Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy – BFI – Out Now

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Director: Roberto Rossellini

Written by: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini (Rome, Open City). Sergio Amidei, Klaus Mann, Federico Fellini, Marcello Pagliero, Alfred Hayes, Vasco Pratolini (Paisan). Roberto Rossellini, Max Kolpé, Sergio Amidei (Germany Year Zero)

Starring: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero (Rome, Open City). Carmela Sazio, Robert Van Loon, Dots Johnson (Paisan). Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger, Erich Gühne (Germany Year Zero)

Roberto Rossellini could be considered the focal point of the Italian neorealist movement; while he wasn’t the first director to contribute, he is certainly one of the most highly regarded and prolific of the artists working in that period. His loosely linked War Trilogy, collected here, and filmed in the five years after the end of World War Two is a centre piece of the movement, with Rome, Open City as well known and loved as Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves.

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Destructive Fantasies – discussing The Samurai with Till Kleinert

The Samurai

Till Kleinert’s The Samurai is a bizarre film; sitting on the fence between genres, toying with expectations and blanketing a psychosexual culture clash under the influence of Germanic fairy tales. It is Gimm for the modern age, filled with repressed desires, sudden bursts of violence and the underestimated coming through.

In the film a young policeman, Jakob (Michel Diercks), struggles through his daily routine. He is belittled by his colleagues and the youths in his town and his main duty consists of hanging bloody bags of meat from trees in the wood to keep a wolf away.

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50 Shades of Erotica – A low-brow chat with Marc Morris

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In the wake of the huge success of 50 Shades of Grey, Nucleus Films’ Marc Morris sees a future for mainstream erotica and is on hand to lead you through the seedy world of cinematic titillation

On the 13th April Marc Morris and Jake West, probably best known now for their two Video Nasties documentaries, released 50 Shades of Erotica into the world; the DVD is comprised of 50 trailers from some of the best slices of erotica that cinema (foreign, mainstream and arthouse) has given us. From Borowczyk’s The Beast to Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses, every fetish, every dark desire is catered for in one entertaining package.

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