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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.

The 15 Best Palme d'Or Winners From The Cannes Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 14, 2014 1:34 PM
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The 15 Best Palme d'Or Winners
Right about now, taking the time difference into consideration, a bevy of beautiful celebrities will be spritzing and primping their last in preparation to walk the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. But while the festival is a byword for glamour in the wider media, underneath the glossy surface is where its real heart beats, in the long queues in pouring rain, in the panic of swimming against the tide in the mercurially mutable traffic flow system on the Croisette, in the flocks of deskless journos sitting cross-legged on the floor riding out caffeine highs and blood sugar crashes in an effort to file on time. This side of Cannes may not be its prettiest but it is where the action is at, and it is all made worthwhile by the quality of the films we’re privileged to enjoy, across all the sections of the festival for the ten days of its duration before the Palme d’Or is announced and we all pack up and go home.

15 Thematic Trilogies From 15 Directors

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2014 1:48 PM
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15 Thematic Trilogies
It’s quite likely that, in a few summers’ time, cinemagoing will start to resemble entering a giant narrative web, as each auditorium will be hosting a film featuring characters on their way to the plot being screened in the next theatre over. Disney, Marvel, DC—the brilliance of their crossover strategy seems only matched by the appetite of moviegoers for the results. The thought, then, of a standalone narrative, a one-off rather than a sequel springboard, is a rare phenomenon in today’s cinematic landscape, let alone the idea of linking films together only loosely, in such a way that they can't be shorthanded by sticking a "2" or a "3" on the end of the original title.

Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Films By Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Jean Renoir & More

Fistful Of Dollars
The Cannes Film Festival isn't just about uncovering the brightest new talents, and freshest expressions of the cinematic art (but yes, it's a huge part of it). Each year, organizers curate a great selection of classic films, and this year is no different. Read More »

Watch: Feel 'Signs Of Vigorous Life' With Vintage 30-Minute Doc On Herzog, Fassbinder, Wenders, Schlöndorff & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 21, 2014 10:45 AM
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We can’t imagine what you do with your spare time and quite frankly it’s best we never find out, but the good folks over at The Seventh Art are often scouring the internet for hidden video gems. The stuff that they’re able to find is rarely disappointing and this video in particular is quite the find.

'All Is Lost' Director J.C Chandor Sets Up 'A Most Violent Year,' Star Robert Redford To Helm 3D Doc For Wim Wenders

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 25, 2013 10:54 AM
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Before J.C. Chandor could fully soak in the experience of premiering his sophomore feature “All is Lost” at Cannes this week -- which was met with rapturous praise (read our review here) -- he had already lined up his next project, and it's slated to shoot later this year. His third feature, A Most Violent Year,” is planning to cast a bunch of big names, but none of them have been revealed as of yet. Given the buzz for 'Lost,' however, names may not be so difficult to come by. Plot details are being kept under wraps but considering how well he handled an ensemble cast with his debut film, “Margin Call,” it should be fun to see him working with another top notch cast. [Deadline]

Wim Wenders + James Franco + 3D Family Drama = Most Awesome WTF Movie Announcement Of The Day

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 7, 2013 5:43 PM
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Wim Wenders + James Franco
Whatever you think of Zach Braff and celebrity Kickstarter campaigns, you have to admit his conversation with Kim Masters late last week was pretty fascinating. Braff paints a pretty dismal picture of the American cinema landscape and part of his self “defense” for going to Kickstater is a just a modicum of control to get a project made. He cites the Hollywood algorhythm that cross-references bankability, Q-factor and other such elements abroad and in foreign markets and then spits out a number that suggests whether a project is worth making or not.

Sarah Polley Joins Wim Wenders' 3D Drama 'Everything Will Be Fine,' Aiming For Berlin Premiere In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 11:05 AM
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With her latest, excellent directorial effort "Take This Waltz" headed to theaters this summer, writer/director/actress Sarah Polley is going to step back in front of the camera for Wim Wenders' first narrative feature film since 2008's little seen and not particularly well received "Palermo Shooting."

Wim Wenders Talks Dance Documentary 'Pina' & Says Filmmakers Still Have To Crack The Code Of Using 3D Inventively

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 18, 2012 6:00 PM
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Prior to six or seven months ago, it was arguably easy to dismiss 3D as a passing fad used by money-hungry studios to beef up box office returns without adding anything to the movie-going experience except crossed eyes and migraines. But after Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and even Werner Herzog offered superlative films in three dimensions, the industry proved that great, proven artists could create great works using the format. Even so, it still sounds odd to hear a filmmaker like German auteur Wim Wenders defend technology as he discusses his latest film, the 3D creative dance documentary “Pina.”

Wim Wenders Working On A 3D Film About Architecture

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 8:59 AM
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While James Cameron can be credited with bringing 3D back to the multiplex in a big way, leave it to guys like Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders to truly push the boundaries of the format in 2011, proving that it can do more than just make expensive, special effects blockbusters look good. For Scorsese, "Hugo" was arguably far more immersive than anything in "Avatar," with every inch of each frame a wonder to look at. Meanwhile, Wenders used 3D as a dimension to capture the energy and power of dance in a way that has never been done before, and the director is heading back to the format for a brand new project that also promises to offer more than meets than eye.

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