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'Alphaville': Why This Piece of 60s Pulp Fiction is Must-See Jean-Luc Godard (CLIP)

My favorite Jean-Luc Godard film, the glorious 1965 black-and-white surreal sci-fi noir "Alphaville," starring Eddie Constantine, Godard's wife Anna Karina and Paris at night, has gotten a snazzy digital restoration and new subtitles. It opens for a week at the Nuart Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2014 10:39 AM
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Cannes 2014 Poster Gives Marcello Mastroianni His Glorious Closeup

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival has debuted the poster for its 67th edition, and, as to be expected, it's suitably iconic. The great Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996) gets his close-up in an image from Fellini's 1963 classic "8 1/2." Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2014 11:42 AM
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Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of 'Oklahoma!' Opening TCM Festival

Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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R.I.P Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

In the wake of Mickey Rooney's death Sunday at age 93, much will be written -- and should be written -- about his glory days at MGM, his multiple co-star pairings with Judy Garland, and his lengthy run in the once-popular Andy Hardy franchise. But, truth to tell, I will continue to remember Rooney best for two of his finest achievements as a character actor.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • April 7, 2014 8:27 AM
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What Are Grace Kelly's Best Films? We Give the Top Three to Hitchcock

Grace Kelly is having a comeback this year. The Weinsteins' "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is opening Cannes. And a new six-film DVD collection is set to arrive later this summer, celebrating the quintessential icy blonde. Which leads us to ask: What are Kelly's best films?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 1:26 PM
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As 'Nymphomaniac' Provokes, von Trier and Leth's Masterful 'Five Obstructions' Gets DVD Rerelease

At the same time that the impish Lars von Trier is busy offending, affronting, provoking and outraging audiences with “Nymphomaniacs” I and II, Kino Lorber has chosen to re-release one of the films that got a lot of people excited about von Trier in the first place: “The Five Obstructions.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 1, 2014 11:32 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Stanley Kubrick's Game Changer '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Destination Outer Space! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi classic, "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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  • March 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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You Betcha: 'Fargo' Arriving on Newly Remastered Blu-ray

Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 1:22 PM
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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Talks the Influence of the Great John Cassavetes

The BFI has posted this clip from "A Personal Journey Through American Movies," wherein Martin Scorsese discusses the influence of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes. "Relationship were all he was interested in: the laughter and the games, the tears and the guilt, the whole roller coaster of love," says cinephile Scorsese. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 12:43 PM
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WATCH: Audrey Hepburn's Oscar Acceptance Speech for 'Roman Holiday,' with Presenters Gary Cooper and Donald O'Connor

As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 2:46 PM
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