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Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

Watch: 2 Episodes Of 'Scene By Scene' By Mark Cousins Featuring Brian De Palma & Bernardo Bertolucci

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 17, 2013 10:42 AM
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In terms of the conflict between content and presentation, director and critic Mark Cousins is a singular case. Exampled most in his 15-hour documentary epic, “The Story of Film,” Cousins explores ideas surrounding film and its players with a personal, insightful ability, but also carries a lilting accented brogue (featured prominently) that is either irksome or accepted. However, his interviews are always topnotch, and that trend continues today with archival talks with two cinematic giants.

Even Bernardo Bertolucci Thinks American TV Is Better Than American Movies These Days

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 29, 2013 10:18 AM
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Legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci was recently honored by the American Academy in Rome with the McKim Award. The man behind films such as “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Last Emperor,” and “The Dreamers” has been active in the film industry for over 50 years now and after receiving the prestigious award, spoke of his love for American culture from when he was very young as well as the disappointment he feels regarding the state of Hollywood today. It’s a sentiment that’s been echoed quite often by other filmmakers lately, but perhaps more amusing to learn is Bertolucci’s penchant for recent American television.

3D Conversion Of 'The Last Emperor' Will Be Unveiled At Cannes

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 30, 2013 9:45 AM
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The insidious parasite that is 3D has not only infiltrated movies currently in production, but has wormed its way into movies already made and released. Way back in November of 2011, it was reported that cinematographer Vittorio Storaro was overseeing a 3D conversion of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 epic “The Last Emperor.” Word has been quiet since then, but it looks like audiences will finally be seeing the results as organizers revealed that the movie will get a world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, playing in the Cannes’ Classics Series along with restored prints of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra” and Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail.”

Watch: Trailer for Bernardo Bertolucci's First Film In Nine Years 'Me And You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 5:51 PM
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That Bernardo Bertolucci will go down as a cinematic legend is without question; the wheelchair-bound 73-year-old likely doesn't have too many films left in him, and while his enthusiasm and work ethic are an inspiration, we can't wholeheartedly endorse "Me And You." It's his first film in nine years, which is an event unto itself, and for those not down with explosions and spandex this summer, it's at least a reprieve from the artless noise of popcorn movies.

Watch: Alex Cox's 1999 Documentary 'Kurosawa: The Last Emperor' With Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Verhoeven & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 11:25 AM
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When you're one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, your life is likely to be thoroughly documented by others, and that's certainly the case for Akira Kurosawa. The director behind "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," "Ran" and many, many more seminal works has been boxed, written about, discussed at and more, all at length, but his work is so rich and influential, there is always more to discover. And for those looking for a bit of a film class to start of their week, you can perhaps spend your lunch hour on this.

Cannes Review: 'Me And You' A Middling Return For Bernardo Bertolucci

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2012 2:45 PM
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It's been nine years since the last feature film from Bernardo Bertolucci, and for a moment there, it looked like "The Dreamers" would be the final effort from the currently wheelchair-bound filmmaker. And while we're glad he's re-energized and back to making movies, unfortunately, "Me And You" will be remembered as nothing more than a middling effort at best. A limp and lukewarm film about addiction and the relationships between parents and children, and brothers and sisters, Bertolucci's first entirely Italian-language film in a couple of decades doesn't build to anything of consequence, offering an insubstantial drama that mostly feels incomplete.

First Look Pics At Bernardo Bertolucci's Addiction Drama 'Io e Te'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 5:13 PM
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One film many expected to named as part of the lineup when the Cannes Film Festival unveiled their slate last week, was Bernardo Bertolucci's "Io e Te." An acclaimed, revered filmmaker who has been In Competition twice before (in 1981 for "Tragedy Of A Ridiculous Man" and 1996 with "Stealing Beauty") and received a lifetime achievement award from the fest last spring, he returns to Cannes, but this time Out Of Competition with "Io e Te." And now we have our first look at the film.

Bernardo Bertolucci's 'The Last Emperor' Getting 3D Conversion; David Cronenberg Turns Down Chance To Turn 'Naked Lunch' 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 12:43 PM
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We're now entering the era of movie studios and producers finding new revenue streams simply by dusting off catalog titles, spit-shining them, and putting them back into theaters. Disney's hugely successful "The Lion King" re-release is still playing in some markets even with the film now out of the vault on BluRay. "Ghostbusters" re-visited theaters last month, and next year your eyeballs will be dazzled (sort of) by new 3D versions of "Titanic" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." So far the arthouse hasn't gotten into the game aside from your standard new prints of classic films, but it looks like all that is about to change.

Bernardo Bertolucci Ditches 3D For His New Movie ‘Io e Te’ Saying It's "Vulgarly Commercial"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 4:07 AM
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With everyone and their Mom rushing to 3D including old school dudes like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, for a moment there, it seemed like legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci was going to follow his colleagues over the proverbial cliff. Earlier this spring it was announced the filmmaker was going to be helming his new movie "Io e Te" in the format, marking his first time playing around in three dimensions. But with cameras set to roll soon, Bertolucci has not only made a 180 on that decision, he's got something to say about 3D as well.

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