Be It True, or Be It Fals: Stephen Broomer Discusses "Tondal's Vision"

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Since the birth of the medium, films have ventured intrepidly into hell. From the moment Georges Méliès put Satan’s lair on screen in 1903’s The Damnation of Faust, all manner of filmmakers have wrangled with their own visions of the netherworld—from the minds behind myriad torturous horrors and screwball comedies to art-house behemoths such as Jean-Luc Godard, in Notre musique (2004). Canadian filmmaker Stephen Broomer’s entry into this century-old pantheon, Tondal’s Vision, is a tribute to one early cinematic journey into the underworld and to various other artistic katabasis while remaining a truly singular rendering. At once thrilling and terrifying, the film seems to recall that line in Milton’s Paradise Lost: “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”The physical source material for Broomer’s vision is Giuseppe de Liguoro, Francesco Bertolini, and
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Complete Lineup of 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012

14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) announced its complete lineup today in a press conference. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. Click here to watch trailers and highlights from the festival.

Here is the complete list of films to be screened during the festival (October 18-25)

International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

1. From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes)

Dir.: Gustavo Fernandez Triviño (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 111′)

2. The Last Elvis (El Último Elvis)

Dir.: Armando Bo (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 91′)

3. The Sapphires

Dir.: Wayne Blair (Australia / 2012 / Col. / 103′)

4. The Wall (Die Wand)

Dir.: Julian Pölsler (Austria-Germany / 2012 / Col. / 108′)

5. Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)

Dir.: Mads Matthiesen (Denmark / 2012 / Col. / 93′)

6. Augustine

Dir.: Alice Winccour (France / 2012 / Col.
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Old Ass Movies: Happy 100th Birthday, ‘L’Inferno’

Your weekly fix of great movies made before you were born that you should check out before you die. This week’s Old Ass Movies celebrates the birthday of a movie that saw theaters for the first time a century ago. On March 10, 1911 (one hundred years and three days ago), L’Inferno played at the Teatro Mercandante in Naples, Italy. It was the first Italian feature-length film, it was a massive financial success, and it still exists for our viewing pleasure today. The question is, can it be seen for pure enjoyment or solely as a curious historical artifact of a more primitive filmmaking time? Can an audience in 2011 love a movie from 1911? L’Inferno (1911) Directed by: Francesco Bertolini, Adolpho Padovan, and Giuseppe de Liguoro Starring: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, and Augusto Milla Production Design by: Francesco Bertolini It’s a testament to mankind’s dedication to art that this film is available on
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Gothic Italian Horror Flick 'L'Inferno' Comes to DVD

Ship to Shore Distribution has announced L'inferno for release on July 15. The black and white film was originally released in Italy in 1911 and was directed by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, and Giuseppe de Liguoro. The first known full-length Italian feature film L'Inferno is a surreal and beautiful nightmare of a film. Inspired by the haunting images of Gustave Dore and based on the classic literary work Dante's Inferno this gothic epic fallows Dante Alighieri (Salvatore Papa) as he is lead by Virgilio (Arturo Pirovano) through the nine circles of hell. This silent phantasmagoria will sink into your brain permanently as images like lucifer gorging himself on human bodies amidst a frozen wasteland and men holding their screaming decapitated heads towards the heavens unfold. Less like a film than a dream from another planet "L'Inferno" has left audiences breathless since it was first unveiled nearly one-hundred years ago. Head on over
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