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The Visionary Difference of Robert Siodmak’s Film Noir

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Robert Siodmak's Phantom Lady (1944) and The Killers (1946) are showing in March and April, 2019 on Mubi in many countries around the world.The KillersThere’s a long-told apocryphal story about German-born silent film star Emil Jannings. He was the first-ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929. After his career had waned, he would return to his homeland and form close ties with Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda. His stardom was renewed within the Third Reich’s film industry. When Berlin was reduced to rubble and Allied troops advanced on Jannings’ home, the story goes that he held his golden statuette aloft and shouted some placating words to the soldiers: “Don’t shoot, I won an Oscar!” True or not, Jannings’ tale is a cruel sort of reversal of the reality faced by artists who were forced to escape Europe during the Nazis’ reign. Throughout the thirties,
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Maggie Smith Returns To London Stage For ‘A German Life’; UK Casting Directors Inaugurate Awards – Global Briefs

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Maggie Smith Returns To London Stage For ‘A German Life’; UK Casting Directors Inaugurate Awards – Global Briefs
Maggie Smith is returning to the London stage for the first time in 12 years. The legendary actress will star in A German Life, a new play by Christopher Hampton at the Bridge Theatre. The story is drawn from the life of Brunhilde Pomsel, a one-time personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels. Smith, alone on stage, plays Pomsel. Directed by Jonathan Kent, A German Life begins previews on April 6 with a five-week run opening April 12. Pomsel’s life spanned the 20th century. She struggled to make ends meet in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Goebbels. A German Life is drawn from the testimony Pomsel gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, and from their documentary A German Life. Smith will be seen on screen
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MoviePass Films’ ‘Axis Sally’ Adds Trio To Cast

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MoviePass Films’ ‘Axis Sally’ Adds Trio To Cast
Exclusive: Thomas Kretschmann, Mitch Pileggi and Lala Kent have joined the cast of Axis Sally, the MoviePass Films movie that stars Al Pacino and Meadow Williams in the real-life story of Mildred “Axis Sally” Gillars, the American who unwittingly became the voice of German propaganda targeted to U.S. troops during World War II. The $25 million film begins shooting this week in Puerto Rico.

Michael Polish is directing the film that was adapted by Vance Owen and Darryl Hicks based on William Owen’s book Axis Sally Confidential. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Owen and Tucker Tooley. Ted Farnsworth will executive produce alongside Williams, Vance Owen and Lydia Hull, and MoviePass FilmsTim Sullivan and Alex Eckert.

Williams is playing Gillars, and Pacino will play the attorney who represented her once she was arrested and put on trial in the U.S. for treason. Kretschmann will play Joseph Goebbels,
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Danish Docmakers Experiment With Nonfiction Formats

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Danish documaker Simon Lereng Wilmont’s Oscar-shortlisted “The Distant Barking of Dogs,” which observes the impact of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine on the life of a 10-year-old Ukrainian boy, encapsulates why, just as with fictional features, Danish docs are thriving.

This fly-on-the-wall portrait that unfolds from the boy’s perspective without a word of narration “deftly weaves a precise coming-of-age narrative into its morally urgent anti-war tableau,” wrote Variety critic Guy Lodge. Besides stemming from a special sensitivity for the children’s universe that Danish cinema is known for, the pluriprized doc is also emblematic of how local documakers are honing their craft, pushing boundaries, and taking their works to new heights.

“In Denmark they are really experimenting with various forms of documentary storytelling in terms of making the narratives dramaturgically like feature films,” says Petri Kemppinen, head of the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fund.

The thriller-like
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‘The Invisibles’ Film Review: Documentary and Drama Combine to Tell Holocaust Survivor Stories

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‘The Invisibles’ Film Review: Documentary and Drama Combine to Tell Holocaust Survivor Stories
In 1943, Joseph Goebbels proudly declared Berlin “free of Jews.” Though he did come markedly close to his goal, around 1,700 Jews managed to endure in secret through the war. “The Invisibles” tells the stories of a few of these survivors, bringing their astonishing histories to life in straightforward but consistently compelling fashion.

Director Claus Räfle interviews four Jews who are now in their 90s, all of whom eloquently share their experiences as teenagers in Berlin. Interspersed with their memories are dramatic re-enactments, a risky approach handled with enough skill to add to the film’s depth.

Hanni Weissenberg was an orphan when she was forced, at 17, into a terrifying homelessness. As played in flashback by Alice Dwyer, she dyes her hair blonde and spends her days seeking refuge in movie theaters. Every soldier who flirts with her brings untold danger, but one winds up offering crucial salvation.

Also Read: Claude Lanzmann,
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Al Pacino, Meadow Williams Star In MoviePass Films Drama ‘Axis Sally’

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Al Pacino, Meadow Williams Star In MoviePass Films Drama ‘Axis Sally’
Exclusive: Al Pacino and Meadow Williams will star in Axis Sally, a Michael Polish-directed drama for MoviePass Films based on the true story of a woman who unwittingly became the voice of German propaganda targeted to American troops. Williams will play Mildred ‘Axis Sally’ Gillars and Pacino will play the attorney who represented her once she was arrested and put on trial in the States. Swen Temmel is also joining the cast. Swen Temmel rounds out the cast of the $25 million budget film.

Vance Owen and Darryl Hicks wrote the script, based on the book Axis Sally Confidential by William Owen. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce with Vance Owen and Tucker Tooley. Ted Farnsworth will executive produce alongside Meadow Williams, Lydia Hull, and MoviePass FilmsTim Sullivan and Alex Eckert.

Axis Sally, which is set to shoot January 22,is the latest addition to MoviePass Films’ already very ambitious slate.
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The Woman In The Window (1944) – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

By 1944 Fritz Lang was already known as one of the greatest film directors of all time. Although he was unable to find steady work in the 1950’s (due mostly to his reputation of being difficult to work with and abusive to cast and crew), he had already created classics such as Destiny, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, the Die Nibelungen epic, Metropolis, and M.

Escaping from Nazi Germany after turning down Joseph Goebbels for the position of Director of the German Cinema Institute, Lang came to Hollywood where he directed numerous film noir classics like Scarlet Street and The Big Heat. The Woman in the Window was made the year before one of his biggest American hits, Scarlet Street.

The Woman in the Window stars Edward G. Robinson as Professor Richard Wanley, perhaps the most unlikely middle-aged man ever to be hit on by a beautiful woman.
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George Gallo to direct The Nazi Titanic

Long before James Cameron’s Titanic in 1997, and even before 1958’s A Night to Remember, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels looked to score a cinematic triumph with a feature / propaganda film based on the 1912 maritime disaster.

The resulting film, Titanic, is now set to become the subject of its own movie, with Deadline reporting that George Gallo has signed on to direct The Nazi Titanic from a script by Scott D. Rosenbaum and Josh Posner.

The Nazi Titanic will tell the story of the banned 1943 movie, which Goebbels saw as an opportunity to blame the Titanic tragedy on British and American greed and incompetence. Goebbels enlisted director Herbert Selpin, granting him a budget equivalent to $200 million of today’s money, conscripted the passenger liner SS Cap Arcona to double as the Titanic, and drafted soldiers from the front lines to serve as extras.

Unfortunately for Selpin,
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George Gallo At Helm Of ‘The Nazi Titanic’, Making Of Hitler & Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Ship Sink Disaster Epic

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George Gallo At Helm Of ‘The Nazi Titanic’, Making Of Hitler & Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Ship Sink Disaster Epic
Exclusive: George Gallo has come attached to direct The Nazi Titanic, a film that tells the crazy backstory of the German WWII propaganda film about the most famous shipping disaster, which itself turned out to be a cinematic disaster of epic proportions. The project is being cast now, and it has a script by Scott D. Rosenbaum and Josh Posner. The pic is being produced by Jeff G. Waxman, Tony Grazia and Rosenbaum.

While there are several memorable films about the 1912 disaster — James Cameron’s Titanic and Roy Ward Baker’s A Night to Remember among them — the banned and barely seen 1943 Nazi film has as wretched a behind-the-scenes backstory as just about any film ever made, even though Adolf Hitler and his Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels commissioned it to be their greatest cinematic triumph.

While director James Cameron’s 1997 film went 100% over budget and led then-Fox president
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Peter Fonda Says Separate Melania from Barron, Then Maybe Trump Will Get It

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Peter Fonda Says Separate Melania from Barron, Then Maybe Trump Will Get It
8:15 Am Pt -- Donald Trump Jr. responded to Fonda, calling him a coward who should stop bullying 12-year-old Barron and "pick on someone a bit bigger. Lmk." Yes, 40-year-old Dtj is essentially challenging 78-year-old Fonda to a fight. Welcome to 2018. Peter Fonda's so fired up about the children in detention camps he might have just crossed a dangerous line ... by suggesting Melania Trump should be separated from her child. The Oscar winner said,
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Book-a-Day 2018 #118: Voices in the Dark by Marcel Beyer and Ulli Lust

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There once was a novel called Flughunde: written by Marcel Beyer in German, published in Germany in 1995. John Brownjohn — I feel so sorry for someone saddled with that name all his life — translated it into English, and The Karnau Tapes was published in the UK in 1997.

Almost twenty years later, German cartoonist Ulli Lust adapted Flughunde into comics form — it was published in 2013 as by Beyer and Lust. And, finally, in 2017, the comics version of Flughunde was reunited with the Brownjohn English translation — somewhat adapted by Nika Knight to work as comics — and published under a third title, Voices in the Dark .

(By the way, Flughunde means “Flying Foxes,” for an important thematic element of the story — it’s a literary-novel title, and this is a literary “graphic novel.” I have no idea why none of the English translations were willing to translate the title.)

That’s what this is,
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Review: ‘Hitler’s Hollywood’ Never Surpasses the Realm of Academic Curiosity

For his entire reign of power, Adolf Hitler used cinema to communicate with his public. Over 1,000 films were produced under the Third Reich, and half of those were unexpectedly musicals or comedies. Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels controlled the German film system, channeling the Nazi’s ideologies through movie theaters and into the minds of the public. Watching Hitler’s Hollywood, a new documentary about the era of Nazi propaganda cinema, one can’t help but be reminded of the conciseness and clear-eyed vision of Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting, a stellar series of video essays about movies. Each episode delivers its entire thesis and conclusion in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, director Rüdiger Suchsland’s Hitler’s Hollywood, a deeply cine-literate essay film which borders on overly dry, makes and remakes its point, over and over again, too often repeating itself.

The documentary asks the question:
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Hitler’s Hollywood Movie Review

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Hitler’S Hollywood Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Rüdiger Suchsland Screenwriter: Rüdiger Suchsland Cast: Hans Albert, Heinz Rühmann, Zarah Leander, Adolf Hitler, Ilse Werner, Joseph Goebbels, Marianne Hoppe, Gustaf Gründgens, Hermann Göring, Leni Riefenstahl, Wilhelm Fürtwangler, Leni Riefenstahl Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 4/2/18 Opens: April 11 at New York’s Film Forum, 209 Houston […]

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Dana Loesch and Myth of the NRA; See Her Most Vile Attack on America Yet

Dana Loesch the vitriolic spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, has launched another vile attack on American institutions that truly safeguard our liberty, but the mighty organization she claims to represent is a myth, according to tax documents and other sources. Loeschemay be one of the most polarizing figures in American history. She’s the biggest threat to democracy since Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
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Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Victim Samantha Geimer For Howard Stern Comments [Exclusive]

Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Victim Samantha Geimer For Howard Stern Comments [Exclusive]
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino has lived something of a charmed life. He’s a master auteur who, ever since Miramax Films picked up 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” was backed, supported, and nourished by one powerful patron: Harvey Weinstein. In some ways, Tarantino made movies in a bubble.

As Weinstein fell, Tarantino entered the real world in more ways than one. After asking for time to process, Tarantino had to acknowledge that when he dated then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, she told him she had been assaulted by Weinstein. And so he did, in the New York Times last October, effectively distancing himself from his long-time mentor.

Now, Tarantino is forced to face his own behavior — not only with his muse Uma Thurman on the set of “Kill Bill,” but also on the promotional circuit for that film in 2003, when he insisted on telling Howard Stern that Roman Polanski rape victim was a “party girl.
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Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Victim Samantha Geimer For Howard Stern Comments [Exclusive]

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Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Victim Samantha Geimer For Howard Stern Comments [Exclusive]
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino has lived something of a charmed life. He’s a master auteur who, ever since Miramax Films picked up 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” was backed, supported, and nourished by one powerful patron: Harvey Weinstein. In some ways, Tarantino made movies in a bubble.

As Weinstein fell, Tarantino entered the real world in more ways than one. After asking for time to process, Tarantino had to acknowledge that when he dated then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, she told him she had been assaulted by Weinstein. And so he did, in the New York Times last October, effectively distancing himself from his long-time mentor.

Now, Tarantino is forced to face his own behavior — not only with his muse Uma Thurman on the set of “Kill Bill,” but also on the promotional circuit for that film in 2003, when he insisted on telling Howard Stern that Roman Polanski rape victim was a “party girl.
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Titanic (1943)

In 1942, with the war going fairly well for Germany, Joseph Goebbels green-lit a lavish, technically complex account of the sinking of the Titanic, one with a decidedly different viewpoint. All blame falls on Evil British plutocrats, and a decent, ethical German officer is the only competent man on the bridge. Kino’s features a game- changing extra — a superb commentary that explains everything about this crazy picture.

Titanic (1943)

Blu-ray

Kino Classics

1943 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 85 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Sybille Schmitz, Hans Nielsen, Kirsten Heiberg, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Karl Schönböck, Charlotte Thiele, Otto Wernicke, Franz Schafheitlin, Sepp Rist, Claude Farell, Theodor Loos.

Cinematography: Friedl Behn-Grund

Film Editor: Friedal Buckow

Visual Effects:< Ernst Kunstmann

Original Music:< Werner Eisbrenner

Written by Herbert Selpin, Walter Zerlett-Olfenius

Produced by Tobis Filmkunst

Directed by Herbert Selpin, Werner Klingler

Everyone loves movies about the sinking of the Titanic, and if
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Held for Questioning (Der Aufenthalt)

Sylvester Groth shines in this East German movie about a luckless private in a Polish prison, thrown in with a group of defeated Nazi war criminals. For a country that usually paints the ideological divide in black and white red, Frank Beyer’s film of Hermann Kant’s semi-autobiographical story is surprisingly even-handed. An excellent addition to films from behind the old Iron Curtain.

Held for Questioning

DVD

The Defa Film Library

1982 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame / 98 min. / Der Aufenthalt, The Turning Point, Staying Alive / Availability noted August, 2017 / available through the Defa Film Library Store / 29.95

Starring: Sylvester Groth, Fred Düren, Matthias Günther, Klaus Piontek, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Alexander Van Heteren, Horst Hiemer, Günter Junghans, Krzysztof Chamiec, Gustaw Lutkiewicz, Roman Wilhelmi, Andrzej Krasicki, Zygmunt Maciejewski, Andrzej Pieczynski.

Cinematography: Eberhard Geick

Film Editor: Rita Hiller

Original Music: Günther Fischer

Written by Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Dieter Wolf from a novel by Hermann Kant

Produced by
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Mindy Newell: The Fox Is In The White House

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“Use of the term ‘alt-left’ gained ground quickly online (according to Google Trends charts) when conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity used the term in a debate with BuzzFeed writer Rosie Gray over media coverage of the so-called ‘alt-right’. Searches for the term spiked again directly after Trump used it in his 14 August 2017 press conference. It is unclear if Hannity himself coined the term, but we could not find widespread use of the term on Reddit or 4chan, a web form popular with the

‘alt-right,’ prior to his 22 November 2016 use of it.” – Alex Kasprak & Kim Lacapria,

Snopes.com, August 17, 2017

Alt-left?

Is that a keyboard command?

What it is, is a load of horse manure. Crap. Same as anything else that comes out of the mouthpiece of Il Tweetci The Mad known as Sean Hannity. He is the modern-day version of Joseph Goebbels, head of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda,
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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Review: Al Gore Dominates Otherwise Powerful Doc

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Review: Al Gore Dominates Otherwise Powerful Doc
When Davis Guggenheim’s environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” appeared in 2006, it was a widely-embraced wakeup call in which former Vice President Al Gore shook us all as violently as he could. The fact that Gore’s courtly impassivity rarely gave away any deep emotions worked in the film’s favor: The impact came from incontrovertible images and scientific statistics rather than easily-dismissed sentiment. Guggenheim earned an Oscar, and Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize, but there were plenty of naysayers anyway. Glenn Beck, for one, compared Gore to Holocaust mastermind Joseph Goebbels. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe called him “full of crap.
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