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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 11, 1999
"Besieged," a contemporary romantic drama that opens at the Charles today, is full of such forward-thinking flourishes as a peripatetic, hand-held camera, lots of quick, back-and-forth edits and a setting that captures Rome somewhere between its romantic history and its multi-cultural future. But for director Bernardo Bertolucci, his new film was a return of sorts. "It was like shooting a movie at the beginning, at the origin of cinema," Bertolucci said in a telephone conversation from his home in Rome last week.
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By Susan King and Susan King,Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2004
Usually cast in sympathetic roles, Thandie Newton gets to show a more wicked side in the sci-fi adventure-thriller The Chronicles of Riddick. In the sequel to the 2000 cult hit Pitch Black, Newton plays Dame Vaako, an ambitious, ruthless woman cut from the same conniving cloth as Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth. Dame Vaako makes life miserable for the film's heroic antihero, Riddick (Vin Diesel), and rules her weak-willed husband with an iron fist. Born to a Zimbabwean mother and English father, Newton spent the first three years of her life in Zambia.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | April 5, 1991
Paramount and Bernardo Bertolucci should have left bad enough alone. Paramount has restored Bertoloucci's 1975 ''1900'' to its original length, five hours and 10 minutes.When it was first shown here in 1977, the film was four hours long, three hours longer than it needed to be. Restoring that cut footage only makes matters worse.''1900'' is Bertolucci's epic telling of the more recent history of Italy. The film begins in 1900 and ends about 70 years later. The locale is Emilia, a northern province, and when the film begins, two boys have been born, one to a landowner and the other to a peasant family that helps work the land.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 11, 1999
"Besieged," a contemporary romantic drama that opens at the Charles today, is full of such forward-thinking flourishes as a peripatetic, hand-held camera, lots of quick, back-and-forth edits and a setting that captures Rome somewhere between its romantic history and its multi-cultural future. But for director Bernardo Bertolucci, his new film was a return of sorts. "It was like shooting a movie at the beginning, at the origin of cinema," Bertolucci said in a telephone conversation from his home in Rome last week.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
"Stealing Beauty" steals softly into the heart and mind, awakening pleasures and memories and imagination, and all with a gentle humor and eroticism that make it a most accessible work of art.Liv Tyler's fresh, star-making performance brings together this wonderful film by Bernardo Bertolucci ("The Last Emperor," "Little Buddha"), from a script written in collaboration with novelist Susan Minot. "Natural" is the apt term everyone is using to describe Tyler's performance, which won well-deserved accolades at the Cannes film festival.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | April 5, 1991
'1900'Starring Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Paramount.Rated NC-17.** 1/2 Does the number in the title of Bernardo Bertolucci's restored "1900" refer to the year or the running time? Somewhere around minute 850, it becomes hard to tell. Now at its full 5 1/2 -hour, NC-17 length and embalmed on the screen at the Charles for a week,the movie is foolishness on a grand scale--but still interesting foolishness."1900," originally released in 1975, was conceived as a 45-year epic of revolution and romance as played out in microcosm on one Northern Italian estate.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 11, 1991
'The Sheltering Sky' Starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Warner Bros.R.* 1/2 Don't gimme "Shelter." Gimme mercy."
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By Susan King and Susan King,Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2004
Usually cast in sympathetic roles, Thandie Newton gets to show a more wicked side in the sci-fi adventure-thriller The Chronicles of Riddick. In the sequel to the 2000 cult hit Pitch Black, Newton plays Dame Vaako, an ambitious, ruthless woman cut from the same conniving cloth as Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth. Dame Vaako makes life miserable for the film's heroic antihero, Riddick (Vin Diesel), and rules her weak-willed husband with an iron fist. Born to a Zimbabwean mother and English father, Newton spent the first three years of her life in Zambia.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 22, 1994
After showing the world Marlon Brando in the nude, what else was left?But Bernardo Bertolucci, whose radically imagined "Last Tango in Paris" established him as one of the world's great directors back in 1972, has found plenty.He's shown a leftist cavalcade of Italian politics in "1900," claimed by some to be a classic and by others to be a tapestry of propaganda. He's taken us inside the fall of the Mandarin empire in "The Last Emperor," which watched as China convulsed from one kind of dictatorship to another, turning on the personality of the inadequate little man who was born a god and ended up a serf.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1996
If you're like me, there's no question where you'll be tomorrow night: in front of the television, watching the Academy Awards and getting supremely ticked off when the actor you thought was so good is passed over in favor of another actor you wouldn't cross the street to see.Oscar-watching has been a Kaltenbach family tradition as far back as I can remember and that's pretty far. I recall, for instance, winning the family pool in 1968 with my startling prediction...
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
"Stealing Beauty" steals softly into the heart and mind, awakening pleasures and memories and imagination, and all with a gentle humor and eroticism that make it a most accessible work of art.Liv Tyler's fresh, star-making performance brings together this wonderful film by Bernardo Bertolucci ("The Last Emperor," "Little Buddha"), from a script written in collaboration with novelist Susan Minot. "Natural" is the apt term everyone is using to describe Tyler's performance, which won well-deserved accolades at the Cannes film festival.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1996
If you're like me, there's no question where you'll be tomorrow night: in front of the television, watching the Academy Awards and getting supremely ticked off when the actor you thought was so good is passed over in favor of another actor you wouldn't cross the street to see.Oscar-watching has been a Kaltenbach family tradition as far back as I can remember and that's pretty far. I recall, for instance, winning the family pool in 1968 with my startling prediction...
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 22, 1994
After showing the world Marlon Brando in the nude, what else was left?But Bernardo Bertolucci, whose radically imagined "Last Tango in Paris" established him as one of the world's great directors back in 1972, has found plenty.He's shown a leftist cavalcade of Italian politics in "1900," claimed by some to be a classic and by others to be a tapestry of propaganda. He's taken us inside the fall of the Mandarin empire in "The Last Emperor," which watched as China convulsed from one kind of dictatorship to another, turning on the personality of the inadequate little man who was born a god and ended up a serf.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | April 5, 1991
'1900'Starring Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Paramount.Rated NC-17.** 1/2 Does the number in the title of Bernardo Bertolucci's restored "1900" refer to the year or the running time? Somewhere around minute 850, it becomes hard to tell. Now at its full 5 1/2 -hour, NC-17 length and embalmed on the screen at the Charles for a week,the movie is foolishness on a grand scale--but still interesting foolishness."1900," originally released in 1975, was conceived as a 45-year epic of revolution and romance as played out in microcosm on one Northern Italian estate.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | April 5, 1991
Paramount and Bernardo Bertolucci should have left bad enough alone. Paramount has restored Bertoloucci's 1975 ''1900'' to its original length, five hours and 10 minutes.When it was first shown here in 1977, the film was four hours long, three hours longer than it needed to be. Restoring that cut footage only makes matters worse.''1900'' is Bertolucci's epic telling of the more recent history of Italy. The film begins in 1900 and ends about 70 years later. The locale is Emilia, a northern province, and when the film begins, two boys have been born, one to a landowner and the other to a peasant family that helps work the land.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 11, 1991
'The Sheltering Sky' Starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Warner Bros.R.* 1/2 Don't gimme "Shelter." Gimme mercy."
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By Lou Cedrone | April 4, 1991
* ''Defending Your Life'' A comedy starring Albert Brooks as an ad man who dies and must defend his life on Earth before he can move to the next heavenly level. Meryl Streep co-stars.* ''The Marrying Man'' A comedy in which Alec Baldwin is a rich man who marries a cabaret singer, played by Kim Basinger. Neil Simon did the script.* ''1900'' Restored version of the 1975 Bernardo Bertolucci epic that covers 70 years in the history of the Italian north. Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster and Donald Sutherland are in the cast of the film, which was four hours long and is now five hours and 10 minutes.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 11, 1999
When Bernardo Bertolucci made "Stealing Beauty" in 1995, many filmgoers were surprised that the master of such visually opulent movies as "The Conformist," "The Last Emperor" and "The Sheltering Sky" would end a 15-year hiatus with such a relatively small film. With "Besieged," Bertolucci has gone even smaller.A love story set on the fault lines of a contracting global culture, "Besieged" is virtually a one-set piece, focusing on the curious romance between two rootless people. What's more, Bertolucci has virtually done away with dialogue itself, instead evoking the mystery of attraction through a hyper-vigilant camera and kinetic editing.
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