Fri July 18, 2014

Imagination, Obsession Sets The Stage In 'Venus In Fur'

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigneur in Roman Polanski's 'Venus in Fur.'
IFC Films

It’s not unusual for filmmakers as they age to grow interested in theater. Jean Renoir did it toward the end of his career. Ingmar Bergman’s last major film, Fanny and Alexander, takes place in a theatrical family.

Now 81-year-old Roman Polanski, who has made films about Satanic cults, murderous insanity, Nazi atrocities and other terrors, has directed and written Venus in Fur, based on the play by David Ives.

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Fri July 11, 2014

Poignant Cinema Sprung From 'The War To End All Wars'

Gary Cooper (left) & Jack La Rue in 1932's 'A Farewell to Arms.'
Paramount Pictures Film in the public domain

As we commemorate its 100th anniversary, it's worth noting that films about World War I are nothing like the movies about World War II. While World War II films typically picture the end of the war as triumph, World War I movies reflect that ghastly absurd logic, and tend to end on notes of waste, loss and futility.

Most WWI films are anti-war, and there’s no such thing as triumph.

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Tue July 8, 2014
Movie Interviews

Richard Dreyfuss' Kids Revisit 'Jaws,' Conclude It Makes No Sense

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:59 pm

Robert Shaw (from left), Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss play a shark hunter, a police chief and a marine biologist in 1975's Jaws.
Universal/Kobal Collection


Fri July 4, 2014

'Korengal,' A Retread Whose Subject Matter Still Grips

Second Platoon Soldiers on patrol near table rock.
Outpost Films

The new documentary Korengal shows American soldiers in Afghanistan, yet the footage is less new; it’s made from material not used in an earlier film by the same directors.

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Fri June 27, 2014

Sparse And In Striking Monochrome, 'Ida' Never Waivers

Courtesy of Music Box Films

Thanks to its black and white presentation and subject – it's partly about the Holocaust – the new Polish film Ida has been on a slow and gentle release.

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