This year’s Retrospective at the New York Film Festival will celebrate “50 Years of Janus Films,” a collaboration among the NYFF, Janus Films and Criterion. From Italian neo-realism and the French New Wave to Japanese samurai epics and films filled with existential inquiries, the festival will showcase more than 30 world cinema classics, all of them screening in pristine new prints at the Walter Reade Theater.
“Anybody who saw these movies years ago was used to seeing them in spliced and scratched 16mm prints,” says Film Society of Lincoln Center Associate Director of Programming and retrospective curator Kent Jones. “That’s just the way things were. Now, the standards have changed and we are proud to be able to show [the films] in new prints on the big screen. It’s going to look spectacular.” Read the rest of this entry »
So you’ve always wanted to watch those old Superman cartoons of the 1940s, but you’ve just been waiting for the Serbian translation? Always complained about how not enough American documentaries can be seen in your native Dutch or Tibetan? Crossed your fingers hoping that your music video could be understood in Japanese, Portuguese and Romanian?
There may finally be a solution. Read the rest of this entry »
'The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela'
After the death of his stepfather, artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris searches for a greater understanding of the life of the man he could never call “father” in the documentary The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela. Pule Benjamin Leinaeng, known as Lee to his friends and family, was one of the first wave of South African exiles who left his home country in 1960 to fight apartheid, eventually leading him to the Bronx and into Harris’ family. Read the rest of this entry »