Tag Archives: Jean Martin

Paul Grimault – Le roi et l’oiseau aka The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

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Le Roi et L’Oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) is one of the true classics of animation in France, and although its renown and popularity haven’t made it across to this side of the channel, it has been a source of inspiration to many of the current generation of Japanese animators. Scripted by the celebrated poet, Jacques Prévert (who also scripted Quai de Brumes and Les Enfants du Paradis), designed by the master of French animation, Paul Grimault, based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson, Le Roi et L’Oiseau’s credentials are impeccable and its reputation unassailable. Read More »

Gillo Pontecorvo – La battaglia di Algeri AKA The Battle of Algiers (1966)

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The most electrifyingly timely movie playing in New York was made in 1965. Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is famous, but for some time it’s been available only in washed-out prints with poorly translated, white-on-white subtitles. The newly translated and subtitled 35-millimeter print at Film Forum is presumably the version that was privately screened in August for military personnel by the Pentagon as a field guide to fighting terrorism. Former national-security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski volunteered this blurb: “If you want to understand what’s happening right now in Iraq, I recommend The Battle of Algiers.” I wonder if these politicos are aware that Pontecorvo’s epic was once used by the Black Panthers as a training film? In fact, not much in the current Iraq situation is historically comparable to the late-fifties Algerian struggle for independence dramatized in The Battle of Algiers, but its anatomy of terror remains unsurpassed—and, woefully, ever fresh. Read More »

Luigi Di Gianni – Il tempo dell’inizio (1974)

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Distributed by L’Italnoleggio Cinematografico, with Sven Lasta, Rada Rassimov, Claudio Volonte, Jean Martin, Milena Vucotic
Presented at the Venice Biennale 1974.
Segnalazione ufficiale della Critica Cinematografica (SNCCI)
Winner of the Nastro d’Argento 1975.
Presented at the Festival du Jeune Cinéma de Toulon 1975.
Presented at the Festival of New Delhi 1976.
Presented at the Italian Film Festival in London (British Film Institute) 1976.
Invited to the Festival of Valladolid 1975. Read More »