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Video Essay. Pialat: Tough Love

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Mubi's series I Don't Like You Either: A Pialat Retrospective is showing from September 4 - November 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom and many countries around the world.Maurice Pialat was one of the toughest, most bullish, tenderhearted, pugnacious filmmakers to ever work in Europe. He made 10 feature films, many shorts, and one television series in 35 years. Each is uncommonly spare, love-filled, banal, and brutal, as difficult to experience as their maker reportedly was to contend with on set. Together they form an oeuvre that exemplifies rigor and gracelessness and a total lack of fussiness about good taste, wherever it might land on the high-low spectrum. His movies are routine and explosive; they lurch between emotional polarities in the space of a minute; they are stuffed with odd-ends and anti-climaxes. His actors flip wildly between dramatic registers and the characters they play are thrown together out of flagrantly contradictory material. His work is riven with ellipses,
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New Trailer For ‘Loving Vincent’ Reveals Gorgeous Feature Film Animated By Oil Paintings

Vincent Van Gogh has been portrayed more than once on both the big and small screen. Kirk Douglas played the tragic painter in “Lust For Life,” Jacques Dutronc portrayed the artist in “Van Gogh,” Tchéky Karyo got out the paint for “Vincent et moi,” and even Martin Scorsese took on the role in Akira Kurosawa‘s “Dreams.” However, it’s not until Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman‘s “Loving Vincent” that someone thought to try and tell Van Gogh’s story with an animation style that mimics his work.

Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Loving Vincent’ Reveals Gorgeous Feature Film Animated By Oil Paintings at The Playlist.
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Bright Impossibilities: Appearances of Art in Cinema

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Bertrand Bonello's Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera (2016) is showing on Mubi from April 7 - May 7 and Antoine Barraud's Rouge (2015) is showing on Mubi from April 21 - May - 21, 2017 as part of our Special Discovery series. Self-portrait in front of a mirror (1908), Léon Spilliaert. MuZee, Ostend. Photo: © Sabam Belgium 2016I would not paint — a picture —I'd rather be the OneIt's bright impossibility—Emily DickinsonWhen asked about his first short film, a beautiful portrait of the amazing Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, filmmaker João César Monteiro declared, rather dissatisfied, "Well, this film is proof to all those who say that you can not film a poem." The same statement has often been made about any other art that dared be approached by cinema. A strange suspicion arises once a film tackles art. It seems to be deeply grounded in an idea of cinema as the art of the little man,
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Belladonna of Sadness Is a Lost Classic Worth Rediscovering

This Week in New DVD ReleasesBelladonna of Sadness Brings Tragic Beauty and a Call for Sacrifice to Home VideoPick of the WeekBelladonna of Sadness

What is it? Jeanne and Jean are a young couple in love, but after their fairy tale wedding the pair are brought before the local lord to make an offering. He forces himself on her instead before sharing her with his court, and when even her new husband turns his back on her she finds pained, messy comfort with a devil-sent imp who offers to help in exchange for her soul.

Why buy it? Eiichi Yamamoto’s early ’70s slice of psychedelia, erotica, and still-relevant commentary is a beautifully disturbing descent into our shared history of sexual violence, oppression, and the abuse of authority. If it sounds heavy, well, it is — it’s also extremely graphic with watercolor frames and hand-drawn animation that capture the atrocities with gorgeously imaginative imagery. It
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5 Maurice Pialat Classics Returning to Theaters

5 Maurice Pialat Classics Returning to Theaters
Maurice Pialat, canny inquisitor of the French bourgeoisie whose startlingly iconoclastic films include "We Won't Grow Old Together" and "A Nos Amours," will tour Us theaters once again this year. The Cohen Film Collection will present five Pialat gems in New York from September 11 to September 17 at the Lincoln Plaza, and in La from September 25 to October 1 at the Laemmle Royal. The collection includes 1987’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Under the Sun of Satan,” with Gérard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire, the erotic “Loulou,” a tale of tortured love with Isabelle Huppert and Depardieu, “Van Gogh,” about the last days of the artist, Cassavetes-esque family drama “The Mouth Agape,” starring Monique Mélinand as a woman dying of torturous cancer, and the slice-of-life “Graduate First,” centered on teenagers in a French suburb. Later, more Pialat retrospectives will screen at The Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria) from October 17 to October 25...
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The Noteworthy: Cannes 2014 #1

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Every few days, we'll be rounding up some of the latest buzz and reviews coming from the Croisette—our favorite takes from trusted sources on the latest films to make their debut at the 67th Festival de Cannes.

First up, Variety's Scott Foundas on Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner:

"In perhaps the greatest of all movies about the lives of painters, Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh, not a single Van Gogh painting was ever shown. Leigh doesn’t go quite as far in Mr. Turner, but his sensibility is largely the same, striving to capture the temperament of the man and his times rather than reducing them to a series of iconic images and eureka moments. Scenes of Turner scribbling in his sketchbook and slathering paint on canvas are used sparingly, and never without a clear purpose. Shooting in widescreen, the director and his regular d.p. Dick Pope
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Cannes Check 2014: Bertrand Bonello's 'Saint Laurent'

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Cannes Check 2014: Bertrand Bonello's 'Saint Laurent'
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: the second of four French entries: Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent."  The director: Bertrand Bonello (French, 45 years old). Born in Nice and now based in Paris and Montreal, Bonello began his career as a classical musician -- a background that makes sense, given the stately refinement and sensory elevation of his filmmaking. (He still serves as his own composer.) Which is not to say his work is soft, testing as it does formal and erotic boundaries: scholars of contemporary French cinema tend to group him with the likes of Gaspar Noé in the bracket of New French Extremism.
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Masters Of Cinema: Van Gogh DVD Review

Director: Maurice Pialat

Starring: Gérard Séty, Jacques Dutronc, Bernard Le Coq

Running time: 158 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Interviews, Trailers, Documentaries plus a full-colour booklet with exclusive content

Artists can be a temperamental lot, and biopics showcasing the tantalizing lives of the mad, bad and (sometimes) dangerous can be alluring to us mediocrities. Just think of l’enfant terrible of classical music, Mozart, in Amadeus (1984), Pollock’s eponymous sozzled painter (2000) and the quite frankly bonkers Marquis de Sade in Quills (2000). Artistry and histrionics seem to go hand in hand – in the movie world at least.

So you might expect a feature charting the final months of troubled artist Vincent van Gogh’s life to be, well…a bit dramatic. After all, he struggled with depression, possible schizophrenia and eventually killed himself aged 37 – plus we all know the story about the ear. Maurice Pialat picks things up when van Gogh heads to a
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Van Gogh

(Maurice Pialat, 1991; Eureka!, 15)

One of the most prickly mavericks of French cinema, Maurice Pialat (1925-2003) was a painter, documentary film-maker and occasional actor before making his feature debut in his mid-40s with L'enfance nue, an intense realistic film about a disturbed child being passed from family to family.

In 1987 Pialat famously waved his fist at a hostile Cannes audience when receiving the Palme d'Or for Under Satan's Sun (a complex Catholic movie from a novel by Georges Bernanos starring Gérard Depardieu in one of his several Pialat films). Norman Mailer was a member of the jury. Four years later Pialat flourished his fist again at the bourgeoisie in this lengthy, characteristically unromantic and unsentimental contribution to the centenary anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death. It's a far cry in tone from the Vincente Minnelli-directed biopic Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas, released in France as La Vie
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Blu-ray Review: Pialat's 'Van Gogh' (MoC)

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★★★★☆ The biopic - with its predilection towards didacticism and earnestness - has always been a troublesome form of cinema but, with Van Gogh (1991), Maurice Pialat expertly navigates the minefield of cliché and shakes the shackles of genre expectation to create an intelligent paean to creativity. Often overlooked, Pialat was one of the masters of French cinema, frequently combining underplayed naturalism with stark emotional maturity. He brings a humanist eye to the story of the last days of the legendary Dutch painter's life, sidestepping the overcooked preening that so often blights period dramas.

The film opens in 1890, with Vincent van Gogh (French rock star Jacques Dutronc) moving to the Auvers-sur-Oise. Sick, penniless and indebted to his brother, van Gogh stays in the local inn and is a frequent visitor of Dr. Gachet (Gerard Sety) whose spirited daughter Marguerite (Alexandrea London) becomes an object of his fascination. Realising his life is winding down,
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Sirk, Pialat, Campos Join Masters Of Cinema In August/September Slate

Eureka Entertainment has announced its August and September new releases on its Masters of Cinema label and true to form it offers a sextet of recognised classics and emerging new talent from every corner of World Cinema.Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte and Federico Fellini's Il Bidone both appear on Blu-ray for the very first time, as do two classics from Douglas Sirk, The Tarnished Angel and A Time to Love and a Time to Die. Also appearing in the collection is Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh, as well as a brand new release in the form of Antonio Campos' 2012 sophomore feature, Simon Killer.As always, we'll bring you more details about these releases nearer the time, but you can check out the packshots below, as well as...

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More French Academy Award Winners: Gays in the '70s, Benguigui, Costner's 'Fabulous Contributions' to Film

Hollywood's Costner takes home Honorary Award Speaking of Hollywood, the French Academy has frequently given its Honorary César (an equivalent to the Lifetime Achievement Award) to some curious group of Hollywood celebrities. Among those are Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Grant, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Spike Lee, Andie McDowell, and Sylvester Stallone. This year, they've made another curious choice: Kevin Costner, whose Honorary Award was a tribute to his "fabulous contribution to cinematic history." Costner, among whose movie credits as actor and/or director are Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, The Postman, and Waterworld, thanked the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences for embracing him "for who I am." Other César winners Among this year's other César winners were, in the supporting categories, Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec for What's in a Name? / Le Prénom, directed by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere.
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They Shot Pictures #06: Maurice Pialat

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, I am joined by my friend and Cinema on the Road co-host Jhon (@cruyffbedroom) to discuss the always distinctive and often devastating films of French filmmaker Maurice Pialat. We start with his 1972 film, We Won’t Grow Old Together, move on to his adaptation of the Georges Bernanos novel, Under the Sun of Satan and conclude with his penultimate feature Van Gogh.

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Mid-year in Paris: Tiff Cinematheque presents ‘Summer in France’

Starting July 13th and running through September 2nd, prepare yourself to be transported to a summer vacation in France. All you have to do is check in at Tiff Cinematheque (350 King Street West, Toronto).

The 41-film sabbatical will make take you to popular and renowned destinations that include Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965), Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (1967), François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959), and Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937).

We’ll even be making stops at more remote, recherché locations, such as Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore (1973) and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows (1969).

Remember to pack lightly, re-schedule accordingly, and prepare for the ultimate staycation. Bon voyage!

Screenings include:

La Grand Illusion (1937)

Friday July 13 at 6:00 Pm

Sunday July 22 at 7:30 Pm

117 minutes

Heralded as “one of the fifty best films in the history of cinema” by Time Out Film Guide, Jean Renoir
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Our favorite movie posters of 2011

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Our favorite movie posters of 2011
Tis the season to be judgmental. With December inching closer and closer to January, my inbox and Twitter feed keep filling up with all kinds of movie-ranking lists. Last night someone sent me this one from Cinema Enthusiast, The Top 20 Film Posters of 2011.

It's a strong list, with a lot of really good picks: I'd never seen the poster for Magnet's "Black Death" before, but man that is an awesome image. And their pick for the #1 Poster of 2011, "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is certainly a very memorable one-sheet. But, to my surprise, none of my own personal favorite movie posters of 2011 made the cut. You know what that means: counter-list time!

Here, now, in ascending order, are my five favorite posters of 2011, most of which can be found and examined in much larger detail at IMPAwards.com. I'm sure you have your own favorites too; you
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Film review: Séraphine

If Martin Provost's engrossing biopic is to be believed, the artist was never cut out for a life of stardom, says Xan Brooks

Séraphine de Senlis was a lowly French domestic who painted on the sly. She spent her coppers on brushes and oils and daubed primitive still lifes that caught the eye of a visiting art critic. And yet, if Martin Provost's engrossing biopic is to be believed, the artist was never cut out for a life of stardom. As played by Yolande Moreau, Séraphine looks positively monolithic – a round-shouldered, splay-footed creature of toil. But her mental state is ­precarious, propped up by familiar routines. ­Success unbalances her and she takes to wandering the streets, resplendent in a new, shop-bought wedding dress. ­Provost unearths this marginal figure to offer a poignant salute to a life on the fringes. This is a measured, soulful and tactile work; a
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