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Directors Join Forces To Fight Climate Change


Bernardo Bertolucci Wim Wenders Cannes Film Festival

Bertolucci and Wenders, along with directors such as Fernando Meirelles, Atom Egoyan, and Bob Rafelson, have loaned their support to Film4Climate, an initiative of the World Bank's Connect4Climate programme.

The goal of Film4Climate is to garner the commitment from filmmakers to develop a concrete plan to reduce the environmental impact of film production as well as raise awareness about climate change through cinema.

Bertolucci announced his involvement in a statement which reads: "There is no doubt the earth is in danger. I am looking forward to see testimonies about the climate changes," and Wenders adds, "To combat climate change is one of the major tasks of our generation."

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Bernardo Bertolucci Bows Out Of Mexico Film Festival After Heart Surgery


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Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci has cancelled an upcoming appearance at a Mexican film festival after undergoing a recent unplanned heart surgery.

The Oscar winner was slated to make a visit to the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival, which begins on Friday (06Mar15), and pick up a lifetime achievement award.

However, Bertolucci announced in a statement on Wednesday (04Mar15) that he will not be able to travel to Mexico after recently undergoing a procedure for a coronary stent implant.

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Seduced And Abandoned Review


Excellent

Anyone interested in how movies get made will love this feisty behind-the-scenes documentary, which uses sharp comedy to explore the messy business side of cinema. Both smart and very funny, it may not tell us much that we don't know (mainly that it's almost impossible to get a film financed unless it's a blockbuster with bankable stars), but it reveals things in ways that make us wonder about the future of the movies.

The film follows actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they head to the Cannes Film Festival to secure funding for their planned Iraq-set riff on Last Tango in Paris. They meet with a variety of experts who tell them that their hoped-for budget is three times too high for a movie starring Baldwin and Neve Campbell. So they talk to Chastain, Bejo and Kruger about taking over the lead role. They also consult with a range of prominent filmmakers including Scorsese, Coppola, Polanski and the Last Tango maestro himself, Bertolucci. But the more time they spend with the people who control the money, the more they wonder if their movie will ever get made.

It's fairly clear from the start that Last Tango in Tikrit is a joke project, but everyone takes it seriously. And as they talk to prospective investors, Baldwin and Toback consider adjusting the film to get more cash by, for example, shooting scenes in Russia or China. It's fascinating to hear these billionaires offer advice on how to get their movie made. And hilariously, no one worries about Baldwin's insistence that the story requires explicit sexual scenes.

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Venice Film Festival Announces Winners


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The Venice Film Festival's competition jury, headed by famed Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, has surprisingly handed out its highest award, the Golden Lion, to a documentary, Sacro GRA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi. The award surprised Rosi as much as it surprised film critics covering the festival. I would never, ever have believed a documentary would win [the] Venice film festival, Rosi said. The film beat out 19 other films selected to compete for the Golden Lion this year. The Silver Lion (for best director) went to Greece's Alexandros Avranas for his Miss Violence, which also won its star, Themis Panou, the Coppa Volpi award for best actor. The Coppa Volpi award for best actress went to 82-year-old Italian actress Elena Cotta for her performance in Via Castellana Bandiera.

70th Venice Film Festival - Jury Members - Photocall

Ryuchi Sakamoto, Renato Berta, Jiang Wen, Martina Gedeck, Bernardo Bertolucci, Andrea Arnold, Carrie Fisher and Virginie Ledoye - 70th Venice Film Festival - Jury Members - Photocall - Venice, Italy - Wednesday 28th August 2013

Ryuchi Sakamoto, Renato Berta, Jiang Wen, Martina Gedeck, Bernardo Bertolucci, Andrea Arnold, Carrie Fisher and Virginie Ledoye

Bernardo Bertolucci Regrets Not Apologising To Maria Schneider For Butter Scene


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Moviemaker Bernardo Bertolucci will forever regret not making peace with his Last Tango in Paris leading lady Maria Schneider over the film's infamous 'butter scene' before she died two years ago.

The great director and the movie's star Marlon Brando came up with the idea to use dairy during a graphic sex scene over breakfast and Bertolucci chose not to tell a shocked Schneider about their plans.

In a new Playboy magazine interview with contributor James Franco, he reveals, "Marlon and I decided over breakfast one morning to use butter in their sodomy scene, which wasn't in the script. I decided not to tell her - it was asking for too much discussion.

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On The Road To Show At Cannes


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'On The Road' will show at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel - which stars Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley - will get its premiere at the prestigious event as well as competing for the coveted Palme d'Or award.

The 65th annual festival - which runs from May 16 to 27 - will open with Wes Anderson's new film 'Moonrise Kingdom', which stars Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray while Kristen's 'Twilight' co star Robert Pattinson can be seen in 'Cosmopolis'.

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Bertolucci Regrets Not Making Peace With Schneider


Bernardo Bertolucci Maria Schneider Last Tango in Paris

Director Bernardo Bertolucci is saddened by the death of French actress Maria Schneider, because he never got the chance to apologise for submitting her to the explicit sex scenes in his controversial classic Last Tango in Paris.

The actress, who lost her battle with cancer on Thursday (03Feb11), was cast as Marlon Brando's lover in the controversial 1972 film when she was just 19.

The romantic drama, about an affair between a young Parisian woman and a middle-aged man, featured an infamous and graphic anal sex scene - which Schneider later revealed left her traumatised for years.

Italian filmmaker Bertolucci regrets falling out with Schneider over the role, and wishes he had made more of an effort to make peace with the actress while she was alive - because only now does he understand how much the controversy affected her at such a young age.

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Maria Schneider Dies Aged 58


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French actress Maria Schneider has died at the age of 58.

The movie star - best known for her role opposite Marlon Brando in 1972 movie 'Last Tango in Paris' - died in Paris today (03.02.11) after a long battle with cancer, her family has confirmed.

Schneider was only 19 when she was cast in the film by director Bernardo Bertolucci.

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La Commare Secca Review


Good
Kurosawa doesn't have a monopoly on the story told from different perspectives -- Bernardo Bertolucci, of all people, made one too. In fact, La Commare Secca was his first film.

Secca is awfully rough around the edges, and viewers more accustomed to polished work like Last Tango in Paris and The Dreamers are going to have a tough time reconciling it with Bertolucci's early attempt here.

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Triumph Of Love Review


Bad
The moral of love: Be manipulative and conniving to get the man (or woman) you want, even if a few other folks get their hopes crushed along the way. That's what's certain after watching Clare Peploe's depressing fairytale/restoration comedy Triumph of Love (based on a superficial Marivaux play originally performed in 1732). That's not the filmmaker's intention, though. She's clearly going for whimsy, light romance, and slapstick cuckolding. What her film lacks is a heart and a conscience.

Mira Sorvino plays a princess who dresses up as a dandified male student to infiltrate the summertime estate of a misogynistic philosopher (Ben Kingsley). Under the old man's tutelage, a dashing prince (Jay Rodan) has been instructed to distrust the female sex. So clever Sorvino attires herself as a man to earn his friendship, trust, and above all, love.

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Seduced and Abandoned Movie Review

Seduced and Abandoned Movie Review

Anyone interested in how movies get made will love this feisty behind-the-scenes documentary, which uses...

Triumph of Love Movie Review

Triumph of Love Movie Review

The moral of love: Be manipulative and conniving to get the man (or woman) you...

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