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Naïve and deliberate by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Max Hollein with Camp: Notes On Fashion Co-Chairs Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele at the press preview Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Susan Sontag's Notes On 'Camp' from 1964, she counts Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble In Paradise and John Huston's The Maltese Falcon as "among the greatest camp movies ever made." Marcel Carné's Drôle De Drame, Greta Garbo, Jean Cocteau, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Russell, Gina Lollobrigida, Victor Mature, Virginia Mayo, Tallulah Bankhead, Jayne Mansfield, Mae West, Edward Everett Horton, and Anita Ekberg's performance in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita are noted by her for their camp appeal.

Andrew Bolton when I asked him "Are dachshunds particularly Camp?": "Oh absolutely!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Baz Luhrmann, Sienna Miller, Lupita Nyong'o, Emily Blunt, Elle Fanning, Emma Stone, Naomi Campbell, Ezra Miller, Cara Delevingne, Celine Dion, Bette Midler,
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Nicole Kidman movies: 14 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Moulin Rouge,’ ‘The Hours’

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Nicole Kidman movies: 14 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Moulin Rouge,’ ‘The Hours’
Nicole Kidman, one of the most honored actresses currently working in both film and television, has returned to the nation’s movie screens in Joel Edgerton‘s “Boy Erased.” She plays the loving wife of an Arkansas minister (Russell Crowe) who both decide to ship their teenage son Jared (Lucas Hedges) off to a gay conversion center when they discover Jared’s sexual orientation.

If all of the awards buzz surrounding Kidman’s performance in “Boy Erased” comes to fruition, it will only add to her haul in awards nominations. To date, Kidman has been nominated for four Academy Awards (including a win for 2002’s “The Hours”), has earned 10 Golden Globe film nominations and has been nominated for seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for movies. Plus she just had an awards sweep at the Emmys, Globes and SAG for her TV work on “Big Little Lies.”

And if that is not enough Nicole for you,
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The Creepiest Nuns in Movie History

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If nuns make you nervous, you’re not alone. Whether it’s their distinctive religious attire, their unwavering devotion to a higher power, or their reputation for meting out corporal punishment in Catholic school, it’s hard to deny that there’s something vaguely eerie about them at times. As the new supernatural horror film “The Nun” prepares to haunt theaters, here’s a look at 20 movie nuns that are guaranteed to give you the creeps.

Courtesy of New Line Cinema

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Audiences first met the eerie title character of “The Nun” in the sequel to James Wan’s horror hit “The Conjuring.” Sporting a ghostly complexion, a bad attitude, and a mouthful of rotting fangs that would make Pennywise the clown jealous, the Nun is referred to by several names throughout the film, including the Marquis of Snakes, the Defiler, and the demon Valak. But don’t
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Shout Factory

1964 / 1.85:1 / Street Date August 21, 2018

Starring Joan Crawford, Diane Baker

Cinematography by Arthur Arling

Directed by William Castle

The planets aligned in 1964 as William Castle’s Strait-Jacket premiered in January and Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp was published later that fall. There’s no mention of Castle’s axe-happy melodrama in Sontag’s essay – an eclectic rundown of kitsch touchstones extolling everything from The Mysterians to Steve Reeves – and that’s surprising because frame by frame, Castle’s overcooked fright-fest encompasses almost everything Sontag had to say about the joys of guilelessly bad art.

Joan Crawford stars as Lucy Harbin, a middle-aged outcast back home after a twenty year stint in a mental institution. The film’s prologue sets the stage; one hot night in 1944 Lucy paused by her bedroom window to find her husband sharing their bed with another, distinctly younger, woman. The enraged
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Cinephile Heaven in Bologna

One thing that distinguished this year's Il Cinema Ritrovato festival of rare, rediscovered or restored cinema from around the world was the air-conditioning. In previous years, the "cinephile's heaven" had seen people falling asleep at films they'd waited their whole lives to see, struck down by stifling midsummer heat. Now, even that beloved cinematic sweatbox the Jolly can cool its customers enough to mostly stave off somnolence, and if a hardboiled cinephage does pass out, it's more likely to be due to the unforgiving schedule of nine-to-midnight viewings.The doughty traveler can concentrate on seeing everything in one or two strands—retrospectives on the cinema of 1898 and 1918, the work of directors John M. Stahl, Marcello Pagliero, Luciano Emmer and Ylmaz Guney, the studio Fox, the countries China and Russia in the early thirties, and so on... or they can do as I did, sampling almost randomly from across the goodies on offer.
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March 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Fangs Of The Living Dead, The Strangers, The Dark Crystal Anniversary Edition

March’s home media releases kick off in grand style this week with an eclectic array of horror and sci-fi arrivals, both new and old. Scream Factory has put together a stellar Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of The Strangers and Arrow Video is resurrecting yet another Dario Argento classic in HD with their limited edition celebration of The Cat O’ Nine Tails. My Friend Dahmer also arrives on both formats this Tuesday, and The Dark Crystal is getting a 4K Anniversary Edition release that fans will undoubtedly want to pick up as well.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD titles for March 6th include Thor: Ragnarok, Fangs of the Living Dead, The Crossbreed, Curse of the Mayans, Knights of the Damned, and the House on the Edge of the Park/Last House on Massacre Street (aka The Bride) double feature from Kino Lorber.

The Cat O’ Nine Tales: Limited Edition (Arrow Video,
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Video Essay. Boy Meets Girl

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython. While I am relatively new to the Jerry Lewis’s work as actor and director, it’s pretty clear how his dynamic with Dean Martin functions—Martin is charismatic and street-wise, Lewis is the sympathetic goofball. This contrast is accentuated in Frank Tashlin’s Hollywood or Bust (1956), since the film is an emphatic (or should I say cartoonish?) erotic fantasy. By the end of the film, Lewis’s clumsy, childish protagonist ends up with his Hollywood crush, Anita Ekberg. If this, by itself, requires a great effort in suspending disbelief, it’s also worth mentioning that before the Martin & Lewis characters settle into their monogamous relationships, they get a lot of female attention. Literally dozens of women wave to them as Martin & Lewis drive through the USA smiling and singing, and in their every scene that’s set in a populated space (backstage,
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Blood Alley

Now a successful producer, John Wayne tries a big budget action picture with an anti-Communist theme. It’s The Alamo on a ferryboat, set in the far East where the locals are a hungerin’ for Freedom. Wayne is an apolitical adventurer who just feels like savin’ Chinese and kissin’ Lauren Bacall. Ace director William Wellman holds it together — barely.

Blood Alley


Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date July 18, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim, Berry Kroeger, Mike Mazurki, Wei Ling, Henry Nakamura.

Cinematography: William H. Clothier

Film Editor: Fred McDowell

Original Music: Roy Webb

Written by A.S. Fleischman, from his novel.

Produced by John Wayne

Directed by William Wellman

John Wayne was extremely busy in 1955, starring in movies for big studios as well as for his own company Batjac. He was rated the most popular Hollywood star and was making constant public appearances,
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The Forgotten: Gerd Oswald's "Screaming Mimi" (1958)

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Ok, so Screaming Mimi, based on eccentric cult crime/sci-fi scribe Fredric Brown's novel, is at best a hot mess of a film, more often only a lukewarm one. But you somehow can't tear your eyes away from it: it's a slow-motion car wreck with musical numbers.Anita Ekberg, just ahead of her elevation to iconic status by Federico Fellini, is cantilevered into the role of Virginia, traumatized by a knife-wielding psycho while taking a shower (yes, the scene anticipates Psycho, and yes, it shows that the same elements can be used in a lame, ineffective way). The staff of the asylum from which the maniac escaped then feel it only their duty to take Anita into their care, where she meets the controlling, Svengali-like Dr. Greenwood, who becomes her lover and business manager when she returns to her life as an exotic dancer in the big city.Most
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La Dolce Vita Screens September 28th at The Tivoli – ‘Classics in the Loop’

“You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.”

La Dolce Vita screens Wednesday September 28th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.

There is sexy, and then there is Anita Eckberg, whose voluptuous figure splashing around the Trevi Fountain in Rome in Federico Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita, while wearing that bellissima black dress, was the ultimate symbol of male fantasy. The film won the Academy Award in 1960 for Best Costumes, thanks in large part to the black sleeveless gown that Miss Eckberg displayed in that famous scene. Costume designer Piero Gherardi worked in neo-realist Italian cinema from 1954 to 1971, notably on four key films by Federico Fellini.
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Top Ten Black Dresses In The Movies

The Little Black Dress—From Mourning to Night is a free exhibit currently at The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The exhibit runs through September 5th.

The Little Black Dress – a simple, short cocktail dress—is a sartorial staple for most contemporary women. Prior to the early 20th century, simple, unadorned black garments were limited to mourning, and strict social rules regarding mourning dress were rigidly observed.Featuring over 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum’s world-renowned textile collection, this fun yet thought-provoking exhibit explores the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion. You’ll also see fascinating artifacts—from hair jewelry to tear catchers—that were once a regular part of the mourning process. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share your own memories of your favorite
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Alamo Coming to Brooklyn, Sounds of ‘Fury Road,’ Coppola and De Palma Interview, and More

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Cinephilia & Beyond have published a conversation between Brian De Palma and Francis Ford Coppola from a 1974 issue of Filmmmakers Newsletter.

Watch a video on the sounds of Mad Max: Fury Road:

Alamo Drafthouse’s seven-screen Brooklyn location will open this summer:

Currently in its final phase of construction, the flagship theater, located at 445 Gold Street – at the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush Avenues – will be a movie-lover’s paradise featuring seven screens celebrating all forms of cinema. True to the brand’s roots, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn will feature a diverse programming slate blending the best arthouse and independent releases with Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. With the
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Dustin Hoffman Reflects on ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Amy’ Director Visits Criterion, James Gray’s New Ad, and More

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Jessica Chastain, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto, Catherine Hardwicke, Amma Asante, Marielle Heller, Ziyi Zhang, Haifaa Al Mansour, and more women have launched the company We Do It Together to produce films and TV that boost the empowerment of women, Variety reports.

Dustin Hoffman discusses his screen test for The Graduate, plus read Frank Rich‘s Criterion essay:

Though The Graduate upholds some of the classic tropes of Hollywood romantic comedy dating back to the 1930s—especially in its climactic deployment of a runaway bride—Benjamin’s paralyzing emotional disconnect from the world around him is what makes his story both fresh and particular to its own time.

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Five Came Back

Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West contributed to the screenplay for John Farrow's suspense adventure about a plane crash in the Amazon jungle -- who will survive? Lucille Ball is the ranking castaway in a glossy Rko thriller that's been restored to a fine polish. Five Came Back DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1939 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 75 min. / Street Date June 30, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, Joseph Calleia, C. Aubrey Smith, Kent Taylor, Patric Knowles, Elisabeth Risdon, Casey Johnson, Frank Faylen. Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca Original Music Roy Webb Written by Jerome Cady, Dalton Trumbo, Nathanael West story by Richard Carroll Produced by Robert Sisk Directed by John Farrow

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When they list the 'big' pictures of 1939, the ones that we're told made that year Hollywood's best ever, there are some winning titles that don't get mentioned.
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‘La Dolce Vita’ to be remade?

Federico Fellini’s classic piece of cinema, La Dolce Vita won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, as well as an Oscar for Best Costume. It’s a cultural landmark of the big screen, an existential struggle between different lifestyles as journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) makes his way through a number of encounters in Rome, over seven days, including one with Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). And it’s about to be remade.

The Fellini estate has just closed an option agreement with Ambi Group to do a “homage” to the 1960 original. The project is being spearheaded by Federico Fellini’s niece, Francesca, who’s the last blood descendent.

Apparently the new incarnation is going to be translated into a contemporary setting. So perhaps Marcello will be orchestrating his encounters with women via social media and iPhone?

It’s hard to say how this will pan out. I don’t want
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Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ to get a remake

“We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should love each other outside of time… detached.”

That’s a line from Federico Fellini’s art house classic La Dolce Vita, a movie that’s pure ’60s but is so freeing and whimsical in so many regards that it too exists seemingly out of time.

And yet a new Italian studio has sought to remake Fellini’s classic and update it for the modern age. Deadline reports that Ambi and Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo acquired the rights to the remake via Francesca Fellini, the director’s niece and only remaining bloodline family member.

“We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned,
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Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' Next Classic Film Up for a Remake

Another day, another remake. They're currently remaking Ben-Hur, so why not remake almost everything else? Ambi Group out of Italy has announced plans to remake Federico Fellini's Oscar winning 1960 classic La Dolce Vita. The project will be financed & produced by Ambi with Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo through his production company Ldm Productions. It's already being described as an "homage" remake to the original Fellini film, which starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Either this news will cause you to flip over a table in rage, or leave you numb, since remakes are only getting more and more plentiful. Here's a quote from Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini, in the press release commenting on how this particular remake came about and why she's not worried about it turning out bad or ruining the original. “We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels.
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Fellini estate clear new 'La Dolce Vita' film

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Modern take on classic film in the pipeline from Ambi Group.

A new feature is in the works that has been dubbed “an homage” to La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini’s classic film starring Marcello Mastroianni as a philandering paparazzo journalist in Rome.

Los Angeles-based Ambi Group has closed an option agreement with the Fellini family and estate make the new feature, which they will finance and produce with Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo.

Di Lorenzo will produce the film through his Ldm Productions banner. Ambi, in addition to financing and producing through Ambi Pictures, will oversee global distribution of the film through its international sales division, Ambi Distribution.

Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini, said: “We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned.”

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Federico Fellini’s Classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ To Be Remade

Federico Fellini’s Classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ To Be Remade
Some may call it heresy. Others will shrug and say, they did it with Lolita. Federico Fellini’s estate just closed an option agreement with Ambi Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi to do a “homage” film on the filmmaker’s 1960s classic La Dolce Vita which starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Considered one the best films of the era, La Dolce Vita won the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. The project will be financed and produced by…
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Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" Gets A Remake

In an announcement that will cause an outcry everywhere amongst cineastes, Ambi and Ldm Productions are teaming to produce a 'homage' film based on Federico Fellini's Palme d'Or-winning immortal 1960 classic "La Dolce Vita".

Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini and the last blood descendent of the Fellini family, was behind the Fellini estate closing an option agreement with Ambi's Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi for the project. Daniele Di Lorenzo will produce the film. In a statement, Francesca spoke about why she gave this project the approval:

"We've been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned. Daniele, Andrea and Monika have a beautiful vision of a modern film, and considering their Italian heritage and deep appreciation and understanding of my uncle's works,
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