More Rossellini?

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Gigi M.
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#1 Post by Gigi M. » Thu May 25, 2006 4:28 pm

Last month Isabella Rossellini was here in the Dominican Republic promoting her new movie, The Feast of the Goat. A friend of mine who is in charge of the Cinema Department for the country, ask her about the lack of her father films on the DVD, and she told him that she worked with Criterion on some of her father films.

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#2 Post by domino harvey » Thu May 25, 2006 4:51 pm

rented Germany Year Zero and Rome Open City a few months ago and was shocked at how bad the transfers were. if Criterion is working on them, I expect it to take a while to clean them up

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#3 Post by justeleblanc » Thu May 25, 2006 5:12 pm

I wonder if Criterion were to release the war trilogy, if they would also include Guy Maddin's tribute to Rosselini as a special feature.
domino harvey wrote:rented Germany Year Zero and Rome Open City a few months ago and was shocked at how bad the transfers were. if Criterion is working on them, I expect it to take a while to clean them up
I swore I read somewhere on this forum that new prints were recently screened of 8 of Rosselini's films.

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#4 Post by otis » Thu May 25, 2006 5:18 pm

Rome city council announced a few weeks ago that they're financing a restoration of Roma città aperta. There will be a complete Rossellini retrospective there in the autumn. There's a DVD of Paisà out next month, hopefully restored.
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#5 Post by backstreetsbackalright » Thu May 25, 2006 5:29 pm

Open City plays in Seattle next week, showing with a new print I believe.

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#6 Post by toiletduck! » Thu May 25, 2006 5:31 pm

justeleblanc wrote:I wonder if Criterion were to release the war trilogy, if they would also include Guy Maddin's tribute to Rosselini as a special feature.
The Music Box in Chicago is going to be running The Flowers of Saint Francis in a couple of weeks. My Dad Is 100 Years Old is also on the bill. Don't know if it's helpful, but it's definitely of interest.

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#7 Post by ellipsis7 » Thu May 25, 2006 5:34 pm

It means little - I emailed JM a couple of months back asking about the possibility of a Rossellini set to mark the centenary - no reply, but that seems to be the norm now... Isabella Rossellini has a new book out now about her father, including her short on dvd about the same subject...

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#8 Post by otis » Thu May 25, 2006 6:24 pm

Journey to Italy is available from the BFI. La Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV is available from MK2 (without English subtitles). As for the later TV films, most of them are available in Italy:
Socrate
Blaise Pascal
Agostino d'Ippona
Leon Battista Alberti
L' età di Cosimo de' Medici
Cartesio
Anno uno
Il messia

The ones I've seen have pretty good picture quality, and Socrate, Cartesio and Anno uno have English subtitles. Details here.

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#9 Post by david hare » Thu May 25, 2006 7:04 pm

In preference to Kinjitsu's Generale della Rovere which is relatively minor, certainly almost entirely narratively conventional (with a nice perf from deSica) I would nominate Vanina Vanini which seems to have become a lost film.

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#10 Post by pzman84 » Thu May 25, 2006 7:31 pm

ellipsis7 wrote:I emailed JM a couple of months back asking about the possibility of a Rossellini set to mark the centenary - no reply, but that seems to be the norm now...
I e-mailed him a while back and got the standard "we plan to release more films but nothing is certain at this time." So that means more Rossellini will never be released :wink:

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#11 Post by kinjitsu » Thu May 25, 2006 9:36 pm

davidhare wrote:In preference to Kinjitsu's Generale della Rovere which is relatively minor, certainly almost entirely narratively conventional (with a nice perf from deSica) I would nominate Vanina Vanini which seems to have become a lost film.
Conventional or not, I'd prefer Generale della Rovere specifically for De Sica's performance.

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#12 Post by kieslowski_67 » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:25 pm

I want a Rossellini-Bergman box set badly, especially "Europa '51". I do have "Voyage to Italy", "Paula", "We all are women", and "Stromboli" on DVD, but won't mind a Criterion box set.

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#13 Post by Lemmy Caution » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:57 pm

A Japanese series has been putting out a different Rossellini film every few weeks or so.
So far:
  • La Macchina Ammazzacattivi - 1948
    Amore - 1948
    Stromboli - 1950
    Viaggio in Italia - 1953
    India, Matre Bhumi - 1959
But all without English sub-titles.
It's driving me crazy.

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#14 Post by Orphic Lycidas » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:38 am

gigimonagas wrote:Last month Isabella Rossellini was here in the Dominican Republic promoting her new movie, The Feast of the Goat. A friend of mine who is in charge of the Cinema Department for the country, ask her about the lack of her father films on the DVD, and she told him that she worked with Criterion on some of her father films.
Great news indeed! Like others here I am dying for a Region 1 release of "Europa 51." Do you know from your friend if Ms. Rossellini said anything about in what capacity she had worked with Criterion in this project? Does this mean we have a pretty strong case here that we should be expecting some more Rossellini in the future?

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#15 Post by Gigi M. » Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:00 am

Orphic Lycidas wrote:
gigimonagas wrote:Last month Isabella Rossellini was here in the Dominican Republic promoting her new movie, The Feast of the Goat. A friend of mine who is in charge of the Cinema Department for the country, ask her about the lack of her father films on the DVD, and she told him that she worked with Criterion on some of her father films.
Great news indeed! Like others here I am dying for a Region 1 release of "Europa 51." Do you know from your friend if Ms. Rossellini said anything about in what capacity she had worked with Criterion in this project? Does this mean we have a pretty strong case here that we should be expecting some more Rossellini in the future?
I hope so. According to my friend, Isabella just mention that she'd worked with Criterion on some of her father films, now that the films have been restore for the upcoming centenial. Probably interviews just like in The Flowers of St. Francis DVD. I'll try to find more information.

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#16 Post by david hare » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:30 pm

Shouldn't this and the Rossellini thread under "DVD News" be married up?

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#17 Post by Barmy » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:45 pm

A Rossellini retrospective will screen in November at MoMA, and will travel to the Cinematheque Ontario, UCLA Archives, and the BFI in London.

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#18 Post by pzman84 » Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:51 pm

On the Criterion home page, they are talking about Isabella's book on her dad. Maybe something is up, but they have used the homepage in the past to just promote previously released items.

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#19 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:52 am

pzman84 wrote:On the Criterion home page, they are talking about Isabella's book on her dad.
Apparently a dvd of Guy Maddin's film with her about her Dad is also included in the book.

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#20 Post by ellipsis7 » Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:03 am

No mention of anything Criterion related in this comprehensive roundup of Rossellini Centenary news in the Cinecitta newsletter...

Dissappointing...

Well Sight and Sound July #ish review of DVD and book is pretty scathing...

Isabella Rossellini talks about her week and her father in today's Observer, mentions the retros and her book and the short, but nothing on any DVD releases...

planetjake

#21 Post by planetjake » Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:58 pm

I'd just about punch my grandma in the face for a decent DVD release of The Rise of Louis XIV... Any news on that title? Does the French edition have English subs? I might spring for that...

Maybe NoShame could do something with it...

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#22 Post by tavernier » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:17 pm

planetjake wrote:I'd just about punch my grandma in the face for a decent DVD release of The Rise of Louis XIV...
So would I!

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#23 Post by ellipsis7 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:30 pm

Me too - for the time being I make do with an old VHS recorded off the BBC...

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#24 Post by tavernier » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:32 pm

ellipsis7 wrote:Me too..
Planetjake's grandma is going to be mighty bruised!

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#25 Post by miless » Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:30 pm

they are showing restored prints of a couple of Rossellini films at this years Venice Film Festival

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