Lights, camera, inaction: ‘L’avventura’ returns, in glorious 35mm

This week a new 35mm print of Antonioni’s breakthrough L’avventura plays at the Cinefamily in L.A. It’s a great way to revisit — or discover — a vision that initially prompted boo’s and catcalls at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, but which rapidly came to be understood as a turning point in cinema history. Read more [...]

‘La Grande Bouffe’: the movie that shocked Cannes, 40 years ago

Forty years ago this month, La Grande Bouffe was a succès de scandale at the Cannes Film Festival. Jury president Ingrid Bergman reportedly vomited after seeing the movie; people spat on the director as he exited the screening. How does the shock value hold up today? Read more [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema Pick: Spaghetti Westerns Unchained!

Now through August 12 at the Egyptian and the Aero: You know these are fun — just look at the posters. This is a rare chance to see a lot of non–Sergio Leone entries in the spag-wag genre on the big screen. It's fun to speculate, if you were to catch every double-bill in this series, how many people would you have seen get shot on screen by the time the series was over? Read more [...]

What is the best movie title of all time?

Nude for Satan — I’ve never seen this 1974 Italian horror flick, but the haiku-like perfection of the title has long impressed me. Bold, succinct, fearlessly tacky, declaring exactly what the movie was going to be. Read more [...]

Juliette Binoche, Best Actress at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival — bien mérité

I know people who tend to roll their eyes at the mention of Juliette Binoche’s work, considering it synonymous with airy pretension. I would recommend, for starters, that they watch Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, because this might be Binoche’s best work to date, in a role that won her the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2010. Read more [...]