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Review: "A Summer Story" (1988); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Todd Garbarini

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A Summer Story is the unassuming title of a classy and ultimately emotionally wrenching romantic drama of class differences set in Great Britain in the early 1900’s. Originally released in the United States in the summer of 1988 in a small number of theaters, the film is an adaption of John Galsworthy’s 1916 short story “The Apple Tree” which was also made into two separate radio programs over forty years earlier: Lady Esther Almanac on CBS in 1942 and Mercury Summer Theatre in 1946. Obviously the source material proved to be palatable enough to audiences to warrant adaptations in both the aural and visual spectrums. Director Piers Haggard, known for more sinister fare such as The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and Venom (1981), directs from the late Penelope Mortimer’s adapted screenplay.

Frank Ashton is played by James Wilby, who was coming off
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Screenwriter James Ivory Criticizes ‘Call Me by Your Name’s’ Lack of Frontal Nudity

Screenwriter James Ivory Criticizes ‘Call Me by Your Name’s’ Lack of Frontal Nudity
James Ivory was not a fan of “Call Me by Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino’s choice to not show full-frontal male nudity in the film.

Ivory, whose screenplay for the movie won an Oscar, said in an interview with the Guardian that his script included Elio, played by Timothee Chalamet, and Oliver, portrayed by Armie Hammer, being shown naked during intimate scenes. Ivory called Guadagnino’s claims that he never considered putting nudity in the film “totally untrue.”

“He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it, so when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to – well, that’s just bull—-,” Ivory said.

The screenwriter had previously told Variety that Chalamet and Hammer had contracts that specified there would not be any frontal nudity, which Ivory called at the time “a pity” and an “American attitude.
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels
Veteran filmmaker James Ivory is happy to let “Call Me by Your Name” rest now. Nearly a decade in the making – much of that time spent with Ivory attached to the film in various positions, from producer to co-director to screenwriter – director Luca Guadagnino’s lush big screen take on André Aciman’s novel of the same name is hitting theaters on the wave of accolades first ignited during its Sundance premiere, admiration that has not abated in the months since the film first debuted.

And while Guadagnino has been actively chatting up the possibility of sequels for the film – or, at the very least, a film that picks up with the film’s main characters after many years have passed, as Aciman’s novel does – Ivory has no interest in returning to the material. For him, this chapter of his creative life is closed.

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Coming-of-Age Dramas Make Mad Dash for Awards Season Glory

Coming-of-Age Dramas Make Mad Dash for Awards Season Glory
The coming-of-age genre is nothing new to Oscar season. From recent best picture nominees “Juno” and “An Education” to classics such as “Dead Poets Society” or “American Graffiti,” the universal truths discovered in those years between teenager and young adult have enthralled audiences and Academy members for most of its history. This year has brought a number of acclaimed new entries into the coming of age pantheon, including Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name.”

Set in Sacramento in 2002, “Lady Bird” follows the title character (Saoirse Ronan) though her senior year of high school as she navigates young love and a desire to attend college in New York City, a proposition her mother (Laurie Metcalf) doesn’t see as a realistic goal.

“Someone’s coming of age is someone else’s letting go and I always wanted the movie to be just as focused on the letting go,” Gerwig says. “Because
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‘Shakespeare Wallah’ Restoration: Merchant Ivory Classic Gets Bollywood-Infused New Poster

‘Shakespeare Wallah’ Restoration: Merchant Ivory Classic Gets Bollywood-Infused New Poster
The latest Merchant Ivory film to get the full restoration treatment from Charles S. Cohen and his Cohen Media Group is the sumptuous 1965 drama “Shakespeare Wallah,” combining the legendary production duo’s love of family drama, canny political commentary, and a hearty dose of literally Shakespearean entanglements. It’s just one of the 30 films being re-released by Cohen as part of a remastered library includes 21 feature films and 9 shorts and documentaries.

Merchant Ivory Productions was founded in 1961 by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory — together, they produced 44 films. Founder and Oscar-nominated director Ivory has collaborated with Cohen, and serves as creative director, on the restoration, re-release, and promotion of each of the 30 films. Other recent titles of note include “Howards End” and “Maurice,” with plenty more to come.

Read More:Merchant Ivory Films’ Sumptuous Re-Release Gets A Star-Filled New Trailer — Watch

This new “Shakespeare Wallah” restoration came from the 35Mm
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Call Me By Your Name review – gorgeous gay love story seduces and overwhelms

Set during an endless Italian summer, this ravishing drama starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet is imbued with a sophisticated sensuality

The debt to pleasure is deferred in exquisite style for this ravishingly beautiful movie set in Northern Italy in the early 80s: a coming-of-age love story between a precocious teenage boy and a slightly older man. Their summer romance is saturated with poetic languor and a deeply sophisticated sensuality.

The film is directed by Luca Guadagnino (who made I Am Love and A Bigger Splash) and adapted from the novel by André Aciman by James Ivory, who had originally been slated to co-direct and has a producer credit. Ivory’s presence inevitably calls to mind his film version of Em Forster’s Maurice, to which this is frankly superior. For me, it brought back Alan Hollinghurst novels such as The Folding Star and The Spell. Call Me By Your Name
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The 1965 Shashi Kapoor starrer Shakespeare Wallah is getting a 4K Restoration Rerelease this November

Starring Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey, and Felicity Kendal, with original music by Satyajit Ray, Merchant Ivory’s 1965 Shakespeare Wallah will be rereleased in an incredible 4K restoration in New York at Quad Cinemas on November 10th.

Cohen Media Group has announced the brand new 4K scan and restoration from the original camera negative and magnetic soundtrack, and featuring a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mags, all approved by director James Ivory.

The incredible Shakespeare Wallah was the feature film that really put Merchant Ivory Productions on the international movie map, winning them great critical acclaim and now recognized as a classic. Starring Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey, and a young Felicity Kendal, the film’s inspiration lies in the real-life adventures of Ms. Kendal’s family as a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule. The ‘Buckingham Players’ try to uphold British tradition
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James Ivory on ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and Why American Male Actors Won’t Do Nude Scenes (Exclusive)

James Ivory on ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and Why American Male Actors Won’t Do Nude Scenes (Exclusive)
The city of Florence feted director-writer James Ivory this week with its Fiorino d’Oro prize and three days of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of “A Room With a View,” the triple-Oscar-winning film that proved to be a game-changer for Ivory and his longtime producer and partner in life, Ismail Merchant. “A Room With a View” paved the way for their work on Hollywood pics such as “The Remains of the Day,” and was groundbreaking in its depiction of male nudity – a topic about which Ivory, who wrote the screenplay for new gay coming-of-age film “Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino, has strong feelings.

Ivory, 89, spoke with Variety from Florence. Here are excerpts from the interview, edited for concision and clarity.

One of the things that’s been pointed out about “Room” is the nudity in the scene when three men strip naked, jump in a lake, and
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Middleburg Festival 2017: James Ivory, Dee Rees, Greta Gerwig and More...

by Nathaniel R

Awards season is really heating up now that release dates (or lack thereof) are firming up, and various pre-Oscar honors are being announced. Last year, you may recall, The Film Experience was invited to attend the Middleburg Film Festival and we're invited for a second round next month.

The fest, now in its fifth year and closer to something like Telluride than Toronto or Cannes considering its Oscar focus and brevity, is growing each year and all takes place at one well-heeled resort. Last year they had big events for La La Land and Lion as well as very crowded talks with Cheryl Boone Isaacs on the Academy's diversity efforts as well as a fascinating discussion of Us presidents and cinematic depictions with Janet Maslin and David Gergen where the danger of Trump was discussed at length (before the election - sigh). At that event they spent
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Oscar-hopeful Call Me By Your Name gets its first trailer

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Author: Scott Davis

With the summer season coming to a close in the next few weeks all eyes in the film world will soon refocus and set its gaze on award season, with the season of film festivals almost upon us.

With Toronto and Venice Film Festivals next month with the London equivalent the month after, it’s full steam ahead for those films who are hoping to be in contention for the big prizes come February. One of the first out of the block this year is Call Me By Your Name, the new film from acclaimed filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, the director of A Bigger Splash and I Am Love. The film, which debuted at this year’s Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals earlier this year, has already been hailed by critics as one of the film’s of the year.

See Also: Read Stefan Pape’s review of
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It occurs to me that though we did mark the year's halfway point, we did not do a "wrap" post for May or June and here we are in mid July. So let's stop to catch our breath before steaming ahead into the dog days of summer. Herewith key posts in case you're behind on your favorite blog. That's this one, right? (Rhetorical question)

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A League of Their Own - a four part retrospective

Olivia de Havilland sues Feud - don't mess w/ this centenarian

• Interview James Ivory - on Maurice's 30th anniversary

• Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Moonlight - revisiting the Oscar winner

Susan Hayward Centennial - we looked back at four pictures

• mother! - the teaser poster

• Podcast Premiere - Wonder Woman, My Cousin Rachel...
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Q&A: Best 'Best Actress' Decade? Gay for Play as Actorly Rite of Passage?

Four more reader questions to kick off the weekend. Wheeee. As ever, I'd love to hear your answers to these questions thrown my way.

Matt St Clair: Is there an unseen awards contender this year that you are hoping doesn't fail?

Nathaniel: My "please let this be successful" hopes reside with Blade Runner 2049 (because the original's reputation being tarnished would be such a pity), The Greatest Showman (because musicals Must continue to thrive) and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (because it's infinitely annoying that Annette Bening doesn't have an Oscar yet and didn't even get nominated for such gorgeous work in 20th Century Women). While we're well- wishing please let Wonderstruck, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and The Florida Project could be bigger hits than usual for Todd Haynes, John Cameron Mitchell, and Sean Baker, since they're three of our most distinctive American auteurs. I could
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The Moustaches of 'Maurice'

by Murtada

Do you not think that Maurice’s moustache would be the making of him?

No. It’s revolting.

This exchange about an hour into Merchant-Ivory’s 1987 classic gem Maurice, made me laugh so hard. There are so many moustaches in Maurice. It must’ve been the fashion in Edwardian England. But Hugh Grant’s Clive Durham is right, Maurice’s is revolting. But then how come later on he grows one even more revolting. In the world of Maurice, moustaches are the ultimate boner killers.

Maurice (James Wilby) and Grant’s Clive meet when they are students at Cambridge in 1909 and fall in love. Their relationship means a bit more to Maurice, he’s so smitten. And who wouldn’t be infatuated with Grant at the height of his floppy haired gorgeousness. Clive though always keeps him at an arm’s length, never succumbing to carnality. And we
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‘Long Strange Trip’ Gets Box Office Boost from Deadheads

‘Long Strange Trip’ Gets Box Office Boost from Deadheads
This Memorial Day weekend at the specialty box office is dominated by niche releases without much crossover theatrical appeal, often available for home viewing. The strongest performer: Sundance entry “Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead” (Abramorama), which opened in two cities, combining Thursday night event shows and full-week dates to overcome its four-hour running time.

While “The Tree of Life,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Before Midnight” all opened on this date, since 2013 top distributors have chosen not to launch major releases over the three-day holiday.

June will bring some top releases to flesh out a slow schedule, including Sofia Coppola’s Cannes success “The Beguiled” (Focus Features). Cannes competition films from Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”) and Noah Baumbach (“The Meyerowitz Stories”) will hit Netflix and select day-and-date theaters in June, and sometime after that, respectively.

Netflix scored front-page movie-section reviews for their Brad Pitt starrer “War Machine
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‘Wakefield’ and ‘Abacus’ Lead Openers, But ‘Paris Can Wait’ Rules

‘Wakefield’ and ‘Abacus’ Lead Openers, But ‘Paris Can Wait’ Rules
This weekend, the entire specialized industry is huddled in Cannes in search of the next big things. On the home front, just three noteworthy films opened, each on a single Manhattan screen. Two of them, the Bryan Cranston-starring “Wakefield” and Steve James’ financial world set documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” showed some life.

Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” had a promising second-weekend expansion, and looks to be the standout over the next month and more. Still, results remain minor after a couple post-awards months led by “Gifted” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”


Wakefield (IFC) – Metacritic: 60; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto 2016

$14,120 in 1 theater: PTA (per theater average): $14,120

Bryan Cranston has become an omnipresent force in TV, Broadway, and features. This film, opening many months after its September festival premieres, “Wakefield” puts him front and center as a Manhattan law partner who zones out of his suburban life
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'Alien: Covenant' Narrowly Edges Out 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' To Top Weekend Box Office

'Alien: Covenant' Narrowly Edges Out 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' To Top Weekend Box Office
It's a tight race at the top as weekend estimates have Alien: Covenant holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Considering Guardians has been underestimated the past two weekends by $1.46 million and $2.25 million, tomorrow afternoon's actuals will be something to look out for as less than $1 million separates the two films. Meanwhile, WB and MGM's Everything, Everything delivered on the high end of industry expectations while Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will be looking to next weekend, hoping the upcoming four-day holiday will improve what was a rather weak debut. At #1, Fox's Alien: Covenant debuted with an estimated $36 million, nearly 43% of which came from its Friday performance, which included $4.2 million from Thursday previews. An opening less than $40 million is somewhat disappointing considering the $51 million opening for its predecessor, Prometheus, five years ago. Yet, the
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Interview: James Ivory on "Maurice" Turning 30

By Jose Solís.

Can you believe Maurice came out 30 years ago? James Ivory’s film adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel was released in the fall of 1987, a year after the Oscar winning A Room with a View. While it was never as celebrated as the former, throughout the years it’s come to be more highly regarded for its groundbreaking Lgbtq romance, and as the film that launched Hugh Grant’s screen career.

The tale of forbidden love between the title character (played by James Wilby) and a male servant (Rupert Graves) is filled with pithy dialogue, handsome actors and a then unparalleled sensuality when it comes to conveying gay romance. Its influence can be seen in countless films that came after it, yet for decades it remained the happiest of Lgbtq screen romances. That's a position I discussed with Mr. Ivory as the film is being re-released in
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Hugh Grant Falls in Forbidden Love in Restoration Trailer for James Ivory’s ‘Maurice’

In 1987, James Ivory‘s Maurice first premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where he picked up the Silver Lion award as Best Director. Thirty years later, the Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights for the Merchant Ivory Production and will be revitalizing the gay period romance with a brand-new 4K restoration.

Starring James Wilby and Hugh Grant as two undergraduate students at Cambridge University, it follows the two characters, Maurice and Clive, as they fell in love at the University during a time when homosexuality in England was a punishable offense by the law. Judging from the preview, it looks to be a gorgeous restoration following recent previous Ivory re-releases.

Check out the trailer and poster below via Indiewire.

Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding.
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‘Maurice’ 4K Restoration Exclusive Trailer & Poster: James Ivory’s Gay-Themed Drama Returns to the Big Screen 30 Years Later

‘Maurice’ 4K Restoration Exclusive Trailer & Poster: James Ivory’s Gay-Themed Drama Returns to the Big Screen 30 Years Later
It’s been 30 years since we last saw James Wilby and Hugh Grant fall in love on the screen in James Ivory’s beautiful gay-themed film “Maurice.” Now, Cohen Media Group —which has acquired 30 titles from the Merchant Ivory Productions library— is releasing a brand new 4K restoration of the 1987 romantic drama, which will screen next month at New York City’s historic Quad Cinema, following the theater’s reopening this Friday, April 14.

Read More: ‘Behind the White Glasses’ Exclusive Clip and Poster: Documentary Chronicles the Career of Lina Wertmüller — Watch

Based on E.M. Forster’s 1971 novel by the same name, “Maurice” followed the story of two undergraduate Cambridge students, Maurice (Wilby) and Clive (Grant), who fall in love at a time when any reference of homosexuality at the English university was omitted and same-sex relationships was punishable by the law.

The film also starred Rupert Graves and Ben Kingsleyco.
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Film Festival Roundup: Sarasota Announces Complete Slate, Sfiff Unveils Full Lineup and New Launch Program, and More

Film Festival Roundup: Sarasota Announces Complete Slate, Sfiff Unveils Full Lineup and New Launch Program, and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Sarasota Film Festival has announced its full lineup, including its Narrative Feature Competition, Independent Visions Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, World and Us Cinema Narrative, World and Us Cinema Documentary, Spotlight, and Short Films. The festival also announced its three Sff Focus Panels–Lgbtq Community; Environment, Science, & Sustainability; and Sports In Cinema – along with its Closing Night Awards. The 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place from March 31 – April 9. You can find out more information at their official site.

“Film has an integral role in helping us analyze social and political issues in our society that demand attention, thought and dialogue” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Our program is designed to use the art of cinema as a catalyst for important conversations,
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