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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Black Nights to focus on Poland

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Black Nights to focus on Poland
Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 13-30) will include a focus on Polish cinema with two dozen Polish films taking centre stage, including opening film Warsaw 1944 by Jan Komasa.

Polish films in the Black Nights programme will include Family Life and The Foreign Body by Krzystof Zanussi, Field of Dogs by Lech Majewski and Last Floor by Tadeusz Krol as well as films by Jerzy Hoffman, Elwira Niewira, Kasia Adamik, Andrzej Waja, Aleksander Scibor-Rylski and Agnieszka Holland.

Following its 2013 debut the festival will also bring back its industry Confab strand.

Organized in partnership with Independent Cinema Office (UK) the event sees leaders of the international film festival circuit brought together to discuss topics including competition between festivals, programming and censorship, sponsorship, fundraising, and the role of festivals in creative economies.
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Restored Deluge to open Gdynia

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Restored Deluge to open Gdynia
Restored, re-edited version of The Deluge to open Michal Oleszczyk’s first year at Gdynia

Michał Oleszczyk’s first outing as the artistic director of the Gdynia Film Festival (Sept 15-21) will open tonight with the restored and re-edited version of Jerzy Hoffman’s 1974 classic The Deluge.

Under Hoffman’s supervision, the editor Marcin Kot Bastkowski has created Deluge Redivivus, a new, shortened version of the Oscar-nominated adaptation of the Henryk Sienkiewicz novel.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily ahead of the festival’s 39th edition in the Polish city, Oleszczyk says that he has made “two significant changes” this year.

“I reinforced the Young Cinema Competition, which puts emphasis on film directors who have just graduated from film schools - I strongly believe that it’s very important to support the new generation of filmmakers,” he said.

“I have moved this competition into the main festival cinema venue of the Musical Theatre, so that, currently
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Camerimage to honour late Jerzy Lipman

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Camerimage to honour late Jerzy Lipman
A retrospective of work by the Polish cinematographer, who worked with Polanski and Haneke, to screen at the festival.

Camerimage, the cinematography festival held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, is to pay tribute to the late Jerzy Lipman with a retrospective of his work.

Films shot by the Polish cinematographer will be screened as part of Camerimage’s Remembering the Masters series throughout the 22nd edition of the festival (Nov 15-22).

Included in the series will be Kanal (1957), Knife in the Water (1962), A Generation (1955), The Ashes (1965) and Colonel Wolodyjowski (1969).

Lipman, who died in 1983, is considered one of the most eminent cinematographers in Polish cinema history and is a co-originator of the Polish Film School movement.

Lipman endured occupation and imprisonment during the Second World War before he became a celebrated filmmaker. After his release in 1948, he joined the Cinematography Department of the National Film School in Łódź and graduated in 1952.

As a student, he was the
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Can film-makers ever play it fair when it comes to depicting war?

There's always a loser when two sides go to battle, and movie dramatisations of historic events are no different

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Truth is famously the first casualty of war – and that goes double as soon as a film crew moves in. Turkey has discovered this with its recent bastion-storming blockbuster, Fetih 1453 (Conquest 1453). A scimitars'n'cgi blockbuster account of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in the 15th century, it is the country's most expensive film ever ($17m budget), most popular (4.6m tickets in its first 18 days) and most lucrative ($29m and counting).

But if you think the smell of unanimity is in the air, think again. Plenty of folk have queued up to question Fetih 1453's take, with its gleaming portrayal of Mehmed II, all-conquering bringer of the Ottoman empire's golden age.
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Johnny English and The Lion King are reborn

Eight years after the first film, audiences are flocking to see Rowan Atkinson's spy sequel; and Disney introduces an old friend to a new generation in 3D

The winner

Conventional wisdom dictates that sequels can suffer at the box office when there is a significantly long gap between releases, but eight years after Johnny English, audiences have embraced the follow-up in huge numbers. Johnny English Reborn opened at the weekend with £4.96m, which compares with a debut of £3.44m for the original Rowan Atkinson spy caper in 2003. Another comparison: Mr Bean's Holiday began its run in 2007 with £4.50m plus £1.94m in previews. The Johnny English Reborn opening number is the best for any film since The Inbetweeners Movie arrived in mid-August.

The runner-up

With Johnny English clearly a hit with families, you might think there wouldn't be much room left in the market for a flick with kiddie appeal,
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DVD Review: Army of Valhalla

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Army Of Valhalla

Stars: Michal Zebrowski, Marina Aleksandrova, Malgorzata Foremniak | Written by Jerzy Hoffman, Józef Hen | Directed by Jerzy Hoffman

The synopsis for Army of Valhalla goes something like this:

“In the 9th Century warring tribes fight for control of Poland. Each tribe will do anything to protect their land. But when a Prince plots to take control of the nation it’s left to the commander of the prince’s own army to stand in the way.”

You couldn’t have told that from watching the film alone, mostly because there isn’t a single time where it tells you the setting or the time frame, other than it being “a long, long time ago”. That’s a minor fault you could say, so on the film went. There’s a solid 45 minutes of betrayals and set-up before the armies choose their allegiances and begin their attempt to overthrow the prince,
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An Oscar Nominated Director, Oscar Nominated Cinematographer And A Literal Cast Of Thousands Combine For 3D Epic Battle Of Warsaw 1920

Like your epics epic-sized? How about battle sequences featuring 3500 extras popping off the screen in three dimensions? Does that count as epic enough for you? Because that's what's coming in Jerzy Hoffman's Battle Of Warsaw 1920, a big budget spectacle created by the veteran, Oscar nominated director with the help of Black Hawk Down cinematographer Slawomir Idziak.With an all star cast and a healthy budget this should be gorgeous on the big screen. Check the first trailer below.
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