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Visual Acoustics – The Modernism of Julius Shulman – Documentary

Posted by LiveFor on September 17, 2009

visual_acousticsNarrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

VISUAL ACOUSTICS won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Austin Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Lone Star International Film Festival and Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Photographer of architecture, naturalist, educator, and commentator on urban form. One of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, Shulman developed close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California such as Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and R.M. Schindler. Shulman’s images played a major role in crafting the image of the Los Angeles and “Southern California lifestyle” to the rest of the nation and world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor, and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing away in July of 2009

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Dustin Hoffman talks to Jonathan Ross

Posted by LiveFor on June 6, 2009

Dustin Hoffman gives a superb interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. He talks about his career, The Graduate, acting with Laurence Olivier and his new film Last Chance Harvey. Well worth watching the whole thing.

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Classic Scene – Is it safe? – Marathon Man

Posted by LiveFor on May 27, 2009

You may have noticed that Live for Films has been a bit quite today. There is a reason.

Yesterday I was struck down with the most hideous pain, worse than that pain ray thing Ming the Merciless uses in Flash Gordon. Tooth ache in fact. I woke up this morning and the pain had increased exponentially to really, really painful.

It was a mad dash to the dentist where, after some x-raying (but no manifestation of super-powers), the big molar was yanked out in pieces.

With a big hole in my mouth and mucho painkillers I am now in a semi-normal state.

My dentist was most friendly and efficient but all the yanking and pulling of teeth put me in mind of this classic scene from Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier.

If you are due a trip to the dentist soon do not watch this.

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Straw Dogs remake to star James Marsden

Posted by LiveFor on April 23, 2009

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Marsden (X-Men, Superman Returns, Enchanted, 27 Dresses, Hairspray and The Box) is headlining Screen Gems remake of the 1971 film Straw Dogs.

Rod Lurie is writing and directing.

The film is a remake of the 1971 thriller that starred Dustin Hoffman. The original revolved around a young American and his English wife (Susan George) who move to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

In this new film Marsden plays an LA screenwriter who moves with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. Suddenly, tensions develop in their marriage and “old conflicts” start up again with the local residents.

Sam Peckinpah co-wrote and directed the original film. Both the old and new film are based on Gordon Williams’ book, “The Siege at Trencher’s Farm.”

Not sure about this. The original is a classic although not a film I really enjoyed, however Dustin Hoffman was brilliant in it. Marsden is a pretty good actor, although he has never really had a chance to shine. What do you think about the casting of Cyclops?

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Last Chance Harvey – Trailer for Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson’s latest film

Posted by LiveFor on October 24, 2008

Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) reunite in Last Chance Harvey, a hopeful romance that celebrates new beginnings-at any age. The film is directed and written by Joel Hopkins (Jump Tomorrow). New Yorker Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is on the verge of losing his dead-end job as a jingle writer. Warned by his boss (Richard Schiff) that he has just one more chance to deliver, Harvey goes to London for a weekend to attend his daughter’s (Liane Balaban) wedding but promises to be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting—or else.

Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter has chosen to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle instead of him. Doing his best to hide his devastation, he leaves the wedding before the reception in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses his plane anyway. When he calls his boss to explain, he is fired on the spot.

Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate (Emma Thompson), a slightly prickly, 40-something employee of the Office of National Statistics. Kate, whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins), is touched by Harvey, who finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion.The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another’s lives.


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