Archives for August 2007

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WES ANDERSON TO CLOSE BRITISH FILM FEST

(BY ALI NADERZAD) The word is out that the 51st BFI Film festival will close with Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited (starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman). The story goes like this: three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India. Things veer rapidly off-course and they eventually find themselves stranded in the ... more >

The History Boys

What's the matter with you, lads?
Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour and Clive Merrison
Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Surely, Hector (Richard Griffiths) must be the sweetest old teacher ever to have groped the genitals of young men in an upscale English boarding school. So much so that the young men in question consider the groping less as than a precise attempt to take matters further but rather a bothersome idiosyncrasy that they shrug off, such is their affection for the old bugger. Truth be told, they are ... more >

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS IN NEW YORK

(BY ALI NADERZAD) On Sunday the Brazilian film festival (rechristened Cinefest Petrobras Brazil for this year’s edition) launched here in New York with a a screening of Sergio Rezende’s Zuzu Angel, the biopic about the famed namesake fashion designer. Petrobras, the semi-public Brazilian oil conglomerate backing Cinefest Brazil, has been the primary corporate sponsor of the arts in Brazil and ... more >

BELOVED FRENCH ACTOR DIES

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) Fans of the Birdcage, the Mike Nichols film casting Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as the old homosexual couple living in Miami Beach have no idea of the extraordinary success of the play that started it all, La cage aux folles. It played for five years at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal and for two at the Variétés, the "boulevard" answer to Broadway. By the time it was over, two ... more >

Michelangelo Antonioni

Obituary

Michelangelo Antonioni died just a few hours after Bergman on Monday night. How strange. The two men did not know each other nor did they appreciate each other particularly. In fact, Bergman was heard commenting that he found Antonioni’s films boring, except for Blow-up. Perhaps Antonioni’s films seemed too realistic, or too pessimistic for Bergman. In 1960 Antonioni marched past the already ... more >