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    You’re Invited: Pedro Almodovar, Willem Dafoe, John Landis & More Talking at NYFF

    Connect with filmmakers at the 49th New York Film Festival by checking out the NYFF Forums, a series of free conversations and panels with participants from this year's event.

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    NYFF REVIEW | "Paradise Lost 3" Ends a Saga of Injustice, But Many Questions Remain

    "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival in an unfinished form because the film's real ending arrived, unexpectedly, a few weeks earlier. The men known as the "West Memphis 3," imprisoned while teenagers for crimes they likely didn't commit, spent 18 years behind bars. In August, they entered a trio of "Alford pleas," relying on a little-known law that allowed them to plead guilty while maintaining their innocence. Sentenced to time served, they went free that day. That meant 36-year-old Damien Echols evaded the death penalty; Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were released from their lif...

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    Abel Ferrara's "4:44 Last Day on Earth" Is the Upbeat Alternative to "Melancholia"

    Abel Ferrara's movies often take place in a world dominated by destructive tendencies that range from corruption and perversion to Catholic guilt. "4:44 Last Day on Earth," Ferrara's first New York production in a decade, takes that fixation even further by imagining the end of the...

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    Kirsten Dunst Says Sci-Fi Romance 'Upside Down' Is Like An Accessible 'Brazil'

    For a moment there, it seemed like Kirsten Dunst might have found her career floundering in the wake of the Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy, but not only has the actress found her footing, her upcoming roster of films would be the envy of any thesp in Hollywood. There is no better indication than "Melancholia" that Dunst is moving in a new direction. While opinion may be split on Lars Von Trier's film, there is no denying that Dunst's turn in the lead role is easily the best performance of her career, and those on the Croisette thought so too as she walked home with the Best Actress prize this spring. And unlike the events in the film, the f...

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    David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Is An "Intellectual Ménage à Trois"

    Still Hoping To Make 'Eastern Promises 2' With Viggo MortensenIt has been a very busy fall so far for David Cronenberg. His latest film "A Dangerous Method" has been traveling the globe, premiering at the end of August at the Venice Film Festival, going to Telluride and then TIFF last month for its North American debut and now, hitting the New York Film Festival. For a director whose filmography generally displays a tendency towards the freakier end of the spectrum, his new movie is bit straighter than we're used to from Cronenberg. Starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, the film centers on the relationship between ...

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    NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Corpo Celeste’ Is A Quietly Moving Coming-Of-Age Tale

    The subtle, affecting “Corpo Celeste” is the story of Marta (Yle Vianello), a 13-year-old Italian girl who has spent the last decade growing up in Switzerland. She returns to Calabria (an act that’s described in the press materials as a “return emigration”), in southern Italy, to be bombarded with f...

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    Scorsese Says Working On 'George Harrison: Living In The Material World' Was "A Real Life Saver"

    And 5 Other Things Learned From The Press Conference At NYFFThe New York Film Festival kicked off its 49th edition on Friday and we'll be spending the next few weeks digging into all that the lineup has to offer. The festival is curiously light on World Premieres this year (the only notable one being awards question mark "My Week With Marilyn"), but the fest makes up for it with some serious auteur power bringing in the latest from Alexander Payne, Lars Von Trier, Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, Pedro Almodóvar and the city's own Martin Scorsese, who will unveil his new 3 1/2 hour two-part documentary "George Harrison: Living In A Material ...

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    With "Carnage," Polanski Fights a Losing Battle to Make Theater Cinematic. But What a Cast.

    Yasmina Reza's hit play "God of Carnage" ingeniously traps its characters on the stage. A dark comedy unfolding in real time, the chaotic plot involves a pair of well-to-do parents sorting blame for an unseen fight between their children. As they wander about one couple's apar...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Tahrir' Is A Must-See Account Of The Egyptian Uprising

    The "Arab Spring" -- a term frequently used to describe the various countries in the Middle East rising against their much-maligned leaders -- rages on in full force. Though the wave of revolution is powerful, the media tends to be very selective in its coverage, focusing on one country before quick...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'We Can't Go Home Again' Is A Maddening, Fascinating Effort From Nicholas Ray

    In 1971 Nicholas Ray, former Hollywood director of "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Bigger Than Life," accepted a teaching position at Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Binghamton University in upstate New York. At the time the university was seen as the epicenter of experimental and avant-garde art (the film program at Binghamton having been started by renowned experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs). At some point during his two-year tenure, Ray moved into a house off campus with a group of his students and began collaborating on "We Can't Go Home Again," a project that would screen at Cannes in 1973 but was tinkered with, by Ray, until hi...

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