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    Time...Marches On!

    Most people who watch the opening segment of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, a faux newsreel called “News on the March,” don’t realize that it is a very precise parody of The March of Time, the innovative documentary short-subject series that played in theaters, while an equal...

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    Venice '10 | A Mixed Launch But a Terrific "Swan"

    Every film festival, like every orchestra, has a characteristic uniquely its own, a particular tone, running faintly but unmistakably beneath its noise and clamor. Berlin's watchword is efficiency. Cannes runs on glamour. Rotterdam promotes (I think falsely) the sense of moral improvement that is th...

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    Fall Fest Daily | "Black Swan," Tarantino and "Machete" Hit the Lido

    Rounding up the latest from the fall festival circuit on a daily basis...

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    Venice 2010: A Complete Guide to the Festival

    The Venice Film Festival kick's off Wednesday, September 1st with the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" to Julian Schnabel's "Miral" to Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegi...

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    In the Works: "Silver Tongues," the Environment, Being Big in Japan and Argentina & More

    This week's profiles of projects in various stages of production spotlights "Oz" star Lee Tergesen in a story of a dark couple who use their talents for a diabolical game. Other projects look at the interaction between indigenous and environmental movements, a rock band big in Japan, community actio...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Things The Fall Fests Should Say About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival today marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride and Toronto next week will offer both industry and - in Toronto's case at least - the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not factor into this year's big race. From new work by Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Julian Schnabel and Julie Taymor, to films that could rocket out of nowhere to feature prominently during awards season, these festivals should give a decent clue about what has so far been mostly speculation. Awards season is basically here, and it's up t...

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    China's Most Prolific Hitmaker Zhang Yimou Talks "Noodle Shop" with iW

    The Coen Brothers are known for their ability to create thick and enveloping moods. Their first feature film, 1984's "Blood Simple" was a dark, dusty, and definitely Southern. The Coens' film tells a tale of infidelity and retribution, in which the characters trip up and fall over themselves while...

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    Fall Preview: The 33 Must See Films

    Summer is essentially over. Maybe not by the calendar, but certainly when it comes to Hollywood. The "Iron Man 2"s and the "Shrek 4"'s have come and gone, and for anyone who likes a medicore $200 million budgeted film probably aimed at teenaged boys, you're probably out of luck for at least a few mo...

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    Small Screen | "Red Riding" Threesome and "I Love You, Mommy" in Your Home

    In a relatively slow week for specialty releases on the small screen, the UK's "Red Riding" trilogy and Stephanie Wang-Breal's Silverdocs award-winning "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy" are given a chance to shine. The "Red Riding" trilogy, based on the novels by David Peace, chronicles crime and the spotty investigations that follow across ten years in West Yorkshire. The films (Julian Jarrold's "Red Riding: 1974" (criticWIRE rating: B+), James Marsh's "Red Riding: 1980" (criticWIRE rating: B), Anand Tucker's "Red Riding: 1983" (criticWIRE rating: B), which were made for Channel 4 in the UK and released in the U.S. as three separate films...

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    In His Own Words: Sean Baker Discusses an Exclusive Clip from "Prince of Broadway"

    Sean Baker's 2009 Independent Spirit Award nominee “Prince of Broadway” starts its U.S. theatrical run this Friday, September 3. Baker provided indieWIRE with an exclusive clip and commentary from his feature that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival back in 2008. Baker and the film's produce...

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