-directed by women, amounting to about 35 percent of the total. Last year, 30 percent of the features in the race were helmed or co-helmed by women. Just one doc submitted by a woman earned a nod, Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” an exploration of the connection between slavery and mass-incarceration in the United States.

“Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases,” a press release announcing this year’s doc hopefuls specified. So at this point it’s not a sure bet that these films will be eligible to advance, since “submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to” do so.

Docs in the running include Amanda Lipitz’s “Step,” an inspirational story of an all-girls dance team at a Baltimore high school, Nanfu Wang’s “I Am Another You,” a portrait of a drifter in Florida, and Ramona S. Diaz’s “Motherland,” a look inside the world’s busiest maternity hospital.

A shortlist of 15 films will be unveiled in December, and nominations will be announced January 23, 2018. The Oscars will take place March 4, 2018.

Check out all of the women-directed and co-directed docs up for Oscar glory below. List adapted from a press release.

All the Rage” (Co-Directed by Suki Hawley)

“Angels Within” (Co-Directed by Connie Lamothe)

“Arthur Miller: Writer” (Directed by Rebecca Miller)

“Atomic Homefront” (Directed by Rebecca Cammisa)

Big Sonia”(Co-Directed by Leah Warshawski)

“Birthright: A War Story” (Directed by Civia Tamarkin)

Bobbi Jene” (directed by Elvira Lind)

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Directed by Alexandra Dean)

“Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story” (Directed by Lara Anne Slife)

Casting JonBenet” (Directed by Kitty Green)

“ “Chavela” (Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi)

Destination Unknown” (Directed by Claire Ferguson)

“11/8/16” (Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein, Alma Har’el, Sheena M. Joyce, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, and Elaine McMillion Sheldon)

“Embargo” (Directed by Jeri Rice)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” (Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck)

“Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray” (Directed by Kristi Zea)

Faces Places” (Co-Directed by Agnès Varda)

“The Farthest” (Directed by Emer Reynolds)

“500 Years” (Directed by Pamela Yates)

Good Fortune” (Co-Directed by Rebecca Harrell Tickell)

“Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All” (Co-Directed by Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross)

I Am Another You” (Directed by Nanfu Wang)

I Am Evidence” (Directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir)

I Am Jane Doe” (Directed by Mary Mazzio)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen)

“Jeremiah Tower The Last Magnificent” (Directed by Lydia Tenaglia)

Karl Marx City” (Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein)

“Kedi” (Directed by Ceyda Torun)

“Kiki” (Directed by Sarah Jordenö)

The Last Laugh” (Directed by Ferne Pearlstein)

Letters from Baghdad” (Directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum)

“Look & See” (Co-Directed by Laura Dunn)

Motherland” (Directed by Ramona S. Diaz)

“Obit” (Directed by Vanessa Gould)

One of Us” (Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)

“The Pathological Optimist” (Directed by Miranda Bailey)

“Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” (Co-Directed by Susan Froemke and Beth Aala)

The Rape of Recy Taylor” (Directed by Nancy Buirski)

The Reagan Show” (Co-Directed by Sierra Pettengill)

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” (Co-Directed by Linda Saffire)

“Risk” (Directed by Laura Poitras)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” (Co-Directed by Catherine Bainbridge)

School Life” (Co-Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin)

“ “Served Like a Girl” (Directed by Lysa Heslov)

Sled Dogs” (Directed by Fern Levitt)

“Spettacolo” (Co-Directed by Chris Shellen)

Step” (Directed by Amanda Lipitz)

“Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking” (Directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree)

Swim Team” (Directed by Lara Stolman)

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” (Directed by Rory Kennedy)

“Take My Nose… Please!” (Directed by Joan Kron)

“32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide” (Directed by Hope Litoff)

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” (Directed by Barbara Kopple)

Tickling Giants” (Directed by Sara Taksler)

“Trophy” (Co-Directed by Christina Clusiau)

“Unrest” (Directed by Jennifer Brea)

Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past” (Co-Directed by Amber Edwards)

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” (Directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye)

Water & Power: A California Heist” (Directed by Marina Zenovich)

“Whose Streets?” (Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan)

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Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar

Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards. That’s 25 more than 2016. Assuming they all book their qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, the members of the documentary branch have just a few more weeks to see as many films as possible and file their votes for the shortlist of 15 to be announced in December. They’re each supposed to watch an assigned list of about 20 films, plus as many more as they can.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

It’s possible for documentaries to also vie for Best Picture, although it is rare. Among this year’s most lauded features are “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “Jane,” “Kedi” and “One of Us.”

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s Secrets

“Al Di Qua”

All the Rage
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Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar

Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards. That’s 25 more than 2016. Assuming they all book their qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, the members of the documentary branch have just a few more weeks to see as many films as possible and file their votes for the shortlist of 15 to be announced in December. They’re each supposed to watch an assigned list of about 20 films, plus as many more as they can.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

It’s possible for documentaries to also vie for Best Picture, although it is rare. Among this year’s most lauded features are “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “Jane,” “Kedi” and “One of Us.”

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s Secrets

“Al Di Qua”

All the Rage
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170 Documentary Features Submitted for Oscar Consideration

170 Documentary Features Submitted for Oscar Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that 170 films have been submitted for documentary feature Oscar consideration.

Included are films like “City of Ghosts,” “Cries from Syria,” “Faces Places” and “Kedi,” which have picked up nominations on the awards circuit already.

Several of the submissions have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Theatrical release requirements must be fulfilled and submitted titles must comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

This year’s documentary feature Oscar winner was Ezra Edelman and Espn’s “O.J.: Made in America.” Following an outcry over what was perceived as a television series winning a film award, the Academy added a new rule disallowing multi-part movies from being eligible.

The 170 submitted features, in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s [link
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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell and more join Netflix’s The Last Laugh

Netflix has announced the cast for its new original comedy series The Last Laugh, which is written and directed by Greg Pritikin (Dummy) and is in production now in New Orleans. Joining the series are Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Vacation), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), Lewis Black (Inside Out), Kate Micucci (The Lego Batman Movie) and Chris Parnell (Battle of the Sexes).

“It’s not surprising a script as poignant and funny as this attracted such award-winning talent,” said producer Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. “It’s a perfect fit for a distributor like Netflix because it has universal themes and internationally-recognizable stars. I’m beyond excited to begin production with our amazing team in New Orleans and our dream cast.”

The official synopsis for The Last Laugh reads:

After 50 years, talent manager and widower Al Hart reunites with former client Buddy Green who gave up
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Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'

Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'
Netflix has gathered Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Lewis Black, Kate Micucci and Chris Parnell for its feature comedy The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin. Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. is producing. Production starts this week in New Orleans.

The Last Laugh centers on talent manager and widower Al Hart who reunites with his former client Buddy Green after 50 years. Though Buddy gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian to settle down and have a family, Al convinces him to perform on a bucket list tour of classic stand-up venues across America,...
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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lewis Black to star in Netflix comedy

As announced in a press release, Netflix has lined up Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell to star in a new comedy film called The Last Laugh. The movie is about a “talent manager and widower” who reconnects with one of his old clients, a stand-up who quit so he…

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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black to Star in Netflix’s ‘Last Laugh’

Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black to Star in Netflix’s ‘Last Laugh’
Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell have boarded the Netflix original comedy “The Last Laugh.”

Written and directed by Greg Pritikin, the Netflix original project is produced by Rob Paris of Paris Film Inc. Shooting began Monday in New Orleans.

The story centers on a talent manager and widower reuniting with a former client, who gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian and instead settled down to have a family. Once on tour at classic stand-up venues across the U.S., the comedian gets a last taste of the life he could have had with a rollercoaster ride of two men rekindling friendships, careers, and ideas of the past. Chase will play the manager and Dreyfuss will portray the comedian.

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“It’s not surprising a script as poignant and funny as this attracted such award-winning talent,” said
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Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss & More Topline Netflix Comedy Film ‘The Last Laugh’

Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss & More Topline Netflix Comedy Film ‘The Last Laugh’
Emmy winner Chevy Chase (National Lampoon's Vacation franchise), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) have signed on to star the Netflix original film The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin (Dummy). The comedy, which hails from producer Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc, also co-stars Lewis Black (Inside Out), Kate Micucci (The Lego Batman Movie) and Chris Parnell (Battle of the Sexes). Currently…
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The Best of the First Half of 2017

As I write every year around this point, time just flies, doesn’t it? We’re now about to hit July and officially enter into the second half of the year. That of course means one thing…it’s time for my mid year look at the best of the first half! As of the writing of this piece, I’ve seen about 130 movies so far in 2017, which is slightly less than normal for me. Still, it’s plenty and doesn’t really omit any huge early year releases. There are some upcoming July releases I’ve been unable to see so far, like A Ghost Story and Landline, but by and large, I’ve hit everything that needed to be hit in order to put together a decent list like the one you’re about to see. Below you’ll see my rankings for everything that I’ve seen since the year began.
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One, Two, Three

Some like their comedy hot and some like it cold. Billy Wilder opted to step on the joke accelerator to see what top speed looked like. One of the most finely tuned comedies ever made, this political satire crams five hours’ worth of wit and sight gags into 115 minutes. The retirement-age James Cagney practically blows a fuse rattling through Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s high-pressure speeches, without slurring so much as a single syllable.

One, Two, Three

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Kl Studio Classics

1961 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date May 30, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis,

Howard St. John, Hanns Lothar, Lilo Pulver

Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp

Production Designers Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann

Art Direction Alexander Trauner

Film Editor Daniel Mandell

Original Music André Previn

Written by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond from the play by Ferenc Molnar

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

How
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‘Wonderstruck’ Dp Edward Lachman Tells All: How He Created the Eloquence of Silent Movies and the Grit of ‘The French Connection’

‘Wonderstruck’ Dp Edward Lachman Tells All: How He Created the Eloquence of Silent Movies and the Grit of ‘The French Connection’
Todd Haynes loves period films, and capturing the look of the eras’ movies, but he doesn’t stop there; he’s obsessed with the visual languages as well. And all of that would be impossible without Haynes’ longtime cinematographer Edward Lachman, who takes a forensic approach: If you want the look, it makes sense to use the tools and production modes that created it.

In “Far From Heaven,” Lachman figured out how to recreate the manufactured studio look of Douglas Sirk’s 1950s Universal melodramas, while shooting on real locations. For “Carol,” he mirrored the color palette and sense of composition of mid-century color photographers like Saul Leiter.

Read More: Cannes Review – With ‘Wonderstruck,’ Todd Haynes Returns With A Profoundly Moving Fable For All Ages

Lachman and Haynes’ latest collaboration on “Wonderstruck” – which just premiered at Cannes to rave reviews and is in the early poll position for the Palme
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The Best of the First Third of 2017

Folks, is the year moving a bit quickly or is it just me? Maybe it’s me? I can deal with that. Anyway, on to the point of this whole thing. With it now being just about the month of May, we’ve officially finished up with the first third of the calendar. As such, I wanted to once again highlight the best of the year so far, consisting of my top ten and various awards for 2017 to date. Much like last time around, when I did the first quarter of the year at the start of April, I’m mostly limiting it to things that have already hit theaters. My only exception is that I’m including eligible titles from the recently concluded Tribeca Film Festival. There are some others from the year that I’m fond of and might have otherwise included, but I didn’t want to cheat too badly,
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Should the Holocaust be off-limits to comedians? Independent Lens asks the question in The Last Laugh

This week Independent Lens asks if the Holocaust should be off-limits to comedians. The Last Laugh is a 90-minute documentary that asks whether some subjects are just too sensitive to be funny. Should certain topics always be taboo for comedy? Comedians and indeed humans in general often use humor to make light of things that are in fact very serious or tragic. It’s a sort of coping mechanism perhaps, that gets people through difficult times and helps them come to terms with terrible events — whether it’s the dark humor of morticians or the jokes doctors often crack to relieve the tension...read more
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“Between Us” and “Logan”: The Best of the First Quarter of 2017

Much like I seem to find myself saying around this point each and every single year…time really flies. Believe it or not, we’re now a full three months into the 2017 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate for the year. Wow. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer releases and counter programming independent fare ramps up, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2017 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. Once again, here goes nothing! So far, 2017 has been on the weaker side of things, at least in my humble opinion. There’s been a few legitimately great films,
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How Richard Simmons Used His Painful Childhood to Become the Most Successful Fitness Guru in History

How Richard Simmons Used His Painful Childhood to Become the Most Successful Fitness Guru in History
After embracing fame for 40 years, fitness star Richard Simmons has withdrawn from public life. Now friends and family address the mystery surrounding his disappearance from the spotlight. Subscribe now for the exclusive details – only in People!

Before Richard Simmons became a household name, he was known in his New Orleans neighborhood as “Dickie” Simmons, a praline seller.

Simmons grew up in the French Quarter helping his parents out with money by taking tourists through St. Louis Cathedral and working as a guide at the famed, haunted Musee Conti wax museum. Probably his first and favorite gig was when he was
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The Weekend Warrior 3/17/17: Beauty And The Beast, The Belko Experiment

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. And if you're into box office and how movies might do, come play some of the box office games at EZ1 Productions including their new Pick 5 game!

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island won the weekend, and honestly, the Weekend Warrior’s original prediction of $61.6 million was pretty darn close to the movie’s opening weekend which ended up at $61 million. (Unfortunately, I chickened out on Thursday because my prediction was so much higher than all others and lowered it to $58 million, which was Still closer to than every other prediction last weekend.) Also, as expected (at least by me), Hugh Jackman’s Logan took a 2nd weekend tumble as has been the case with most X-Men movies,
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