|Newsletter Nº 41|
GRAND CLASSICS ON FILMOTECH.COM
It was awarded at Cannes, won the Oscar for best cinematography in black & white, and 10 years ago, it was named the best British film of the 20th century. Want more clues? Well, it features a zither, a Ferris-wheel, and stars the great Orson Welles, with his appearance among the shadows in of the most impressive scenes in cinema history. The Third Man, an unforgettable classic, turns 60 this year, and at filmotech.com we want to celebrate it by bringing together other titles with it for you that shouldn’t be missed. For example, also starring Orson Welles (who also directed it), The Stranger tells the story of a history teacher recently arrived from Europe to the U.S. who is suspected of being a dangerous Nazi criminal in disguise. In The Blue Angel German actors Joseph Von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich show us the underworld of Berlin between the wars. Before crossing the Big Pond, the magnificent Hitchcock shot The 39 Steps, a passionate spy thriller typical of this master of suspense. For a very different flavour and in full colour, The Red Shoes is a melodramatic romance about the sacrifices to be made in the world of dance, which has two Oscars to show for it. And, with Christmas around the corner, we can’t leave out the "Capra touch" in our selection: Meet John Doe, a criticism of politicians, the news media, and society in general, with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwick headlining the marquee.
And, after this rush of Classics with a capital "C", we’d like to tell you about what you can see coming this week to Spanish cinemas, as there are some really great films there, too. To start with, after many long months of waiting, we can finally enjoy Planet 51, a history-making Spanish animation film. And, talk about long waits, also premičring is The Dancer and the Thief, Fernando Trueba’s latest, which is representing Spain in the run-up to the Oscars for Best Non-English-Language Film. And, from abroad and with an intense publicity campaign, we can be frightened to death with Paranormal Activity, a "phenomenal film" of the season, which has taken in more than 100 million dollars so far, being made on an 11,000-dollar budget. Looking for Eric, brings back a Ken Loach who, without abandoning his stamp for social commentary through cinema, takes on a lighter and more amusing touch, using football player Eric Cantona to do so. Adventureland is an atypical (for being deep and charming) adolescent comedy “by chance” with Kristen Stewart, a new cinema idol thanks in large part to the Twilight vampire saga.
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