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This year, the New York Film Festival convened a masterclass in cinematography with two legends of the form, Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman. Storaro has worked repeatedly with great directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Bernardo Bertolucci on visual masterpieces like “Apocalyspe Now” and “The Conformist” and lent his talents to Woody Allen’s upcoming “Wonder Wheel.” Ed Lachman has worked with filmmakers like Sofia Coppola, Steven Soderbergh, and has developed a close rapport with Todd Haynes on diverse works such as “Carol,” “I’m Not There,” and this year’s upcoming “Wonderstruck.” The two old friends and colleagues sat down with festival director Kent Jones to reflect on their careers, influences, and philosophies.
- Joe Blessing
While most of the scathing criticisms of producer Harvey Weinstein involve his inappropriate sexual conduct towards female employees and stars, writer Paul Schrader’s biggest issue with Weinstein is his reputation for drastically recutting movies.
Schrader added his voice to the angry outcry against Weinstein with a rather tone-deaf Facebook post that downplays Weinstein’s personality as a “sexual gangster” since “most people who crossed his path” knew about it.
“Of course I knew Harvey Weinstein was a sexual gangster. So did most people who crossed his path. It was an odor that preceded him,” the post says. “That’s not what offended me most about the man. It was the fact that he purchased films by both Bernardo Bertolucci and Wong Kar Wai and then recut them. TWC offered to purchase Bret Ellis and my The Canyons on the proviso that Harvey could recut it — Why would Bret and I, I screamed »
- Matt Fernandez
6 October 2017 6:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Robert Altman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese — scores of cinematic geniuses have given guest lectures at AFI over the past 50 years and answered questions from classrooms full of future cinematic geniuses. THR was given access to the archives for a few choice highlights.
This story first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
- THR Staff
An Evening with Ava DuVernay and . . . has been cancelled "due to scheduling conflicts". Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
An Evening with Ava DuVernay and... in the Special Event programme that was to take place on October 6 at 6:00pm at Alice Tully Hall has been cancelled "due to scheduling conflicts". The sneak preview screening of Paul Schrader's First Reformed has been slotted in for that time. Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning documentary 13th was the Opening Night Gala selection for last year's New York Film Festival.
Cinematographers Edward Lachman (Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck) and Vittorio Storaro (Bernardo Bertolucci, Carlos Saura, and Francis Ford Coppola) will participate in a Master Class conversation with New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:15pm - Walter Reade Theater.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ali Fazal is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here.
Growing up in India, Fazal didn’t hear the usual bedtime stories from his mother. Instead she told the 5-year-old the tale of warring mob families in New York. It wasn’t until much later that he realized that she had related “The Godfather.” He was obsessed with Marlon Brando and watched all his movies: “On the Waterfront,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and, of course, “The Godfather” movies.
With that upbringing you’d think it wasn’t strange that he became an actor, but the “Victoria & Abdul” star says he studied science. “I was a single child and they were worried about security,” he says of his parents. “Acting is considered a hobby in India.” Fazal caught audience interest with a small but pivotal role in Bollywood mega hit “3 Idiots.” Other films such as “Fukrey” followed as well as a »
- Shalini Dore
22 September 2017 3:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) will give the 2017 Samurai Award to acclaimed musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Sakamoto also won an Oscar, shared with David Byrne and Cong Su, for the original score of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). His life and artistry are the subject of a new documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, which premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival.
Sakamoto will give a talk at the festival in a series »
- Gavin J. Blair
David Crow Sep 27, 2017
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The New York City of 1971, the New York City of The Deuce, is before my time. The days of fabled sleaze and seduction, vibrancy and violence, which piled onto the sidewalks like so many ripped garbage bags, have long passed… albeit, the garbage stacks remain. Even upon first visiting the Big Apple nearly 20 years ago, Giuliani Time was deep in the rearview, for better or worse. The crime rate is still way down, and you could walk through Times Square without being bombarded by trash, porno theaters, and rented »
Barcelona — Italian actress Monica Bellucci and French Nouvelle Vague icon Agnès Varda will be honored at the 2017 San Sebastián Film Festival with Donostia Awards for career achievement. John Malkovich will serve as the president of the main competition jury.
The awards and jury president announcements come as the Spanish Festival has announced that festival guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, voicing “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” Javier Bardem, Bérénice Bejo, Steve Coogan, Penélope Cruz, and Jean-Pierre Léaud. Also attending: Benoît Magimel, Paz Vega, winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Prize to Latin Cinema, and Alicia Vikander-
Of directors, Darren Aronofsky, Raymond Depardon, Ildikó Enyedi, Robert Guédiguian, Todd Haynes, Aki Kaurismäki, Hirokazu Koreeda, Ruben Östlund, Lynne Ramsay, Carlos Saura, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom and Frederick Wiseman will present their latest films. Boasting a dazzling beauty which evokes Italian divas such as Sofía Loren and Claudia Cardinale, Bellucci has demonstrated her range and language abilities in such noteworthy works as Giuseppe Tornatore’s »
- Emilio Mayorga
29 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Twenty-five years ago, a small group of movie enthusiasts in Torun, a city in northern Poland, decided that not enough attention was paid to cinematographers, the men and women responsible for capturing images on film. So they approached two icons of the craft — Sven Nykvist, who had shot many films for Ingmar Bergman, and Vittorio Storaro, who had worked frequently with Bernardo Bertolucci — to see if they would be willing to take part in a new film festival.
Marek Zydowicz, the founder and current director of what has become Camerimage, laid out a manifesto: "The role of »
- Carolyn Giardina
This year’s New York Film Festival has just unveiled a slew of Special Events to round out its already full-to-bursting lineup, and it includes some late-breaking entries to previously announced sections and a selection of brand new events that are very special indeed. Highlights include a trio of documentary premieres, including Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg” (focused on the eponymous director, with both Lacy and her subject set to appear at the festival), along with Jennifer Lebeau’s Bob Dylan concert film “Trouble No More,” and Susan Froemke’s “The Opera House,” a history of the Metropolitan Opera and a love letter to the art form that will (appropriately enough) screen at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.
- Kate Erbland
When “Indivisible” screened for a crowd at Lincoln Center as the opening night selection of its annual “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” series, it had no U.S. distribution plan. In late 2016, it had screened in higher-profile slots in Venice and Toronto, where buyers paid no heed. But at Lincoln Center, the movie — a seriocomic story about 18-year-old conjoined twins pursuing a music career (real-life twins Angela and Marianna Fontana) — played through the roof.
That was when Ira Deutchman saw its potential.
“I just fell in love with it,” the veteran distribution executive said. “It’s got everything in it. The movie is not a depressing, severe art film that requires people to look at it like work. Maybe distributors didn’t see the commerciality in a story about conjoined twins, but the women are beautiful and the movie is surprisingly entertaining.”
Read More:Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award
- Eric Kohn
Cinematographer John Bailey has been a member of the Motion Picture Academy since 1981. He has served off and on as representative on the Board of Governors since 1996. Now, he is the 36th president of the 90-year-old institution.
A passionate supporter of film preservation and history, Bailey didn’t expect to become a cinematographer after leaving film school at the University of Southern California in the late 1960s. He fancied himself a “film theoretician,” dreaming of bearing witness to an imminent American new wave of cinema innovation. A Westwood viewing of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 film “The Conformist” drove him to pursue a career behind the camera. Some 50 years later, he takes the reins of an embattled organization that finds itself quickly moving forward on diversity initiatives while struggling to bring a long-planned museum to the heart of Tinseltown.
Three days after his election, Bailey spoke to Variety about stepping into the new post.
- Kristopher Tapley and Gene Maddaus
ZamaThe programme for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Darren Aronofsky, Lucrecia Martel, Frederick Wiseman, Alexander Payne, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takeshi Kitano and many more.COMPETITIONmother! (Darren Aronofsky)First Reformed (Paul Schrader)Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzi)Una Famiglia (Sebastiano Riso)Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)The Whale (Andrea Pallaoro)Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)Ammore e malavita (Manetti Brothers)Jusqu'a la garde (Xavier Legrand)The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (Abdellatif Kechiche)Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)L'insulte (Ziad Doueiri)La Villa (Robert Guediguian)The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)Suburbicon (George Clooney)Human Flow (Ai Weiwei)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesOur Souls at Night (Ritesh Batra)Il Signor Rotpeter (Antonietta de Lillo)Victoria »
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
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Tuesday, August 1
Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train
Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer. »
- Ryan Gallagher
Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni is set to chair the Venice Film Festival's Classics sidebar with a lineup that includes restored works from Steven Spielberg, Jean-Luc Godard and Bernardo Bertolucci. The jury will award the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film and Best Documentary On Cinema at the 74th edition of the festival next month. Numerous restored masterpieces in the section include: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind by Spielberg; 1900 by Bertolucci; Two… »
18 July 2017 6:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Venice Classics will include a wide range of restored classics this year, including the 1964 Michelangelo Antonioni Golden Lion winner Red Desert, starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris. Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 (1976), starring Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu, will make its big comeback, as will Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), starring Richard Dreyfuss and Francois Truffaut.
Other highlights of the lineup include Kenji »
- Ariston Anderson
The Video Essay is a joint project of Mubi and Filmadrid Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both Mubi and Filmadrid will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The seven selected works will be shown during the dates of Filmadrid (June 8 - 17, 2017) on Mubi’s cinema publication, the Notebook. Also there will be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of Mubi and Filmadrid.Telefoni NeriA video essay by Hannah LeißAs a reaction to the »
At the Quad Cinema - Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise; Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth; Mitchell Leisen's Hold Back The Dawn; Elia Kazan's America, America; Werner Herzog's Stroszek; Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In America, Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky with Anne Carlisle become Immigrant Songs. Retrospectives for Goldie Hawn, Frank Perry & Eleanor Perry, Bertrand Tavernier and Ryuichi Sakamoto; a Rainer Werner Fassbinder Lola First Encounter with Sandra Bernhard, Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear and a drop of Nathan Silver's Thirst Street come up in my conversation with Director of Programming C Mason Wells.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Few master cinematographers working today are more associated with a classical approach to shooting on film than Darius Khondji. The very look of his movies has the feel of celluloid – the “China ink” blacks, the shadow detail, the softness and uniquely rich, but not sharp color palette, along with a density of image that comes from literally putting the silver back on the film in a special lab process.
It’s not surprising then that Khondji hasn’t been shy about his distaste for shooting digitally.
Read More: Cannes 2017 – Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 29 of This Year’s Films
“I felt we left film for digital too early, not in the right way and not for the right reasons,” Khondji told IndieWire in a recent phone interview from Cannes, where his new film “Okja” premiered. The great cinematographer’s opinion was not changed shooting Michael Haneke’s Palme »
- Chris O'Falt
Rome – Sky Italia is expanding its production of original dramas for the international market with “The Miracle,” a TV series centered on a statue of the Virgin Mary that weeps tears of blood. The series is written by bestselling Italian novelist Niccolò Ammaniti, who will also serve as showrunner.
Like other Sky Italia originals that have travelled widely, such as “Gomorrah” and “1992,” “The Miracle” will be in Italian. But the production model “is the most similar to the American showrunner model that we’ve ever done, with a writer showrunning the directors,” said Sky Italia chief of content Andrea Scrosati.
Co-produced by Sky and FremantleMedia-owned Wildside, “The Miracle” will be directed by Francesco Munzi (“Black Souls”), Lucio Pellegrini (“The Perfect Life”), and Ammaniti (pictured), who will be making his debut as a TV helmer, following his feature-length doc “The Good Life” in 2014. FremantleMedia International will handle world sales.
Ammaniti’s novels, translated »
- Nick Vivarelli
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