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Monday, June 12, 2017

 

Preview: OPENING NIGHT - NYFF 55 2017 - RICHARD LINKLATER’S "LAST FLAG FLYING"


NYFF 55
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
SEP 28 - OCT 15, 2017

OPENING NIGHT

RICHARD LINKLATER’S 

LAST FLAG FLYING


Director: Richard Linklater
Screenplay:  Richard Linklater, Darryl Ponicsan
Cast:  Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne 


Three aging Vietnam-era Navy vets—soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), unhinged and unfiltered Sal (Bryan Cranston), and quietly measured Mueller (Laurence Fishburne)—reunite to perform a sacred task: the proper burial of Doc’s only child, who has been killed in the early days of the Iraqi Invasion.

Richard Linklater is a 57 year old (by Opening Night) director of such films as Boyhood, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Before Sunrise, School Of Rock, and Dazed And Confused.



Tickets for the 55th New York Film Festival will go on sale September 10. 
VIP passes and packages are on sale now and offer one of the earliest opportunities to purchase tickets and secure seats at some of the festival's biggest events, including Opening Night. Purchase by June 25th and save $50 on all packages. 
Learn more at filmlinc.org/packages.


LINKS


LAST FLAG FLYING - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6018306/

RICHARD LINKLATER - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000500

INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD LINKLATER (Hollywoood Reporter 2012)
https://youtu.be/hLl468VZsYU

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DARRYL PONICSAN (Veteran's Forum Network) 
https://youtu.be/pnBlllfm5RQ



NYFF OPENING NIGHT FILMS

HISTORY

2016    13TH (Ava DuVernay, US)
2015    The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, US)
2014    Gone Girl (David Fincher, US)
2013    Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, US)
2012    Life of Pi (Ang Lee, US)
2011    Carnage (Roman Polanski, France/Poland)
2010    The Social Network (David Fincher, US)
2009    Wild Grass (Alain Resnais, France)
2008    The Class (Laurent Cantet, France)
2007    The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, US)
2006    The Queen (Stephen Frears, UK)
2005    Good Night, and Good Luck. (George Clooney, US)
2004    Look at Me (Agnès Jaoui, France)
2003    Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, US)
2002    About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, US)
2001    Va savoir (Jacques Rivette, France)
2000    Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark)
1999    All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)
1998    Celebrity (Woody Allen, US)
1997    The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, US)
1996    Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, UK)
1995    Shanghai Triad (Zhang Yimou, China)
1994    Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, US)
1993    Short Cuts (Robert Altman, US)
1992    Olivier Olivier (Agnieszka Holland, France)
1991    The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland/France)
1990    Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen, US)
1989    Too Beautiful for You (Bertrand Blier, France)
1988    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)
1987    Dark Eyes (Nikita Mikhalkov, Soviet Union)
1986    Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, US)
1985    Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
1984    Country (Richard Pearce, US)
1983    The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, US)
1982    Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany)
1981    Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, UK)
1980    Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, US)
1979    Luna (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy/US)
1978    A Wedding (Robert Altman, US)
1977    One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda, France)
1976    Small Change (François Truffaut, France)
1975    Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti, Italy)
1974    Don’t Cry with Your Mouth Full (Pascal Thomas, France)
1973    Day for Night (François Truffaut, France)
1972    Chloe in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer, France)
1971    The Debut (Gleb Panfilov, Soviet Union)
1970    The Wild Child (François Truffaut, France)
1969    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky, US)
1968    Capricious Summer (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia)
1967    The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria)
1966    Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia)
1965    Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
1964    Hamlet (Grigori Kozintsev, USSR)
1963    The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, Mexico)



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Review: TONY AWARDS 2016



71ST TONY AWARDS

The acceptance speeches this year seemed more interesting than usual, and the performances from the shows were very well chosen and well performed.  

The awards were nicely distributed among a lot of shows.

Previewing future shows is a great idea, but the heavy-handed plugs were not.

The opening number was disappointing. Probably the best host is a talk-show host and comedian with experience on Broadway and a strong interest in all kinds of theater. Kevin Spacey boasts many of these skills, but not much as an improvising comedian. In fact, his best moments as a host came when he channeled Johnny Carson. Given his skill set, it's a little disappointing that he did not boost serious theater as much as he might have.

All in all, though, I enjoyed the show! (And it's refreshing to have this award after a long break from the excessive film award season.)

(Note: A quick shout-out about THEATER TALK on Public TV (in NY, it's usually 2 AM Sat on channel 13 or https://theatertalk.org/) which has had interesting discussions in the last few weeks with many of the nominated and winning actors, directors and writers!)


Here are the winners in the top categories...


PLAYS

Best Musical
DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Best Play
OSLO

Best Revival of a Musical
HELLO, DOLLY!

Best Revival of a Play
JITNEY

ACTING

Best Lead Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt
DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Best Lead Actor in a Play
Kevin Kline
PRESENT LAUGHTER

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel
HELLO DOLLY

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov
OSLO

Best Lead Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler
HELLO, DOLLY!

Best Lead Actress in a Play
Laurie Metcalf
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones
DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Cynthia Nixon
THE LITTLE FOXES


DIRECTING

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley
COME FROM AWAY

Best Direction of a Play
Rebecca Taichman
INDECENT

SPECIAL AWARDS

Spacial Sound
Gareth Fry
Pete Malkin
THE ENCOUNTER

Tony Lifetime Achievement

James Earl Jones



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Sunday, June 11, 2017

 

TV TONITE (6/11/17) PENGUINS VS PREDATORS VS PRES UNDERWOOD VS KING HENRY


CBS - 8 to 11 - TONY AWARDS - hosted by Kevin Spacey



NBC - 8 to 11 - STANLEY CUP - Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators



WNET - 7-11 - SECRETS OF THE SIX WIVES - Henry VIII



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

LIVE STREAM FROM GOOGLE I/O 2017


Tune in here for the live stream from GOOGLE'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE: GOOGLE I/O.

The live I/O keynote begins around 1:00 NY time on Wed May 17!

The live Developer keynote begins around 4:00 NY time on Wed May 17!

DEVELOPER KEYNOTE 4 PM NY TIME MAY 17 2017 -




ARCHIVED MAIN I/O KEYNOTE 1 PM NY TIME MAY 17, 2017 --





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Sunday, March 12, 2017

 

Review: FRANTZ in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


FRANTZ

Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

Tickets & more at

Preview at



Frantz


François Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113m
French and German with English subtitles


The new film from acclaimed director François Ozon is a sublime, heartrending saga of guilt, forgiveness, and forbidden love in post–World War I Europe. Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 antiwar drama Broken Lullaby, it charts the complex bond that forms between two strangers: Anna (Paula Beer), a young German woman grieving the loss of her fiancé, Frantz, in the war, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a former French soldier. What plays out between them is a haunting investigation of postwar trauma and healing rendered in gorgeous black-and-white that occasionally gives way—gloriously—to psychologically charged bursts of color. A Music Box Films release. 


Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

TRAILER


REVIEW:

I don’t know what the director intended, but for me this film is a meditation on lying.

The characters lie to each other, sometimes to comfort them; sometimes they lie to themselves, to assuage their grief, or imagine love, or dodge their own guilt and stoke their hate. The acting is styled, and the film is shot in highly stylized black & white, rather than natural behavior and color. Even the plot has some “contrivances” that I think are unlikely to occur in life: either the plot itself is a “lie” or the happiness it suggests is a lie, because this film takes place in the aftermath of WW I, and the story suggests the smoke that will turn into the inferno of WW II.


CAST AND CREW
Director – Francois Ozon
Writers – Francois Ozon, Phillippe Piazzo; adapted from an Ernst Lubitsch film & a Maurice Rostand play.

Pierre Niney - Adrien Rivoire
Paula Beer - Anna
Ernst Stötzner - Doktor Hans Hoffmeister
Marie Gruber - Magda Hoffmeister
Johann von Bülow - Kreutz
Anton von Lucke - Frantz Hoffmeister
Cyrielle Clair - La mère d'Adrien
Alice de Lencquesaing - Fanny


LINKS

FRANTZ – IMDB

FRANCOIS OZON – WIKIPEDIA







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Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

Review: IN BED WITH VICTORIA in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


IN BED WITH VICTORIA

Saturday, March 4, 9:30
Sunday, March 12, 3:30pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

Tickets & more at

Preview at


In Bed With Victoria / Victoria

Justine Triet, France, 2016, 97m
English and French with English subtitles

Victoria (Virginie Efira) is a hotshot lawyer with a disastrous personal life. Between juggling a demanding job, raising two kids, and fending off an ex-husband who’s slandering her on the Internet, she can barely be bothered with the hit-or-miss (mostly miss) online hookups she sets up. Around the time Victoria agrees to help her old friend Vincent (Melvil Poupaud) with a decidedly bizarre legal matter, she runs into a charming former client Sam (Vincent Lacoste). Now that a shot at real romance comes along, will the perpetually harried Victoria even recognize it? This refreshingly offbeat (how else to describe a film that features a trial in which the star witness is a Dalmatian?) farce is propelled by Efira’s irresistible performance as a heroine who’s raw, real, and complicated in ways that transcend the rom-com formula.

Saturday, March 4, 9:30pm (Q&A with Justine Triet)
Sunday, March 12, 3:30pm

REVIEW:

This is a slightly loopy movie, but fun.  It does raise some major questions about the rules of procedure in French courts.


Both Vincent Lacoste and Melvil Poupaud were seen in films last year at the RENDEZ-VOUS 2016.  Vincent Lacoste was featured in Julie Delpy’s LOLO, and Melvil Poupaud was in THE GREAT GAME.  We interviewed Melvil last year – the links are below.


TRAILER (In French)


CAST AND CREW
Director – Justine Triet
Writers – Justine Triet, Thomas Levy-Lasne

Virginie Efira - Victoria Spick
Vincent Lacoste - Samuel Mallet
Melvil Poupaud - Vincent Kossarski
Laurent Poitrenaux – David

Neither the dog nor the chimp are credited in IMDB.


LINKS

IN BED WITH VICTORIA – IMDB

JUSTINE TRIET – IMDB

VIRGENIE EFIRA – IMDB

VINCENT LACOSTE – IMDB

JULIE DELPY’S LOLO (WITH VINCENT LACOSTE) – QPORIT

MELVIL POUPAUD – IMDB

QPORIT 360 INTERVIEW (2016) WITH MELVIL POUPAUD

QPORIT 3D INTERVIEW (2016) WITH MELVIL POUPAUD



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Review: THE PARIS OPERA in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


THE PARIS OPERA
L’OPERA DE PARIS

Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

Tickets & more at

Full Preview at


The Paris Opera / L'Opèra de Paris

Jean-Stéphane Bron, France, 2017, 110m
French with English subtitles

This all-access documentary goes behind the scenes of the Paris Opera, following the array of personnel—management, performers, costumers, cleaning crew—who work to bring breathtaking spectacle to audiences night after night. Over the course of a season, director Jean-Stéphane Bron nimbly juggles a dizzying number of storylines, from labor disputes to procuring a live bull for Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron to a PR crisis involving the head of the company’s ballet. Sweeping in scope yet full of intimate human moments, The Paris Opera offers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions. U.S. Premiere.

Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm



REVIEW

This is a terrific film that celebrates opera, music, and dance. It provides a backstage look at their preparations, management, celebrations and crises that are part of a year at the opera.

This documentary follows in the style of Frederick Wiseman (but with more love for the institution and its cultural products than Wiseman, with his often ascetic aesthetic often reveals). There is no narration, or external information provided, beyond what is said and shown in the film. While this provides a unity of experience, it also leaves many questions about who is who, and what their role is. 

It has long been my belief that every documentary should have a companion (transmedia!) informational website that adds (for example) the full text of interviews excerpted in the film, the names and dates and bios of people who appear in the film, links to relevant information, and other important information that does not fit in a single 2 hour film.

(In fact, In 2009, Frederick Wiseman, himself, made a documentary about dance at the Paris Opera -- the link is below).

The film has a loose structure.  It is roughly chronological, and it follows two people in particular: Stéphane Lissner, a new Director of the Opera, and Mikhail Timosheko, a young singer with a beautiful bass-baritone voice, through a season of opera.  (And they chose well: Timoshenko now, a few years after the film was shot, seems to have a blossoming career.)

This film is a gift for all music, opera, and dance lovers… and an invitation to everyone else!


CAST AND CREW
Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron

Appearances include:
              Stéphane Lissner - Director of the Paris Opera.
              Mikhail Timosheko - a young Bass-Baritone


LINKS
THE PARIS OPERA - IMDB

JEAN-STEPHANE BRON - IMDB

STEPHANE LISSNER

MIKHAIL TIMOSHENKO

THE PARIS OPERA - WIKIPEDIA

THE PARIS OPERA BALLET - WIKIPEDIA

WISEMAN’S LA DANSE - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1500496

FREDERICK WISEMAN - WIKIPEDIA



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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

 

Preview: DJANGO in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH FILMS 2017


DJANGO

Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm and 8:30pm
(Étienne Comar, Reda Kateb, and Cécile de France in person)

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA



Opening Night:
Django

Étienne Comar, France, 2017, 115m
French with English subtitles
The world of legendary Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is brought to vivid life in this riveting saga of survival, resistance, and artistic courage. Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming his admirers (including an intrepid friend and muse played by Cécile de France). But even as the rise of Nazism and anti-Romani sentiment force Reinhardt—whose music is considered degenerate under the Third Reich—to make a daring escape from the city, he refuses to be silenced, his music becoming his form of protest. The feature debut from acclaimed screenwriter Étienne Comar (Of Gods and Men) immerses viewers in a tumultuous chapter in the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest musical geniuses. North American Premiere
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm and 8:30pm (Étienne Comar, Reda Kateb, and Cécile de France in person)

DIRECTOR: Etienne Comar

CAST – CHARACTER:
          Reda Kateb - Django Reinhardt
Cécile De France - Louise de Klerk

Ulrich Brandhoff - Hammerstein




DJANGO PRESS CONFERENCE FROM BERLINALE



DJANGO REINHARDT – WITH CLIPS



LINKS


DJANGO 2017 – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6247936/

DJANGO REINHARDT – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0718099/

DJANGO REINHARDT – WIKIPEDIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_Reinhardt

ETIENNE COMAR – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0173541/

REDA KATEB – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3024530

CECILE DE FRANCE – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0208426

ULRICH BRANDHOFF – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5157580/





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Review: THE DANCER in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


THE DANCER / LA DANSEUSE

Thursday, March 2, 1:45pm
Monday, March 6, 9:30pm (Q&A with Stéphanie Di Giusto)

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

Tickets & more at

Preview at


Soko as Loie Fuller (l) and Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan (r)
THE DANCER / LA DANSEUSE
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


The Dancer / La danseuse

Stéphanie Di Giusto, France/Belgium/Czech Republic, 2016, 108m
English and French with English subtitles

This visually sumptuous drama set amidst the opulence of La Belle Époque Paris charts the real-life saga of modern dance icon Loïe Fuller (Soko). Raised on the plains of the American Midwest, Fuller became the unlikely toast of turn-of-the-century France with her legendary performances, in which swirling swaths of silk fabric and dazzlingly colored lights created a kaleidoscopic spectacle of color and movement. Boasting lavish period detail, breathtaking dance sequences, and fiercely committed performances by Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, and Lily-Rose Depp as Fuller’s rival Isadora Duncan, The Dancer is an arresting chronicle of an artist’s struggle to realize her vision.

Thursday, March 2, 1:45pm
Monday, March 6, 9:30pm (Q&A with Stéphanie Di Giusto)




REVIEW:

This film presents a fascinating account of the origins of the modern dance of the late 1800's and early 1900's, focusing first on Loie Fuller, and then on her relationship with Isadora Duncan (about 15 years younger than Fuller). The first part, including a beautiful reconstruction of Fuller's dances is terrific.

This second part does try to compress too many years of history into too few minutes.

To understand the full story, it is probably necessary to look at much more information over a much longer period.  A mini-series might have been appropriate. Indeed, the early 1900's were a spectacular time of innovation in science, music, art, and in classical ballet as well as free-form dance. A larger canvas for the story would be enlightening. (In the links, I've included Wikipedia articles about the principals, and a link to Fuller's autobiography.)

One note... I was a little puzzled in the film when Fuller talks about patents for her dance, rather than copyrights.  It turns out that she was trying to patent her inventions relative to the stage lighting!

Soko, who does great work in this film, is an experienced French actress, although not well known here, previously. Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and French model and singer Vanessa Paradis, is a young newcomer, also terrific; Lily-Rose also appears in another film this year, PLANETARIUM, opposite Natalie Portman).


CAST AND CREATORS


Director - Stéphanie Di Giusto

Writers

Thomas Bidegain 
Stéphanie Di Giusto
Giovanni Lista (novel)
Sarah Thibau

Soko - Marie-Louise Fuller - dite Loïe Fuller
Gaspard Ulliel - Le comte Louis d'Orsay
Mélanie Thierry - Gabrielle Bloch
Lily-Rose Depp - Isadora Duncan
François Damiens - Edouard Marchand - le directeur artistique des Folies-Bergère
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing - Armand Duponchel - le directeur de l'Opéra
Amanda Plummer - Lili - la mère de Loïe


LINKS


THE DANCER / LA DANSEUSE – IMDB

LOIE FULLER – WIKIPEDIA

FIFTEEN YEARS OF A DANCER;’S LIFE – BY LOIE FULLER

ISADORA DUNCAN – WIKIPEDIA

STEPHANIE DI GIUSTO – IMDB

SOKO – IMDB

LILY-ROSE DEPP – IMDB




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