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The Essentials: Michelangelo Antonioni

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  • November 5, 2013 3:12 PM
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The Essentials: Michelangelo Antonioni
While he had made five previous movies, 1957’s “Il Grido” being the most essential of the bunch, Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni’s career didn’t really begin in earnest until a May 1960 evening at the Cannes Film Festival where his latest film, “L'Avventura” was met with boos, exaggerated yawns, loud jeers, even derisive laughter. Antonioni had made a mysterious, sparse and opaque film that would define the rest of his career — an unusual movie, like many others that would follow, where “nothing happens,” at least in the estimation of his harshest critics.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“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.

Michelangelo Antonioni's 'La Notte' Leads Criterion's October Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 5:59 PM
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Breaking open your piggy bank, "borrow" some money from your little brother, sell those rare baseball cards (do people still do that?) and maybe take on an extra shift at work. Criterion's October slate has been revealed and it's another bounty for cinephiles. So let's dive in.

M. Night Shyamalan Loves 'The Last Picture Show,' Says His Film Taste Is More Antonioni & Kubrick Than You Might Expect

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2013 12:41 PM
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M. Night Shyamalan has had one of the more -- interesting? controversial? -- trajectories of any filmmaker in recent memory. While no one remembers his first two movies ("Wide Awake," "Praying With Anger"), it was 1999's "The Sixth Sense" that made him a sensation, with many calling him the next Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg. While that hasn't held up, Shyamalan continued to mine the supernatural twist genre to increasingly diminishing returns, wearing out his audience's taste for third act reveals by the time "The Happening" and its sinister trees arrived. Lately, he's dove into full blown tentpole land with the nearly unwatchable "The Last Airbender" and this summer's "After Earth," but is Shyamalan secretly an arthouse filmmaker lost in the blockbuster world?

5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors

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  • February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
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This Friday sees the release of the much-anticipated "Stoker." The melodrama would probably be of note just because it stars Mia Wasikowksa and Nicole Kidman, but it's even more so because it marks the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, the man behind "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Thirst," among others. The film lands hot on the heels of "The Last Stand," from Park's countryman Kim Ji-Woon, and a few months from the English-language debut of another Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer." The three are only the latest international filmmakers to seek wider audiences and acclaim by making a film in the English language.

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