Liz Takes Center Place,
Wide-Screen Cinemascope Celebrated on Special Weekend,
"Close Up and Black" Exhibition Highlights African-Americans in Film,
And Orson's Oscar® Up For Grabs.
- Liz Taylor is the star player in the festival taking place this summer
at the Netherlands Filmmuseum in the
Vondelpark. Screenings of her best (and worst) films will continue through
September 3rd. Among the toppers scheduled are Joseph L. Mankiewicz's
"Suddenly, Last Summer" and Mike Nichols' "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
Let's hope this all cheers her up a bit, considering the recent incidents
she's forced to endure concerning her groundkeeper, Willem van Muyden, and
her butler, Luc Lacquement. More information about the Summer of Liz (the
one taking place on screen) at:
- In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Cinemascope format, a
wide-screen weekend will commence on August 22nd, will take place at the
Netherlands Filmmuseum at their located at the Cinerama Cinema near the
Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Among the features to be screened are: "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Brainstorm" (1983), "Krakatoa, East
of Java" (1968), "Circus World" (1964), "That's Entertainment" (1974),
"Porgy and Bess" (1959), "Silk Stockings" (1957), "Raintree County" (1957)
>>there's our Liz again!<<, "Les Mans" (1971), and "Lawrence of Arabia"
(1962). More information about screening times available at:
- Take advantage of the early introduction to an upcoming festival on
August 21st and 22nd (21:00 hours) at the Marie Heinekenplein (Marie Heineken
Square) as two of the representative films from "Africa in the Picture" are
screened in the open-air during these two wonderful and sultry Dutch evenings.
Not only is it the perfect introduction to the festivities on offer, but it's
Africa can be found indoors next month in Amsterdam (as well as in Rotterdam,
Den Haag, Utrecht, and Eindhoven) between September 3rd and 14th at the
seventh bi-annual edition of the "Africa in the Picture" festival. Both the
largest and most swinging African film festival to be found in Europe, it
offers a mixture of feature films and short films as well as documentaries.
The schedule includes the two films to be shown this month on the
August 21st: Yamina Bachir's "Rachida" (in Arabic with Dutch subtitles)
August 22nd: Moussa Sne Absa's "Madame Brouette" (in French with English subtitles).
"Rachida" takes place in Algiers and is the story of a teacher in a working
class neighborhood. One morning on the way to school, she is attacked by a
gang of terrorists that includes some of her past students. After being asked
to place a bomb in the school and refusing, the gang retaliates by shooting
her in the stomach. Everyone runs away and leaves Rachida bleeding on the
street. Surviving this attack, she moves to a village far away from the
city, but makes a surprising discovery there.
"Madame Brouette" is the story of Mati, nicknamed Madame Brouette, who has
already been through a divorce and no longer has any interest in men.
She pushes her cart of wares through the streets at Sandaga marketplace while
dreaming of someday opening her own restaurant. When she meets the charming
policeman Naago, who is free with his money as well as his pretty words, Mati
falls in love once again. When she discovers she's pregnant, however, her
father shows her the door and Mati is in for a rude awakening after entering
the real world surrounding her police officer.
These films are two of the high points from the "Africa in the Picture"
festival next month. Filmtheater Rialto is the main location in Amsterdam.
Besides some eighty films and dozens of guests, there will be a symposium,
workshops, a school's program and a number of interviews that take place
at Rialto's Filmcafé. More information about the schedules as well as the
entire festival is available at:
- The 30th edition of the Flanders Film Festival music highlights the
symbiotic effect of music on film and vice versa once again. Guest of honor
this time at the World Soundtrack Awards evening will be French composer
Maurice Jarre, famed for his compositions heard in such films as "Ghost",
"Lawrence of Arabia", "Doctor Zhivago", and "Dead Poets Society". He will
receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his enormous career, body of work,
and dedication. Winner of the World Soundtrack Awards in 2001 and 2002,
Patrick Doyle, will be performing live at this year's events and Oscar winner
Nicola Piovani will round off the festival with a panorama of scores from
Italian movies. Ticket sales for the World Soundtrack Awards concert and
the closing night with Nicola Piovani have already started during July. More
information available at:
- Principle photography started during the heat wave last month (and will
continue during the tropical heat wave this month) on the new romantic comedy
"Feestje" ("Party"). Director Ruud van Hemert ("Schatjes!", "Mama is Boos")
has lined up a cast including Antonie Kamerling and Daphne Bunskoek alongside
such familiar names as Chantal Janzen, Beau van Erven Dorens, Guus Dam and
Trudy Labij. This party is set for release in February of next year.
- Warner Bros. has recently obtained the rights for the Flemish/Dutch
co-production "Verder Dan De Maan" ("Further Than The Moon"), due for release
this autumn, Directed by Belgian Stijn Coninx who has scored previous
successes as "Daens", "Hector", and "Koko Flanel".
- Ever heard of Beatrice Welles? She's the renowned filmmaker's youngest
daughter who recently offered up her father's 1942 "Citizen Kane" best
screenplay Oscar® for auction at Christie's. Don't gasp, all you
terrified buffs, because the golden man was saved at the last moment by the
Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who purchased it for the
princely sum of one dollar after it was withdrawn from auction. Since 1950
all recipients of these statuettes have had to sign an agreement which offers
the Academy first right of purchase (at this same price) for any Oscar®
intended for sale by its owner. Although this particular Oscar®
pre-dates the agreement, the Academy successfully evoked the agreement at
the auction last month when the prize appeared among the Welles memorabilia
on offer. It looks like it will now more properly find a home where countless
admirers can get a glance at it. Is "O" for Oscar or Orson? Looks like he's
still up to his old games. F is for Fun.
- A unique and extensive collection of film posters from the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will go on display at the California African
American Museum beginning August 7. "Close Up in Black: African American
Film Posters" was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling
Exhibition Service (SITES), in collaboration with the Smithsonian's Anacostia
Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Academy. It
chronicles the journey of American actors, directors, writers, designers,
camera crews, technicians and graphic artists who fell in love with a medium
and brought their talents to its service. Because many of these artists
lived during and through times of social, political and cultural segregation,
"Close Up in Black" illuminates the journey of a nation as well as an art
form. The exhibition continues at the California African American Museum
through October 11th. This will be the exhibition's only Los Angeles stop
on its two-and-one-half-year national tour. The Museum is located at 600
State Drive in Exposition Park. Admission is free, parking is $6. For more
information about the exhibition visit:
www.oscars.org or by calling
(+1) 310-247-3000, ext. 185.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Academy will screen two musicals
(Friday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater),
each an example of the ways African Americans were portrayed in studio films
of their respective eras. "Hallelujah" (1929) tells the melodramatic tale
of a Southern field hand's struggle to become a virtuous preacher. Directed
and produced by King Vidor, "Hallelujah" will be presented in a new
sepia-toned print, made to replicate the film's original release print,
courtesy of Warner Bros. and the collection of Martin Scorsese. The film's
screenplay was written by Wanda Tuchock, Ransom Rideout and Richard Schayer,
based on the story of the same name by Vidor. "Carmen Jones" (1954) stars
Dorothy Dandridge in her landmark Oscar-nominated performance. The cast also
includes Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey and Roy Glenn. Produced and directed
by Otto Preminger, the film also features the screen debuts of Diahann Carroll
and Brock Peters. Herschel Burke Gilbert earned a nomination for the film's
musical score. The screenplay was written by Harry Kleiner.
- Speaking about exhibitions, there are a little more than two weeks left
to see the work of Sir Kenneth Adam (winner of two Oscars® for "Barry
Lyndon" -1975- and "The Madness of King George" -1994- and nominee for five
Academy Awards® in the category of Art Direction) at the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before it closes on Sunday, August 17. The
war room from "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love
the Bomb," the interior of Fort Knox in "Goldfinger" (1964), and the gadgetry
and intimidating interiors of several other films in the James Bond series
are but a few examples of the work for which he is admired. Installed in
both the Grand Lobby and Fourth Floor Galleries of the Academy, "'Moonraker',
'Strangelove' and Other Celluloid Dreams: The Visionary Art of Ken Adam"
includes original production design sketches, models and large format set
photographs. This exhibition recently concluded successful runs at the
Serpentine Gallery in London, the Frankfurt Filmmuseum and the
Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. (Shame it didn't turn up in Holland!) Free
and open to the public, gallery viewing hours are Tuesdays through Fridays,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The Academy is located at
8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
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