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What Have You Done to Solange? | Blu-ray Review

Massimo Dallamano may be best known to some as the cinematographer of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), credited under the pseudonym Jack Dalmas. Following his collaborations with Leone, Dallamano would only serve as cinematographer twice more (his last credit being French director Michel Deville’s 1966 comedy The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen starring George Chakiris and Marina Vlady). The explosive popularity of the spaghetti western would allow Dallamano to begin his own career as a director, with 1967 debut Bandidos (credited under another pseudonym, Max Dillman), but he’d soon after turn to the bread and butter of more exploitative genre fare. The director of eleven features, up until his death in 1976, Dallamano’s enduring, fascinating masterpiece stands as the 1972 title What Have You Done to Solange? Credited as a giallo staple, Dallamano’s film is more of a hybrid of subgenres, a mixed giallo and poliziotteschi film.
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Fellipe Barbosa: The Hollywood Interview

Fellipe Barbosa Moves Out of Casa Grande

By Alex Simon

Brazilian cinema has traditionally been a mix of fantasies about the bourgeois class (Dona Flor and her Two Husbands) or dark tales of life in its slums, the flavelas (Pixote). Fellipe Barbosa delivers a debut feature that takes a serio-comic look at the changing face of the upper class in his country, with Casa Grande, winner of the Rio De Janiero International Film Festival’s Best Film prize, which opens November 15 at Cinema Village in New York and debuts online simultaneously via Fandor.

Casa Grande tells the story of a posh Rio family whose carefully-manicured façade is slowly crumbling as father Hugo (Marcello Novaes) runs out of money after a series of bad investments go south. Meanwhile, his teenage son Jean (Thales Cavalanti) attends a fancy prep school and is thinking about college, until finding love with a girl from
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Movie Poster of the Week: Rita Hayworth and The Bicycle Thieves

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It had been so long since I last saw Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves—the last time being long before I started to become involved with movie posters—that I had forgotten that Antonio Ricci’s job at the start of the film, the job he so desperately needs a bicycle for, is pasting up movie posters.Researching De Sica posters to coincide with the current month-long restrospective at New York’s Film Forum I discovered that De Sica’s most famous film centers—as does the Shawshank Redemption, coincidentally—on a poster of Rita Hayworth. I had hoped that it would be a poster by Anselmo Ballester, who painted Hayworth gloriously many times, but the signature on the top right of the poster is clearly that of one T. Corbella. Tito Corbella (1885-1966) was an artist known for his sensuous portraits of Italian divas since the 1910s. Dave Kehr
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De Sica's "The Garden Of The Finzi-continis" Restored For Theatrical Reissue

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The Italian fashion house Antony Morato has funded the digital restoration of director Vittoria De Sica's 1971 classic "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis", which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The movie depicts the tragic story of an influential and affluent Jewish family in Italy prior to their deportation to Nazi death camps. The restoration will be shown at numerous international film festivals in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The restored film will premiere at a gala celebration in Rome on March 25, which will be attended by the De Sica family.  For more click here.  
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Ten Oscar-Nommed Foreign-Language Films About Jewish WWII Experiences

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Set in 1960s Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white drama Ida focuses on faith and identity after family secrets are revealed. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a young orphan brought up in a convent preparing to take her vows to become a nun. When told she must visit her aunt, her only living relative, Anna discovers she’s Jewish, her name is actually Ida and her parents were killed in WWII. Anna/Ida and her aunt embark on a journey to learn more about the family’s history and discover the truth about what happened.

The film landed on the Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category.

A number of foreign films focused on WWII have done well at the Oscars throughout the years. Ones based on real events include The Counterfeiters (2007), about the Nazis’ attempt to
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'The Great Beauty' extends Italy's Foreign-Language Film record to 11

'The Great Beauty' extends Italy's Foreign-Language Film record to 11
The academy introduced the Foreign Language Film category in 1956 and Italy claimed a record 10 trophies in this race. However, the last of these was "Life is Beautiful" back in 1998. That 15-year drought ended this year with a win for "The Great Beauty." The 10 films that won the competitive Oscar, out of 29 nominations:  1956: "La Strada" 1957: "Nights of Cabiria" 1963: "8 1/2" 1964: "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" 1970: "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" 1971: "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" 1974: "Amarcord" 1989: "Cinema Paradiso" 1991: "Mediterraneo" 1998: "Life Is Beautiful" From 1947 to 1955, the academy gave out non-competitive honorary awards to foreign language films and Italian fare claimed three of these: -Break- 1947: "Shoeshine" 1949: "The Bicycle Thief" 1950: "T...
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Win the classic Italian comedy Il Boom on DVD

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic Italian comedy Il boom by groundbreaking director Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D.), StudioCanal are bringing the film to DVD for the first time ever here in the UK on April 23rd, and we have three copies of the film to give away to our readers. Take a look at the synopsis, and read on for details of how to enter this competition...

Giovanni (Alberto Sordi) lives far beyond his means to provide for his wife's bodily needs (Gianna Maria Canale). Nearly insolvent and terribly worried at the idea of losing his wife, he thinks of committing suicide when an ad gives him hope again: a rich man offers anyone able to give him one of his eyes a big amount of money.

Il boom will also screen at this year's Italian Film Festival in Scotland on April 18th and April 24th.
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Two Treatments of Italy’s Fascist Past

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist and Vittorio De Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis were both released in 1970, both based on novels (by Alberto Moravia and Giorgio Bassani, respectively) and both set during World War II. De Sica’s film covers the beginning of Fascist atrocities, while Bertolucci’s film covers the end. The two films are also complementary in terms of their central characters: while the eponymous conformist joins up as a Fascist hitman, the Finzi-Continis are potential victims of the regime. Perhaps it is for this reason that De Sica’s film so easily carries the director’s gentle and engaging mark, while much of Bertolucci’s feature is as cold and charmless as Fascist architecture.

Fans of De Sica will find in The Garden of the Finzi-Continis both beloved characteristics of the director’s famed neo-realist approach, and stimulating new additions such as warm colour photography,
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Vittorio De Sica's Miracle In Milan Goes Blu From Arrow Academy 26th March

2011 was a banner year for Vittorio De Sica fans.  Kino International released four Blu-rays of his '60s work and Arrow Academy released Bicycle Thieves on Blu-ray and Il Generale Della Rovere & The Garden of the Finzi-Continis on DVD, and now they're starting off 2012 right with more De Sica.  Miracle In Milan is the first post-Bicycle Thieves film from De Sica, and one that has never been available on Us DVD, but Arrow Academy are preparing a fantastic edition on Blu-ray for the UK.  The film will be presented in HD with some great extras, including De Sica's 1956 feature Il Tetto (The Roof) which has also never made it to Us or UK DVD.  What a great way to celebrate the master!...
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Exclusive: Robby Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D

Exclusive: Robby Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D
Robbie Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D, in theaters now

Walt Disney's 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back in theaters for a limited 3D release to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Already a box office hit its first week back on screens, we now celebrate this timeless tale's second weekend out with a chat from its leading Beast, Robby Benson.

We are longtime fans of Robby, so it was a great honor to speak with the man behind the voice of Beauty and the Beast's title character, an arrogant Prince turned into a frightful monster, who must earn the love and respect of another before breaking the spell.

A voice actor since childhood, and star of such live-action classics as Ice Castles and Ode to Billy Joe, we chatted with Robby Benson about the legacy of Beauty and the Beast, his work looping Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

Source Code

Though not as impressive as his debut feature, Moon, British director Duncan Jones's Us follow-up may prove to be more important to his career.

While Moon demonstrated he could make a stylish science-fiction film for next to nothing, Source Code shows that, with a little more cash, he can create a hit movie – one that, while not 100% original or logical, isn't a remake, adaptation, sequel or part of a franchise. There's a lot to like about Source Code; Jones has great taste as a storyteller, which is why its few failings are harder to take than with most movies. Jake Gyllenhaal, who brought Jones to the project, plays Air Force Captain Colter Stevens, who finds himself utterly disoriented, inhabiting the body of a schoolteacher commuter on a train that soon blows up. He "awakes" in a strange, low-tech capsule where he learns he's being sent into past
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Party Favors: Radley Metzger

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Westwood - The master of sensual European cinema golden years have a tint of blue. UCLA just hosted retrospective of Radley Metzger’s films. His most important films are being released on Blu-ray. He’s about to take the director’s chair as he approaches 83.

His masterwork Camille 2000 was just released Blu-ray with an extended version from Cult Epics. The 1969 update of Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias takes place in an esoteric Italy. The restored high definition transfer gives a detailed look at that magical time. The Party Favors had a chance to chat with Radley Metzger about the release.

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Radley is a true independent filmmaker. He owns the rights to his films instead of selling them off to distributor. He’s not at the mercy of an indifferent studio executive to keep his cinematic legacy available. The first question had to be
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