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Women Suffrage Movie at SFSFF: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family?

Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? Directed by and featuring the now all but forgotten Willis Robards, Mothers of Men – about women suffrage and political power – was a fast-paced, 64-minute buried treasure screened at the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 2–5. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back in time by this 1917 socially conscious drama that dares to ask the question: “What will happen to the nation if all women have the right to vote?” One newspaper editor […]


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Women Suffrage Movie at SFSFF: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family?



'Fanny and Alexander' Review: Ingmar Bergman Brilliant, Disturbing Film

'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman brilliant classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl. 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' – since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called “Alexander and Fanny,” or simply “Alexander,” since it most closely follows two years – from 1907 to 1909 – in the life of young, […]


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'Fanny and Alexander' Review: Ingmar Bergman Brilliant, Disturbing Film



Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar

Ingmar Bergman Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer, and surely Harvey Weinstein are thrilled they and/or their movies won Academy Awards last night at Hollywood & Highland. Not every Oscar nominee/winner, however, has felt that way. The Criterion Collection has posted (via dizzydentfilms) a May 12, 1960, letter in which Ingmar Bergman scolded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for nominating his 1957 drama Wild Strawberries for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 1960. (Wild Strawberries was shown in Los Angeles in 1959.) Here's the text of Bergman's letter, which was displayed at the 2010 Academy exhibit “Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies”: As Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) didn't compete for “OSCAR” I think it […]


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Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar



Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography

Lena Nyman in Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) Lena Nyman, the Swedish actress who starred in the controversial, sexually charged Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), died today following “a long illness.” She was 66. Curiously, Nyman's death took place one day after that of another star of another controversial, sexually charged release of that era, Last Tango in Paris' Maria Schneider. Shot in documentary style – the director plays himself, Nyman plays a character named “Lena,” and so on – and featuring simulated sex and male/female nudity, Vilgot Sjöman's Jag är nyfiken - gul / I Am Curious (Yellow) was released in Sweden in 1967, thus preceding Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris by five years. When the […]


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Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography



Noomi Rapace 'Beyond' Tops Guldbagge Nominations

Ola Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Beyond Actress-turned-director Pernilla August's directorial debut, Beyond topped the 2010 Guldbagge Award nominations. The psychological family drama earned eight nods for the “Swedish Oscars,” including Best Film and Best Director. Beyond tells the story of a woman (Rapace) who must confront her dying, abusive mother.Winner of the 2010 Venice Film Festival's International Critics Week award, Beyond stars Best Actress nominee Noomi Rapace, internationally known as the antiheroine of the Millennium trilogy films – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. (See below the list of Guldbagge nominations.] In the Best Film category, the 34-member jury also selected Babak Najafi's Sebbe and Andreas Öhman's […]


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Noomi Rapace 'Beyond' Tops Guldbagge Nominations



Cannes Winner Per Oscarsson Feared Dead in House Fire

Per Oscarsson, Hunger The year of 2011 begins with a likely tragedy for the movie world: According to reports, a Friday, Dec. 31, house fire may have killed veteran Swedish actor Per Oscarsson, 83, winner of the Best Actor award at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as a late-19th century, mentally unbalanced, starving writer in Henning Carlsen's Hunger. The remains of one person were found amid the ashes of the house located outside the town of Skara in southwest Sweden. It's still unclear if those are Oscarsson's or, perhaps, his 67-year-old wife Kia Ostling's. Both had been reported missing by relatives. [Addendum: On Jan. 5, police confirmed that the remains found in the house were those of […]


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Cannes Winner Per Oscarsson Feared Dead in House Fire



'The Sacrifice': Andrei Tarkovsky 'Exercise in Cinema Appreciation

Watching Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's final work, Offret / The Sacrifice (1986), is an exercise in cinema appreciation. That's not because The Sacrifice is a great film, but because it has great moments interspersed with moments of sheer boredom. In fact, The Sacrifice is one of those rare films that goes to the antipodes of what is good and bad in that art form. Overall, it's worth seeing; but it is in no way, shape, or form a great film – much less a masterpiece. Tarkovsky, who had fled the Soviet Union, filmed The Sacrifice in Sweden, using Swedish actors - including Erland Josephson, the star of many Ingmar Bergman films – and Bergman's longtime cinematographer Sven Nykvist. This was […]


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'The Sacrifice': Andrei Tarkovsky 'Exercise in Cinema Appreciation



'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Reviews

Based on Stieg Larsson's bestseller, Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has become an international box office sensation. The dark thriller-horror mystery stars European Film Award nominee Noomi Rapace as a computer hacker who helps a journalist (Michael Nyqvist) in his attempt to solve the decades-old disappearance of a young Swedish heiress. David Fincher will supposedly handle the inevitable American remake. Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, and Keira Knightley have been rumored as possibilities for the English-language hacker. Below are a few snippets from several reviews by US-based critics: “Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev faithfully and intelligently transfers the first volume of Stieg Larsson's hugely popular detective trilogy to the screen. … [T]he key to the film's effectiveness […]


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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Reviews





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