Masters of Cinema
Federico Fellini’s epic 1980 fantasia introduced the start of the Maestro’s delirious late period. A surrealist tour-de-force filmed on soundstages and locations alike, and overflowing with the same sensory (and sensual) invention heretofore found only in the classic movie-musicals (and Fellini’s own oeuvre)...
Independently financed with contributions from Stanley Kubrick’s family & friends in an era when an “independent cinema” was still far from the norm... Now, with this new restoration... a film that for decades has remained nearly impossible to see will at last appear in a proper release in the United Kingdom.
More Recent / Forthcoming Releases:
RUMBLE FISH | FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA | AVAILABLE NOW
LIFEBOAT | ALFRED HITCHCOCK | AVAILABLE NOW
THE LOST WEEKEND | BILLY WILDER | AVAILABLE NOW
DOUBLE INDEMNITY | BILLY WILDER | AVAILABLE NOW
FLOATING WEEDS | YASUJIRO OZU | AVAILABLE NOW
DAS TESTAMENT DES DR MABUSE | FRITZ LANG | AVAILABLE NOW
THE BLUE ANGEL | JOSEPH VON STERNBERG | RELEASED JANUARY 28TH, 2013
THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 | HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT | RELEASED MARCH 18TH, 2013
LA NOTTE | MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI | RELEASED APRIL 22ND (BLU-RAY) SD AVAILABLE NOW
Visit the Masters of Cinema site for more details: HERE
Ghost STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS | HITCHCOCK TRAILER
After years of anticipation, the BFI are finally releasing the celebrated GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS series fully - as a 5-disc DVD box set. This BBC produced series spanned from 1968-1978 and was made up of MR James ghost story adaptations (with the exception of Dickens' THE SIGNALMAN (1976) & some of the modern ones such as THE ICE HOUSE (1978) ). Included also, are the brief revivals of this film tradition that were made recently: A VIEW FROM A HILL (2005), NUMBER 13 (2006) & WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU (2010).
This DVD set is incredibly overdue in terms of interest and demand, with the previously released films: A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS (1972), WHISTLE & I'LL COME TO YOU (1968) & THE SIGNALMAN (1976) all racking up extortionate prices in the past few years, becoming increasingly rare on DVD (even garnering interest in similarly rare VHS versions), the popularity of the films has been very evident. Another issue with the previous DVD versions was that they were released singularly, rather than a set; at 50 minutes max running time for each film it made for pretty inefficient use of disc space and lousy value for money. Speaking as one of the fans hunting for these TV gems, it was frustrating but now ultimately worth it, as it clearly demonstrated a decent market for the series exists to the BFI and all that searching/streaming of these lost films must have contributed to the new release.
If you like your subtler terrors and a more vintage style of scaring an audience, I highly recommend this set. Actually, if you have a DVD player, I recommend it.
The set features the three aforementioned titles and nine other films never-before on DVD. With Halloween close and the road to Christmas upon us, these sought-after eerie films have been shrewdly scheduled for a seasonal sale - of which I've totally bought into and pre-ordered. To read more about GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS, there is a brief but informative article in Sight & Sound (September 2012 issue) and the full synopsis/context from the BFI can be viewed HERE. The films can also be purchased as individual sets with 2-4 of the films on each (as pictured above).
The trailer for HITCHCOCK has hit and it seems really promising. Rather than being a full life-long biographical film that I'm sure would struggle capturing such a prolific figure, the filmmakers have wisely focussed on a specific period of Hitch's life; that being when the director was trying to get PSYCHO (1960) off the ground and into production. With the hindsight we have as an audience for the film's success and knowing how regarded Psycho (1960) will become, the premise is really interesting. From the trailer, this appears to create some great drama and humour we've been unaware of associated with the film. We can see from the dramatisation of the real events, that it appears it was far from easy to get the classic made and this should make for a great film. Plus, performers such as Scarlett Johansson have pretty much transformed into the older actors they'll portray from Hitchcock's films, it's quite astonishing. Take a look...
DJANGO UNCHAINED | SANTA SANGRE
A steady rise in "returning" to form after the brilliant INGLORIOUS BASTARDS for Tarantino with DJANGO UNCHAINED? It seems to me his work is looking better and more accomplished than it ever has. Is the once serious future of independent American cinema reaching the height his knowledge and passion can clearly reach? I hope so. This trailer looks like an incredible mix of his usual comic book aesthetics mixed with a gritty multi-tonal western. I really can't wait to check this out. I'm not usually a massive Di Caprio fan but he looks like one sinister interesting villain here.
If you have never seen an Alejandro Jodorowsky film or heard of the Chilean-born filmmaker, you really need to see some of his works - if only so you can simply acknowledge a director who baffles and creates with such incredible scope within his craziness that he outdoes any other filmmaker in that department hands down. I start to wonder how someone could imagine such imagery or articulate such incredible sights of seldom beauty, colour, blood and... well, you have to see these things for yourself.
Mr BONGO, a little known but very good niche Music/DVD distributor is re-releasing SANTA SANGRE, an odyssey like no other, as a double disc DVD and single disc Blu-Ray. Some of Mr BONGO's recent acquisitions have been the epic Antonioni documentary on China (originally banned by the country) and Wojciech Has' remastered THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM, a time-bending journey through a man's memories as his Father lays ill in a sanatorium that has no regard for normal reality. SANTA SANGRE is a less seen (quite rare and pricey) film and a well-deserved release with care and attention towards it. For a reason unknown to me, his films are often very hard to get hold of on region 2, so this is a great event for fans he's accumulated and the new ones that'll discover this gem.
Notable works from a short but strong filmography are such as; the brilliantly insane masterpiece HOLY MOUNTAIN that I can't even begin to elaborate on and the violent acid western EL TOPO. The latter of which, according to the DVD notes, had it's distribution rights acquired by John Lennon. This meant the film did a hell of a lot better than it might have, unfairly slipping the net of popular international cinema canon we regard today, caused by a lacklustre theatrical release lost in obscurity - thankfully that didn't occur. JL, what a nice guy.
Very recently Jodorowsky has appeared in a formal video (following suit to many filmmakers of today financially stung) pitching new film LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD with the intention of funding it's production from donations. I would love to see what he comes up with in the modern day; it might be that he totally avoids new technology / SFX but can you imagine a 3D Jodorowsky film? I'm no 3D advocate but that'd be quite something. Anyhow, after seeing the pre-production art for the DUNE film that never was (hunt them down on google!) followed by watching this clip of a documentary all about the professed "greatest science fiction film never made" VIDEO LINK HERE, I'm very excited to see this oft unsung director have at least once more dance in the light. The video is linked below, as well as the SANTA SANGRE pre-order.
WATCH JODOROWSKY on LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD
To Pre-Order This Fantastic Re-Release From Mr BONGO Visit
(of course it's also available from other online shops too):
[MR BONGO] 'SANTA SANGRE' DOUBLE DISC - DVD - PRE-ORDER
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