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Oscar flashback: In light of ‘Marriage Story,’ a look at its 1979 break-up predecessor ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’

Oscar flashback: In light of ‘Marriage Story,’ a look at its 1979 break-up predecessor ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’
Hollywood had handled the topic of divorce on the big screen before 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” from the 1934 musical “The Gay Divorce” with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire to 1967’s “Divorce American Style” with Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds. The year previously brought a female-centric focus to a break-up caused by a husband’s extra-marital affair with a younger woman in 1978’s “An Unmarried Woman,” as Jill Clayburgh discovers life without a louse of a spouse is actually quite liberating and enriching.

But the fracturing of a family unit was rarely handled in fully realistic emotional terms until 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” in which the cause of the parting of ways was Meryl Streep‘s stay-at-home mother’s feelings of being smothered and unfulfilled by her matriarchal duties. It was an era when gender roles began to shift as more women looked to pursue a career outside of the
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Hope Gap review – Annette Bening stumbles in empty divorce drama

The Oscar nominee wrestles with an ill-fitting British accent playing a woman whose life crumbles after her husband leaves for another woman

As well-trodden as the subject might be, there remains something horribly compelling about watching the end of a marriage play out on screen, the uneasy little details of what happens when someone switches to I Don’t proving hard to resist. In Hope Gap, Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson’s second film as director, we’re given an all-too-familiar set-up (husband tells long-serving wife that he’s leaving her for a younger woman) and the stage is set for blistering quarrels, messy untangling and two awards-aiming performances. But despite the clear dramatic potential of the wounds of divorce, proved time and time again by films ranging from An Unmarried Woman to this Oscar season’s Marriage Story, Nicholson fails to give his film the specificity and emotional depth required to make it seem necessary.
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My Brilliant Career

Gill(ian) Armstrong’s breakthrough feature does a leapfrog over stories like Little Women, with heroines that prevail even when adhering to the Meek Sex role of their time. Judy Davis’s Sybylla Melvin knows that she’s a freckle-faced pain in the neck: despite being proud that she’s attracted the local male catch, her every sinew is committed to her goal of artistic expression and self-fulfillment. The setting is the turn-of-the-century Australian Outback but the story is universal. Sam Neill suffers through the best ‘thankless’ romantic role ever.

My Brilliant Career

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The Criterion Collection 973

1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 30, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Aileen Britton, Patricia Kennedy.

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

Production Designer: Luciana Arrighi

Film Editor: Nicholas Beauman

Original Music: Nathan Waks

Written by Eleanor Witcombe from the novel by Miles Franklin

Produced by Margaret Fink
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Sundance: Viola Davis Talks Her Rare ‘Troop Zero’ Role, Clarifies Comments on ‘The Help’

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Sundance: Viola Davis Talks Her Rare ‘Troop Zero’ Role, Clarifies Comments on ‘The Help’
You don’t see Viola Davis like this often, the Academy Award winner said of her new film “Troop Zero,” premiering on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Yes, there are still roles that the powerhouse dramatist cannot get — or, according to her, ones that seem like a natural fit. Namely the fun ones, she said.

“This is not a movie where I would think I’d be the person whose name would automatically pop up,” said Davis of the comedy, which came to her through producer and frequent collaborator Todd Black.

Davis said Black “knew me and my personality, which other people don’t know. Which is the fun part, the part that has levity.”

Davis plays a “bawdy, brass, and funny without knowing it” troop leader to a pack of misfit girls in the 1970s, who rally around one young lady out to win a competition that would
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Paul Schrader Wants Better Moviegoers, Says Audiences Don’t Take Films Seriously

Paul Schrader Wants Better Moviegoers, Says Audiences Don’t Take Films Seriously
Paul Schrader has been in the movie business for well over four decades, and the one thing he’s noticed that has changed the most over the last several years is the moviegoing audience itself. Schrader, who most recently wrote and directed the acclaimed “First Reformed,” recently appeared at a BAFTA Screenwriters Series in London and connected the dots between the current lack of quality films in Hollywood and the overall changes in moviegoing attitudes.

“There are people who talk about the American cinema of the ‘70s as some halcyon period,” Schrader said (via Deadline). “It was to a degree but not because there were any more talented filmmakers. There’s probably, in fact, more talented filmmakers today than there was in the ‘70s. What there was in the ‘70s was better audiences.”

“When people take movies seriously it’s very easy to make a serious movie,” he continued. “When
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Anthony Ray Dies: ‘Shadows’ Actor, Son Of Director Nicholas Ray Was 80

Anthony “Tony” Ray, the actor-producer son of Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray, died June 29 in Saco, Maine, following a long illness, his family has announced. Ray, who lived in Saco for the last 10 years, was 80.

A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse and a member of the Actor’s Studio, Ray was on the producing teams of such 1970s hits as The Rose, An Unmarried Woman, Harry and Tonto, and Freebie and the Bean. He was an assistant director throughout the 1960s and into the ’70s on TV series The Iron Horse and Bewitched, films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Cactus Flower, and, according to his family, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and John Huston’s The Misfits, among other credits.

Ray, who often went by the name Tony Ray, also worked as an actor, his credits starting in 1957 with Men In War and an uncredited appearance in
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Anthony Ray, Actor, Oscar-Nominated Producer and Son of Director Nicholas Ray, Dies at 80

Anthony Ray, Actor, Oscar-Nominated Producer and Son of Director Nicholas Ray, Dies at 80
Anthony Ray, a son of Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray who appeared in John Cassavetes' Shadows and earned an Oscar nomination for producing An Unmarried Woman, has died. He was 80.

Ray died June 29 in Saco, Maine, after a long illness, his family announced.

Just after he turned 20, Ray appeared on Broadway in the Elia Kazan and William Inge drama The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, which debuted in December 1957 and ran for more than 450 performances.

In Shadows (1958), Cassavetes' admired feature debut, Ray portrayed Tony — a young man who sleeps with a virgin (Lelia Goldoni) and ...
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Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Paul Mazursky’s affectionate memoir of the New York bohemian life circa 1953 has a feel for the milieu and an honest appraisal of the kooky culture therein: artists, actors, users, takers, sweethearts, neurotics and phonies. Lenny Baker’s main character may have an amorous relationship with his girlfriend Ellen Greene, but his strongest connection is with his overbearing mother, played to perfection by Shelley Winters. She was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for The Poseidon Adventure but not for this? Honestly.

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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Twilight Time

1976 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date May 22, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, Christopher Walken, Dori Brenner, Antonio Fargas, Lou Jacobi.

Cinematography: Arthur Ornitz

Film Editor: Richard Halsey

Original music: Bill Conti

Production Designer: Phil Rosenberg

Produced by Paul Mazursky and Tony Ray

Written and Directed by Paul Mazursky

Fans of Paul
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Movie Poster of the Week: Sir Alan Bates in Posters

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Above: UK one sheet for The Shout (Jerzy Skolimowski, UK, 1978)One of the greatest but perhaps less heralded of British actors, Sir Alan Bates (1934-2003) is being deservedly feted over the next week at the Quad Cinema in New York with the retrospective series Alan Bates: The Affable Angry Young Man. The title makes sense: before he had acted on film Bates was in the original West End and Broadway productions of Look Back in Anger, but he played not the disaffected anti-hero Jimmy Porter, made famous on film by Richard Burton, but the amiable Welsh lodger Cliff. Though a performer of great virility, intelligence and passion, he often played second fiddle to his more demonstrative co-stars—whether Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek (1964), Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966), Julie Christie in Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) and The Go-Between (1971), or Jill Clayburgh in An Unmarried Woman (1978). Consequently, he is
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Deer Hunter’: A look back at her first Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘The Deer Hunter’: A look back at her first Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 1 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

Prior to 1978, Meryl Streep was best-known for her acclaimed New York stage work. She made five Broadway appearances between 1975 and 1977, including a turn in “A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton” (1976) that brought Streep her first – and to date, only – Tony Award nomination. Her sole big screen appearance was a small, albeit memorable, turn opposite Jane Fonda in “Julia” (1977).

Streep’s name recognition increased significantly in 1978. First, there was her much-heralded performance in the epic NBC miniseries “Holocaust” that resulted in an Emmy Award. It was her second-ever appearance in a feature film, however – and in a Best Picture Academy Awards winner, no
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Things to Come (2016)

Mia Hansen-Løve’s portrait of the travails of a middle-aged philosophy teacher is a plum acting vehicle for Isabelle Huppert It steers clear of crazy, extraordinary events to instead offer insights into how real people live and cope. The professor must dip into her subject matter to make sense of her life, and comes up sane. Folks expecting a feel-good satire about ‘goofy’ women can make do with Sally Field in Hello, My Name is Doris. Mia and Isabelle do well here.

Things to Come (2016)

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2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / L’avenir / Street Date May 9, 2017 / 19.08

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte, Elise Lhomeau, Lionel Dray-Rabotnik.

Cinematography: Denis Lenoir

Film Editor: Marion Monnier

Produced by Charles Gillibert

Written and Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

French actress Isabelle Huppert had a great year in 2016, what with her Oscar nomination for Elle, a
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Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa

Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa
Dustin Guy Defa makes his Sundance Film Festival feature debut with “Person to Person,” and he doesn’t know what to expect. He’s had a lot of disappointments in his life, ranging from being the kind of penniless artist whose survival demands long-term couch surfing to overcoming a nightmare family of origin. (It yielded his 2011 Sundance short, “Family Nightmare.”)

However, “Person To Person” also gives real weight to the time-worn trope that values the journey over the destination. With a cast that includes names like Michael Cera and”Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson as well as indie filmmaking stalwarts like David Zellner and Benny Safdie, it reflects the success he’s had building his place in independent filmmaking and the joy he brings with it. “It comes through loud and clear in his work,” said filmmaker David Lowery, a longtime Defa fan. “It’s the reason why his movies
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AFI Fest to honour Isabelle Huppert

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AFI Fest to honour Isabelle Huppert
The French star delivered one of the performances of the year in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle.

Isabelle Huppert will be the subject of a tribute and gala screening of Elle on November 13. She plays a successful businesswoman who tracks down her rapist.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North America and select territories prior to the world premiere in Cannes and will release in the Us on November 11.

Isabelle Huppert is a masterful actress,” said AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga. “Her fearlessness and precision shine in Elle, and we are thrilled to honour her illustrious career at the 30th edition of AFI Fest, as she exemplifies the best of world cinema.”

Huppert has earned a record 15 César Award nominations for an actress and won in 1995 for La Cérémonie.

She won the Cannes best actress prize for The Piano Teacher in 2001 and Violette in 1978 in a tie with Jill Clayburgh for An Unmarried Woman.

In 2002 she
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Feline lucky? Match the cat to the movie – quiz

As Kevin Spacey finds himself stuck inside a cat in this week’s family comedy Nine Lines, how well do you know other movie moggies?

Panic Room

The Gift

Gone Girl

The Glass House

The Third Man

Cat People

Pygmalion

The Black Cat

Let the Right One In

Catwoman

Insidious

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Getaway

Willard

The Long Goodbye

Harry and Tonto

Fallen

Pet Semetary

Needful Things

The Thing

An Unmarried Woman

Listen Up Phillip

Hannah and Her Sisters

The Squid and the Whale

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

What Lies Beneath

Taking Lives

Side Effects

Mean Girls

Sixteen Candles

Scream

Drag Me to Hell

Cats and Dogs

Stuart Little

Babe

Charlotte's Web

Hocus Pocus

Jumanji

Death Becomes Her

The Witches

10 and above.

Top cat

9 and above.

Top cat

8 and above.

Top cat

7 and above.

Top cat

6 and above.

A sad tail

5 and above.

A sad tail

4 and above.
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Can you pass HitFix's hard-harder-hardest Oscar Quiz?

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Can you pass HitFix's hard-harder-hardest Oscar Quiz?
Last year HitFix threw down a 21-question quiz for Oscar fanatics, and this year we're at it again. Join us for an ultimate Oscar test featuring three tiers of difficulty: hard, harder, and hardest. Get out a notepad! The answers are on the next page. (Please note that the term "actor" can mean a man or a woman, and that any listed year refers to the time of the movie's release, not the year of the ceremony.) Hard 1. What's the highest-grossing of this year's eight Best Picture nominees? 2. Jennifer Jason Leigh just received her first Oscar nomination for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Only two performances in Quentin Tarantino's filmography have earned Academy Awards. Who performed those roles? 3. Which of this year's Best Picture nominees stars a character named Joy? 4. Who's the only person in history to win both an acting Oscar and a songwriting Oscar? 5. Name one
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An ode to the fine art of sneaking into R-rated movies when you're underage

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An ode to the fine art of sneaking into R-rated movies when you're underage
Deadpool made $150 million this weekend, which is fairly amazing for an R-rated film. I'd be curious to know how much more it would have made if every single person who saw it actually paid for a ticket, because it does not take a genius to know that there were teenagers sneaking in to see it. Good for them. Let's be clear about something: the MPAA does not know your child, nor do they care about your child. The entire reason movie ratings exist is so the government didn't get involved in the process. Beyond that, they are outdated and out-of-touch, and absolutely useless as a practical guide for individual parents when it comes to understanding what is or isn't appropriate for your child. There are things I'd show my sons that you would not show to any kid, and there are things other parents have shown their kids that my
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Review: Joe Swanberg's 'Digging For Fire' With Jake Johnson Is One Of His Most Enjoyable Films Yet

Let’s get it out of the way immediately: Joe Swanberg’s “Digging For Fire” has been dubbed a more indie-oriented, small-scale “Eyes Wide Shut.” While the prolific filmmaker’s latest is also about the anxieties common to marriage and is dedicated to the memory of relationship-curious filmmaker Paul Mazursky (“An Unmarried Woman,” “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”), the funny/sad “Digging For Fire” finds Swanberg using different approaches to track some similar ideas. Set in Southern California, married couple Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) are two East L.A.-side dwellers who decide to house-sit for one of Lee's yoga clients. They use the empty modern house in the Hollywood hills as an excuse for a weekend retreat, bringing their three-year-old son (played by Jude Swanberg, stealing just as many scenes as he did in his father's previous film “Happy Christmas”). As a yoga instructor, Lee is spiritually inclined,
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“I Don’t Ever Want to Cheat on a Woman Again”: Actor Michael Murphy on An Unmarried Woman, Altman and The American Experience

Actor Michael Murphy is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Robert Altman, which practically spanned the director’s entire career. But, for a brief moment, he wasn’t known primarily for his turn as a political organizer in Nashville or other Altman roles, but for playing an adulterer. In two consecutive films — An Unmarried Woman and Manhattan — Murphy was the archetypal heel of the moment. That time has passed; Murphy is now often called upon to playspoliticians, judges and ambassadors, parts which take advantage of his patrician/Wasp-esque appearance: he looks like someone to the establishment manor born. Woman‘s place in […]
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“I Don’t Ever Want to Cheat on a Woman Again”: Actor Michael Murphy on An Unmarried Woman, Altman and The American Experience

Actor Michael Murphy is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Robert Altman, which practically spanned the director’s entire career. But, for a brief moment, he wasn’t known primarily for his turn as a political organizer in Nashville or other Altman roles, but for playing an adulterer. In two consecutive films — An Unmarried Woman and Manhattan — Murphy was the archetypal heel of the moment. That time has passed; Murphy is now often called upon to playspoliticians, judges and ambassadors, parts which take advantage of his patrician/Wasp-esque appearance: he looks like someone to the establishment manor born. Woman‘s place in […]
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Digging for Fire | Sundance Review - Sundance Film Festival 2015

Saturated with Hollywood actors, Digging for Fire is Swanberg's first truly Altmanesque ensemble piece, while also serving as an intelligent homage to the recently deceased filmmaker Paul Mazursky (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman). Despite the assembly line of accomplished actors walking in and out of frame, the film never once loses its low-key, improvisational rhythm. It seems like this cast motivated Swanberg to make his most cinematic film to date, placing significantly more focus on the visual construction and sound design. Digging for Fire -- Swanberg's third collaboration in a row with cinematographer Ben Richardson -- is his first foray into shooting on 35mm film. The synthesized score by composer Dan Romer sets a moody and discordant tone that often functions contradictory to the onscreen events, suggesting that we are only seeing what the characters will allow others to see, their real inner drama is being shielded from us.
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