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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Ermanno Olmi’s three-hour saga is a masterful ethnographic recreation of the long-gone way of life of Italian tenant farmers, virtual slaves working for a landowner. We see the entire agrarian lifestyle, with hints of modern times on the way. An ever-present backdrop of spiritualism and faith keeps the laborers going. Using unprofessional actors and an obsolete dialect, this is listed as one of the great Italian films of the 1970s.

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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The Criterion Collection 854

1978 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame / 187 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.95

Photographed & Edited by Ermanno Olmi

Sets: Enrico Tovaglieri

Costumes: Francesca Zucchelli

Produced by Attillio Torricelli

Written and Directed by Ermanno Olmi

Some filmmakers move quietly from show to show, until a project comes along that’s hailed as a career masterpiece. For Italian Ermanno Olmi the film is The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L’albero degli
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Giveaway – Win Novecento Blu-ray starring and Gérard Depardieu

We have three copies to give away of Director Bernardo Bertolucci’s stunning five-hour saga Novecento!

After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create, Novecento (1900) one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of two childhood friends born on the same day in 1900 at opposite ends of the social scale through five decades of class struggle.

Described by Pauline Kael as making most other films “look like something you hold up on the end of a toothpick”, Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu headline an extraordinary cast, including Burt Lancaster, Alida Valli, Sterling Hayden, Stefania Sandrelli and Donald Sutherland. Lustrously photographed by Vittorio Storaro and scored by Ennio Morricone, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this singular work in a new Blu-ray edition.

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Win Novecento (1900) on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Novecento (1900) on 18th April, we’ve been given 3 Blu-ray copies to give away After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create, Novecento (1900) one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of

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Masters Of Cinema Acquires Journey To The Shore, Unveils Man With A Movie Camera, Three Days Of The Condor And 1900 For April

Eureka Entertainment's Master of Cinema series announced today that they will be releasing Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Journey To The Shore on the boutique label later this year, following a theatrical run at the Glasgow Film Festival. April's slate of titles was also announced, unveiling a trio of tantalising releases. Sydney Pollack's classic espionage thriller Three Days Of The Condor starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, will arrive in a dual-format release on 11 April. The following week, Bernardo Bertolucci's epic 1900 (Novecento), starring Robert DeNiro and Gerard Depardieu, will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.The jewel in their crown, however, is the long-awaited unveiling of Man With A Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov's seminal 1929 documentary, which will be released on 18 April...

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Oscar-Winning Director Slams Hollywood

Oscar-Winning Director Slams Hollywood
* American Academy in Rome honours Bertolucci

* Likes Mad Men, other series, more than big screen productions

* Bertolucci will chair international jury at Venice Film Festival

By Philip Pullella

Rome, May 28 (Reuters) - When he was 12, Bernardo Bertolucci looked in a mirror and imagined himself as John Wayne. Now, at 73, he is confined to a wheelchair but is still a towering figure of Italian cinema.

Today, the Oscar-winning director is disappointed with the Hollywood that once inspired him and prefers television series such as "Mad Men", saying they are better casted and better directed than big screen productions.

Bertolucci discussed his love affair with American culture - and his disdain for what Hollywood is producing today - on Monday night when he was honoured by the American Academy in Rome.

"Jazz was the first music I heard in my life and jazz for me meant America," Bertolucci told the crowd at
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19th Bradford International Film Festival - Me and You (2012)

Me and You (Italian: Io e te), 2012.

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Starring Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Tommaso Ragno, Pippo Delbono.

Synopsis:

An an introverted teenager tells his parents he going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.

Sentimental and occasionally even soppy, unambitious in terms of both scale and theme, always softcore rather than explicit, Me and You is the surprising new picture from Bernardo Bertolucci. After a break of nine years, the director of The Last Emperor and Novecento has confined himself within his smallest space yet: an apartment building’s basement. Arguably, it focuses his directorial efforts, even if the story the film’s built around is so very basic.

What will be immediately noticeable in Me and You is Bertolucci’s diminishing interest in carnal desires. There’s a hint of confusing sexual tension between Lorenzo and Olivia,
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Why Bertolucci's The Conformist deserves a place in cinema history

The Italian director's 1970 expressionist masterpiece offered a blueprint for a new kind of Hollywood film, which is why Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese and co owe him a huge debt

Bernardo Bertolucci's expressionist masterpiece of 1970, The Conformist, is the movie that plugs postwar Italian cinema firmly and directly into the emerging 1970s renaissance in Hollywood film-making. Its account of the neuroses and self-loathing of a sexually confused would-be fascist (Jean-Louis Trintignant) aching to fit in in 1938 Rome, who is despatched to Paris to murder his former, anti-fascist college professor, was deemed an instant classic on release.

It was, and is, a highly self-conscious and stylistically venturesome pinnacle of late modernism, drawing from the full range of recent Italian movie history: a little neo-neorealism, a lot of stark and blinding Antonioni-style mise-en-scène, some moments redolent of Fellini. And it was all framed within an evocation of the frivolous fascist-era film-making style derided
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Burt Lancaster on TCM: The Leopard, A Child Is Waiting, Seven Days In May

Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, The Leopard Burt Lancaster is Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" featured star today, August 25. TCM is presenting 11 Burt Lancaster movies, including two premieres: The Leopard and Scorpio. [Burt Lancaster Movie Schedule.] A powerful but hammy leading man who developed into a first-rate mature actor-star in movies such as Luchino Visconti's Conversation Piece and Louis Malle's Atlantic City, Lancaster had a long, eclectic, and prestigious career both in Hollywood and abroad. Imagine Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Clark Gable, or John Wayne working with Visconti and Malle, not to mention Bernardo Bertolucci (Novecento / 1900), John Cassavetes (A Child Is Waiting), and Bill Forsyth (Local Hero). TCM is now showing Cassavetes' A Child Is Waiting (1963), quite possibly the director's most accessible — i.e., commercial — effort. Produced by Stanley Kramer, a filmmaker with a strong (at times overly so) sense of (liberal) social commitment, and directed by
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Mammuth – review

In Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern's black comedy Aaltra, a pair of mutually hostile paraplegics set out in their wheelchairs from Belgium to Finland to seek compensation from the manufacturers of the harvester that maimed them. Their new film, Mammuth, is also a quirky road movie, in this case about Serge (Gérard Depardieu), a recently retired French butcher in a small-town meatpacking plant. He has to drive around south-western France on his old Mammuth motorbike to gather documents from all his past employers in order to claim his state pension. Depardieu, now the size of a beached whale, exudes sadness as he meets a succession of fellow eccentrics while pursuing his hopeless task. The earlier film was in elegant black-and-white; this one is in grainy, almost granulated, colour and is intermittently very funny. In one bizarre scene (reminiscent of a similar moment between Depardieu and Robert De Niro
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Cannes 2011. Here we go

Updated.

Monitoring @thedailyMUBI, I find it fascinating to see which news items, long reads or quick diversions become, for lack of a handier word, "hits," spreading via retweets like wildfire through the Twitterverse. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw scored one yesterday with his list of Palme d'Or winners over the past decade, to which he adds "the name of the film that I think should have won" and his "'Palme of Palme' award: the best Palme d'Or winner in the new century." To anyone with an eye on Un Certain Regard: you'll want to check this list as a guide to Bradshaw's tastes — he's a member of the jury, presided over by Emir Kusturica.

Also in the Guardian: "At last year's Cannes film festival, there was an outcry," writes Charlotte Higgins: "there was not a single woman in competition for the Palme d'Or. British director Alicia Duffy screened her debut feature in the Directors' Fortnight strand,
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A Honorary Palme to Bernardo Bertolucci at Cannes Film Festival 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival is coming, and we’re here to report that, during the Opening Ceremony on 11 May, the organizers will award an annual Honorary Palme d’Or to the legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but, believe it or not, never got a Palme d’Or.

In the recent past, Woody Allen, in 2002, or Clint Eastwood in 2009, were awarded this distinction by President Gilles Jacob, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes.

Now, the act becomes tradition and will be annual, taking place at the opening of the event. 2011 is finally the year when Bertolucci will receive this honor, and we’re definitely glad to hear that!

The filmmaker (poet Attilio Bertolucci’s son) has marked Italian cinema with intimate masterpieces as well as monumental frescoes: from Prima della Revoluzione (1964) to
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Italian Director Bernardo Bertolucci To Be Recipient Of Honorary Palme At Opening Ceremony Of The Festival de Cannes

This is a novelty for the Festival de Cannes: from 2011, the organizers will award an annual Honorary Palme d’or, which will be presented during the Opening Ceremony.

This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but never got a Palme d’or. In the recent past, Woody Allen, in 2002, or Clint Eastwood in 2009, were awarded this distinction by President Gilles Jacob, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. Now, the act becomes tradition and will be annual, taking place at the opening of the event.

The filmmaker (poet Attilio Bertolucci’s son) has marked Italian cinema with intimate masterpieces as well as monumental frescoes: from Prima della Revoluzione (1964) to Novecento (1976), from The Conformist (1970) to The Last Emperor (1987), his political and social involvement, driven by a profound lyricism and an elegant and accurate direction, gives his films a unique place in the history of world cinema.
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Cannes to Honor Bernardo Bertolucci with Honorary Palme d'Or Award

The 64th Cannes Film Festival will award its 2011 Honorary Palme d'Or award to Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, whose films include Prima della Revoluzione (1964), Novecento (1976), The Conformist (1970), The Last Emperor (1987), Stealing Beauty (1996) (which elicited boos and flapping chairs when it and young Liv Tyler debuted at Cannes) and The Dreamers (2003, pictured with Bertolucci). Bertolucci joins the likes of Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood, who have both received the award within the past decade. Cannes's Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux state: "The quality of his work, which appears today in all its uniqueness and the extent of which we receive every day intact, the strength of his commitment to cinema and the ties that bind make this for Cannes the first legitimate recipient." They will present the award to Bertolucci during the Cannes Opening Ceremony on May 11.
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Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci to receive Honorary Palme d’or at Cannes

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will be awarded an Honorary Palme d’or at festival de Cannes 2011. From the 64th edition of the festival, the organizers will award an annual Honorary Palme d’or during the Opening Ceremony of the festival.

The award will be given to a filmmaker whose work is authoritative but never got a Palme d’or.

This award comes in recognition of Bertolucci’s work ranging from Prima della Revoluzione (1964) to Novecento (1976), from The Conformist (1970) to The Last Emperor (1987).

“The quality of his work, which appears today in all its uniqueness and the extent of this work we perceive every day more vividly, the strength of his commitment to cinema and the ties that bind him to Cannes, make Bernaldo Bertollucci the first legitimate recipient.” said President Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux General Delegate.

Woody Allen, in 2002, and Clint Eastwood in 2009,were awarded this distinction by President Gilles Jacob,
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Cannes: Honorary Palme d'Or To Bernardo Bertolucci

This is a novelty for the Festival de Cannes: from 2011, the organizers will award an annual Honorary Palme d'Or, which will be presented during the Opening Ceremony. This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but never got a Palme d'Or. In the recent past, Woody Allen, in 2002, or Clint Eastwood in 2009, were awarded this distinction by President Gilles Jacob, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. Now, the act becomes tradition, will be annual and will take place at the opening of the event. In 2011, the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will have this honour. The filmmaker (poet Attilio Bertolucci's son) directed these intimate, Italian cinema masterpieces as monumental frescoes: from Prima della Revoluzione (1964), Novecento (1976), The Conformist (1970) to The Last Emperor (1987), his political and social involvement, driven by a profound lyricism and an elegant and accurate direction, gives his films
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Robert De Niro Will Be President Of Jury For The 64th Festival de Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival announced today that Robert De Niro will preside over this year’s festival.

The American actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, due to take place from May 11th to 22th 2011. When he accepted the invitation, Robert De Niro said, “The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world.”

Inviting Robert De Niro as President of the Jury of Cannes, the organizers want to pay also tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. Robert De Niro, well known for his love of New York, co-founded Manhattan.s Tribeca Film Center in 1989, the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, which has a sister festival in Doha.

“As co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival
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Robert De Niro to preside over Cannes Jury

Robert De Niro to preside over Cannes Jury
Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, the American actor, director and producer will preside over the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes. The 2011 edition of the festival will take place from May 11th to 22th 2011.

The organizers also want to pay tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. Robert De Niro, co-founded Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Center in 1989, the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, which has a sister festival in Doha.

Accepting the invitation, Robert De Niro said: The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world.

He rose to recognition with Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973) and Coppola’s The Godfather Part II for which he won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1974. In 1980, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for
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"Paul McCartney Archive Collection" Launches with Reissue of Wings' 1973 Masterwork

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Paul McCartney and his bandmates in Wings were mugged by men with knives in Lagos, Nigeria, where they were recording in the summer of 1973. After months of work in a sweltering studio, the villains stole their demo tapes, and the band had to record the entirety of "Band on the Run" by memory.

Now the Wings classic, one of the greatest rock albums of all time (certainly one of the smoothest), is getting a reissue featuring remastered rare audio and video. The release will be the first of many in the career spanning "Paul McCartney Archive Collection."

"Band on the Run" will be reissued in several packages; as a single digitally remastered CD; As a three disc special edition with nine bonus audio tracks and rare footage from 1973 and 1974; A four disc collectors edition includes a 120-page hard bound book of unpublished photos (by Linda McCartney and Clive Arrowsmith). There
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News Shorts: August 30th 2010

Set photos from 30 Minutes or Less, Sean Penn in make-up for This Must Be The Place, Daniel Craig on the set of Cowboys vs. Aliens, Mads Mikkelsen in costume on The Three Musketeers, and Martin Scorsese himself and set decoration for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".

First look photos from Arthur, Beginners, Black Swan, Bridesmaids, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Ceremony, The Conspirator, Daydream Nation, The Dilemma.

Further first look photos from Everything Must Go, Good Neighbours, Henry's Crime, Hereafter, The High Cost of Living, The King's Speech, Passion Play, True Grit, What's Wrong with Virginia, Yogi Bear.

Next, more stills from Devil, Due Date, Faster, Making Plans for Lena, Miral, Monsters, My Soul to Take, The Social Network, Somewhere, The Tempest, The Town.

Finally, several character one-sheets for Never Let Me Go and posters for Alpha and Omega, Buried, Fair Game, The Freebie, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Life as We Know It,
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On The Download: Paul McCartney At The Hollywood Bowl

On The Download: Paul McCartney At The Hollywood Bowl
Paul McCartney

Venue: Hollywood Bowl

Date: March 30, 2010

Capacity: 18,000

"I didn't think, I never dreamed, that I would be around to see it all come true!"

- Paul McCartney & Wings, "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"

Paul McCartney sang those words on the closing track of his landmark "Band on the Run" album from 1973, but little did I realize how fitting they would be for his sold-out performance at The Hollywood Bowl on March 30, 2010.

That's because other than Paul's 45-minute set during an April 16, 1993, Earth Day concert ...

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