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The Walerian Borowczyk Short Film Collection

That bad boy of (mostly) French cinema Walerian Borowczyk has been converting doubters into fans for sixty years, even though his pictures were never easy to see. Before he took a headlong leap into soft-core epics, he made some of the most creative and influential short films of his time — and they eventually became more erotic as well.

The Walerian Borowczyk Short Film Collection

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1959-1984 / B&W and Color / 1:66, 1:78 and 1:37 flat Academy / 144 min. / Street Date April 25, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 24.95

Directed by Walerian Borowczyk

This release brings back memories of traveling short subject shows, usually several reels’ worth of experimental films that would tour college campuses. Even in High School I’d drag my girlfriend to the University of Riverside, where huge crowds looking for the ‘In’ place to be would stare in attention at hours of abstract visuals, expressing their approval
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New Ways to See Non-Fiction: How MoMA Doc Fortnight Brings a Fresh Perspective to Documentary Films

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) kicks off its 16th annual Doc Fortnight on Thursday, a 10-day festival that includes 20 feature-length non-fiction films and 10 documentary shorts. This year’s lineup includes four world premieres and a number of North American and U.S. premieres.

Read More: 2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

The festival is far from the only major North American showcase for non-fiction cinema. Festivals ranging from Hot Docs to True/False have played key roles in the expanding documentary festival circuit. However, Doc Fortnight has maintained its own niche on the scene, by aiming to expose undiscovered stories and filmmakers, screening a range of documentaries from around the world and capturing the ways in which artists are pushing the boundaries of non-fiction filmmaking.

“It’s not an industry festival, there aren’t awards, and distributors aren’t all coming looking to buy,
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What Is the Best American Remake of a Foreign-Language Film? — Critics Survey

What Is the Best American Remake of a Foreign-Language Film? — Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In dubious honor of “Sleepless,” a new Jamie Foxx vehicle that’s been adapted from Frederic Jardin’s “Sleepless Night,” what is the best American remake of a foreign-language film?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Long before I knew and appreciated Jean Renoir, I was in love with “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” a 1986 comedy based on “Boudu Saved from Drowning” that peppered the flow with some truly eye-opening ideas for Hollywood: class warfare, unequal police treatment, a neurotic dog with its own therapist. The movie holds up beautifully — it’s one of Nick Nolte’s quietest performances, and one
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Daily | Marker, Ray, Rohmer

Today's round of news and views opens with a review of Superior Viaduct's release of the audio track of Chris Marker’s La Jetée on vinyl. Plus: Essays on Nicholas Ray, Eric Rohmer and Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou, Ida Lupino, Marguerite Duras, Stanley Kubrick, Tim Holt, a book on Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, remembering the actual Big Lebowski, David Huddleston, interviews with Pedro Almodóvar, Kent Jones, Clint Eastwood, Steven Soderbergh, a trailer for the new restoration of Ken Loach's Kes—and more. » - David Hudson
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Weekly Rushes. 2 March 2016

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSVoyage of TimeWell, the Academy Awards, of course! Here's the list of winners. Who made us smile most for his win of the golden statue? Ennio Morricone and his gracious speech for his ace score to The Hateful Eight. Biggest gaff beyond the central controversy? Setsuko Hara, Manoel de Oliveira, and Jacques Rivette not included in the "In Memoriam."And yet another filmmaker has left us this year. The New York Times reports that Syrian director Nabil Maleh has died at the age of 79.With Terrence Malick's dividing film Knight of Cups about to be released in cinemas in the Us this week, images have come in (including one above) of the filmmaker's mysterious documentary we keep hearing about, Voyage of Time.In New York, the big news this
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Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.

Two 1980's science fiction efforts from the 'eighties: Millennium is an expensive book adaptation with Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd navigating a time travel story about body snatchers from the future. R.O.T.O.R is direct to video and strictly from hunger. Oh, the agony… However, both films surely have lessons to teach the budding filmmaker who thinks moviemaking is easy. Millennium and R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray Color Scream Factory Street Date February 23, 2016 / 26.99

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream Factory plumbs the depths of the MGM library, which includes not only the holdings of United Artists, Orion and the old American-International Pictures, but also an alphabet soup of smaller outfits that were bought up in the 1990s. The independent productions seen on this Scream Factory Blu-ray double bill give us two kinds of science fiction properties. One is an expensive Canadian production with a big star, and the other is a
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Je t’aime, je t’aime

Yet another European art film director tries his hand at cerebral Sci-fi. Alain Resnais' openly experimental movie uses a generic time travel framework to, what else, explore the phenomenon of memory. Suicidal melancholic Claude Rich is projected back exactly one year, for exactly one minute. What could go wrong? Je t'aime, je t'aime Blu-ray Kino Classics 1968 / Color /1:66 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date November 10, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac. Cinematography Jean Boffety Film Editors Albert Jurgenson, Colette Leloup Original Music Krzysztof Penderecki Written by Jacques Sternberg, Alain Resnais Produced by Mag Bodard Directed by Alain Resnais

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

My very first UCLA film class in the Fall of 1970 dispatched us to the Vagabond Theater to see a double bill of two 'art' movies that play fast and loose with narrative conventions: Luis Buñuel's Ensayo de un Crimen and Alain Resnais' Je t'aime,
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Daily | Issues | Senses, Fq, Screening the Past

The entirety of the Summer 2015 issue of Film Quarterly is freely accessible—but only until September 30. Highlights include Jiwei Xiao on Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin, Megan Ratner's interview with Eugène Green and Paul Thomas's remembrance of Alain Resnais. The new Senses of Cinema features articles on Chris Marker's La Jetée and Asghar Farhadi's About Elly, reviews of four books on Alfred Hitchcock and much more. We're also rounding up highlights of new issues of Screening the Past, [in]Transition, the Brooklyn Rail and Synoptique. Plus cinematographer Vittorio Storaro on the influence of Caravaggio on Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist. » - David Hudson
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Amid Festival Reindeer Games, Telluride Keeps On Keeping On

Amid Festival Reindeer Games, Telluride Keeps On Keeping On
Robert Redford often admits that the Sundance Film Festival has been “a victim of its own success,” referring to press inundation at the event over the years. For Telluride, it was the festival’s steady rise as a launching pad for awards season power players that attracted increasing media numbers (ahem). But that kind of attention is admittedly antithetical to the goals of the annual cinephile retreat.

So I put the question to Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger bluntly when we spoke earlier this week about the 2015 lineup. Would she and co-founder Tom Luddy have preferred folks like me stay away?

“No,” she exclaims. “I think the discussions that sometimes happen about the awards derby, I kind of wish those weren’t going on. But they’re happening anyway and who are we to say one thing or another about it? This little secret on the mountain has been doing
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Weekly Rushes. 24 June 2015

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above, the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario, which premiered in competition in Cannes.Cinema Scope #63 is about to hit newstands, but a lot of it can be read online: Mark Peranson on Cannes and Miguel Gomes, Adam Cook talks with Corneliu Porumboiu, Jordan Cronk on The Assassin, Chuck Stephens on Gregory Markopoulous, Christoph Huber on Mad Max: Fury Road, and more.Author William Gibson recounts his encounters with Chris Marker's La Jetée.James Horner, the composer of scores for such Hollywood films as 48 Hrs, Aliens, and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.Federic Babina has made a series of "Archidirector" illustrations, imagining houses designed in the style of filmmakers like David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick.Sight & Sound has exclusive images from the production of Ben Rivers' new movie,
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One woman shows by Anne-Katrin Titze

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971 press preview at MoMA Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the press preview for Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971, the Museum of Modern Art Director, Glenn D. Lowry, introduced the co-curators, Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, MoMA, and Director, MoMA PS1 and Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints.

Yoko's exhibition includes nine 16mm films - Albert Maysles and David Maysles' Cut Piece, the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Bed-In from 1969, Match Piece (One), Eyeblink, Fly, Film No. 5 (Smile), Wrapping Event, Film No. 4, and The Museum Of Modern Art Show 1971.

Albert and David Maysles' Cut Piece (1965) Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC

The infamous The Museum Of Modern Art Show 1971 consists of interviews Yoko conducted in front of MoMA in 1971 about her Yoko Ono: One Woman Show - a show that did not take
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Die Hard, Pulp Fiction: What's your favourite Bruce Willis movie?

Die Hard, Pulp Fiction: What's your favourite Bruce Willis movie?
Many happy returns to Bruce Willis, who celebrates his 60th birthday today (March 19)!

Ever since finding fame in the '80s thanks to sitcom Moonlighting and explosive action movie Die Hard, Bruce has been a regular on our screens, appearing in films great, good, not-so-good and Cop Out.

With John McClane himself celebrating the big 6-0, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite Bruce Willis movies, while you can vote for your personal favourite in the poll below...

Die Hard - Morgan Jeffery (TV Editor)

There's a million reasons to love 1988's Die Hard - the colourful supporting characters like Al (Reginald VelJohnson), Ellis (Hart Bochner) and Argyle (De'voreaux White), action cinema's greatest ever villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Michael Kamen's brilliantly '80s score...

But the big reason is Bruce. Sure, New York cop John McClane was a tough guy, but what Willis brought to the part
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Daily | Didion, Csf, Korty

In today's roundup of news and views: Joan Didion, half a century ago and more relevant than ever, on Hollywood's diversity problem. Jonathan Romney on "conceptual science fiction" (Chris Marker’s La Jetée, Shane Carruth’s Primer and Upstream Color and, from this year alone, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig's Predestination and James Ward Byrkit's Coherence). Chuck Bowen ranks the films of David Cronenberg. Daniel Kasman talks with Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson about The Forbidden Room, David Jenkins talks with Jessica Hausner about Amour Fou and Lourdes, and Anne Thompson has a good long talk with Laura Poitras about Citizenfour. » - David Hudson
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12 Monkeys: SyFy Has More Time To Stop The End Of Humanity

SyFy's efforts to get back into narrative programming just got a big boost from, 12 Monkeys, the episodic adaptation of a French short film and an American cult feature film. Like it's predecessors 12 Monkeys is about a time traveler from the future who is sent back to stop a deadly plague from bringing Humankind to the verge of extinction. What the show is able to do is expand this 12 Monkeys universe even more. Just as Gilliam expanded Chris Marker's short film La Jetée into his feature length film, Twelve Monkeys, the show, now has 12 episodes to expand as much as they want to. This time travel story has gone from 30 minutes, to 129 and on to a whopping 529 in just this first...

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Review: Syfy's Lackluster '12 Monkeys' Will Leave You Itching for Terry Gilliam

In the first episode of Syfy's "12 Monkeys," post-apocalyptic time traveler and long-haired tough James Cole (Aaron Stanford) returns to the wasteland of 2043 disappointed that he still exists. Accomplishing his mission "didn't change anything," he tells Jones (Barbara Sukowa), the enigmatic leader of an effort to prevent the pandemic that has pushed humankind to the brink of extinction. "There were others. There are always others." Indeed, in both narrative and form, "others" loom large over the series, which sets itself the impossible task of living up to not one but two visionary filmmakers and, like Cole, comes up frustratingly short. "12 Monkeys" is not an exact replica of Terry Gilliam's 1995 film of the same name, which drew inspiration from "La Jetée" (1963), Chris Marker's revolutionary portrait of a world annihilated by nuclear war. Rather, the series re-imagines a similar universe: Cole leaps back and forth...
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12 sci-fi and horror shorts turned into feature films

From low-budget dystopias to grungy horror, here are 12 shorts that became films such as Evil Dead, Twelve Monkeys and The Babadook.

The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.

Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.

The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons,
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Chris Marker's Remastered Level Five Coming to DVD & VOD

Director Chris Marker, best known to the general public for the spectacular short film La Jetée (a film that has inspired a wide range of films and filmmakers, most notably Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys), is currently at the center of a mini resurgence. His 1997 film Level Five was recently restored and has been making the Cinematheque rounds over the last year, culminating in an upcoming home video release care of the fine folks at Icarus Films.

The movie is a stand out of Marker's, easily on par with La Jetée, it's the story of a woman who, while working on a WWII video game, is also mourning the loss of her lover. It sounds innocuous enough but as is often the case with Marker's movies, there's a whole lot more going on not to mention that the [Continued ...]
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Review: Chris Marker's 'Level Five' Displays The Work Of A Mastermind Theorist

Back on the big screen as part of Bam Rose Cinema's retrospective of his work, Chris Marker’s 1996 documentary “Level Five” is a staunch reminder of the singular cinematic oeuvre left behind by the filmmaker. The French visual essayist (“documentary” may be an insufficient descriptor for any of his films) grew up alongside exponents of the French New Wave, but was set apart by his unique approach to cinema and storytelling. Most renowned for the 1962 short masterpiece “La Jetée” (one of the most effective time travel movies ever made), and 1983’s documentary “Sans Soleil,” third in Sight And Sound’s all-time list of documentaries, Marker was fascinated with a number of anthropological themes. His work often resulted in visual collages touching upon history, war, collective memory, and modern technology. Any readers unfamiliar with Marker’s work shouldn't necessarily start with "Level Five," but Marker admirers will find much to savor from this intellectual.
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Daily | Chris Marker @ Bam

From today through August 28, New York's BAMcinématek is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of films by Chris Marker. The highlight is the North American premiere of Level Five (1996). We gather reviews of this "playful, ruminative and melancholy" sci-fi "adventure" (New York Times) and point to overviews of the series, featuring not only Marker's best known works, La Jetée (1962) and Sans Soleil (1983), but also early travelogues, such as Sunday in Peking (1956) and A Letter from Siberia (1958), and political essays along the lines of A Grin Without a Cat (1977) and The Last Bolshevik (1993). » - David Hudson
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Memories Of The Future: Chris Marker Retro With Newly Restored Level Five At Bam

With the theatrical release of the digitally restored 1997 film Level 5, Brooklyn's own Bam Cinematek is hosting a rare retrospective of Chris Marker, one of the most singular voices in cinema history.Marker passed on in 2012. But as a writer, photographer, visual essayist and multimedia artist, Marker leaves an impressive body of work that spans more than half a century. His uncategorizable cinematic oeuvre touched upon politics, technology, cinema, artists, time and memories. He was an acute observer of the past and present, and cinema's own soothsayer.The retro includes Sunless, one of my absolute favorites; La Jetée, a seminal time-travel, sci-fi classic; Bestiary Series, his short visual haikus on animals; Statues Also Die (with Alain Resnais) and Valparaiso (with Joris Ivens), his collaborative efforts; The Six Side of...

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