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• Variety Rip Piero Tosi one of the great costume designers. His film credits include Death in Venice, La Traviata, La Cage Aux Folles and The Night Porter so he's the one responsible for Charlotte Rampling at her most sexually provocative

BuzzFeed good piece on Brad Pitt's talent and why he shines in weirder sideline roles as opposed to leads... though we object to any notion that he isn't a leading man in Once Upon a Time... but this battle is already lost since critics keep calling him supporting even before the Oscar campaign does. (sigh)

more after the jump including The Hunt, a fun conversation on Hobbs & Shaw, Tarantino and Almodóvar...
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Piero Tosi, ‘The Leopard,’ ‘Death in Venice’ Costume Designer, Dies at 92

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Piero Tosi, ‘The Leopard,’ ‘Death in Venice’ Costume Designer, Dies at 92
Piero Tosi, a famed costume designer who worked on films such as “The Leopard” and “Death in Venice,” died Saturday in Rome, the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation announced on Facebook. He was 92.

Over the course of his 50 year career, Tosi established himself as one of Hollywood’s greatest costume designers, earning five Oscar nominations for costume design and an honorary Oscar in 2013. He also garnered international acclaim for a number of popular films including, “The Damned,” “Ludwig,” “Death in Venice” and “The Leopard,” in which his elaborate, period-piece designs took center stage. Other film credits include “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Night Porter,” “Toby Dammit” and the Oscar foreign language film-winner “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

After growing up in Florence Italy, Tosi landed his first job as a costume assistant on a stage production of “Le chandelier,” before meeting the legendary stage and film director Luchino Visconti. Soon after, Tosi went
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Visconti’s ‘Death in Venice’ Revisited

I caught the American Cinematheque’s 4K restoration of Visconti’s ‘Death in Venice’ this past week, my second of the Visconti Retrospective that just wrapped.

The American Cinematheque’s moderator explained that Visconti used Mahler’s 5th and 3rd Symphonies because, in fact, Death in Venice was said to be about Gustave Mahler himself. I was surprised to hear this because when I read the book I thought it was more about Thomas Mann than Mahler, as it was about a famous pre-World War I author, Gustav von Aschenbach, making a trip to Venice in the hope of overcoming writer’s block.

And until the American Cinematheque’s screening, no one told me anything about it being about Mahler. Though I had seen the film when it came out in 1971, I thought it starred Burt Lancaster so I was surprised again to see that it starred Dirk Bogarde, who
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Berlinale 2019: ‘Max mon amour’

Berlinale 2019: ‘Max mon amour’
By Alex DeleonCharlotte Rampling in the Festival SpotlightThe first film seen at the festival in the homage to Charlotte Rampling retro was somewhat of a disappointment. I had seen this picture when it first came out in Japan and was favorably impressed at the time by its outrageous sense of the absurd, especially as made by a serious A level Japanese director like Nagisa Oshima (died 2013 at age 80). This time around the humor, at least for me, did not hold up and I was rather bored most of the way.

Today it is of little more than passing historical interest

There is, however, an interesting background to this very offbeat Franco-Japanese co-production from the year 1986 by which timeNagisa Ôshima was regarded as a first class Japanese iconoclast. Outside of Japan he was highly regarded in France where his mainstream hardcore porno films In the realm of the Senses (1976) and Empire of Passion
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Berlinale 2019. Lineup

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Ghost Town AnthologyThe titles for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival are being announced in anticipation of the event running February 7-17, 2019. We will update the program as new films are revealed.COMPETITIONThe Ground Beneath My FeetThe Golden Glove (Faith Akin, Germany/France)By the Grace of GodThe Kindness of StrangersI Was at Home, but A Tale of Three SistersGhost Town Anthology (Denis Côté, Canada)Berlinale SPECIALGully Boy (Zoya Akhtar, India)BrechtWatergate (Charles Ferguson, USA)Panorama 201937 Seconds (Hikari (Mitsuyo Miyazaki), Japan)Dafne (Federico Bondi, Italy)The Day After I'm Gone (Nimrod Eldar, Israel)A Dog Called Money (Seamus Murphy, Ireland/UK)Waiting for the CarnivalChainedFlatland (Jenna Bass, South Africa/Germany/Luxembourg)Greta (Armando Praça, Brazil)Hellhole (Bas Devos, Belgium/Netherlands)Jessica Forever (Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel, France)AcidMid90s (Jonah Hill, USA) Family MembersMonos (Alejandro Landes, Columbia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Denmark/Sweden/Uruguay) O Beautiful Night (Xaver Böhm,
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How Costume Designer Piero Tosi Dressed Up Cinema

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How Costume Designer Piero Tosi Dressed Up Cinema
One of international cinema’s undisputed greats in costume design, Piero Tosi’s work first faced the awards season spotlight 64 years ago with only his third film, Luchino Visconti’s masterwork “Senso,” which competed for the Golden Lion in Venice in 1954.

Nominated for five Oscars for costume design and recipient of an honorary Oscar in 2013, Tosi’s impact on the art of film is immeasurable. Visconti’s films such as “The Damned,” “Ludwig,” “Death in Venice” and the incomparable “The Leopard” garnered international acclaim as stunning period visual masterpieces and were all spectacular showcases for Tosi’s celebrated designs. Other triumphs included “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Night Porter,” Federico Fellini’s “Toby Dammit” and Oscar foreign language film-winner “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Also noted as mentor and teacher for generations of costume designers, Tosi’s work in this field is on view in “Piero Tosi. Exercises on Beauty. The
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Charlotte Rampling To Receive Honorary Berlin Golden Bear; Macao Winners — Global Briefs

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Charlotte Rampling To Receive Honorary Berlin Golden Bear; Macao Winners — Global Briefs
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) will receive an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. The festival will also present a homage to the feted British actress’s career: movies will include The Damned, The Night Porter, The Verdict, Swimming Pool and Stardust Memories. Rampling presided over the festival’s jury in in 2006 and in 2015 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for 45 Years, for which she was also Oscar-nominated. “I’m very happy that this year’s Homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.” The prolific Rampling, whose career spans six decades, has recently played in Red Sparrow, The Little Stranger and Michel Blanc’s Kiss & Tell. She will next be seen in Paul Verhoeven’s film Benedetta, scheduled for release in 2019.

The third International Film Festival and Awards Macao handed
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Berlin Film Festival to honour Charlotte Rampling

Berlin Film Festival to honour Charlotte Rampling
Rampling won a SIlver Bear at Berlinale in 2015.

Actress Charlotte Rampling is to be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 7-17).

Berlin will also host a homage to her work, including The Night Porter (1974), directed by Liliana Cavani, François Ozon’s The Swimming Pool (2003) and Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980).

Other notable other performances in a career spanning more than 100 film and television roles include Luchino Visconti’s The Damned, the Oscar-nominated The Wings of the Dove, TV series London Spy and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which won Rampling a
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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear

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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear
Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, whose career has spanned more than 100 film and television roles, will be honored with a special Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

The fest will also pay homage to Rampling by screening a selection of her work, including Sidney Lumet’s “The Verdict” (1982), Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” (2003) and Andrea Pallaoro’s “Hannah” (2017). The honorary Golden Bear will be presented to the veteran performer Feb. 14 at a ceremony featuring a showing of Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974).

“I’m very happy that this year’s homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlinale. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.”

Rampling won the Silver Bear in 2015 for her performance in “45 Years” opposite Tom Courtenay; she also received an Academy Award nomination for the role. She served as president of the Berlinale
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Italy’s Centro Sperimentale Ramping up Film Restorations (Exclusive)

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Italy’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia is ramping up production of restored Italian cinema gems with several high-profile titles set to screen at upcoming festivals including the Taviani Brothers’ “Good Morning Babilonia” which plays Thursday on Locarno’s Piazza Grande, presented by Paolo Taviani.

The fablelike “Babilonia,” which is about two immigrant stonemasons who work on the sets for D. W. Griffith’s ”Intolerance,” has been praised by Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian as “not just a homage to the great Italian tradition of art and craft workshops, but also an insightful interpretation of what cinema is about.”

The film’s restoration was supervised by its original cinematographer Beppe Lanci, as Csc chief Felice Laudadio points out.

Laudadio has been instrumental to the current push for more restorations being done by the Csc’s film archives. “The plan from now up to next May is for 12 films, which has never been done before,
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Venice 2018. Lineup

Non-FictionThe programme for the 2018 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Tsai Ming-liang, Frederick Wiseman, Sergei Loznitsa, Olivier Assayas, the Coen Brothers, and many more.COMPETITIONFirst Man (Damien Chazelle)The Mountain (Rick Alverson)Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsVox Lux (Brady Corbet)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)22 July (Paul Greengrass)Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Werk ohne autor (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)Peterloo (Mike Leigh)Capri-revolution (Mario Martone)What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)Sunset (László Nemes)Frères ennemis (David Oeloffen)Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)At Eternity's Gate (Julian Schnabel)Acusada (Gonzalo Tobal)Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesThe Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Morgan Neville)L'amica geniale (Saverio Costanzo)Il diario di angela - noi
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Venice Film Festival 2018 Lineup Revealed: ‘Roma,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘The Favourite,’ Coen Brothers’ ‘Buster Scruggs,’ and More

Venice Film Festival 2018 Lineup Revealed: ‘Roma,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘The Favourite,’ Coen Brothers’ ‘Buster Scruggs,’ and More
The Venice Film Festival is celebrating its 75th year in 2018 with a star-studded lineup that includes world premieres from Damien Chazelle, Bradley Cooper, Luca Guadagnino, and Alfonso Cuarón. The festival takes place August 29 to September 8 and marks the official kickoff of the 2018 fall awards season.

As has been previously announced, Damien Chazelle will open the festival with the world premiere of “First Man.” The space race drama stars Chazelle’s “La La Land” Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and recounts the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The world premiere will be Chazelle’s second Venice opener after “La La Land.” Also confirmed prior to the announcement lineup was Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” which marks the actor’s directorial debut.

Check out the full lineup for the 2018 Venice Film Festival below. This year’s competition jury is led by Guillermo del Toro, who won the
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The Arab World's Biggest Poster Collection

During the last edition of the Beirut Art Film Festival, a young but already indispensable event for art and cinema lovers in the Lebanese capital, we chanced upon what is believed to be the biggest movie posters collection in the Arab world. While casually browsing a local magazine our eyes were caught by a photo portraying a smiling middle-aged man surrounded by huge stacks of old posters in what looked like a treasure trove for cinephiles. Thanks to the generosity and good offices of the Lebanese playwright Nadine Mokdessi, the day after we found ourselves before that very man in that very vault of film memorabilia. Abboudi Abou Jaoudé very kindly welcomed us in the charming cubicle where he has stored the proceeds from over 40 years of assiduous film collecting. Nestled in the back of the archives of the publishing house he runs, its cozy walls protect from deterioration and
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Charlotte Rampling Set To Join Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Thriller ‘Blessed Virgin’

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Charlotte Rampling Set To Join Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Thriller ‘Blessed Virgin’
Exclusive: Oscar-nominee Charlotte Rampling is attached to join the cast of Elle and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming steamy thriller Blessed Virgin, I can reveal. Rampling is being lined up for a key supporting role alongside Virginie Efira (Elle), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) and rising Belgian-Greek actress Daphne Patakia (Djam).

Pathé handles international sales and French distribution on the anticipated French-language drama, which reteams Elle duo Verhoeven and Belgian actress Efira. The latter stars as Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun capable of performing miracles, who joins an Italian convent in the late 17th century, as plague is ravaging the land. While at the convent she begins a love affair with another woman. Script comes from Verhoeven and his Elle co-writer David Birke.

The feature, which mixes religion and erotica, is an adaption of Judith C. Brown’s academic work Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun
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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Eva Vives — “All About Nina”

“All ABout Nina”

Eva Vives won Best Short at the Sundance and Cannes in 2000 with “Five Feet High and Rising,” a short she cast, edited, and produced. She followed that up with a feature she co-wrote, “Raising Victor Vargas.” Most recently, Vives wrote and directed her short film “Join the Club,” which was admitted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, among others. “All About Nina” is her feature directorial debut.

All About Nina” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Ev: “All About Nina” is a dark comedy about a stand-up comedian who can be brutally honest on stage but is having a hard time being truthful in her personal life.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Ev: It’s not so much that I was drawn to the story as needed to get it out of my head.
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'Hannah' Review: Charlotte Rampling Drama Runs Gamut From Cold to Subzero

'Hannah' Review: Charlotte Rampling Drama Runs Gamut From Cold to Subzero
It's not easy to watch the slow deterioration of a good person, especially a woman as intelligent and complex as Hannah (Charlotte Rampling). Her husband (André Wilms) has been carted off to prison in their native Belgium for reasons unknown. But Hannah carries on, trying to live life as she knows it. Then life starts to squeeze her out.

At least, that's the premise of this slow, deliberate film, directed and co-written by Andrea Pallaoro, following a striking 2013 debut with Medeas. He refuses to coddle audiences or fill in the
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Charlotte Rampling on controversial Oscar comments, Woody Allen and Luchino Visconti

Charlotte Rampling on controversial Oscar comments, Woody Allen and Luchino Visconti
“I got annoyed by Spike Lee. That’s all.”

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Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling was at the international Film Festival Rotterdam this week for the screening of Andrea Pallor’s Hannah.

In an interview with Screen International, she reflected on her work with Luchino Visconti and Woody Allen; spoke of her continuing pride in The Night Porter, expressed regret over her controversial remarks about the lack of black nominees in the 2016 Oscars, and explained why she didn’t want to discuss the #MeToo Movement.

Rampling again expressed her regret over “racist to whites” comments two years ago on an early morning radio show during the promotion campaign for 45 Years, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. “It was very early in the morning and everyone was asking questions about that. It was not a very sensible thing to say but I was very tired. My husband died two months before,” Rampling said on stage
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The Last Word on ‘Elle’

The longer I consider ‘Elle,’ the more I struggle with it. It’s a bit of a conundrum for me. At the heart of it is this great and daring performance by Isabelle Huppert, the one that finally garnered her an Oscar nomination that’s been long, long overdue; she doesn’t look it, but she’s 65 years old, and has looked like she’s been at her sexiest and sultriest at 42 for about 10 years now. Of course, she’s been playing roles like these far longer than that, which only makes me more befuddled as to why this was the one that enraptured the Academy. I guess it could’ve been it’s director, Paul Verhoeven, although that seems peculiar too, he’s never been an Academy favorite, and I’ve never cared for him either. This is his first French language film, but he’s actually Belgian and to his credit,
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December 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Amicus Collection, American Gothic (1988)

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With Christmas now only a week away, there’s a big day of genre-related home entertainment releases to look forward to in the meantime, just in case you were in need of some last-minute gift ideas (or if you were looking to spoil yourself, which is totally cool). Easily my most anticipated Blu-ray release for all of 2017, Synapse Films' stunning 4K restoration of Suspiria gets the royal treatment via an incredible three-disc limited edition Steelbook set this Tuesday, and Severin Films is also keeping busy with their HD upgrade of The Amicus Collection, which includes Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts, and The Beast Must Die.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for December 19th include American Gothic, Leatherface, mother!, and the limited edition Steelbook for Donnie Darko.

American Gothic (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A new tale of terror from the director of The Legend of Hell House and The Incubus.
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On my radar: Charlotte Rampling’s cultural highlights

The actor reveals her favourite Parisian hangouts, her love of timeless, authentic places, and the book that’s teaching her to understand cats

Born in Sturmer, Essex, Charlotte Rampling was brought up in Gibraltar, France and Spain. After briefly working as a model she turned to acting, appearing in Georgy Girl (1966), The Damned (1969), The Night Porter (1974), Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980) and several François Ozon films, including Swimming Pool (2003). In 2015 she won a number of awards for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years. Rampling has been nominated four times for France’s César awards, winning once. She was made an OBE in 2000, and received France’s Légion d’Honneur in 2002. Her TV work includes Dexter, Broadchurch and London Spy. Her new autobiography, Who I Am, is published by Icon and on 27 May she discusses her life and career at the Hay festival.

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