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Watch: Trailers For Martin Scorsese’s List Of The 39 Foreign Films You Should See Before You Die

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2014 4:14 PM
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Martin Scorsese’s Foreign Essentials
You may have heard this one before: several years ago a young filmmaker (Colin Levy) wrote to Martin Scorsese asking which films he should see in order to broaden his cinematic horizons. Much to his surprise the director answered him and provided a list, through his assistant, of 39 essential foreign films to watch – or as many are calling it, the 39 films you should see before you die.

Cannes Review: Jean-Luc Godard's Playful, Sly, Frustrating 'Goodbye To Language' (In 3D!)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2014 10:38 AM
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Goodbye To Language
You can't teach old dog new tricks, they say. Some filmmakers become so set in their ways that others, like Quentin Tarantino or Steven Soderbergh, vow to hang up their viewfinders before they ever reach that point. But over 50 years after his feature-length debut "Breathless" turned the form on its head, and at the grand old age of 83, Jean-Luc Godard has returned to Cannes (not, it should be said, in person) with his first film in Competition in over a decade to prove them wrong. And prove them wrong he has: Godard's bite-sized latest (running barely 70 minutes long) isn't going to turn around anyone who gave up on the director long ago: it is very much a Jean-Luc Godard joint. But there's also a lot to chew on here, and a sense of play that was decidedly lacking in "Film Socialisme," not least when the director's messing around with his new toy: 3D.

New Images Unveiled From Jean-Luc Godard’s 'Goodbye To Language 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 1:22 PM
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Goodbye To Language 3D
Will 2014 finally be the year we see Jean Luc-Godard's "Goodbye To Language 3D"? It has been four years since his garishly digital headscratcher "Film socialisme," and while he did contribute to the omnibus "3X3D," it's "Goodbye To Language 3D"—his first feature entirely in the format—that everyone has been waiting for. A teaser (soon yanked) dropped online as long ago as last summer, but with the Cannes Film Festival around the corner, could the movie finally be seeing release? (The status of his one is so ephemeral, we had left it as an honorable mention in our predictions for this year's fest.)

15 Underseen And Overlooked Dystopian Futures In Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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15 Underseen Sci-Fi Dystopian Films
It's not easy creating a dystopian future on film. Ask the producers of "Divergent," which opens this week (read our review). Not only do they need to establish a demented future where we live under draconian rules, but they must do so over multiple films. Given that there are several different elements to this type of future, from corrupt governments to alien intervention to dizzying technology, it can be like mapmaking in an uncharted area. Sooner or later, you get lost and can't circle back.

20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 26, 2014 3:42 PM
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Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar
For better or worse (which at this time of year, as the punditry reaches its hyperbolic event horizon, usually feels like worse) an Academy Award is the highest honor anyone in the film industry can receive. But of course, like any large organization—even one that wasn’t, as of 2012, reportedly 94% white, 77% male and 86% over the age of 50—the AMPAS gets things wrong (shocking, we know). Sometimes due to the politicking of insiders, sometimes because the wind shifts, and yes, sometimes because of plain old-fashioned bias, the membership votes to award the lesser film, or the lesser performance, or the lesser accomplishment, while the greater one stays seated after the envelope is opened—if they're there at all.

Lost & Abandoned: 10 Movies That Were Shot, But Eventually Scrapped

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 30, 2014 3:42 PM
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10 Movies Shot, Then Scrapped
Undoubtedly the biggest news story of 2014 so far (unless Apichatpong Weerasethakul replaced J.J. Abrams as director of "Star Wars: Episode VII" in between us writing this and it going live) revolves around Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight." It was announced as being the director's next movie, only for the script to apparently leak, reportedly through one of the potential actor's agents, and that caused Tarantino to announce that he was scrapping the project, at least for the moment. (He's also suing Gawker for helping disseminate the screenplay).

'Blue Is The Warmest Color,' Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' & More Hit Criterion In February 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 5:13 PM
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Criterion: February, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Foreign Correspondent
If you are one of those people in a relationship where Valentine's Day means presents, you might want to start dropping some suggestions to your significant other as Criterion has a variety pack of cinematic chocolates that you'll want to savor in February.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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Lovers On The Run feature
“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Jean-Luc Godard Goes 3D: Watch Trailers For ‘Adieu Au Langage’ & Omnibus '3X3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2013 12:28 PM
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Far from his days as the hip director at the forefront of the French New Wave, for the better part of a few decades, Jean-Luc Godard has pretty much gone his own way. Hell, dude even gave the Academy the middle finger, essentially, turning down the Academy after they tried to give him an honorary Oscar a few years ago. But his adventurous spirit is still in full force, and the 82-year-old filmmaker has now embraced 3D, but of course, the results are not your average CGI explosion fest.

Director's Cut Of 'Heaven's Gate' Leads Criterion's November Lineup; Jean Luc Godard's 'Weekend' Also Coming

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 5:27 PM
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Every December, Criterion usually ends of the new year quietly, with not much of in the way of new releases. But they are making sure you'll be able to buy the cinephile in your life the best Christmas presents(s) ever, as their November lineup is, to put it politely, fucking epic.

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