Juan Luis Buñuel & Claude Chabrol – Fantômas (1980)

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This miniseries based on the Fantomas novels of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, takes the Fantomas character back to his sinister roots. After the comedic Andre Hunabelle films of the 60s, filmmakers Claude Charbrol and Juan Bunuel went back to the original books for their inspiration. The results are magnificent. The series is a reinvestigation of the pulp roots of the character, while infusing the surreal, dreamlike qualities that the original texts inspired in the works of Juan Gris, Rene Magritte and Luis Bunuel (who is referenced, along with Apollinaire, in the first episode.) Continue reading

Hubert Cornfield – Operation Cicero (1956)

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Based on the true story of a World War II spy with access to top secret information in the British embassy in Turkey, this episode follows the brief but bright career of an English valet, code-named Cicero, who seized his chance to sell expensive secrets to the Germans, including details about D-Day’s Operation Overlord. The Nazi government, the British ambassador, and a Polish countess all dance on strings even as British counteragents close in. Continue reading

Robert Altman – Tanner ’88 (1988)

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Summary: In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a cross between a soap opera and TV news. The result was the groundbreaking Tanner ’88, a piercing satire of media-age American politics, in which actors Michael Murphy (as contender Jack Tanner) and Cynthia Nixon (as his daughter) rub elbows on the campaign trail with real-life political players Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart, Bob Dole, Ralph Nader, Kitty Dukakis, and Gloria Steinem, among many others. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the complete eleven-episode television series—more relevant today than ever. Continue reading

Maurice Pialat – La Maison des bois [Chapters 4 - 7] (1971)

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Compared by critics to Jean Renoir and Ken Loach,
French director-actor Maurice Pialat is now recognised
as one of world cinema’s profoundly humanists
filmmakers. Pialat was born into the same filmmaking
generation as Nouvelle Vague icons Godard and
Truffaut, or the “Left Bank” filmmaking movement’s
Alain Resnais and Chris Marker. But having trained as a
director of observational documentary, Pialat turned
away from the intellectual play and cinephillia of his
peers. Instead, in landmark films such as POLICE
(1985), the Cannes-winning SOUS LE SOLEIL DE SATAN
(1987) and VAN GOGH (1991) he evolved a style that’s
may become contemporary cinema’s most influential: a
cinema of naturalism, spiritual passion and
instinctive social engagement. Continue reading

Maurice Pialat – La maison des bois (Chapters 1- 3) (1971)

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Compared by critics to Jean Renoir and Ken Loach,
French director-actor Maurice Pialat is now recognised
as one of world cinema’s profoundly humanists
filmmakers. Pialat was born into the same filmmaking
generation as Nouvelle Vague icons Godard and
Truffaut, or the “Left Bank” filmmaking movement’s
Alain Resnais and Chris Marker. But having trained as a
director of observational documentary, Pialat turned
away from the intellectual play and cinephillia of his
peers. Instead, in landmark films such as POLICE
(1985), the Cannes-winning SOUS LE SOLEIL DE SATAN
(1987) and VAN GOGH (1991) he evolved a style that’s
may become contemporary cinema’s most influential: a
cinema of naturalism, spiritual passion and
instinctive social engagement. Continue reading

Renny Rye – Lipstick on Your Collar (1993)

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Ewan McGregor stars in this hilarious, musical skewering of 1950s England.

Austerity be gone! The war is over. It s time for frothy coffee in Soho cafes, teenage
kicks and rock n roll music… almost. But not for Private Hopper in his last months of
national service.

Hopper has been assigned to the War Office where he is responsible for translating
anything that comes from the Russians, and brewing regular cups of the barely bloody
drinkable.

When he gets bored, he can always dream himself into a musical landscape where
anything is possible.

In the real world Hopper finds himself caught up with a real cast of characters. Continue reading

Edda Baumann von Broen – Durch die Nacht mit… John Landis & Terry Gilliam (2012)

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(from arte.tv)

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Gilliam war der kreativste Kopf der unvergleichlichen Komikertruppe Monty Python, bevor er als Regisseur Meisterwerke wie “Brazil” und “12 Monkeys” schuf – aber auch ebenso große Flops. Mit seinem Projekt “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” scheiterte er spektakulär. Dokumentiert wurde der katastrophale Dreh und dessen Abbruch in dem inzwischen legendären Film “Lost in La Mancha”.

John Landis Filme wie “The Blues Brothers” und “American Werewolf” haben weit über eine Milliarde Dollar eingespielt – und Landis kennt Hollywood wie kaum ein anderer. Schon als Jugendlicher arbeitet er als Mailboy bei 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, dann als Stuntman, Dialog-Coach, Schauspieler, Regie- und Produktionsassistent, unter anderem bei “Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod”. Und als ein gewisser Michael Jackson ihn um ein Video für einen Song namens “Thriller” anfragte, schrieb Landis Geschichte – der 15-minütige Clip gilt noch heute als das beste Musikvideo aller Zeiten. Continue reading

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