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Archive for the ‘Revival’ Category

Time is the Essence in “Cousin Jules”

A documentary classic that slipped through the cracks, the late Dominique Benicheti’s 1973 Locarno prize winner “Cousin Jules” gets its belated US theatrical premiere
 at Film Forum in a new 2K digital restoration.

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Agnieszka Holland: “A Woman Alone”

Contemplating Agnieszka Holland’s career I get the sense of a slugger who won’t quit or powerful swimmer heading resolutely upstream.

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Demy’s “Donkey Skin”: Deneuve Undercover

New York Film Festival ends this weekend with a segue into the giant Jean-Luc Godard retrospective and… too much stuff to see in New York, including MoMA’s always fascinating “To Save and Project” and an ongoing Jacques Demy retro, through October 17.

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Something “Wicker” This Way Comes

Restored on its 40th anniversary in director Robin Hardy’s “final cut” and, courtesy of Rialto, back in release, “The Wicker Man”—explicated here by Graham Fuller—is the culminating work in a tradition that never gotten its due, namely Brit Goth.

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“Enough Said” is More Than That

Two small screen titans, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, team for a rueful — at times acerbic — comedy of mature love and love in “Enough Said,” writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s strongest movie since “Lovely & Amazing”.

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Le joli septembre: Marker’s classic returns

One of the most influential movies that you have likely never seen Chris Marker’s 1963 documentary “Le Joli Mai” has been reedited (by Marker in 2009), restored, and re-released—this week at Film Forum in New York, thereafter in Los Angeles and, before the year’s end, on DVD.

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La Beauté du Diable: Faust a la René Clair

World War II changed everything, at least for a while. In 1950, René Clair—a pioneer avant-garde filmmaker, creator of the Dada classic “Entracte,” and subsequent paradigm French silent/early sound cinema—pondered the nature of a post-Hitler post-Hiroshima “Faust,” but not too hard.

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“Pig Across Paris”: Black-Out Farce or Comic Whitewash?

Rialto Pictures, which specializes in forgotten French films from the ‘50s and ‘60s, has recovered another lost gem, or rather semi-precious stone, in the 1956 comedy of occupied France “A Pig Across Paris” (“La Traversée de Paris”), directed by Claude Autant-Lara from a story by the fantasist writer Marcel Aymé, playing in a fresh, newly-subtitled and restored DCP at Film Forum (May 24-30).

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“Portrait of Jason” (and Shirley Clarke)

Restored and back in distribution thanks to the tireless folks at Milestone Films, the 1967 documentary “Portrait of Jason” is, without a doubt, Shirley Clarke’s most radical, as well as her most personal, film.

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Melville’s Finale: It’s a Very Cool “Flic”

“Un Flic”, the great Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1972 swan song, opens with an invented quote and a masterful bank heist in an off-season North Sea resort—a clammy blue-gray composition in wind, fog and rain. It’s the big chill visualized, a perfect plan that results in a bungled shoot out.

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