From Fellini to Ferrante: the cinematic vision of My Brilliant Friend

The television adaptation Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend is a reminder of Italy’s strong tradition in the coming-of-age genre, from Life Is Beautiful to Cinema Paradiso

The first episode of My Brilliant Friend is likely to cause both great excitement and deep anxiety. Excitement because Ferrante is a writer with an almost evangelical following. Her quartet of “Neapolitan novels” have sold close to a million copies in the UK, and 1.8m in Italy. When readers finish one book, they tend to devour all four, mesmerised by the taut depiction of a poor suburb and its characters over the course of many decades. But that invented world of a few families living cheek-by-jowl in postwar Italy is both exotically foreign and yet - with its universal themes of poverty, violence, alliances and aspiration – astonishingly familiar. The anxiety arises because the adaptation might erase not only how we’ve imagined the characters,
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The Last Ship: Here's What the Series Finale's Epilogue Would Have Looked Like — and Why It Was Skipped

The Last Ship: Here's What the Series Finale's Epilogue Would Have Looked Like — and Why It Was Skipped
The following contains spoilers from The Last Ship‘s series finale.

As initially envisioned for a hot second, TNT’s The Last Ship would have ended its five-season run by not only revealing that Tom Chandler came out of the war with Colombia alive, but by then showing how he went on to live.

As the action-thriller neared its very end on Nov. 11, “the man who saved the world” — teetering underwater between life and death after steering the Nathan James into the enemy’s battleship — embarked on a surreal stroll through his ship’s decks, where he was visited by colleagues lost and loved.
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Hateful Eight Composer Trashes Tarantino's Movies, Calls Him a Cretin

Hateful Eight Composer Trashes Tarantino's Movies, Calls Him a Cretin
The Hateful Eight composer Ennio Morricone doesn't like Quentin Tarantino. The legendary Italian composer has scored over 500 movies during the course of his long career, including Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Roland Joffe's The Mission, and Guiseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso. Morricone, who turned 90-years old over the weekend, also had some opinions to share about America and the Academy Awards, though they weren't as harsh as his Tarantino criticisms.

Quentin Tarantino announced at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con that Ennio Morricone would score The Hateful Eight. It was the first western score that Morricone had done in 34 years. It's believed that the composer wrote the score without even seeing the movie. In a new interview, Morricone called Tarantino's movies "trash," and slammed his creativity. The composer had this to say about Tarantino.

"The man is a cretin. He only steals from others and puts stuff back together again. There's nothing original about that.
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Quentin Tarantino ‘A Cretin,’ Says ‘Hateful Eight’ Composer Ennio Morricone

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Quentin Tarantino ‘A Cretin,’ Says ‘Hateful Eight’ Composer Ennio Morricone
Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who won an Oscar for the music to “The Hateful Eight,” has labeled the film’s director Quentin Tarantino “a cretin” and called his films “trash.”

Morricone savaged Tarantino in an interview published this week in the December edition of the German-language version of Playboy. He criticized Tarantino on two main counts: his chaotic working style; and his lack of originality. “He is not a director,” the veteran musician alleged.

“(Tarantino) is absolutely chaotic. He talks without thinking, he does everything at the last minute. He has no idea,” said Morricone. “He calls up out of the blue and wants a complete score in just a few days. That’s not possible. It makes me so mad,” Morricone said. “I’m not going to put up with this. And I told him so last time.”

Morricone who has credits on over 500 movies, and has provided
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Sigourney Weaver to join Martin Scorsese at the Rome Film Festival

Sigourney Weaver to join Martin Scorsese at the Rome Film Festival
Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore and Pierre Bismuth to particpate in ‘Close Encounters’ event in October

Sigourney Weaver, director Giuseppe Tornatore and French artist, filmmaker and Oscar-winning co-writer of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Pierre Bismuth, will participate in the ‘Close Encounters’ talks series of the Rome Film Festival to be held October 18 -28.

They join Martin Scorsese who will be at the festival for two days to receive its lifetime achievement award, as announced earlier this month. Scorsese will also take part in a Close Encounters event, said artistic director Antonio Munda who hosted a press conference to unveil the
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‘Perfect Strangers’ Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (Exclusive)

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‘Perfect Strangers’ Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (Exclusive)
Italian director Paolo Genovese, whose concept movie “Perfect Strangers” involving smartphones and personal secrets is making a global splash, is set to make his English-language debut with “The First Day of My Life,” a New York-set suicide dramedy with echoes of Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Based on Genovese’s novel of the same title, which has become a bestseller in Italy, “The First Day of My Life” revolves around four characters on the brink of taking their lives who make a pact with a stranger with supernatural powers. The mystery man gives them a chance to travel forward in time to see for a week how their friends and relatives would react to their deaths and what the world would be like without them. On the last day of the week, the four potential suicides have the option of deciding whether whether to live or jump off the Manhattan Bridge.
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UK Distributor Arrow Films Streamlines Operations With The Departure Of Two Key Executives

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Exclusive: UK distributor Arrow Films is streamlining operations with the departure of long-time executives Tom Stewart and Jon Sadler.

Stewart has been Arrow Films acquisitions director since 2010, while Sadler has been marketing director since 2012. Both left the firm yesterday and aren’t being immediately replaced, I understand.

Stewart, a veteran of UK distribution firms including Metrodome, High Fliers and Fremantle, picked up movies including Gaspar Noé’s Cannes 2018 title Climax, Margot Robbie starrer Terminal and Gillies MacKinnon’s breakout Whisky Galore. Sadler, formerly of Metrodome, oversaw successful campaigns for the likes of Danish drama Love Is All You Need and the aforementioned Whisky Galore.

Stewart, who is exploring next moves in the business, told us that he wanted to “thank industry for their support” during his tenure and that he had “honestly loved the experience and was so very proud of my own personal achievements and being able to watch
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Film Review: The Last Reel (2014) by Kulikar Sotho

Kulikar Sotho ventures herself into her first time director adventure on this emotional journey over the search of a missing film. Starring Rous Mony, Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, Hun Sophy and Sok Sothun among others, “The Last Reel” tells a story about love, loss and redemption.

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In the city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Sophoun, the rebellious daughter of a colonel, lives her life to the limit, being part of a local street gang. But when one day her father returns home with another proposal of marriage, Sophoun flees from her home, which is collapsing for her, and seeks refuge in an abandoned cinema. There, to his surprise, she will meet the owner of the cinema with whom she will strike up a curious friendship, but she will also find an unfinished film from the 70s, a melodrama starring her own mother, who is now ill, showing a young and glamorous woman.
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‘Adrift’: How Twin Brothers Wrote Shailene Woodley a Harrowing Romantic Epic

‘Adrift’: How Twin Brothers Wrote Shailene Woodley a Harrowing Romantic Epic
In “Adrift,” young sailors in love with world travel and each other (Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin) agree to pilot a yacht across the South Pacific for $10,000. They fancy 30 days of watching sunsets. What they get is a Category 5 hurricane.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft recounted the real-life ordeal she and fiancé Richard Sharp endured in Fall 1983 in “Red Sky at Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea.” The self-published memoir was found by identical twin screenwriters Aaron and Jordan Kandell. They abandoned plans for an original maritime tale, wanting instead to adapt Ashcraft’s text, and envisioning their friend Woodley as its indefatigable heroine.

Read More: ‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

When Woodley was 18 and filming Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” in the brothers’ native Hawaii, Jordan’s wife was the teacher hired by the studio to help
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Clerks 3 Is Dead, But Kevin Smith May Turn Script Into Comic

Clerks 3 Is Dead, But Kevin Smith May Turn Script Into Comic
There's a lot going on for Kevin Smith at the moment after announcing that Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will begin production later this summer. However, fans have been wondering about the often talked about Clerks 3, which Smith has brought up a lot over the years. In a recent Q&A session, the director/writer revealed that it's not going to happen now, even after he secured the funds to finish the Clerks trilogy, which will surely come as a disappointment for fans who were waiting for an update about Clerks 3.

Speaking at the Q&A session during a Fatman on Batman live podcast, Kevin Smith was asked about the status of Clerks 3 where he responded with the bad news. Smith wanted to make the third installment a grand spectacle, a film that he compared to his version of Cinema Paradiso. However, it looks like his hopes have been shut down because actor Jeff Anderson,
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Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90

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Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90
Arthur Manson, a veteran film executive whose career in marketing and distribution encompassed numerous Oscar-winning films, died May 14 at his home in Riverdale, N.Y. He was 90.

Manson worked on the marketing campaigns for “Walking Tall,” “Platoon,” “JFK,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “All the President’s Men,” “A Star Is Born,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Great Santini,” “Angela’s Ashes,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Manson was an adviser to Oliver Stone, Scott Rudin, Miramax, the Weinstein Company, Joseph E. Levine, and Stanley Kubrick. He worked for MGM, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Stanley Kramer Productions, Columbia Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

Born in Brooklyn, he was a graduate of City College of New York and followed his brother Alan into the entertainment business as “advance agent” for Laurence Olivier’s movie “Henry V” in 1948.

Manson was responsible for the worldwide rollout of Stanley Warner’s ultra-wide-screen Cinerama films.
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Arthur Manson Dies: Longtime Film Marketing & Distribution Exec Was 90

Arthur Manson Dies: Longtime Film Marketing & Distribution Exec Was 90
Arthur Manson, a film executive whose career in marketing and distribution included numerous Oscar-winning films and ran from Hollywood’s Golden Age until his retirement last year, died peacefully Monday at his home in Riverdale, NY, his daughter Cynthia Manson said. He was 90.

Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Manson served in the Army immediately after World War II in Allied-occupied Germany, where he was a reporter for Stars and Stripes. He followed his brother Alan into the entertainment business as advance agent for Laurence Olivier’s legendary 1940s version of Henry V.

In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Manson worked for and with such Hollywood’s studios as Warner Bros, MGM, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis, Samuel Goldwyn Productions and Stanley Kramer Productions and was responsible for the worldwide rollout of Stanley Warner’s ultrawide-screen Cinerama films.

He worked on the marketing and distribution of three Best
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Sliff 2017 Review – The Cinema Travellers

The Cinema Travellers screens Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm at Webster University’s Browning Auditorium (8274 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63119) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. This is a Free event.

This Cannes prize-winner takes viewers on a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, these mobile movie purveyors find that their audiences are being increasingly lured away by slick digital technology. “The Cinema Travellers” accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman, and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden — to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. Variety raves: “If the cinema is magic, then the nomadic projectionists and technicians of ‘The Cinema Travelers’ are its Oz-like wizards, roaming the rural Indian
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Celebrate Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies at the Genesis Cinema in November

To celebrate the upcoming release of Owen Michael Johnson’s (Beast Wagon) graphic novel Reel Love, a collaboration between the Genesis Cinema and also the publisher Unbound will see a special one-day event, titled Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies take place on the 4th November. Not only will some classic films be shown, but they will be the opportunity to get hold of exclusive posters and attend comic book workshops too.

Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies is a one-day event screening films about the movie business: from projectors to production hell to popcorn, the day is an affectionate celebration of the art of making movies and includes Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.

A £15 ticket day-pass covers all the screenings and events of this special day, including to an
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Blue Underground Reveals New Look at 2K Restoration of Dario Argento’s The Stendhal Syndrome

The hunter becomes the prey in Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome, and on July 25th , Blue Underground will release the film like never before in a three-disc limited edition Blu-ray that is packed with bonus features to go with the 2K restoration, which is teased in a new video:

"Dario Argento’S Masterpiece Of Terror – Uncut, Uncensored And Newly Remastered!

When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre “Stendhal Syndrome” – a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer’s madness more intimately than she ever imagined.

Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera) reaches new heights of
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Godard biopic 'Redoubtable' to open Jerusalem Film Festival

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Godard biopic 'Redoubtable' to open Jerusalem Film Festival
Michel Hazanavicius to attend festival’s opening ceremony.

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable, which played in competition at Cannes last month, will open the 34th Jerusalem Film Festival (July 12-23).

Hazanavicius will attend the festival’s opening ceremony at the open-air Sultan’s Pool venue.

Set in 1967, the film recounts the relationship between revered French film director Jean-Lus Godard and young actress Anne Wiazemsky.

Screen’s review called it “a dazzlingly executed, hugely enjoyable act of stylistic homage”. Wild Bunch is handling sales, Lev Films will distribute in Israel.

This year’s Jerusalem Film Festival will see the event spread its wings further afield, including events planned at various locations across the city such as the projection of a print of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 classic Cinema Paradiso in Muristan Square.

The festival is also launching a new mobile cinema fitted with a high-quality projection setup that will travel to different Jerusalem neighbourhoods for free public screenings of a selection
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Release Date & Special Features for Dario Argento’s The Stendhal Syndrome Blu-ray / DVD

The hunter becomes the prey in Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome, and this July, Blue Underground will release the film like never before in a three-disc limited edition Blu-ray that is packed with bonus features to go with the 2K restoration, including several new interviews.

Blue Underground will release The Stendhal Syndrome on July 25th, and you can check out the official details and cover art below:

"Dario Argento’S Masterpiece Of Terror – Uncut, Uncensored And Newly Remastered!

When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre “Stendhal Syndrome” – a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer
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Everything or Nothing: What a James Bond Lawsuit Says About the Legacy of the Franchise

Everything or Nothing: What a James Bond Lawsuit Says About the Legacy of the Franchise
Completion is often an important facet of one’s fandom: you have all of The Beatles’ studio albums on your iPod, or sitting on your shelf is every novel Virginia Woolf ever wrote, or you own multiple versions Cinema Paradiso. But what if you planned to have everything and you didn’t get what you thought you […]

The post Everything or Nothing: What a James Bond Lawsuit Says About the Legacy of the Franchise appeared first on /Film.
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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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A Century of Female Fandom

Same stereotypes, different name.

If you look at the shining beacon of humanity that is Urban Dictionary, you will find fanboy defined as “a passionate fan of various elements of geek culture (e.g. sci-fi, comics, Star Wars, video games, anime, hobbits, Magic: the Gathering, etc.), but who lets his passion override social graces.”

What about fangirl? “A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor.”

While the former isn’t exactly an endorsement, the latter is a whole different category of harsh — and might have well been ripped from a newspaper written a hundred years ago. Because despite what this 2009 Today article or this 2012 Time article would suggest, calling women the “new” face of fandom is inaccurate. They’ve been there all along. The movie fangirl stereotype is almost as old as the movies — certainly older than their fanboy counterpart. As described by Diana Anselmo-Sequeira in her
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