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Daily | Previewing Viennale 2016

20 August 2016 8:35 AM, PDT

The Viennale, running this year from October 20 through November 2, has begun previewing its lineup, including a retrospective essentially built on creatively programmed double features. For example: F.W. Murnau's Faust and William Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster; three versions of Wuthering Heights (William Wyler, Luis Buñuel and Jacques Rivette); Alan Clarke's Elephant (1989) and Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003); Josef von Sternberg's Crime and Punishment and Lav Diaz's Norte, the End of History; and so on. There'll also be special programs dedicated to Christopher Walken and Peter Hutton and among the features in the main program are Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come, Tim Sutton's Dark Night and Paul Verhoeven's Elle. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Nyff 2016 Lineup | Retrospective

19 August 2016 10:45 AM, PDT

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's announced that the Retrospective section of the 54th New York Film Festival, running from September 30 through October 16, "will feature a two-part lineup headlined and inspired by Bertrand Tavernier’s magnificent epic documentary My Journey Through French Cinema." I collected a first round of reviews when it screened at Il Cinema Ritrovato in June. There'll also be "a selection of French classics featured in the documentary and a 12-film exploration of one of Tavernier’s favorite American directors, Henry Hathaway." We've got all the titles and the descriptions. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Goings On | Noir, Lynch, Tafoya

19 August 2016 5:14 AM, PDT

Tonight at midnight, New York's Spectacle Theater presents He Walked by Night (1948), the "template for Dragnet and a direct inspiration for dozens of police procedurals… It’s Alfred Werker’s name as director, but most film historians put the bulk of the work on the shoulders of Anthony Mann." In Los Angeles, Women of Cinefamily Weekend is on through Sunday. Tonight, Brie Larson presents Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground. Tomorrow, Sky Ferreira will perform a tribute to Lou Adler's Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. Sunday sees the La premiere of Antibirth, with director Danny Perez and star Natasha Lyonne slated to make a showing. Dennis Lim will introduce screenings of films by David Lynch in Berkeley this weekend. Plus, noir and Scout Tafoya's I Am No Bird in Chicago—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Toronto 2016 Lineup, Round 6

18 August 2016 7:58 AM, PDT

The Toronto International Film Festival's Primetime program, focusing on "high-quality television premieres," will see its second year when Tiff runs from September 8 through 18. Among the highlights: Episodes from the new season of Charlie Brooker’s anthology series, Black Mirror, featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Alice Eve; three episodes from the third season of Jill Soloway's Transparent with Anjelica Huston, Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, Cherry Jones, Rob Hubel, Alexandra Billings, Trace Lysette, Alexandra Grey, and Kathryn Hahn; and from Matt Johnson (The Dirties, Operation Avalanche), nirvanna the band the show. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Arthur Hiller, 1923 – 2016

18 August 2016 7:04 AM, PDT

"Arthur Hiller, an Academy Award-nominated director whose long career began in live television and flourished in the movies in the 1970s with crowd-pleasers like the phenomenally successful Love Story, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles," writes Dave Kehr for the New York Times. As Patrick Hipes notes at Deadline, Love Story would lead "to a streak of big movies for Hiller that spanned especially comedy including The Hospital, penned by Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote The Americanization of Emily); Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin; The Lonely Guy with Steve Martin; and Outrageous Fortune starring Shelley Long and Bette Midler. He also helmed the film adaptations of Neil Simon’s The Out of Towners and Plaza Suite." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Nyff 2016 Lineup | Projections

17 August 2016 1:11 PM, PDT

Today, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the lineup for the Projections section of the 54th New York Film Festival, running from September 30 through October 16: "Among the highlights are Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge, winner of the top prize in Locarno’s 2016 Filmmakers of the Present section; world premieres of new work by visual poets Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler, the subjects of last year’s Nyff Retrospective; features including Deborah Stratman’s The Illinois Parables and Dane Komljen’s All the Cities of the North; and the U.S. premiere of Há Terra!, directed by 2015 Kazuko Trust Award winner Ana Vaz." » - David Hudson »

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Daily | In the Works | Kiarostami, Lynch, Scorsese

17 August 2016 12:51 PM, PDT

Abbas Kiarostami's son has announced that the late director has left behind a film that his family is hoping to release next year, "and I can tell you that it is quite amazing." Also in today's roundup on projects in the works: The latest on David Lynch and Mark Frost's next season of Twin Peaks and on Martin Scorsese's The Irishman with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; Guillermo del Toro has begun production on The Shape of Water; John Turturro's Going Places is a spin-off from The Big Lebowski; Michael Haneke is wrapping Happy End with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert and Mathieu Kassovitz; Robert Downey Jr. may be teaming with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for a drama at HBO—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Goings On | Godard, Malle, Hong

17 August 2016 8:50 AM, PDT

Return of the Double Feature, a series programmed by Film Forum's Bruce Goldstein, opens on Friday and runs through September 13 in New York. Saturday sees a double bill of works by Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless, "a singularly penetrating film noir that still jars after more than 50 years," as Jonathan Stevenson puts it. "In counterpoint, Contempt embraces domestic life, but it is scarcely less fraught and Godard is as merciless as ever." More goings on: A new restoration of Louis Malle’s debut film, Elevator to the Gallows, tours the country. Dennis Lim will be introducing and discussing films by David Lynch in Berkeley. The Austin Film Society's presenting new restorations of King Hu's A Touch of Zen and Dragon Inn. And Mubi's Daniel Kasman has curated a series of films by Hong Sang-soo for Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Interviews | Sheil, Radwanski, Wheatley

17 August 2016 5:51 AM, PDT

Elle's published a delightful conversation between Aaron Paul and Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout star of Stranger Things. We've also gathered interviews with, among others, Kristen Stewart, Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer), David Mackenzie and Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass), Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs), David Lowery (Pete's Dragon), Mark Pellington (Blindspot), Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), Deborah Stratman, Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), Todd Solondz and Ellen Burstyn (Wiener-Dog), Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Bérénice Bejo and Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) and Paulina García (Little Men). » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Toronto 2016 Lineup, Round 5

16 August 2016 8:14 AM, PDT

The Toronto International Film Festival's unleashed another round of lineups for this year's edition (September 8 through 18), including new films by Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Kelly Reichardt, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Hong Sang-soo, Emmanuelle Bercot, Walter Hill, Antonio Campos, Joseph Cedar, Philippe Falardeau, James Franco, Ken Loach, Douglas Gordon, Lav Diaz, Jõao Pedro Rodrigues, Ana Vaz, Matías Piñeiro, Angela Schanelec, Wang Bing, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, installations by Sharon Lockhart and Albert Serra—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Loris Gréaud’s Sculpt

16 August 2016 4:49 AM, PDT

Only one person at a time will get to see Loris Gréaud's Sculpt, a sci-fi featuring Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Lonsdale, Pascal Greggory, Abel Ferrara and a soundtrack by The Residents. Tickets to screenings beginning today at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are free of charge, too, most likely making them even harder to come by. "Gréaud is making four versions of Sculpt, each similar in narrative arc but different in pacing, script and sequence of events," notes Alex Moshakis in the Guardian. If and when there are reviews, we'll be adding them to this collection of previews. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Nyff 2016 Lineup | Convergence

15 August 2016 1:02 PM, PDT

Having announced the lineup for the Main Slate of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 through October 16), the Film Society of Lincoln Center now unveils details on its Convergence program, running from October 1 through 4 and featuring "virtual reality, augmented reality, installations, and more." There'll be new work by Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III, Kiira Benzing and Stina Hamlin, Lance Weiler and Nick Fortugno, special talks by Lindsay Doran, Hilmar Koch and Nick Rasmussen—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Books | Film Art, Huston, Costa

15 August 2016 9:59 AM, PDT

For the tenth year in a row, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson index entries at their blog that can serve as supplements to their landmark textbook, Film Art: An Introduction. More in this books roundup: Stuart Klawans on John Huston's adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood; Nadin Mai on two collections, one on Pedro Costa, the other on Béla Tarr; Nathan Heller's appreciation of Hitchcock/Truffaut; Max Nelson on novelist Richard Price and HBO's The Night Of; editor Robert Gottlieb on working with Lauren Bacall; Amy Schumer on her favorite books and adaptations—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Listening | Crawford, Herzog, Chaplin

15 August 2016 5:01 AM, PDT

Karina Longworth's marvelous podcast, You Must Remember This, returns from a summer break with a new series on Joan Crawford. The first episode (44'18") focuses on the young Lucille LeSueur and swerves off on an entertaining detour for background on Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. More listening: Werner Herzog is impressed by Kanye West's Famous; Joseph McBride discusses Charles Chaplin's City Lights; Sam Fragoso talks with Ira Sachs about Little Men and more; White Reindeer director Zach Clark talks with John Waters about Multiple Maniacs, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Justin Bieber and Terrence Malick; and the latest edition of Illusion Travels By Streetcar is about "The Madness of Busby Berkeley." » - David Hudson »

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