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Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever

Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever
Every Cannes Film Festival is important, but only a handful of the editions have been game-changers. As the festival celebrates its 70th birthday, here are five events that altered the DNA of Cannes, shaping the fest into the global powerhouse that it is today.

The First Festival, 1946

French minister for education and fine arts Jean Zay wanted an international event for France to rival the Venice Film Festival, which had begun in 1932. Several French cities wanted to host; Cannes was selected over Biarritz because it had better hotels. Variety reported in June 1939 that a Cannes festival was planned for September, under the presidency of Louis Lumiere; however, WWII put a freeze on any European festivities.

Cannes finally debuted in September 1946. Variety arranged for coverage, including a special report from Margaret Herrick, the executive secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Herrick marveled at the speed of travel: It
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Zsa Zsa's Farewell and Other Links...

The Retro Set a "loosely autobiographical review" of 20th Century Women

Variety there's a documentary coming about the men behind the classic "Curious George" books

The Guardian Dick Van Dyke, who is 91 years old, has confirmed that he has a part in Mary Poppins Returns playing the son of one of his two characters in the original (the ancient banker guy apparently rather than the chimney sweep)

Browbeat BAFTA makes a bold move, requiring some degree of diversity to be eligible for awards starting in 2019 (they offer several ways in which you can do that for those worried about artistic freedoms for filmmakers)

Towleroad a list of retailers you should shop at this Christmas since the anti-gay right wing is targeting them.

Decider the year in cinematic smoking 

New Yorker their 16 most read stories this year

Coming Soon Legion, an X-Men spinoff TV series, gets a poster

Awards Daily Vancouver
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28 Days of Disney Animation: The Influence and Power of Disney’s Most Ambitious Project, ‘Fantasia’

The concept of the work of art that is unappreciated by the masses immediately, but gains a passionate and overwhelming following decades later is almost as old as time itself. A book, or piece of music, or painting, or sculpture, or film is unveiled to an indifferent public, save a few devout fans, and is only revived once newer generations approach it with fresh eyes. So many films we now consider to be the greatest of all time were not as warmly received (if they were received warmly at all) upon their initial release. Some classics, such as Citizen Kane and Vertigo, benefit now primarily from home media releases, repeated airings on Turner Classic Movies, and the impassioned voices of critics and historians to emphasize to general audiences how important and daring and dramatically satisfying these films truly are. Then there are the films that received a second wind of
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Streaming Family Movies: 'Hercules,' 'Ferris Buller's Day Off'

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School is nearly out, and it's time to congratulate your kids (and yourselves!) on surviving yet another academic year. Between the end-of-the year festivities and awards ceremonies and swim practices, it's a good to relax a bit and enjoy downtime with your clan. In just a week or two, summer will be in full swing, but this weekend, take a couple of hours and have family movie time together.

Rated G Pick: "Hercules" (1997, 90 minutes)


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Kids Will Love: What could be more compelling to kids than a myth about someone with the strength of a god but the body of a human? "Hercules" is one of those lesser-known Disney movies that kids love to discover, because it's got humor and heart and (for boys) no princesses, just Greek gods!

Parents Will Love: "Hercules" is one of Disney's underrated '90s offerings. It's nowhere near as popular as "The Lion King,
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"Hit Me..." Summery Schedule

Every Wednesday we look at a picture together and choose our own "best shot" individually. It's a great way to see a motion picture through multiple sets of eyes. Join us...  Add eyeballs to our crazy blogging monster that just looked at cloned monsters, rotten to the core dames, and stars reborn. 

Summertime, Ripley, Fantasia, Hud


5/8 Summertime (1955) David Lean shoots Katharine Hepburn in Venice

5/15 The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) Tom would really like Dickie's life, thank you very much

5/22 Fantasia (1941) a strictly conducted 'best shot' special. You have three options:

1) Beginners (or Short on Time?): In honor of the May Centennial of "The Rite of Spring", choose your Best Shot from that section of Disney's experimental early feature.

2) Apprentice: Choose from 'Rite of Spring' And the movie as a whole. Two shots.

3) Sorcerer:  Your post will contain six screenshots, your choice for "best" from each of the movies major classical movements: The Nutcracker Suite,
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Virtue King” and the Posters of Gustav Mezey

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Above: Gustav Mezey three-sheet poster for Le Rosier de Madame Husson (Bernard Deschamps, France, 1932).

This stunning Austrian deco poster, which I came across on a Berlin antiquarian site, stands a magnificent 9 foot tall (110" x 49" to be precise) and comes in three sections. The poster is for a 1932 French film, whose German title, Der Tugendkönig, translates as “The Virtue King.” In the Us the film was titled He (or He - the Virgin Man), but the original title is Le Rosier de Madame Husson. Based on an 1887 Maupassant novella of the same name, the story concerns the titular Mme. Husson who seeks to promote chastity in her village by crowning a rosière, or a Rose Queen: a girl of unimpeachable virtue. But when none of the young women in town are equal to the title she selects the village idiot (played in the film by Fernandel) as her rosier.

Above: Roger
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Saludos Amigos’

Saludos Amigos

Directed by Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Roberts

Written by Homer Brightman, Bill Cottrell, Dick Huemer, Joe Grant, Harold Reeves, Ted Sears, Webb Smith, Roy Williams, Ralph Wright

Considering Saludos Amigos in comparison with its follow-up, The Three Caballeros, is akin to analyzing the pregame to the Super Bowl. (Our guest, Jeff Heimbuch, may disagree but will surely appreciate comparing these two movies to such a titanic worldwide event.) I’m often very vocal about not enjoying Disney’s release strategy for some of their lesser animated films—or, if you like, films they consider to be lesser even if the fans of those films are legion—specifically how they combine films in a Blu-ray combo pack. If you like Pocahontas and want it on Blu-ray, great! You’re cool if the film is packaged with its direct-to-dvd sequel, yeah? Well, you don’t have a choice,
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What pop music owes to the classical masters

All styles of music feed into each other. Which is why Adele's songs owe everything to Schubert and sampling wouldn't exist without Dvorák, Howard Goodall tells Imogen Tilden

Mozart pleases his public

The years 1650 to 1750 were a period of feverish invention and technical ingenuity in music that reached an apotheosis in Handel's sublime oratorios and Bach's cantatas and Passions. Bach was probably the cleverest composer who ever lived; the mind-boggling complexity of much of his late music, in particular, has yet to be matched by any composer. But, as often happens in musical history, the generation after Bach stripped away much of the older composers' harmonic complexity, writing instead with a dramatically simpler palette of harmonies. The likes of Gluck, Mozart and Haydn created a whole new style based on, essentially, four major chords. Much of their music is based on the tonic, dominant and subdominant – just like much of rock'n'roll.
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Disney 53, Week 3: Fantasia

Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are. The really good ones get through more editions than the Star Wars trilogy, and that’s saying something.

This week, well, it’s Fantasia. This is going to be tricky.

1940/ 125 Minutes

Budget: $2.28 million

Box Office: $83,320,000

Directed by Samuel Armstrong [with others]

Fantasia actually began as a way of getting Mickey Mouse back in the limelight; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was originally intended to be an elaborate Silly Symphonies short. However, as production costs rose, Disney realised it wouldn’t make a profit, so made it the centrepiece of “The Concert Feature”, which later became known as “Fantasia.” The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and
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Anniversaries: Ralph Vaughan Williams Born 140 Years Ago

The son of a vicar (and Charles Darwin was his great-uncle), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) became one of the most popular English composers. He studied under Charles Villiers Stanford and Hubert Parry at the Royal College of Music, but also read history and music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he palled around with the philosophers Bertrand Russell and G.E. Moore. He also went to Germany for lessons with Max Bruch, but ultimately rejected the 19th century German Romantic style Friendships with fellow Rcm students Gustav Holst and Leopold Stokowski later bore more fruit, in different ways: Stokowski, who moved to the United States, became Rvw's biggest supporter there; Holst and Vaughan Williams critiqued each others' work and joined in the study and collection of English folk songs. "The knowledge of our folk songs did not so much discover for us something new, but uncovered something which had been hidden by foreign matter,
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Liberal Arts Review

Your enjoyment of Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts will depend almost entirely on how much pretension you can take in one sitting. Some will find the film’s dense, overly articulate writing style, intellectual discussions about academia, and earnest celebration of classical music delightfully refreshing, while others will no doubt stand up at the half-hour mark, violently toss their popcorn to the ground, shout “I’ve had enough of these elitist pricks!” and storm out of the theatre in a huff. For this film, both seem like perfectly reasonable responses.

I myself fall somewhere in the middle, admiring Radnor’s obvious, if sometimes overbearing, passion for cerebral introspection, while also being able to chuckle at the unintentional ways Radnor’s script tiptoes into self-parody. At the point where the two main characters are writing each other letters, reciting phrases like “as the music began to swell, I suddenly realized I
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Movie Poster of the Week: Jean Grémillon’s “Remorques” and the Posters of the French Old Wave

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Above: Remorques (Jean Gremillon, 1941). Artist: Henry Monnici.

When I heard that Film Forum was putting on a show called “The French Old Wave” I was hoping that it was going to be a revisionist look at the films that Truffaut and his compadres in the nouvelle vague famously dismissed as “Le cinéma de papa” or the “le cinéma de qualité.” In his epoch-making 1954 essay “Une certaine tendance du cinéma français”, the essay which gave rise to the phrase “la politique des auteurs” and thus the Auteur Theory, Truffaut asserted that the worst of Jean Renoir’s movies would always be more interesting than the best of the movies of Jean Delannoy.

While Delannoy has two films in the series (L’eternel retour from 1943 and La symphonie pastorale from 1946), Renoir has six, so the series is less of a revisionist look at the films that the New Wave lambasted, and more
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A History of (Firsts) for Women in Film

Today for the International Women's History Centennial, a few "firsts" in movies. Add some in the comments if you want!  I was 2/3rds done with this when I spotted Cinematical's "women in cinematic history but I wanted to make this a little more "first"y and loopier and obviously a bit more awardsy in nature since we play it like that.

A Mary Pickford biography | Florence Lawrence "The Biograph Girl"


First movie star: That's "The Biograph Girl" Florence Lawrence Or...

First "Oprah" i.e. first woman in entertainment to basic control the universe: Mary Pickford was, like Florence Lawrence, famous by sight before actor names went in credits. Pickford was also known as "America's Sweetheart" a title that the media has virtually never tired of passing on down to newish popular actresses ever since. Mary was one of the founders of AMPAS and a studio founder too. She also commanded astronomical wealth.
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