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 : August 08, 2018, 01:47:08 PM 
drinkanddestroy - drinkanddestroy
The Oscars ceremony will be limite to three hours; some awards will be presented during commercial breaks; and a new category will be created for "outstanding achievement in popular film." And the date of the 2020 Oscars (for 2019 films) will be moved up two weeks, to February 9.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/academy-plans-three-hour-oscars-telecast-adds-popular-film-category-1133138

https://deadline.com/2018/08/oscars-changes-popular-film-category-2020-date-1202442455/

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/08/the-academy-oscars-changes-new-category

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/08/08/best-popular-film-oscars-announce-new-changes-to-upcoming-ceremonies-including-a-shorter-telecast/?utm_term=.b530aafc4d8c


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 : August 08, 2018, 01:43:15 PM 
PowerRR - drinkanddestroy
First fruits from the Jacques Becker retro at Film Forum . . .

Les aventures d'Arsène Lupin (1957) - 8/10. Three episodes and an epilog concerning the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin (Robert Lamoureux). In the first, Lupin boosts priceless oils from under the noses of hosts and guests at a swank party; in the second, Lupin makes off with jewels in a hotel (hmmm, I've seen that bureau-against-the-wall gag somewhere before); finally, Kaiser Wilhelm II calls in Lupin to test the invulnerability of a new hiding place (but Lupin has other plans). Although separate, the three episodes build and there are characters from the first who return in the second and third (and then in the epilog). This film is full of wit and invention, and a Technicolor marvel. It is completely unknown in the U.S.--for last night's screening they had to bring in a guy from the French consulate to generate subtitles for simultaneous projection. The image was immaculate, however. Surely this has been restored, so there must be a Blu in the offing. If so, I will purchase it, with or without subtitles.

Too bad I couldn't make it to the film, due to work duties. But we did get a beer afterward, and I finally got to meet the lovely Mrs. Jenkins. Good times!

 73 
 : August 08, 2018, 07:44:37 AM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
First fruits from the Jacques Becker retro at Film Forum . . .

Les aventures d'Arsène Lupin (1957) - 8/10. Three episodes and an epilog concerning the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin (Robert Lamoureux). In the first, Lupin boosts priceless oils from under the noses of hosts and guests at a swank party; in the second, Lupin makes off with jewels in a hotel (hmmm, I've seen that bureau-against-the-wall gag somewhere before); finally, Kaiser Wilhelm II calls in Lupin to test the invulnerability of a new hiding place (but Lupin has other plans). Although separate, the three episodes build and there are characters from the first who return in the second and third (and then in the epilog). This film is full of wit and invention, and a Technicolor marvel. It is completely unknown in the U.S.--for last night's screening they had to bring in a guy from the French consulate to generate subtitles for simultaneous projection. The image was immaculate, however. Surely this has been restored, so there must be a Blu in the offing. If so, I will purchase it, with or without subtitles.

 74 
 : August 08, 2018, 06:54:07 AM 
Herry Grail - Leonardo
Since I can't wait to get the Angelo Novi / Frayling book, I stumbled upon this book on Amazon and I bought it on impulse:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SERGIO-LEONE-BACKSTAGE-GENIUS-PHOTOGRAPHY/dp/8890895519/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1533735224&sr=8-3&keywords=jarach

I just got it today and it was a disappointment. 100 pages and about 80 black & white photos taken on the OUTITW set, mostly of Claudia Cardinale. This is of course OK, as she is really stunningly beautiful, but I was expecting more photos of the other actors and of Leone himself. The book is in Italian and English, with a bio by the author and an interview with Terence Hill. Each photo comes with a short and totally useless caption, poorly translated into English ("Claudia kisses her horse, like her own son" or "Jason has accompanied Claudia to her caravan. She can finally take a shower to get away the sweat and the dust" or even "She was so beautiful that made to fall in love the whole troupe").
The author claims that he went to Almeria to see and take photos of a genius at work, but in reality it's a series of fashion shots of Claudia Cardinale.
Very disappointing. Now I'll wait even more eagerly for the Novi/Frayling book.

 75 
 : August 07, 2018, 11:52:55 PM 
cigar joe - mike siegel
Maybe because I'm into film making, not reviewing products...

Also, when you co-produce something, you are never impartial.
The image quality is inferior to the movement BD, the German rights holders
had no access to the negative, just a German distributors internegative, which
is at least two generations away. But I like the colors better, the US BD
shows too much "blue" (anyway, a great HD master).

The German release (media book & flip case) includes my supplements, unfortunately
the Americans were not interested in picking them up:

- Audio commentary by Mike Siegel
- HD scan of a 1969 German 35mm print
- Featurettes:
- Filming Silenzio (9:50)
- Promoting Silenzio (9:17)
- Silenzio in Pictures (6:51)

plus:
Presentation by Jean-Pierre Dionnet (4:15)
1972 Interview with Klaus Kinski (8:39)
French opening and closing (3:57)
Alternate Ending (1:57)
Trailers:
- French Trailer (3:02)
- German Trailer (2:28)

Next to the other releases I co-produced last year,
it is pictured in the middle row, on the right...


 76 
 : August 07, 2018, 04:52:46 PM 
mike siegel - Jordan Krug
Good find! Sent you an email.

 77 
 : August 07, 2018, 01:20:49 PM 
cigar joe - dave jenkins
Strange, they ignored the German Blu-ray...
You don't have to, so, why don't you give us the benefit of your specialized knowledge?

 78 
 : August 07, 2018, 12:26:50 PM 
cigar joe - mike siegel
Strange, they ignored the German Blu-ray...

 79 
 : August 07, 2018, 11:55:55 AM 
Jessica Rabbit - moorman
I liked it a lot the first time I saw it, but on re-watches I lose interest after Darnell leaves the picture.

I can see how you would say that because initially I thought the same thing.  What holds this film back is the fact that Otto Preminger himself focused more on Darnell's character even though the plot shifted to focus on Alice Faye.  The mistake I believe is not allowing Dana Andrew's character to more outwardly express the fact that he fell in love with Alice's character gradually over the course of the plot.  Alice's character came across as still being in the way.  It wasn't until the very last scene that Dana's character REALLY showed that he had moved on from Darnell's character...

 80 
 : August 07, 2018, 09:55:53 AM 
cigar joe - dave jenkins
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare4/great_silence_blu-ray.htm

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