TASTY NEW ITALIAN CINEMA IN SAN FRANCISCO

 

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What would and Italian film festival be without food and wine? Food and beverage lovers are in for treats at the 2018 New Italian Cinema. The opening night film, AS NEEDED, is a comic drama and culinary road trip to Florence, Italy about a veteran chef and a talented young chef with autism whose meeting take some unexpected turns. THE LAST PROSECCO is a witty thriller that unravels on the hills of Valdobbiadene, where Prosecco grapes grow. And THE LAST ITALIAN COWBOYS, a beautifully lensed documentary love song to the Maremma region and a unique perspective on how the cowboys on an organic, free-range ranch carry out Italy’s slow food traditions.

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THE FRENZY OF FRENCH 5 AND ITS FABULOUS FIXATION ON THE FRENETIC FIFTIES (part two)

 An exoneration by Anastasia Lin including conversation snippets with Don Malcolm

[EDITOR’s NOTE: We return to the freewheeling discussion between Anastasia Lin and Don Malcolm that focuses—mostly, at any rate—on the twenty rare films being screened in THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5, the singular series that starts at the Roxie Thursday evening November 15. For the first part of this irrepressible conversation, go here.]

FINALLY back on the phone with Don Malcolm after a week’s hiatus, I repeated the question that had seemingly prompted our disconnection…

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SURSIS POUR UN VIVANT [THANATOS PALACE HOTEL]

AL: So, Don, why the pulpy, steamy films [THANATOS PALACE HOTEL, THE BEAST AT BAY, SINNERS OF PARIS] in the Roxie’s little room?

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THE FRENZY OF FRENCH 5 AND ITS FABULOUS FIXATION ON THE FRENETIC FIFTIES (part one)

A two-part exoneration by Anastasia Lin 

including conversation snippets with Don Malcolm

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  1. JUST WHAT IS HE DOING TO US THIS TIME?

Is there such a “thing” as “too much of a good thing?” Devotees (and I use that term, er, charitably) of internet porn might disagree, but even cinephiles (who also like to watch…) may feel that the inestimable Don Malcolm, he of the flashlight and the Lost Continent, just might have had his pith helmet too tightly affixed with his latest Roxie extravaganza: a 20-film collection of forgotten French film noir that moth-flames the 1950s with a heightened level of relentlessness. Continue reading

SCALING YOSEMITE’S EL CAPITAN WITHOUT A ROPE- A conversation with filmmakers of a classic movie and a new hit

In 1978 Marin County documentarian Fred Padula completed his breathtaking movie, EL CAPITAN about the ascent of the 3000 foot vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park. The film followed Gary Colliver, Richard McCracken and Lito Tejada-Flores accompanied by climber/cinematographer Glen Denny scaling the sheer granite face to The Nose.

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Fifty years later filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi collaborated with world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin to make an intimate and unflinching movie about free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepared to scale the El Capitan and be the first person to do it without a rope. The result is the suspenseful FREE SOLO taking film festival audiences to new heights of excitement this autumn and now a hit in theaters.

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