Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Director/Screenwriter: Woody Allen
Part dark tragedy, part dark comedy, or is it all comedy? It’s certainly all dark to say the least. Considered by almost everybody as one of Woody Allen’s very best films (although I’m not sure Woody would agree), ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’, wasn’t his first dramatic film, that was the Ingmar Bergman-esque ‘Interiors,’ and it certainly wasn’t his last comedy, yet it clearly represents the moment in Allen’s career when he started to abandon comedy in favor of drama and tragedy. Well, maybe “abandon,” is the wrong word, but he certainly began to lose interest in comedy around here.
Psykou’s fable-like tale of a Russian-born adolescent forced to relocate to Athens with his mother and her new Greek husband had its Greek premiere at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival this week, ahead of its local release Nov. 30 via Athens-based arthouse distributor One From the Heart.
Set during the 2004 Summer Olympics, the film “immerses itself in its protagonist’s unreal headspace, where fantasies about animals, murder and his mother portentously commingle,” Variety’s review said, adding that “even when it fails to completely cohere, Psykou’s film is never less than unique.” “Son of Sofia” has also won prizes at the Sarajevo and Los Angeles Greek film fests.
It is the second feature from Psykou, who was named
The drama, formerly “The Last Poker Game,” premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Landau died in July at the age of 89.
“Abe’s Last Poker Game” will premiere in 10 theatrical markets, including the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and Cinema Village in New York, and on demand on Jan. 12.
Howard L. Weiner produced and directed from his own script. Besides Weiner, producers are Marshall Johnson, Eddie Rubin, and Peter Pastorelli. Executive producers are Walter Klenhard and Tamar Sela.
Landau portrays a husband who moves into a nursing home with his deteriorating wife and forms an improbable relationship with a gambler and womanizer, played by Sorvino, and soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. The friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse, played by [link
Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies is a one-day event screening films about the movie business: from projectors to production hell to popcorn, the day is an affectionate celebration of the art of making movies and includes Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.
A £15 ticket day-pass covers all the screenings and events of this special day, including to an
“Wonder Wheel” is one
Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif., his publicist confirmed to Variety.
The Grammy winner and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and ’60s. His 1959 live record, “Inside Shelley Berman,” was the first comedy album to be certified gold (with more than 500,000 sales) and was the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Two other albums, “Outside Shelley Berman” and “The Edge of Shelley Berman,” also went gold.
Berman was the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. He appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.
The year 1967 marked the high point of Sidney Poitier's screen career. He starred in three highly acclaimed box office hits: "To Sir, With Love", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night". The fact that Poitier did not score a Best Actor Oscar nomination that year had less to do with societal prejudices (he had already won an Oscar) than the fact that he was competing with himself and split the voter's choices for his best performance. "In the Heat of the Night" did win the Best Picture Oscar and immortalized Poitier's performance as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective who finds himself assigned to assist a redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger, who did win the Oscar that year for his performance in this film) in a town in the deep south that has experienced a grisly unsolved murder. When Steiger's character, resentful for
The Top Five Martin Landau Movie Roles of His Career
You can't call it his late 80s/early 90s success a comeback, given that he never quit working, but it was a revival and a rediscovery.
“No one day was the same. He was full of excitement and would tell me amazing bedtime stories and was always making funny voices – so much that he scared my little sister,” she says.
The actor, who won an Academy Award in 1994 for the Tim Burton-directed Ed Wood, came to fame playing a villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and later in the original Mission: Impossible TV show on CBS. He died at UCLA Medical Center
Oscar winner Landau, who died Saturday at at age 89 after a brief illness, rose through the ranks in Hollywood alongside his Mission: Impossible costar Bain, as their marriage spanned 36 years and two children before they divorced in 1993.
Their romance got off to an unlikely start when Bain showed up to one of Landau’s classes at the Actors Studio in New York.
“I thought she was an empty-headed model, a magazine cover wired for sound,” he told People back in 1976 of his first impression of Bain. “I had hair down to my shoulders,
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