Producer’s Film Picks for September 2010


8 1/2 (1963)

Directed by Federico Fellini @ 135 minutes.

The film stars Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Barbara Steele, Sandra Milo, and Mark Heron. Synopsis: Famed film director Guido Anselmi is running out of time, and he is struggling to find the inspiration to start his next film; after his last film was a flop at the box office, there is a lot of pressure on him–and he finds himself running away, retreating into himself, hoping to find in his own past the genuine key to his next cinematic vision. The movie won an Oscar for “Best Foreign LanguageFilm”. Leonard Maltin wrote, “This is a long, difficult, but fascinating film, overflowingwith creative and technical wizardry. Certainly one of the most intensely personal statements ever put on celluloid.” Tagline: “A picture that goes beyond what men think about–because no man ever thought about it in quite this way.”

NINE (2009)

Directed by Rob Marshall @ 118 minutes.

The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Stacy Ferguson. This film is based on the 1982 Broadway production that won (5) Tony Awards including “Best Musical”. Synopsis: Famed film director Guido Contini has to confront a mid-life crises just ten days before the filming is supposed to start on his next film, “Italia”. Reflecting on his own life, all the women he has known, many of them still surrounding him–move him emotionally toward the inspiration necessary to launch the film. This movie was nominated for (4) Oscars and (4) Golden Globes. Roger Ebert wrote, “Fellini’s great films are essentially musicals. I could watch a Fellini film on the radio.”


GET LOW (2009)

Directed by Aaron Schneider @ 100 minutes.

The film stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, and Bill Cobbs. Synopsis: This is a movie spun our of equal parts folk tale, fable, and real-life legend–about a mysterious Tennessee hermit in the 1930’s who famously threw his own funeral party–and attended it himself; revealing the secrets hidden for decades. Tagline: “Every secret dies somewhere.” Roger Ebert wrote, “Perhaps Robert Duvall is the only manalive who could make his character’s big speech sound like the sincere truth.”

GET LOW (2009) is slated to open at the Grand Theater on August 27, 2010.

The theater is located at 606 S. Fawcett in Tacoma.

8 1/2 (1963) will screen at the TFC Meeting Hall on Friday, September 3, 2010.

NINE (2009) will screen at the TFC Meeting Hall on Friday, September 10, 2010.

The TACOMA FILM CLUB meets at 924 Broadway, street level in the Pythian Temple, in Tacoma’s Theater District, across the street from Theater on the Square, and kitty-corner from the Pantages Theater.


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