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Best of Cannes 2017: Coppola, Haneke, Netflix row, Palme d’Or winner The Square, and Lynch and Campion’s auteur TV

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This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a cocktail of celebration, controversy and chaos – so business as usual, you might say.
The celebratory feel came courtesy of the fact it was the 70th edition.
The Artist director mines Jean-Luc Godard’s rebel years for comedy Redoubtable
As for the chaos, that came with increased security. With airport-style metal detectors and thorough bag searches employed, screenings were delayed, not least that of Michel Hazanavicius’ infectious…

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Six red carpet looks that turned heads at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

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After 12 days of red-carpet glamour, political fashion statements and wardrobe malfunctions, these are the looks that turned heads at the Cannes film festival.
Gowns slashed almost to the hip were omnipresent at this year’s Cannes, with Susan Sarandon – at 70, the same age as the festival – giving a masterclass in the genre when she turned up on opening night in a green velvet number that also made the most of her ample cleavage. But the dangers of the thigh split were also on…

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Memories of a love lost in Pyonyang’s propaganda inspire film on North Korea

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As in most documentaries filmed in North Korea, Claude Lanzmann’s Napalm features images of officially approved events designed to boost the country’s social and political prowess.
People are shown presenting bouquets at mammoth statues commemorating the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. During a film shoot, a dexterous actress fights off an army of villains dressed in South Korean military uniforms. Elsewhere in a gymnasium, taekwondo athletes show off their amazing chops…

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Meet ‘Japanese Bart Simpson’, Manga bad boy Crayon Shin-chan

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He gives his parents lip, bares his bottom and makes a lot of jokes about breaking wind. All in all, Shinnosuke Nohara is not the son that the average Japanese parent would be proud of. Another enduring trait is that the rabble-rousing 5-year-old – better known as Crayon Shin-chan – simply refuses to grow up.
This spring marks the 25th anniversary of this two-dimensional terror making his first appearance in an animated television programme on TV Asahi, two years after he had…

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Flashback: A Man Escaped (1956) – Robert Bresson’s spare and gripping jailbreak classic

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This precision-made minimalist drama by French director Robert Bresson details the preparations a prisoner makes to escape from captivity. Cinema is an excellent medium for showing in a photo­journalistic manner how things are done, although it’s rarely used for this purpose, especially given the contemporary obsession with characters and story.

But although the mechanics of the escape make up the totality of the film, it’s formed in a way that reflects the Christian faith of…

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Bad news for IMAX lovers in Hong Kong: UA Cinemas stops lending 3D glasses free of charge

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One of the perks of watching IMAX movies in Hong Kong has always been the comforting fact that staff would just hand out 3D glasses right before you enter the cinema. That privilege ended on Thursday, however, as UA Cinemas officially suspended its “IMAX 3D glasses borrowing service” for its IMAX screens.
The chain now offers pairs of glasses for watching IMAX 3D movies at the “special price” of HK$10 each at the box office. A small noticeboard there indicates that the…

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Dustin Hoffman: 'I try to improve each day, but you don't'

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Afternoon Mediterranean light pours into an open doorway where Dustin Hoffman sits, grinning.
He will turn 80 this summer and his hair, still full, is mostly white. But he looks remarkably good. Age has done little to dim his eagerness for engagement, his mischievous wit or, it turns out, his proclivity for continual self-examination.
InNoah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which is competing for the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, he plays a mostly…

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Roger Moore on the pornography of violent film scenes

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“Hong Kong scenes for new 007 film”, ran the headline in the South China Morning Post on April 5, 1973.
“Several scenes for the next James Bond adventure film [The Man with the Golden Gun] will be shot in Hongkong and Macau early next year,” the story continued. “But, said the film’s producer, Mr Harry Saltzman, he will not use ‘downtown Hongkong.’ It looks too much like New York.”
Saltzman confirmed that Roger Moore, who died on Tuesday at…

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Five luxury Star Wars collectibles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise

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Rejoice, Star Wars fans! If plastic lightsabers or stormtrooper helmets no longer cut it, look no further – our round-up of the most luxurious Star Wars memorabilia money can buy is the only list you need to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise.
24ct gold Darth Vader mask, HK$10.9 million
Crafted by Japanese jeweller Tanaka Kikinzoku, the Darth Vader mask is rendered in solid 24ct gold. The mask weighs about 15kg and will be available at Ginza Tanaka boutique in Japan…

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Ten things we learned about Joshua Wong from the Netflix documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

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The story of Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung is set to reach a far wider audience than China would have preferred this week when a documentary about him, Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, becomes available for streaming to the 93 million Netflix subscribers around the world on Friday. The film previously won the audience award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Joshua Wong on Hong Kong human rights, those CIA rumours, and his…

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