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LFF Film Club – Three Days of the Condor

Posted by LiveFor on March 12, 2010

“You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?”

This weekend the Live for Films Film Club movie is the classic Sydney Pollack 1975 movie, Three Days of the Condor.

His CIA code name is Condor. In the next seventy-two hours almost everyone he trusts will try to kill him.

It stars Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow and Cliff Robertson.

Condor is a superb film. Great performances, very cool and stylish. When you watch it have a think about The Bourne Identity film and you will see where they got some of the ideas for that film.

If you are just joining us the LFF Film Club is all about getting people to watch classic, cult, cool or just forgotten movies.

Watch it then talk about it over on the LFF Forum.

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The Conspirator – First photos from Robert Redford’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on October 16, 2009

Here is our first look at James McAvoy and Evan Rachel Wood on the set of the new Robert Redford film The Conspirator.
MovieWeb have the news that Wood will portray Anna Surrat, daughter of Robin Wright Penn’s Mary Surratt in the film which deals with the aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It was also said that Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla) would portray Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. It was recently reported that Justin Long has joined the cast, portraying a Civil War soldier and best friend of McAvoy’s Colonel Frederick Aiken

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James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn join Redford’s Conspirator

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn are set to star in the Robert Redford-directed The Conspirator, the period drama based on true events following the assassination of President Lincoln.

Redford will produce with Wildwood Enterprises’ Greg Shapiro and Bill Holderman and American Film Co. execs Robert Stone, Webster Stone and Brian Falk.

James Solomon penned the script. Redford last directed “Lions for Lambs.”

Wright Penn will play Mary Surratt, the only woman among a group charged with conspiring to kill the president. McAvoy will play Frederick Aiken, an idealistic young war hero who reluctantly defends Surratt and in the process comes to believe she is innocent.

Source: Variety

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Robert Redford to take on Lincoln’s Assassination

Posted by LiveFor on August 18, 2009

robert-redfordRobert Redford will direct the historical drama The Conspirator, the story of Mary Surratt, alleged conspirator of Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

James Solomon, the WME-repped writer and exec producer on New York Yankees tale “The Bronx is Burning,” penned the screenplay. Like “Conspirator,” the ESPN original series is also a story set in a politically turbulent time, the volatile summer of 1977 in New York City.

Producers are out to cast, with James McAvoy said to be at the top of their list for one of the lead roles.

Surratt’s is a compelling story. A Washington D.C. boardinghouse owner who sympathized with the Confederates, she was allegedly part of the plot to kill Lincoln, supplying Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold weapons at her tavern after the assassin had shot the president at Ford’s Theater.

Surratt’s son John was also alleged to be part of the conspiracy. Mary Surratt was eventually convicted and hanged for conspiring to kill the president; her son went on the lam and eventually was put on trial but was never convicted, living until 1916.

The pic will also center on a young Union hero named Frederick Aiken who was appointed to defend Mary Surratt, and who comes to believe that the widow is innocent.

The period immediately after the Lincoln assassination was considered extremely volatile, with the country on the cusp of again falling into civil war; that period will provide a backdrop to the Redford-helmed tale.

Source: RiskyBizness

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Cruise and Travolta could possibly be Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Posted by LiveFor on April 6, 2009

Tom Cruise is reportedly planning a remake of the 1969 Western Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

The actor was apparently given Paul Newman’s blessing for the project ahead of his death from cancer last year.

According to The Daily Express, John Travolta, 55, has been lined up to reprise Newman’s Cassidy in the remake, which will be produced through Cruise’s United Artists studio.

Cruise, 46, wants to take on the role of Robert Redford’s Sundance, which is said to be one of his favourite cinematic performances.

“Butch and Sundance is a labour of love for Tom,” a source said. “He was eight years old when he saw the original and it made an impression that has stayed with him all his life. He can’t wait to get to work.”

The original film, which follows the exploits of bank robbers Cassidy and Sundance, was directed by George Roy Hill and is said to be based loosely on fact. It won four Oscars at the 1970 Academy Awards, including those for best screenplay and cinematography.

I really cannot see this at all. The original was a true classic. Cruise and Travolta are no Redford and Newman. I think this could well be a remake too far.

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Three Days of the Condor, 1975 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 11, 2009

Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max Von Sydow, Cliff Robertson
Running Time: 117 minutes
Score: 8 / 10

This review by Johnnyboyz. Spoilers ahead for this brilliant film

Whatever meek fondness I had for the Bourne films prior to seeing Three Days of the Condor has almost all but vaporised and this is due to the engrossing and engaging film that is Three Days of the Condor, an espionage film made at a time when espionage was at the peak of its existence and when film-making was, arguably, film-making. It’s easy to see the film now and recognise with the added aid of history what it was trying to say. It’s also easy now to point out more recent films that have been influenced by it. But I feel Three Days of the Condor is one of those films that most people should see for this reason alone; for the reason that you don’t need a cut a second approach to get across the feeling of urgency and it is possible to write a film that doesn’t have its protagonists always rely on technology.

The ‘Condor’ of the title refers to Robert Redford’s character and how earlier examples of the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time can still seem afresh. Joseph Turner (Redford) leaves his post at a CIA run building which scans and analyses most written texts in the world for secret, encrypted clues. Here is the film setting up its predominant theme of suspicion. At a time when the East and the West were at loggerheads, the CIA must recruit people to read and scan seemingly random books in order to uncover clues and conspiracies, most of which will not even be present. It’s this sort of paranoid, ‘reading too much into something’ atmosphere and situation the film carries the entire time. This is aided by the films constant air of ambiguity shown toward who Turner’s character can trust and who he cannot. But the film establishes this hero as a problem solver, albeit a solver for problems and equations that perhaps don’t exist before placing him in this situation where a massive problem has erupted and he must deal with it – we as an audience feel he is up to the task.

Then there are the little things you notice thanks to viewing it in the 21st Century. Back in the day when narratives and screenplays actually needed brains and couldn’t rely on technology and modernity, films like this were made. When Turner discovers the initial incident in his office building, he cannot use a cell phone so runs to the nearest phone booth. He has to actually get a grip of the situation, leave the establishment without giving anything away and then calmly find a public phone. Likewise later on, when he catches up Kathy Hale (Dunaway) he must wait for the news to start at a certain time. At this point, she doesn’t trust him and he has to use his brain to devise a way to keep her from escaping while he can rest and wait for the news. In today’s post-modern environment, a 24 Hour News Channel would’ve cured the problem in a second and we would’ve been robbed of a scene that not only furthers the forced intimacy of Turner and Hale but one that also enhances Turner’s intellectual qualities as he thinks up a solution to his problem of resting/waiting.

These sorts of things are a far cry to the junk we have produced today when technology and gadgets do it for the characters. Take Michael Mann’s 2006 stinker ‘Miami Vice’ and look at how cell phones and laptops do most of the work as the two lead stars strut about with blank expressions on their faces. Then there are the times when you realise this film has been done more recently but with lesser success. The CIA chase idea; the not knowing who’s your enemy and who’s your friend and more noticeably the character of Hale in this film who’s character later resurfaces in The Bourne Identity under the guise of Franka Potente’s German character Marie. But Three Days of the Condor retains a certain mysterious atmosphere, it cuts back on itself but when it does so, it never feels like a gimmick and nor do you feel cheated out of an action set piece or a character’s death. The primary strand the film has going is its USA vs. USA ideas, especially brave during The Cold War. As a hero, Turner is a blonde haired, upstanding guy who doesn’t seem as if he’d hurt anyone and he battles a massive organisation on his own. Then there is the secondary strand running parallel with this involving Dunaway’s character and her relationship with Turner which covers all the areas you’d expect it to but it never becomes the primary focus. There is dialogue, there are scene involving just the two of them and they do make love on one occasion but it never overtakes the espionage: they are here, this is what happens, this is how they feel and then ‘bang’, we move on.

Furthermore, I think the film’s other theme as opposed to hunting and looking for things that elude certain individuals is that of watching and point of view. Hale comments that Turner has the sort of eyes which ‘don’t look away’. They are ‘kind’ eyes and this scenes while furthering the feeling between the two once again highlights the film’s primary ideas about point of view and the constant looking, searching and finding of someone or something. The scene seems unnecessary bar to further the relationship but as I said, the film never gets distracted with the romance and thus even the scenes that seem most obvious in doing so are actually linked with strand one. With a brooding atmosphere, good performances from talent you’ll recognise and a series of themes, Three Days of the Condor is a winner.

Then there is this snippet from Rockwell Lestrange

The film ends up being incredibly ironic and a foreshadow for the future of the American government when Redford puts everything together and realizes that everything that’s happened is due to oil.

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