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    Interview: Peter Bogdanovich On ‘She’s Funny That Way’ And The Bodily Liquid Obsession Of Modern Comedy

    Our Indiewire blog-mate (visit Blogdanovich at your leisure here if you haven’t already) Peter Bogdanovich is little less than a legend. In Venice to present his first theatrical narrative feature in 13 years (“The Cat’s Meow” was 2001), the actor, director, producer, writer, film conservationist, r...

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    Interview: Owen Wilson & Kathryn Hahn Talk The Screwball Comedy Of ‘She’s Funny That Way’ & Other Projects

    In the somewhat odd way things tend to work at film festivals, approximately thirteen minutes after the end of the Venice press screening for Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way” (review here), there we were in an increasingly oven-like tent beside a tennis court talking to two of the film’s s...

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    The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival

    The accepted wisdom among Venice Film Festival attendees was that this year’s lineup was not one for the ages. But while we did feel the absence of just one more big, high-profile premiere (the inclusion of either “Inherent Vice” or “Gone Girl,” as were discussed at one point, would probably have c...

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    Venice Review: Duane Hopkins’ ‘Bypass’ Starring George McKay Is Garish Style Over Grim Substance

    With the entirety of Duane Hopkins' "Bypass" shot like a mood-setting montage, you may find yourself waiting for the storytelling proper to start. It never really happens. Overusing lens-flare-y wooziness and a handheld, shallow depth of field aesthetic in an effort to inject a kind of lyricism i...

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    Watch: First 3 Clips From Venice Prize-Winner 'Hungry Hearts' Starring Adam Driver

    There's a certain inevitability about film festival awards: no matter how much ground you cover while there, you're almost guaranteed to end up missing one of the films that takes the top prize. And so it was with the Venice Film Festival: though our roving correspondent saw (and adored) Golden and...

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    Venice Review: Andrei Konchalovsky’s Uncanny, Amazing ‘The Postman’s White Nights’

    A peculiar thing happened to us earlier on, and it goes by the name of “The Postman’s White Nights.” Andrei Konchalovsky’s Venice favorite (it’s tipped for the Golden Lion) is a film whose effect is hard to communicate, as the amount of time we’ve spent staring at a blinking cursor can attest. How d...

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    Venice Review: Ron Mann’s ‘Altman’ Is A Fond, Enjoyable Portrait Of A Legendary Filmmaker

    There never was a filmmaker quite like Robert Altman. And as "Altman," the new documentary from director Ron Mann, makes clear, there’ll probably never be another like him again. This is not just hyperbole. The facts of Altman’s long storied rise to prominence are so particular, and so entirely spe...

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    Venice Review: Abel Ferrara’s ‘Pasolini’ Starring Willem Dafoe

    Half a richly textured, engrossing biopic theorizing about the last few days of a notorious Italian provocateur’s life, half an unutterably tedious reenactment of the writings he was working on at the time of his death, Abel Ferrera’s “Pasolini” is a frustrating film, despite vast stretches of compe...

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    Venice Review: Ulrich Seidl’s Transgressive Hybrid Doc About What People Do ‘In The Basement’

    Looking for a nice wholesome film you can bring the whole family to? Nana got a birthday coming up? You may want to give Ulrich Seidl’s graphic, transgressive but deeply transfixing “In The Basement” a wide, wide berth, then. But if precise, clinical dissections of fetishes, freakishness and folly a...

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    Watch: First Clip For Abel Ferrara's ‘Pasolini’ Starring Willem Dafoe, Plus New Photos, Director's Statement & More

    The last few years have not been kind to Abel Ferrara’s career if you've taken a close look, but the filmmaker has soldiered on regardless. Starting around 2007, films like "Go Go Tales" "Mulberry St," "Napoli, Napoli, Napoli" and "Chelsea on the Rocks" either failed to receive North American distri...

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