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Cannes: John Travolta Talks Scientology, #MeToo, Inspiring Benicio Del Toro

Cannes: John Travolta Talks Scientology, #MeToo, Inspiring Benicio Del Toro
When John Travolta was a 5-year-old, his parents allowed him to watch Federico Fellini's La Strada. "When I saw Giulietta Masina in that movie, it broke my heart," he recalled Wednesday as he took part in a master-class conversation during his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. "I said, 'Why did she die?' to my father. He said, 'She died of a broken heart.'"

The emotional impact of that moment hit him so deeply that he decided there and then that he wanted to be an actor. Although his mother, Helen Cecilia, was ...
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Nancy Cartwright on Personal Inspiration Behind 'In Search of Fellini'

Nancy Cartwright on Personal Inspiration Behind 'In Search of Fellini'
Back in 1985, Nancy Cartwright had no idea that one of her acting teachers recommending Italian director Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada would have such a deep impact on her life.

After developing a connection to the drama and its characters, Cartwright made it her mission to turn it into a one-woman show and even reached out to Fellini himself to gain rights to the movie. But when his office’s response turned her down, Cartwright didn’t take “no” for answer, and soon she was in Italy in search of the filmmaker.

“I’d never been to Italy before. I’m in...
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Fellini's Fancy: Close-Up on "The White Sheik" and "Nights of Cabiria"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Federico Fellini's The White Sheik (1952) is showing January 20 - February 19, 2018 and Nights of Cabiria (1957) from January 21 - February 20, 2018 on Mubi in the United States. Even the most straight-faced Federico Fellini film veers toward the illusory. From the lackadaisical daydreams of wayward young men to the ingenuousness of a simple-minded woman wanting nothing more than to be loved in a world that is anything but loving, his characters regularly search for something so perceptibly near and so conceivably real, yet something often revealed to be deceptive at best, nonexistent at worst. And when he applies this tendency with extravagant conviction, enhancing the whimsy further toward the fantastic, the result is something for which an adjective had to be created: “Felliniesque.” Variety Lights (1950), the first film Fellini directed—in collaboration with Alberto Lattuada—revolved around the world of vaudeville, so
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Oscar Foreign-Language Rookies Overcame Daunting Odds

Oscar Foreign-Language Rookies Overcame Daunting Odds
The first foreign-language Oscar was presented in 1957, not so much to its director Federico Fellini as to the whole of Italy for his acclaimed “La Strada,” which beat out competition from Japan, Germany, France and Denmark. That year, only eight countries submitted films, but the number has increased sharply in the decades since, reaching new heights this year when 92 countries submitted titles for consideration — a record for the category.

Entries from Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria — countries torn by war, riven by natural disaster or simply lacking in any kind of industry infrastructure whatsoever — joined the race this year.

The nomination certainly came as a surprise for Mattie Do, whose second feature “Dearest Sister” was chosen to represent Laos.

“One day I woke up and there was an email from the Luang Prabang Film Festival announcing that they had facilitated the means for Laos to create a selection committee qualified to submit
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Blu-ray Review – The Voice of the Moon (1990)

The Voice of the Moon (La Voce Della Luna, 1990)

Directed by Federico Fellini

Starring Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Nadia Ottaviani, Marisa Tomasi, Angelo Orlando, Syusy Blady

Synopsis:

A recently released patient from a mental hospital has a series of fantastic adventures amidst a surreal landscape while trying to win the affections of his love.

Federico Fellini’s last film is a jaw-dropping experience. Bringing together a surreal template of dream logic with wry humour and sardonic swipes at society, The Voice of the Moon – or in Italian, La Voce Della Luna – provides the magical realism and wonder of life that the Italian filmmaker is best known for.

Adapted from Ermanno Cavazzoni’s poetic novel, the story follows the recently released mental patient Ivo Salvini (Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful) as he navigates his way around a strange and compelling landscape. He encounters the entrancing Aldina (Nadia Ottaviani) by accident and falls in love immediately.
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Otd: Yul Marries, Macy Screams, Fellini Premieres

on this day in showbiz-related history...

1944 Yul Brynner marries his first wife, actress Virginia Gilmore, in Los Angeles. They're both in their mid 20s. She's already made 15 movies but he's just starting out with two Broadway shows under his belt. Their marriage will last 16 years and they will have one child together. Rock Brynner (their son) will go on to write a book about his dad and their family history.

1954 Federico Fellini's La Strada premieres at the Venice Film Festival and goes on to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Fellini will go on to completely own that category, winning thrice more with The Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8½ (1963), and Amarcord (1974)

Macy Gray, The King's Speech, and more after the jump...
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"In Search of Fellini"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the new adventure drama "In Search Of Fellini", directed by Taron Lexton, starring Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, opening September 15, 2017:

"...a shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of 'Federico Fellini' and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him..."

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director, screenwriter noted for his distinct style "...that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness..."

In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the 'Palme d'Or' for the feature "La Dolce Vita", was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of 'Best Foreign Language Film'. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Besides "La Dolce Vita" and "8½", his other well-known films include "La Strada", "Nights of Cabiria
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‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker

‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker
It’s been a big year for “The Simpsons,” but an even bigger one for the voice of Bart Simpson.

Bart, Homer and the rest of the family first appeared on “The Tracey Ullman Show” 30 years ago, and the series is about to break another record with the most episodes of any scripted series in history (surpassing “Gunsmoke”).

Nancy Cartwright has also hit personal milestones, including her second Emmy nomination for voicing Bart Simpson. But over the course of the past year, she also became a grandmother – and a first-time filmmaker.

The Simpsons” has already been picked up for Seasons 29 and 30, guaranteeing Cartwright’s role as Bart until at least 2019 – and likely beyond. “Look what we’ve done. It’s unbelievable. It’s unfathomable,” she recently told IndieWire. “At 10 years they were saying, ‘Did you have any idea?’ and then 20 years, ‘Did you know?’ And now, another decade has gone
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79 Movies to See Before You Die, According to the Dardenne Brothers

79 Movies to See Before You Die, According to the Dardenne Brothers
Any list of the greatest foreign directors currently working today has to include Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The directors first rose to prominence in the mid 1990s with efforts like “The Promise” and “Rosetta,” and they’ve continued to excel in the 21st century with titles such as “The Kid With A Bike” and “Two Days One Night,” which earned Marion Cotillard a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Read MoreThe Dardenne Brothers’ Next Film Will Be a Terrorism Drama

The directors will be back in U.S. theaters with the release of “The Unknown Girl” on September 8, which is a long time coming considering the film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. While you continue to wait for their new movie, the brothers have provided their definitive list of 79 movies from the 20th century that you must see. La Cinetek published the list in full and is hosting many
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‘Le Trou’ Trailer: Jacques Becker’s Nerve-Wracking Prison Break Drama Gets a Stunning Restoration — Watch

‘Le Trou’ Trailer: Jacques Becker’s Nerve-Wracking Prison Break Drama Gets a Stunning Restoration — Watch
Praised for its realism and intensity, Jacques Becker’s 1960 prison break drama “Le Trou” is now bound for a pristine-looking 4K restoration, thanks to Rialto Pictures and Studio Canal. A nerve-wracking drama based on a true story, the film is adapted from the book “The Break” by ex-con José Giovanni and has been hailed as not just one of French cinema’s best films, but perhaps the best. (Lofty, we know.)

Based on a 1947 escape attempt enacted by five prisoners at France’s La Sante Prison, Becker used a slew of non-actors — including Jean Keraudy, who actually participated in the daring events the film portrays — to tell a gripping story that remains one of cinema’s most unnerving depictions of real-life drama.

Read More: ‘Il Boom’ Trailer: Vittorio De Sica’s Underseen Comedy Bound for Restoration and First-Ever U.S. Release — Watch

The film picks up after four prisoners and
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Federico Fellini’s Best Films: La Strada hits the home formats on Monday 19th June

Federico Fellini’s masterpiece, La Strada, returns in a beautifully restored 2k version out to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download June 19.

The film is just as mesmerising, emotionally wrenching and unique as when it was first released, so to celebrate this exciting newly restored version, we’ve collected together Fellini’s five greatest films.

La Strada (1954)

La Strada is loosely about a care-free girl (played y Giulietta Masina) who is sold to a traveling entertainer. However, it is far more interested in the historical backdrop of the story and building nuanced characters, and does so perfectly. The landscape is the blasted Italian environment just after WW2. This provides a realism and bleakness to the film, which in turns adds depth to an already tender and compassionate story, and launches it to the level of a masterpiece.

The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

The Nights of Cabiria follows a waifish prostitute
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Win La Strada on Blu-ray

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Federico Fellini’s masterpiece, La Strada starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart, returns in a beautifully restored 2k version out to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on June 19.

To celebrate this release, we have teamed up with StudioCanalUK to give three lucky winners the chance to win the film on Blu-ray.

In a story of true outsiders, Giulietta Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy. Zampanò is a brute and Gelsomina struggles to learn the ropes until she finds a kindred spirit in his rival the Fool (Richard Basehart). Soon all three find themselves part of the same travelling circus, but with tragic consequences.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Annie Hall: the greatest rom-com ever?

Robin Bell Aug 10, 2017

Woody Allen's Annie Hall is regarded as one of the best romantic comedies ever. We take a look back at a classic...

When writing about films that you love, it is very easy to begin with a preamble where you eulogise about the said film in a way that only discusses your feelings for it, and doesn't delve into and analyse the reasons why the film is so important. I will try to avoid that here and get straight to the point as to why Annie Hall is the greatest romantic comedy of all time. I feel this is the introduction the film requires - a little awkward, and wanting to analyse everything that little bit deeper.

Annie Hall breaks so many supposed 'rules' that films have. If you narrow that down to the rules of the romantic comedy then it completely obliterates them. In terms of the romantic comedy,
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‘Il Boom’ Trailer: Vittorio De Sica’s Underseen Comedy Bound for Restoration and First-Ever U.S. Release — Watch

‘Il Boom’ Trailer: Vittorio De Sica’s Underseen Comedy Bound for Restoration and First-Ever U.S. Release — Watch
Italian director and actor (and neorealist luminary) Vittorio De Sica is best known to most stateside audiences for his honorary Oscar winners like “Sciuscià” (the first foreign film to be recognized by the Academy) and his enduring classic “Bicycle Thieves,” but there are still gems from the long-deceased filmmaker for fans to discover.

Like his 1963 comedy “Il Boom,” which has never had a U.S. release…until now! “Il Boom” will finally come to the States — complete with a new restoration — later this month, and we have a fresh trailer to celebrate.

Read More: ‘La Strada’ Restoration First Look: Federico Fellini’s Oscar-Winning Masterpiece Heads Back to Theaters — Watch

The film’s title refers to the Italian economic “miracle” that took place from the late 1950s until the 1970s after World War II. “Il Boom” follows Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a small building contractor who is deeply in debt because
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Movie Review – La Strada (1954)

La Strada, 1954.

Directed by Federico Fellini.

Starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, and Richard Basehart.

Synopsis:

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Entire essays could be written on Giuletta Masina’s face alone. There’s a childlike quality to her puppy dog eyes, her ability to express such sadness with a simple tilt of the head, or exuberance with a blink. If there was ever a face for the big screen, it was hers, and with the re-release of Federico Fellini’s tragic masterpiece, La Strada, once again she can be celebrated.

Although married to Fellini, he never found a role more purely “Masina” than that of doleful reluctant clown Gelsomina. When news of the death of her sister reaches Gelsomina and her poverty stricken family, she is forcefully sold for 10,000 lire to manipulative, drunken strongman Zampano (an indelible Anthony Quinn). The two travel,
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La Strada review – Fellini masterpiece hits the road again

The heart-wrenching story of a young woman sold by her mother to a strolling player is infused with humanity, theatricality and operatic pathos

It is 16 years since Federico Fellini’s 1954 masterpiece La Strada was last rereleased in British cinemas and now is another chance to be blown away by this film’s power, its simplicity, its humanity, its theatricality, its heart-wrenching operatic pathos. The crowd scenes are extraordinary: simply, the faces Fellini finds to put on screen, children and animals coming serendipitously into shot.

Guilietta Masina gives an artlessly Chaplinesque performance as Gelsomina, the elder daughter of a poor family – simple, solemn, bordering on what might today be called learning difficulties – who is sold by her mother for 10,000 lire to a lumbering, hatchet-faced strolling player called Zampanò, unforgettably played by Anthony Quinn. He intends to train her as his assistant for his cheesy “strongman” act, taking to the road, sleeping in his rackety caretta motorbike-van,
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‘Nise: The Heart of Madness’ Clip Finds Beauty in Chaos in New Historical Drama — Watch

Roberto Berliner’s newest feature, “Nise: The Heart of Madness,” tells the fascinating true story of an unlikely group of artists and the woman who helped them find their voice (or, in this case, their paints).

Set in 1940’s Brazil, Gloria Pires plays Dr. Nise da Silveira, who works in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by other doctors, she is forced to take over abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through painting, animals and love.

Read More: Cannes Critics’ Week Jury to Be Lead By Brazilian Filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho, Other Jurors Announced

Berliner’s film follows the real-life story of da Silveira as she nurtures her patients to craft work that eventually set them apart as some of Brazil’s most lauded artists. In our exclusive clip below,
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‘La Strada’ Restoration First Look: Federico Fellini’s Oscar-Winning Masterpiece Heads Back to Theaters — Watch

‘La Strada’ Restoration First Look: Federico Fellini’s Oscar-Winning Masterpiece Heads Back to Theaters — Watch
From “Donnie Darko” to “The Graduate,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Stalker,” film restorations are having a pretty incredible year so far, and it’s only going to get better with the return of a Federico Fellini masterpiece. Studiocanal is bringing a 2k digital restoration of “La Strada” to UK theaters on May 19, and it has released a wonderful first look courtesy of the trailer embedded below.

Read More: ‘The Graduate’ 4K Restoration Coming to Theaters for 50th Anniversary

La Strada” stars Giulietta Masina as young woman who becomes the wife and performance assistant to a strongman named Zampanò (Anthony Quinn). She befriends her husband’s rival (Richard Basehart) as their marriage becomes increasingly abusive. When the three are put in the same traveling circus, tragedy strikes.

The movie opened in 1954 and became the first title to ever receive the Oscar for Best Foreign Langue Film. “La Strada” also earned the Silver
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Federico Fellini’s ‘La Strada’ Returns with Trailer for Theatrical Restoration

One of Federico Fellini’s most acclaimed films has been given a new 2K digital restoration, and if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to be able to see it on the big screen next month. This May, the winner of the the inaugural Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada, will return to theaters there, and they’ve released a new trailer.

Featuring a heartbreaking performance from Giulietta Masina, the film tells the story of her struggle under the brutish Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as they tour Italy. While we’ll hopefully see the restoration come stateside eventually, check out the trailer below, along with synopsis and new poster.

In a story of true outsiders, Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy.
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Otd: Annie, John Cameron Mitchell, and Field of Dreams

On this day (April 21st) in history as it relates to showbiz...

Anthony Quinn

1904 Oscar winning cinematographer Daniel L Fapp (West Side Story and Desire Under the Elms, among many films) born in Kansas City

1914 Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor born in England. Though he was BAFTA nominated Oscar never bit despite high profile films and collaborations with famous directors. Credits include: RepulsionThe Omen, Dr Strangelove, Star Wars, Frenzy, Dracula (1979) and MacBeth 

1915 Oscar's all time favorite Mexican actor Anthony Quinn born (Lust for Life, Viva Zapata, Wild is the Wind, Zorba the Greek, La Strada, etcetera)

1918 "The Red Baron," the famous German fighter pilot, shot down in World War I. Snoopy in Peanuts fantasizes about him repeatedly and he's also been a character in many films including Wings, Hell's Angels, and Darling Lili 
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