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Alain Resnais' Haunting Early Masterpiece 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Return to Theaters

This Fall, Rialto Pictures will present a newly burnished 4K restoration of Alain Resnais' gorgeous black-and-white breakout "Hiroshima Mon Amour," which has long been unavailable for exhibition in the US.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 17, 2014 12:19 PM
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Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

It's hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, rounding out its complete additions for 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 28, 2013 3:50 PM
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The Cesars Go to Riva, Trintignant, Haneke, 'Amour,' and Foreign Film 'Argo' UPDATED

A radiant red-robed Emmanuelle Riva accepted the Cesar for best actress Friday night at Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet for Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won five awards including best picture, director, original screenplay and best actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke was in Los Angeles for Saturday's Indie Spirits and Sunday's Oscars, while Trintignant was in Brussels in a play, he told the audience via his son Vincent's cell phone: "Je suis tres content, merci beaucoup," he said. Kevin Costner accepted a Life Achievement Award--and seemed to fall asleep during Riva's long speech.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2013 6:07 PM
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Oscar Watch: Emmanuelle Riva Talks Her Surprise Late-Life Role in 'Amour'; French Veteran Could Beat Lawrence

A seamstress, poet and photographer, Emmanuelle Riva lives alone in Paris. She has enjoyed a long and happy career as a film actress, most notably starring at age 30 in Alain Resnais's 1959 drama "Hiroshima Mon Amour," and working in theater until 2001. "I liked the roles I had both on the stage and in cinema," she wrote me in an email. "My preference is for both. Going from one role to the other is a healthy exercise; no time for them to leave any mark on us. It is others who leave a mark on us. And I don't want to be a prisoner of any part, or to specialize in any genre. I don't want to cultivate my image (how boring!). I would rather always feel the freshness of something newly born."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2013 7:26 PM
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Oscar Talk: Shorts and Documentary, BAFTAs and Scripters, Spielberg vs. Lee, Lawrence vs. Riva and More

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I discuss live-action and documentary shorts as well as the documentary feature race. We look at the influence of last weekend's BAFTAs and USC Scripters Awards, and talk a few too-close-to-call categories: Steven Spielberg or Ang Lee for Best Director? Jennifer Lawrence or Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress? Supporting actor, cinematography and production design are also in the mix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Only God Forgives' Teaser, Naomi Watts as Princess Di, Twenty-Somethings on 'Girls,' and HBO/Hulu Changes

Film Comment posted the "50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012," beginning with "Our Children" (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by "Memories Look at Me" (Song Fang, China) and "First Cousin Once Removed" (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 7, 2013 3:08 PM
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National Society of Film Critics Goes with 'Amour'

Always the last of the major film critics groups to weigh in, usually after the new year, the National Society of Film Critics has made its picks for 2012, led by much-lauded multiple winner "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2013 4:15 PM
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Love 'Amour'? Check Out These Classics Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva

Octogenarian French acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva give stunning, energetic performances as a married couple facing the bitter end in Michael Haneke's critically lauded, multi-awarded "Amour." Below, a look at some of the classic films that put Trintignant and Riva on the map.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2013 12:50 PM
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