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Giveaway – Win Carl Th. Dreyer’s Michael on Blu-ray

Carl Th. Dreyer’s Michael, a compelling piece of silent cinema from one of the all-time great directors, comes to Blu-ray with a new 2K restoration as a world exclusive on from Eureka Entertainment on 12 February 2018, and we have three copies to give away; read on for details of how to enter…

Based on Herman Bang’s 1902 novel of the same name, Dreyer’s film is a fascinating fin-de-siècle study of a “decadent” elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protégé and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by renowned architect Hugo Häring (his only film work), this Kammerspiel, or “intimate theatre”, foreshadows Dreyer’s magnificent final film Gertrud, by forty years with its “Now I may die content, for I have seen great love” epigraph.

Michael was scripted by Dreyer with Fritz Lang’s wife, Thea von Harbou (Metropolis,
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Fashion in film celebrated in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-04-01 09:56:39

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy with Fred Astaire - Stanley Donen's Funny Face

Spring in New York comes alive with Haute Couture on Film featuring the work of Hubert de Givenchy in Stanley Donen's Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson, presented by Eye For Film's Anne-Katrin Titze on April 7.

See creations by Pierre Cardin in Jacques Demy's Bay Of Angels (La Baie Des Anges) with Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers and Henri Nassiet. Emanuel Ungaro made the clothes for Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes' Gloria with Julie Carmen and Buck Henry. Coco Chanel in Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game (La Règle Du Jeu) dressed Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély and Odette Talazac. Be dazzled by Christian Dior in Jean Negulesco's How To Marry A Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall. Yves Saint Laurent's
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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939).[11] This thematic and
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Tiff Cinematheque presents a Summer in France: ‘The Rules of the Game’ is not only a great picture, but also an essential social document

The Rules of the Game

Directed by Jean Renoir

Written by Jean Renoir

France, 1939

F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously wrote in his 1925 short story, Rich Boy, that “the rich are different from you and me”, to which Ernest Hemingway trenchantly retorted, “yes, they have more money”.

Under the simplicity of this quote and counter-quote parley hides a grain of truth inherent to both. Yes, the rich have more money, and for that very reason, they live differently from the rest of society. With their abundant riches and excess wealth, they can afford to do things most others cannot. For one, they can afford to play games.

Fitzgerald himself masterfully portrayed the hedonistic lifestyles of the rich and famous in The Great Gatsby, and in the realm of literature, it lacks a suitable rival in that regard. But in cinema, the very same notions and ideas were also well accomplished by the storied French filmmaker,
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The Rules Of The Game Criterion Blu-ray Review

It is hard to believe that a film considered to be among the greatest of all time was not only ridiculed upon its initial release but also at one time lost for nearly twenty years. But such was the case with Jean Renior’s The Rules of the Game, the negative for which was destroyed in World War II and the film not reconstructed until 1959 at which point it was recognized for the masterpiece that it is. Hit the jump for my review of the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release. The Rules of the Game is a social satire about the frivolous, self-indulgent, amoral French bourgeoisie masquerading as a comedy of manners. André Jurieux (Roland Toutain) is a national aviation hero in love with Christine de la Chesnaye (Nora Grégor), wife of Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye (Dalio), who himself is having an affair with Geneviève de Marras (Mila Parély). But
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The Rules of the Game Blu Ray Review

The Rules of the Game Directed by: Jean Renoir Written by: Jean Renoir Starring: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Roland Toutain, Jean Renoir This week I finally caught up with a movie that many consider to be one of the greatest films in the history of cinema; Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. While I'm not sure it would top my own personal list of all-time favourites, it's certainly a fantastic piece of cinema that's full of humour, drama, and some wonderful characters. The film begins with a radio broadcaster interviewing aviator André Jurieux, who'd just landed after accomplishing a record setting flight around the world. His friend Octave (played by Jean Renoir) informs André that the woman for which he dedicated his flight didn't show up to greet him. We eventually learn that Christine, the woman over which André is obsessing, is actually the wife of an aristocrat named Robert de la Cheyniest.
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New this Week: ‘Happy Feet Two,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1′ and ‘Evil Dead 2: 25th Anniversary Edition (Bd)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Happy Feet Two - Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Movie of the Week

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

The Plot: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

The Buzz: The only drawback to having to choose a movie of the week becomes apparent on weeks such as this one, wherein I have absolutely zero interest in any of the new releases. First of all, I hated what I saw of the first Happy Feet, and the trailer for Happy Feet Two advertises a film which looks to be about as bearable as swallowing a glass full of shards of glass. And so, the
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New Release: The Rules of the Game Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011

Price: Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

The lights burn brightly for the rich and the poor in The Rules of the Game.

A staple on all the “Greatest Films Ever Made” lists, Jean Renoir’s 1939 The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners.

Starring Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Marcel Dalio and Renoir himself, the comedy-drama movie is set during a weekend at a marquis’ countryside chateau filled with an assorted cast of characters — the rich and their poor servants — and lays bare some ugly truths about members of the haute bourgeois.

The Rules of the Game is a victim of tumultuous history. The movie was subjected to cuts after premiere audiences rejected it in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II. It wasn’t reconstructed until 1959 and it’s that version,
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Queens Theatre In The Park Announces 2009-2010 New York Film Series

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Cinema Retro has just received the following press release

Queens Theatre in the Park (Qtp) announces its 2009/2010 season of film.  Qtp and the Museum of the Moving Image have partnered to present Moving Image Masterpieces, a series of six of the greatest films of all time at Qtp's home, a 464-seat auditorium at the former New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which also has a 99-seat performing arts space.  The new series is programmed by David Schwartz, Chief Curator of the Museum of the Moving Image, who will introduce each screening:  Citizen Kane, Metropolis, Rules of the Game, Toyko Story, 8 ½, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Tickets are $10 per film ($8 multi-show discount).

Queens Theatre in the Park's2009-2010 Film Series includes:

Citizen Kane - Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:30pm

Directed by Orson Welles

With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Wunderkind director Orson Welles used Hollywood as his playground to make his astonishing film,
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What every film critic must know

There's a common fallacy that anyone can review a film. But how can you do it if you don't have the proper tools to 'read' a film?

The rules of the game... Paulette Dubost and Nora Gregor in Renoir's La Règle du jeu.

Some years ago, when a veteran film critic on one of the quality dailies took his retirement, everyone expected his extremely competent young deputy to take over the job. However, this was not to be because, according to the editor of the paper, "he knows too much about cinema".

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