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    Hollywood Memoir: A Young Woman's Intro to Filmmaking in The Golden Age

    It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations...A few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Paramount lot for a month before moving on to the Dominican Republic for the Cuba sequences.

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    Robert Redford Will 'Climb To Conquer,' Roman Polanski Prepping Next Film In Poland & More

    While Oscar glory didn't quite come Robert Redford's way despite rave reviews for "All Is Lost," the veteran and legend is continuing with a string of projects on the go. Earlier this year he took a rare blockbuster turn in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," he's currently filming "A Walk In The...

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    Emmanuelle Seigner Delivers for Husband Roman Polanski in Two-Hander 'Venus in Fur'

    Roman Polanski's latest play-to-film "Venus and Fur" opened at the end of last year's Cannes Film Festival because it was the only day its star Emmanuelle Seigner could get away to the Riviera. Thus the film was a bit of an afterthought at the fest. It finally arrives via IFC stateside with terrific...

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    Arthouse Audit: Polanski's Provocative 'Venus in Fur' Tops Tepid Specialized Openings

    Films from two established directors (Paul Haggis and Roman Polanski) offered well-hyped new releases this weekend. Polanski's "Venus In Fur" (IFC) (also available on Video on Demand) was the clear leader. Paul Haggis' "Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well, doomed by high profile n...

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    Why is Clint Eastwood the Oldest Working Filmmaker in America?

    Quick: Name an American filmmaker over the age of 80 still directing widely-seen movies.

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    What to See or Skip This Weekend, From Must-See Indie Sci-Fi 'Coherence' to Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys'

    If you're in New York or Los Angeles this weekend, run don't walk to James Ward Byrkit's dizzying metaphysical horror film "Coherence," and to Roman Polanski's elegant pas-de-deux "Venus in Fur." But think twice before heading to Clint Eastwood's 1960s musical biopic "Jersey Boys," or Paul Higgis' m...

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    Emmanuelle Seigner On Roman Polanski's 'Venus in Fur': 'I Have to Be Much Better Than Another Actress Because I'm His Wife.'

    Paris-born Emmanuelle Seigner, who started out as a model at 14, has already proved herself as a talented performer in films like "La Vie en Rose" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." Still, her lead turn in "Venus in Fur," a tense two-hander adapted from David Ives Tony-nominated play by Seigne...

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    Review: Emmanuelle Seigner Is Terrific, But Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Is Overwrought

    Ever had the feeling, when the credits roll and the lights go up, that you’ve been watching a completely different film to everyone else? Welcome to our morning, which was spent at a screening of the last Cannes 2013 competition film, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the David Ives broadway play “Venu...

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    The Devil In The Detail: Thoughts On 'Chinatown' On Its 40th Anniversary

    I still remember the first time I ever saw a two-dollar bill. It was in a wallet, on a TV screen in the living room of my childhood home. The wallet belonged to a dead woman called Ida Sessions, and it was Jack Nicholson who was riffling through it: Social Security Card; Screen Actors Guild Membersh...

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