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15 Must-See Modern Noirs (CLIPS)

The noir since 1960 is like pornography: it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. With "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in theaters, it may be time to tackle the question more directly. To paraphrase Paul Schrader, what is a (modern) film noir?
  • By TOH!
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  • August 29, 2014 5:17 PM
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Hollywood Memoir: A Young Woman's Intro to Filmmaking in The Golden Age

It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations...A few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Paramount lot for a month before moving on to the Dominican Republic for the Cuba sequences.
  • By Tova Laiter
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  • July 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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Emmanuelle Seigner Delivers for Husband Roman Polanski in Two-Hander 'Venus in Fur'

Roman Polanski's latest play-to-film "Venus and Fur" opened at the end of last year's Cannes Film Festival because it was the only day its star Emmanuelle Seigner could get away to the Riviera. Thus the film was a bit of an afterthought at the fest. It finally arrives via IFC stateside with terrific reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2014 5:58 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Polanski's Provocative 'Venus in Fur' Tops Tepid Specialized Openings

Films from two established directors (Paul Haggis and Roman Polanski) offered well-hyped new releases this weekend. Polanski's "Venus In Fur" (IFC) (also available on Video on Demand) was the clear leader. Paul Haggis' "Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well, doomed by high profile negative reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2014 12:42 PM
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What to See or Skip This Weekend, From Must-See Indie Sci-Fi 'Coherence' to Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys'

If you're in New York or Los Angeles this weekend, run don't walk to James Ward Byrkit's dizzying metaphysical horror film "Coherence," and to Roman Polanski's elegant pas-de-deux "Venus in Fur." But think twice before heading to Clint Eastwood's 1960s musical biopic "Jersey Boys," or Paul Higgis' messy collage of interlocking soap operas "´╗┐Third Person," currently crashing with critics.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 19, 2014 5:23 PM
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Roman Polanski Gives Rare Interview About Career, Retirement and 'Venus in Fur' (CLIPS)

Never one to do much press, Roman Polanski offers Variety a rare interview in which he talks about his new film "Venus in Fur," working with his actress-wife Emmanuelle Seigner and his storied -- and stormy -- cinematic career.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 12:42 PM
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COLCOA 2014 Lineup Includes New Films from Polanski, Breillat, Ozon and More (TRAILERS)

The Franco-American Cultural Fund has announced the lineup for the 18th edition of the City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) film festival. Running April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the fest will present 41 features, including three international premieres, and many North American and US premieres. (Trailers below.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 11:43 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Polanski's 'The Tenant'

The Dark Side of Sanity! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Roman Polanski's 1976 film "The Tenant," which stars Polanski himself, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas and Jo Van Fleet.
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  • October 4, 2013 11:59 AM
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To Celebrate Roman Polanski's 80th Birthday, A Retrospective

Happy birthday to Roman Polanski, who turns 80 on Sunday August 18. Published just ahead of this occasion is James Greenberg's picture-packed coffee table book "Roman Polanski: A Retrospective," which covers all of Polanski's movies as well as his career as an actor. Part of a series of glossy filmmaker retrospectives (Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg) from England's Palazzo Editions, "Roman Polanski" is published stateside by Abrams and is the only book of its kind the filmmaker has ever participated in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2013 7:55 PM
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Sundance Selects Acquires Polanski's 'Venus in Fur'

Sundance Selects has picked up Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur," which recently premiered in competition at Cannes, for US distribution. The film stars actress and Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Almaric, who previously starred opposite each other in Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 1:19 PM
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