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Because I am a genius! Lorenza Mazzetti

DCP - HD - 2016 - Italy - 62 Min - Color / Black & White

Because I am a genius! Lorenza Mazzetti

Perché sono un genio! Lorenza Mazzetti (original title)


A film by Steve della Casa, Francesco Frisari

Lorenza Mazzetti’s “genius” resides in her fantastic and profound outlook she uses to tell her extraordinary story and create the most part of her works. Adopted by the Einstein family, which was exterminated by the SS in the early 1950s, Lorenza decided to go to London to forget the tragedy she witnessed when she was just a little girl.

Once in London she managed to enter the well-known Slade School of Fine Art where she stole a movie camera and shoot "K", a reinterpretation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Thanks to this incredible first film she got in contact with Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson establishing the Free Cinema Manifesto and revolutionized British cinema. Her second film "Together" was awarded in 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

Having returned to Italy, she joined Paola, her twin sister with whom she lives nowadays. Through Lorenza’s memories, animation of her paintings and the everyday life we discover a funny old woman who still exhibits all the freedom and the innocence of childhood.




Harold & Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story

DCP - HD - 2015 - USA - 96 Min - Color / Black & White

Harold & Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story

Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (original title)


A film by Daniel Raim

HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY is a fascinating and humanistic account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson—a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”

Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of iconic films during Hollywood’s golden age including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket and more. Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny, DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Coppola and others, this deeply moving documentary chronicles their remarkable relationship and two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.




From Caligari to Hitler

DCP - HD - 2014 - German - 118 - Color / Black & White

From Caligari to Hitler

Von Caligari Zu Hitler (original title)


A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

The film tells the story of German Cinema in the Twenties between Expressionism and New Sobriety. This was the most important period of German Cinema, a time full of wonders and invention. The aesthetic foundations were laid for the "seventh art".

FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER is the first feature documentary ever on German Cinema of the Twenties. It shows well known films, but furthermore forgotten, never shown or totally unknown material. This is an entertaining rollercoaster-trip to the best period of German Cinema and into the abyss of sub-consciousness. 




Vietnamese Cinema

HD - 2014 - French - 52 - Color

Vietnamese Cinema

Cinéma Vietnamien (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

The documentary attempts to retrace the major political and industrial aesthetic phases of Vietnamese cinema, through its wars, regime changes, ideological developments, and focusing primarily on the current situation. The documentary is also the reflection of a very dynamic country on the rise and whose lifestyles are profoundly different from the South (the economic capital) and the North (the administrative capital of the central government much more rooted in tradition).




The Territories of Western Movies

HD - 2013 - French - 52 - null

The Territories of Western Movies

Territories du Western (original title)


A film by Linda Tahir Meriau

A road trip documentary to discover three symbolic territories, each fitting a particular moment of the western movie genre: Monument Valley, Utah, the place of epic dreams; Cathedral Rock, Arizona, the place of culpability and doubt; Almeria, Andalusia, the place of smashed ideals. All along this journey, we will meet three remarkable characters: Ofelia, professor at the University of Arizona and specialized in American Indians Studies, Roy, a veteran cowboy and stuntman at the Old Tucson Studio, and Jesus, stuntman at Fort Bravo, Almeria.

 




Through Japanese Cinema

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 2 x 55 min - Color

Through Japanese Cinema

Through Japanese Cinema (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

The exclusive domination of large corporations-production-distribution operation for over thirty years, and its collapse at the time of questioning global powers and the emergence of new styles and the conquest of new territories (animation) seemed to justify the cutting of a documentary on the recent history of Japanese cinema into two parts, corresponding to nearly equal lengths (20 to 30 years), and generations of filmmakers:
1. The cinema of protest and renewal, the emergence of independent after the Golden Age: careers with Nagisa Oshima, Yoshishige Yoshida, Shohei Imamura, Masaki Kobayashi ... the early 60s until the 90s.
2. The renewal of the images and the New Territories today: with the careers of Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Otomo, director Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... the late 90's to today.




King Hu

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 48 min - Color

King Hu

King Hu (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

Bodies which float in the air and cross swords, a young woman jumping from a roof of a pagoda to another, a young woman jumping through a window and turning on wounded two attackers, a monk who with a wave of his big rod reverses its opponents, swordsmen who use the flexibility of large bamboo to bounce from one end to another of a forest. In an open or enclosed area of a tavern, the fighters of the films of King Hu, amaze, fascinate by their exploits, which are all forms of actions of dreamlike flights.




The Misfits of Cinema

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color / Black & White

The Misfits of Cinema

Les Enfants Terribles du Cinema (original title)


A film by Ezéquiel Fernandez

How did a generation of post-war cinephiles manage to change the course of cinematic history?

In1948, ahandful of cinema enthusiast founded “Objectif49”, a “Cine-Club” in Paris whose existence would be as dazzling as it would be brief. A few months later, they came up with the idea of a showcase demonstration for art house films, thus giving birth, in the summer of 1949, to the “Festival du Film Maudit”. Jean Cocteau played the leading role in this effort with support from Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, Jean Charles Tacchella, Alexandre Astruc, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Pierre Kast…

Ten years before the official birth of the New Wave movement, these young filmmakers, inspired by a fresh, new artistic vision, laid the foundation for today’s cinema.

 

Pictures: Georges Dambier, Miguel Sanchez Martin (last picture hereunder)




The Divine Joe Sarno

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 56 min - Color

The Divine Joe Sarno

The Divine Joe Sarno (original title)


A film by Virgile Iscan

Joe Sarno has observed and filmed sexuality and fantasies of women without deviating from its course for 40 years. This observation has led to more than 70 films. A case in point. Joe Sarno is a filmmaker monomaniacal in his case, one might even say obsessed, like a Russ Meyer that it could represent for the east coast, with all the differences that the location embraces. Throughout his life, he has dug a question: that of female desire. Our desire is to invite him to share his observations and to tell us his stories.




Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

HD - 2011 - France - 96 & 52 min - Color / Black & White

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom (original title)


A film by Ian Ayres

Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols and one of the last real movie stars. From his difficult upbringing in the Bronx, where he was born Bernie Schwartz, to his unprecedented fame and infamous way with women, TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM presents Mr. Curtis's life in all its rags to riches glory. Interviews with Tony's family, friends and co-stars (Hugh Hefner, Harry Belafonte, Debbie Reynolds, Mamie Van Doren, Piper Laurie, Theresa Russell, Jill Curtis among others!) along with exclusive footage and film clips are given deeper meaning and clarity by the most honest and intimate interview the actor may have ever given. Here, in the definitive film about Tony Curtis, filmmaker Ian Ayres forms this incredible material into a revealing portrait of one of the greatest Hollywood celebrities of all time.

 

TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM explores the man's rebellious demeanor, his struggle as a Jew in Hollywood, his difficult childhood, the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe and his failed marriages to actresses Janet Leigh and Christine Kaufman, his courageous stance to break the color barrier with The Defiant Ones (the film that earned him an Oscar Nomination), and his entire sixdecade career. A sex symbol, a matinee idol, a powerful and magnetic actor, Tony Curtis was the original movie star.