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NYFF '11 Review: 'We Can't Go Home Again' Is A Maddening, Fascinating Effort From Nicholas Ray

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 2, 2011 3:06 AM
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In 1971 Nicholas Ray, former Hollywood director of "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Bigger Than Life," accepted a teaching position at Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Binghamton University in upstate New York. At the time the university was seen as the epicenter of experimental and avant-garde art (the film program at Binghamton having been started by renowned experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs). At some point during his two-year tenure, Ray moved into a house off campus with a group of his students and began collaborating on "We Can't Go Home Again," a project that would screen at Cannes in 1973 but was tinkered with, by Ray, until his death from cancer in 1979.

NYFF '11 Review: 'Dreileben' Is An Accomplished, Dense Trilogy Spanning Murder, Love & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 1, 2011 3:20 AM
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With the recent upsurge in quality TV programming and the ensuing embracement by cinema-goers, it was only a matter of time before film festivals actually started programming pieces originally made for the tube. Both "Carlos" and "The Red Riding Trilogy" were of this ilk; flicks broadcast on the small-screen that retained their cinematic quality but took advantage of the long-form storytelling television provided. "Dreileben," the latest of these undertakings, centers on a murder across three feature films each with their own perspective. Things open innocently with a youthful romance, the loose murderer and subsequent manhunt only lurking in the background. Out of sight, out of mind -- but it only lasts for so long. The second feature involves an out-of-towner psychologist helping with the investigation and the third follows the "villain" himself. Much like 'Red Riding,' this triptych is helmed by different directors: Christian Petzold ("Jerichow"), Dominik Graf ("A Map of the Heart"), and critic Christoph Hochhäusler ("The City Below"), each of them part of the "Berlin School" clique in contemporary German cinema.

Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:28 AM
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Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

'A Dangerous Method' & 'The Skin I Live In' Latest Gala Presentations At New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 5:03 AM
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Get ready New York, the stars are on their way for the New York Film Festival and this afternoon, organizers announced two big additional special gala presentations to the slate.

'My Week With Marilyn' Starring Michelle Williams To Make World Premiere At New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:57 AM
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One film noticeably absent from the recent announcements for TIFF and Venice has been "My Week with Marilyn," teased by Film Society Lincoln Center in a Tweet this morning as a "movie about movies. Based on a forgotten chapter from memoir about young asst aiming to break into biz." Well, the New York Film Festival now has its centerpiece and another strong film added to the line-up for what will be a starry showing in the Big Apple this fall.

More Photos From New York Film Festival Opener, Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 7:51 AM
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Also A Sneak Peek At Alexander Payne's 'The DescendantsAh, the sour taste of buttered popcorn is dissipating and the headier airs of the fall film festival circuit are upon us, as peeks at the films vying for awards are going to be coming in full force.

New Restoration Of Nicholas Ray's 'We Can't Go Home Again' To Premiere At Venice & New York Fests

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 4:36 AM
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Nicholas Ray is a truly fascinating figure. The filmmaker, who was born 100 years ago this year, directed a series of hugely influential pictures in the 1940s and 1950s, most notably "Johnny Guitar" and "Rebel Without a Cause," but never quite got the respect he was due in the States (although the Cahiers du Cinema crowd were obsessed with him), and spent much of his life in the throes of drug and alcohol addiction, working on difficult, experimental projects.

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