Ganz, Bruno: Major European Actor (Downfall, Wings of Desire), Dies at 77

I got to know Bruno Ganz and his wife quell well, when I served on the grand jury of the 2002 Locarno Film Fest, alongside with Jafar Panahi and Bela Tarr.

Babylon (1980): Franco Rosso’s Bold Film Finally Gets U.S. Thetrical Release

At the time, the movie was deemed too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension, which might have scared distributors to take a risk and exhibit it in movie theaters.

Oscar: Supporting Actors–Age at First Nomination

In 1936, for his turn in “My Man Godfrey,” Auer competed for the Supporting Actor Oscar with Walter Brennan in “Come and Get It,” who won, Stuart Erwin in “Pigskin Parade,” Basil Rathbone in “Romeo and Juliet,” and Akim Tamiroff in “The General Died at Dawn.”

THE SOUVENIR – Trailer

Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, and Tom Burke. A24 releasing on May 17, 2019.

Pick of the Week

Competition, The: Claire Simon’s Remarkable Documentary about French Filmmaking Education

Claire Simon’s The Competition (Le Concours), an engrossing docu about French film education, begins with the image of a locked gate, that of the Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son, or, as it’s more popularly known, La Fémis.

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Oscar 2019: Best Picture–Roma Should Win, but Would It?

If this Sunday, Green Book walks out with the 2018 Best Picture Oscar, it would be, artistically, the weakest feature to win Oscar Gold since, well, Driving Miss Daisy, back in 1989.

Reviews

Sunset: Nemes’ Follow-Up to his Oscar-Winner Son of Saul

Sunset, Nemes’ follow-up film to his Oscar-winner Son of Saul, is set in 1913, Budapest, the heart of Europe on the verge of World War I. Eagerly expected after Nemes’s splashy debut, Sunset world premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Fest, where it was met with positive but not enthusiastic critical response. The tale’s protagonist […]

Ganz, Bruno: Major European Actor (Downfall, Wings of Desire), Dies at 77

I got to know Bruno Ganz and his wife quell well, when I served on the grand jury of the 2002 Locarno Film Fest, alongside with Jafar Panahi and Bela Tarr.

Oscar: Best Picture–Worst Winners–Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Oscar: Worst Winners of the Best Picture–Robert Benton’s Kramer Vs. Kramer. Don’t get upset. The list reflects my idiosyncratic taste.

Oscar 2019: Best Director–Basic Facts You Need to Know

Best Director Oscar: Basic Facts You Need to Know