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Bavaria: Studios With a Rich Cinematic Heritage

  • Variety
Bavaria Studios — often described as the heart of the Bavaria Film group — may be one of Europe’s largest and most state-ofthe-art film and television production facilities, but it also boasts an illustrious past that long ago cemented its place in cinematic history.

Film pioneer Peter Ostermayr founded the studios, originally known as Münchener Lichtspielkunst, in 1919. Six years later, a young Alfred Hitchcock arrived at the site in Grünwald, south of Munich, to shoot his first film, “The Pleasure Garden.”

It was renamed Bavaria Film in 1932 by new owners. A decade later, Germany’s Nazi government merged it into the Ufa-Film group along with several other companies. Productions continued at the studios in the post-war era and Bavaria was eventually reprivatized in 1956.

A number of high-profile U.S. pics shot there during that time, including Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” with Kirk Douglas in 1957. Douglas returned the following
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Anthology Film Archives: The Next Screenings, December 1970

On November 30, 1970, New York City’s Anthology Film Archives opened its doors as the first ever “museum of film” at its original location at 425 Lafayette Street. That was an invitation-only Opening Night event with the first public screening occurring the following night, December 1.

A previous article on the Underground Film Journal uncovered the first five nights of screenings at the Anthology, and the reaction in the NYC press to this unique movie theater.

Digging around in the digital archives of the Village Voice, the Journal has been able to piece together most of the screening lineups for the month of December. Unfortunately, these archives do not contain issues for the last week of November nor the first week of December, so we do not have screening info for December 5-9.

However, below are the screenings for December 10-30. The Anthology’s original plan was to have three screenings every night
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Review: Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lodger" (1927); Criterion Collection Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
“Hitch Begins”

By Raymond Benson

The British silent film period of director Alfred Hitchcock is simultaneously interesting and frustrating. It’s the former because it allows one to view a genius at the very beginning of his career—the kernels of motifs and themes, as well as stylistic choices, can be spotted and analyzed. It’s the latter because only one or two of the nine silent pictures he made are truly memorable and most are available today solely as poor quality public domain transfers.

The Criterion Collection has just released a bang-up, marvelous new edition of Hitchcock’s most celebrated silent work, The Lodger—A Story of the London Fog. The disk also contains one of the rarer silent titles, Downhill (also 1927), which might be reason enough for Hitchcock enthusiasts to purchase the package.

A bit of history: Hitchcock was working for Gainsborough Pictures under the auspices of Michael Balcon
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Watch: 13-Minute Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock Celebrates The Films Of The Master Of Suspense

It’s been 34 years since Alfred Hitchcock’s passing and his influence still looms large, such as TV shows like “Bones,” which will present an homage to the director for its 200th episode. The tributes to the self-described traditional filmmaker don’t end there, as editor Shaun Higgins has crafted a nearly 13-minute long video tribute to the Master of Suspense. Covering the entirety of his big-screen career —which that means no “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” —the video contains shots from every single film Hitchcock directed, from the 1925 silent film “The Pleasure Garden” to Hitch’s last film, the disappointing 1976 comedy-thriller “Family Plot.” This may be the first time a tribute video finds itself impervious to criticisms of omitted films, though you may still be miffed that your favorite moment or shot isn’t accounted for. Watch “Alfred Hitchcock (1925 - 1976)” below and let us know what some of your favorite Hitchcock movies are.
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Coen Brothers' Movie Tops Nsfc Awards; Last Major Critics' Awards of the Season

Joel and Ethan Coen movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops 2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards (Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) The National Society of Film Critics is the last major U.S.-based critics’ group to announce their annual winners. This year, their top film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a comedy-drama about a hapless folk singer. Inside Llewyn Davis also earned honors for the directors, star Oscar Isaac, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. Additionally, the Coen brothers’ film was the runner-up in the Best Screenplay category. Inside Llewyn Davis is the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to win the top prize at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Back in early 2008, whereas most critics’ groups — and the Academy Awards — went for the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the Nsfc selected instead Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.
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Watch 1925's 'The Pleasure Garden,' Alfred Hitchcock's First Movie

In 1922, 23-year-old Alfred Hitchcock was readying his debut feature film, Number 13 — about the life of several Londoners in a tenement building. The project was shelved due to financial problems, and the few scenes captured have remained lost to this day. Hitch had a second chance to make his grand entrance in the film biz with 1925's The Pleasure Garden. It was shot in Italy and Germany (where it was a failure), but set at a London theater. The story follows two chorus dancers and their messy relationships. Critic Dave Kehr called the opening of the movie "a clip reel of Hitchcock motifs to come." Indeed, we see a group of leggy performers parade down a spiral staircase onto a stage, where a gentleman in the audience eyes up a blonde...

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Hitchcock Films Added to British Register of Culturally and Historically Significant Works

Alfred Hitchcock silent movies added to Unesco UK Memory of the World Register (photo: Ivor Novello in The Lodger) The nine Alfred Hitchcock-directed silent films recently restored by the British Film Institute have been added to the Unesco UK Memory of the World Register, "a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK." The nine Hitchcock movies are the following: The Pleasure Garden (1925), The Ring (1927), Downhill / When Boys Leave Home (1927), The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Champagne (1928), The Farmer’s Wife (1928), The Manxman (1929), and Blackmail (1929) — also released as a talkie, Britain’s first. Only one Hitchcock-directed silent remains lost, The Mountain Eagle / Fear o’ God (1926). Most of those movies have little in common with the suspense thrillers Hitchcock would crank out in Britain and later in Hollywood from the early ’30s on. But a handful of his silents already featured elements and themes that would recur in
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Unesco should register these silents

Hitchcock's silents are now on the Memory of the World register – I can think of five others that deserve the same recognition

If, when you consider our national heritage, you think of murder, guilt, sex and cheeky humour – well, somebody out there agrees with you. The decision to add Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent movies to Unesco's UK Memory of the World register puts his early work on a cultural par with the Domesday Book and Field Marshal Douglas Haig's war diaries – also selected for the list this year.

The nine silents were all directed by Hitchcock in the 1920s and include better-known films in the director's classic thriller mode such as The Lodger and Blackmail as well as comedies (Champagne, The Farmer's Wife) a boxing movie (The Ring) and dramas (The Pleasure Garden, Downhill, Easy Virtue and the lush, rustic romance The Manxman). The collection was nominated by the BFI,
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Nine silent Hitchcock films added to Unesco Registry

Nine silent Hitchcock films added to Unesco Registry
As if being one of — if not the — most famous director of all time wasn’t enough, the Alfred Hitchcock legacy can add another notch to its belt. On July 9th, the United Kingdom National Commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (also known as Unesco) welcomed nine of Hitchcock’s silent films into the UK Memory of the World Register, which is “a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.”

BFI, the British Film Institute, restored the nine surviving films, including the classic The Pleasure Garden, and premiered them during the
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Superman Reboot Grossed $3 Million More Than Originally Estimated - Now No.2 Non-Sequel in June (Sort of)

Man of Steel weekend box office: Above estimates, but real June record remains beyond the reach of Superman 2013 reboot (image: Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel) Somewhat surprisingly — it’s usually the other way around — Warner Bros.Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel‘s domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening. Now, Man of Steel‘s adjusted $116.61 million doesn’t change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3‘s
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Comparisons Between Superman Movies, Cavill's 'Lost' Roles and Upcoming Projects

Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally.
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Hitchcock's Earliest Films to Tour the Us

  • FEARnet
A series of nine silent films directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock between 1925 and 1929 have recently been restored by the British Film Institute, and are set to tour theaters in the Us this summer. According to Deadline.com, the so-called “Hitchcock 9” represent the first stage of the director's distinguished career, beginning with his first-ever film The Pleasure Garden, and including Blackmail, The Ring, The Manxman, and 1927's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The latter, loosely based on the Jack the Ripper murders, is considered by Hitchcock to be the first film to demonstrate his signature style – including his beloved tradition of making cameo appearances in all of his movies. The first Us screening will take place at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre as part of the Silent Film Festival June 14-16, followed by BAMcinématek, June 29-July 5, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Steinberg Screen in the Harvey Theater,
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International Film Festival of Kerala announces line up

The 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (Iffk) has announced its lineup. The festival will run from 7th to 14th December, 2012 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Some of the highlights of the lineup are festival favourites of the year Amour, Chitrangada, Samhita, The Sapphires, Drapchi, Miss Lovely, Me and You, Celluloid Man, and Baandhon.

Fourteen films will screen in the Competition section while seven contemporary films will be screened in “Indian Cinema Now” section.

Complete list of films:

Competition Films

Fourteen feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete for the coveted “Suvarna Chakoram” (Golden Crow Pheasant) and other awards.

Always Brando by Ridha Behi (Tunisia)

Inheritors of the Earth by T V Chandran (India)

A Terminal Trust by by Masayuki Suo (Japan)

Shutter by Joy Mathew (India)

Today by Alain Gomis (Senegal-France)

The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)

Sta. Niña by Manny Palo (Philippines)

Present Tense
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Hitchcock restored

The BFI's restoration of Alfred Hitchcock's first film, about the tangled love lives of two chorus girls, introduces us to a Hitchcock we didn't know

Until last night no one had seen more than an approximation of Alfred Hitchcock's first film since it made his name 87 years ago. Unveiled at Wilton's Music Hall with a new score by recent Ram graduate Daniel Patrick Cohen, the BFI's restoration of The Pleasure Garden (1925) makes clear that the 26-year-old Hitchcock, as the Sunday Herald's critic Walter Mycroft wrote on its release, "definitely arrived in one stride". Its themes of voyeurism, manipulation, and delusion are instantly familiar from his better-known later work.

Wilton's, itself appealingly unrestored, provided an apt setting. A Victorian venue in Jack-the-Ripper territory, of the kind that was being displaced by cinemas when Hitchcock was working in nearby Blomfield Street, it is also not unlike the Pleasure Garden of the title,
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Trailer trash

Three powerful UK film scores get a nod from the Ivor Novellos, while Hitchcock's restored silent movies are given modern musical accompaniment

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Why are the pop-based Ivor Novello awards nominating far more interesting film scores than any other awards body? Their three contenders for best original film score, announced last week, were: The First Grader, by Alex Heffes; We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood; and Life in a Day, by Harry Gregson-Williams and the great Matthew Herbert. These are inventive, creative and powerful modern film scores – far more vital, exciting and reflective of what's going on in film score composition in the UK at the moment than the usual boring nods for, say, Howard Shore and Alexandre Desplat.

Silent Hitch

Trash got a real treat last week, attending the launch of BFI Southbank's forthcoming Hitchcock season. The blockbuster event, designed to coincide with
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In praise of … Alfred Hitchcock | Editorial

He was that rare thing – a hugely successful director who learned from the avant garde

Further proof of how badly the Academy Awards can get it wrong surely lies in this fact: Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for best director. Yet he has won an even higher public accolade: he's become synonymous with a style. Ask even the most casual of film-goers to define "Hitchcockian", and you'll hear about the stabbing strings in Psycho; the escalation of panic in The Birds; the icy blondes and the MacGuffins. Hitchcock was that rare thing: a hugely successful director who learned from the avant garde – and so helped set the standards for all subsequent cinema. Born in the last days of Queen Victoria, Hitchcock gained his technical mastery and economy making silent movies – so full marks to the British Film Institute for restoring nine of those early works. The line between his 1926 debut,
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The BFI celebrates the films of Alfred Hitchcock

The British Film Institute is hosting a celebration of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock this summer. "The Genius of Hitchcock: Celebrating Cinema's Master of Suspense" will include screenings of nine of his newly restored silent movies - the culmination of a three-year project. The BFI's creative director said that they wanted to get out the “big guns” during Olympic year.

The films, with new scores by composers including Nitin Sawhney, Neil Brand, Daniel Patrick Cohen and Soweto Kinch, will be shown during the London 2012 Festival. Hitchcock’s first film The Pleasure Garden will be shown at Wilton's Music Hall, an open-air screening of Blackmail will be staged outside the British Museum, and boxing drama The Ring will be shown at the Hackney Empire.

The three-month long season will see a retrospective of his 58 films, with Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window and The Birds all being screened. Actors Tippi Hedren (The Birds
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Alfred Hitchcock's complete films to be shown in London retrospective

Newly restored silent movies included in BFI's biggest ever project, part of London 2012 Festival

Alfred Hitchcock is to be celebrated like never before this summer, with a retrospective of all his surviving films and the premieres of his newly restored silent films – including Blackmail, which will be shown outside the British Museum.

The BFI on Tuesday announced details of its biggest ever project: celebrating the genius of a man who, it said, was as important to modern cinema as Picasso to modern art or Le Corbusier to modern architecture. Heather Stewart, the BFI's creative director, said: "The idea of popular cinema somehow being capable of being great art at the same time as being entertaining is still a problem for some people. Shakespeare is on the national curriculum, Hitchcock is not."

One of the highlights of the season will be the culmination of a three-year project to fully restore nine of the director's silent films.
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Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival To Showcase All 58 Of His Films (Video)

Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival To Showcase All 58 Of His Films (Video)
At the end of Alfred Hitchcock's long and storied film career he directed a total of 58 films. This summer, London's BFI will feature all of the films, including the premier of nine of his newly restored silent films, the Guardian reports.

From June to October, BFI will show all of Hitchcock's films in "The Genius of Hitchcock: Celebrating Cinema's Master of Suspense."

Hitchcock's horror films are as pervasive in the world of cinema as Shakespeare's plays are to theater. Films like "Psycho" and "Rear Window" were not only a peek inside the psychology of fear, but also that of a innovative and genius filmmaker.

"We would find it very strange if we could not see Shakespeare's early plays performed, or read Dickens's early novels," said Heather Stewart, the BFI's creative director, in an interview with the Guardian. "But we've been quite satisfied as a nation that Hitchcock's early films
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Miles Mander: the true pioneer of sound films

Although known for his silent movies, Miles Mander was a pioneer of the 'phonofilm', paving the way for directors such as Alfred Hitchcock

The BFI's restoration of the 1928 silent The First Born, with Stephen Horne's new score performed live, was one of the big events of the BFI London film festival. Full of surprises, including two racy "making eyes" scenes that had the Queen Elizabeth Hall audience all aflutter, it lives up to Michael Powell's description of the "fluent, expressive, visual story-telling" of late silent cinema that had been cut short by the introduction of synchronised sound. Directed by Miles Mander – a black-sheep Old Harrovian with a background in boxing promotion, aviation and sheep farming – it's a topical tale of a hypocritical, philandering politician who exploits his wife to mop up the women's vote. It was released just after the 1929 "Flapper Election", which brought women under 30 into the franchise for the first time,
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