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'Man With A Movie Camera' Tops Sight & Sound's List Of Best Documentaries Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 11:24 AM
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Man With A Movie Camera
Two years after shaking up the chin-stroking world of cinephiles, when the results of their once-every-decade Greatest Films Of All Time list knocked Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" off the top spot, with Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" taking its place, Sight & Sound is back with another list, that probably won't be as Earth shattering. They are turning their ranking system to documentaries and it's safe to say no one is going to riot in the streets over these results.

The Essentials: 5 Alain Resnais Films You Should Know

  • By Jordan Hoffman
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  • March 4, 2014 1:06 PM
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Alain Resnais
Alain Resnais passed away this weekend at the age of 91. This pillar of “art films” worked continuously since the late 1940s, delighting cineastes, baffling the squares and continually pushing himself with different genres. He made musicals, he made documentaries, he made science-fiction. Indeed, his psychedelic freakout time travel film “Je t’aime, Je t’aime” is currently enjoying a revival at some of the hipper art houses (check local listings) and his final film "Life Of Riley," his third adaptation of an Alan Ayckbourn play, just debuted at the Berlin Film Festival.

R.I.P. Alain Resnais (1922-2014): Watch Essential Films 'Night And Fog,' 'Mon Oncle d'Amerique' & More In Full

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 12:01 PM
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Alain Resnais
When asked about the future of cinema in 2009 at the New York Film Festival, Alain Resnais responded, “That’s an enormous question, which we should answer over dinner, and this dinner would last a week… I don’t believe what I read every ten years about the death of cinema coming up.” And who could blame him? He was 87 years old at the time, and he would direct two more films—2012's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Life Of Riley," which premiered last month at Berlin Film Festival. Sadly however, while the medium lives on, it has lost one of its greatest voices as Resnais passed away over the weekend at the age of 91.

Review: Alain Resnais' 'You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!'

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • June 6, 2013 6:29 PM
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Alain Resnais is no stranger to the absurd. For over fifty years, his films—beginning with “Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” have asked questions through their oblique narratives about the way we think about story, performance, and cinema. But such a serious statement also obscures the pure delight it is to get lost in the filmmaker’s lush imagery and his pure sense of magic. Surrealism can spark at any moment, and never feels unnatural. And in “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!,” the filmmaker’s purported last film, he’s gone to new wild imaginations of delight, a true send off from one generation of cinematic legends to the next.

NYFF Review: Alain Resnais Makes A Delightful Final Film With 'You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!'

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • October 2, 2012 11:04 AM
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Alain Resnais is no stranger to the absurd. For over fifty years, his films—beginning with “Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” have asked questions through their oblique narratives about the way we think about story, performance, and cinema. But such a serious statement also obscures the pure delight it is to get lost in the filmmaker’s lush imagery and his pure sense of magic. Surrealism can spark at any moment, and never feels unnatural. And in “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!,” the filmmaker’s purported last film, he’s gone to new wild imaginations of delight, a true send off from one generation of cinematic legends to the next.

Alain Resnais' 'Vous N'Avez Encore Rien Vu' Adds Andre Dussollier, Mathieu Amalric & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2010 2:19 AM
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Sabine Azema, Anne Cosigny, Lambert Wilson, Claude Rich Also On Board Clint Eastwood may have hit 80 this year, but he's positively youthful compared to veteran French director Alain Resnais, who'll turn 89 next June. With a directorial career stretching back to 1936, and taking in stone-cold classics like "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year in Marienbad," it's a feat that he's still up and about, let alone prepping another directorial feature.

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