Jan Tomáš "Miloš" Forman was a Czech American film director, screenwriter and professor who, until 1968, lived and worked in the former Czechoslovakia. Forman was an important component of the Czechoslovak New Wave, his 1967 film The Firemen's Ball, on the surface a naturalistic representation of an ill-fated social event in a provincial town, was seen by both film scholars and authorities in Czechoslovakia as a biting satire on Eastern European Communism. As a result, it was banned for many years in Forman's home country. After Forman left Czechoslovakia for the United States, two of his films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, acquired particular renown, both gained him an Academy Award for Best Director. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest became the second film to win all five major Academy Awards after It Happened One Night in 1934—an accomplishment not repeated until 1991, by The Silence of the Lambs. Forman was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for The People vs. Larry Flynt, he won Golden Globe, Berlinale, BAFTA, David di Donatello, European Film Academy, Czech Lion awards.
Along with future favorite cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček and longtime schoolfriend Ivan Passer, Forman filmed the silent documentary Semafor about Semafor theater. Forman's first important production was the documentary Audition whose subject was competing singers, he directed several Czech comedies in Czechoslovakia. However, during the Prague Spring and the ensuing 1968 invasion, he was in Paris negotiating the production of his first American film, his employer, a Czech studio, fired him, he decided to move to the United States. He moved to New York, where he became a professor of film at Columbia University in 1978 and co-chair of Columbia's film department. One of his protégés was future director James Mangold. In 1977, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1985, he in 2000 did the same for the Venice festival, he presided over a ceremony of Caesar in 1988. In 1997, he received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Forman performed alongside actor Edward Norton in Norton's directorial debut, Keeping the Faith, as the wise friend to Norton's conflicted priest. In April 2007, he took part in the jazz opera Dobře placená procházka, itself a remake of the TV film he made in 1966, it premiered at the Prague National Theatre, directed by Petr Forman. Forman received an honorary degree in 2009 from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, US, he collaborated with cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček. Loves of a Blonde is one of the best–known movies of the Czechoslovak New Wave, won awards at the Venice and Locarno film festivals, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. A 1967 Czechoslovak–Italian co-production, this was Forman's first color film, it is one of the best–known movies of the Czechoslovak New Wave. On the face of it a naturalistic representation of an ill-fated social event in a provincial town, the film has been seen by both film scholars and the then-authorities in Czechoslovakia as a biting satire on East European Communism, which resulted in it being banned for many years in Forman's home country.
The Czech term zhasnout, associated with petty theft in the film, was used to describe the large-scale asset stripping that occurred in the country during the 1990s. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film; the first movie Forman made in the United States, Taking Off won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. The film starred Lynn Carlin and Buck Henry, featured Linnea Heacock as Jeannie; the film left Forman struggling to find work. Forman said that it did so poorly he ended up owing the studio $500. Despite the failure of Taking Off, producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz hired him to direct the adaptation of Ken Kesey's cult novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Forman said they hired him because he was in their price range. Starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, the adaptation was a commercial success; the film won Oscars in the five most important categories: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. One of only three films in history to do so, it established Forman's reputation.
The success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest allowed Forman to direct his long-planned film version of Hair in 1979, a rock musical based on the Broadway musical by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot. The film starred John Savage and Beverly D'Angelo, it was disowned by the writers of the original musical, although it received positive reviews, it did not do well financially. Forman's next important achievement was an adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. Retelling the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, it starred Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, F. Murray Abraham; the film was internationally acclaimed and won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor. Forman's adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel Les Liaisons dangereuses had its premiere on November 17, 1989. Another film adaptation by Stephen Frears from the same source material had been released the previous year and overshadowed Forman's adaptation; the film starred Colin Firth, Meg Tilly, and
Cat Chaser is a 1989 film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Peter Weller and Kelly McGillis, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard. It was adapted from the novel by James Borelli. A three-hour raw cut of "Cat Chaser" was screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York City in the summer of 2014. Ferrara and others involved are unhappy with the released version with the added omniscient narration. George Moran is a former American paratrooper and veteran of the Dominican Republic intervention who now runs a small beachfront motel in Miami. While searching for a Dominican woman named Luci Palma who saved his life in 1965, he begins a relationship with Mary DeBoya, the wealthy, unhappy wife of a sadistic former Dominican general. Moran gets involved in a plot by fellow military veteran Nolen Tyner and a former New York policeman, Jiggs Scully, to rip off the general. Moran must elude a number of double-crosses as he and Mary attempt to gain her freedom plus $2 million of the general's money.
Peter Weller as George Moran Kelly McGillis as Mary DeBoya Charles Durning as Jiggs Scully Frederic Forrest as Nolen Tyner Tomás Milián as Andres DeBoya Maria M. Ruperto as Luci Palma Juan Fernández de Alarcon as Rafi The film was shot in Old San Juan and Miami and Coral Gables, Florida, as the crew decided shooting on location in Santo Domingo would be too dangerous and costly after scouting there. Filming was not a happy experience for McGillis, who didn't make another major film afterwards for a decade, she said in 2001: "It was the most hateful experience of my life, I said, if this is what acting is going to be, I will not do it. On the last day of shooting, I said to Abel,'Are you done with me?' He said,'Yeah.' I shaved my head. I said,'Screw you, I never want to act again.'"In a 2015 oral history of the making of "Cat Chaser," written by Sam Weisberg of Hidden Films, Peter Weller and various crew members acknowledged that Weller and McGillis clashed during filming, though Weller maintained that he never found out the reason for it.
Several crew members confirmed that McGillis stormed off the set after shooting a love scene with Weller, though they differed on the exact cause of her outburst. The film received mixed reviews, it has a 40% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 5 critic reviews. Variety said: "Despite a fine cast and atmospheric direction by Abel Ferrara, the pic doesn't quite make the grade, though it is worth a look." Entertainment Weekly said that it failed to make sense. The Roanoke Times described the film: "Despite some serious flaws,'Cat Chaser' is one of the better screen adaptations of an Elmore Leonard novel". Weller was criticized for his "stiff performance" by Mick Martin and Marsha Porter in The Video Movie Guide 1995. Cat Chaser was nominated for the Best Film award at Mystfest in 1989; the film was released on VHS tape in the United States in 1991 by Vestron Video and the UK in 1994 by 4 Front and for the first time on DVD in 2003 by Lion's Gate/Artisan, issued in the UK in 2004 by Arrow Films.
The Lion's Gate DVD featured McGillis on the cover with the text "Passion. Greed. Murder. Tonight They Pay," with the story marketed as an erotic thriller. Cat Chaser on IMDb Cat Chaser at Rotten Tomatoes
New Rose Hotel (film)
New Rose Hotel is a 1998 American cyberpunk erotic drama film co-written and directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento. It is based on William Gibson's story of the same name. Fox and X are corporate extraction specialists, half headhunters, half kidnappers, who specialise in helping R&D scientists relocate from corporations who would rather see them dead than working for their competitors. Fox is obsessed with one Hiroshi, a paradigm-shattering super-genius, working for Maas, the corporation who crippled him. To that end, Fox and X employ Sandii, a "Shinjuku-girl", or small-time hustler/call girl, to help "persuade" Hiroshi to defect to Hosaka, another zaibatsu to which Fox is somewhat warmer. Fox is responsible for brokering the deal with Hosaka, Sandii for getting Hiroshi to fall in love with her and defect to a Hosaka lab in Marrakech, X is responsible for teaching Sandii how to make Hiroshi melt. Sandii disappears, Fox is killed, X retreats to the safest place he knows, the New Rose Hotel, a derelict capsule hotel.
Christopher Walken.... Fox Willem Dafoe.... X Asia Argento.... Sandii Annabella Sciorra.... Madame Rosa John Lurie.... Distinguished Man Kimmy Suzuki.... Asian Girl #1 Miou.... Asian Girl #2 Yoshitaka Amano.... Hiroshi Gretchen Mol.... Hiroshi's Wife Ryuichi Sakamoto.... Hosaka Executive Edward R. Pressman had owned the film rights to New Rose Hotel since the late 1980s. Before Abel Ferrara got involved, Kathryn Bigelow was set to direct. At one point, Zoë Tamerlis Lund was attached to writing the screenplay. In 1996, Lund wrote the first draft of the script. According to Ferrara, both Virginie Ledoyen and Chloë Sevigny were considered for the role of Sandii. Ferrara claims that Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Fox. Asia Argento made a documentary about titled Abel/Asia, during the making of the film. Ferrara admitted in an interview. New Rose Hotel on IMDb New Rose Hotel at AllMovie New Rose Hotel at Rotten Tomatoes Abel Ferrara on the making of the film on YouTube
Ms.45 is a 1981 American exploitation thriller film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Zoë Tamerlis. Inspired by films such as Thriller – A Cruel Picture, Death Wish and Taxi Driver, the film is a rape and revenge story about Thana, a mute woman who becomes a spree killer after she is raped twice in one day when going home from work, it was critically maligned on its theatrical release, but is now highly regarded among fans of underground and independent film. It was acquired by Alamo Drafthouse Films in October 2013 and remastered in HD from the original negatives; the distributor released the film on Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy in March 2014. While walking home from work, Thana, a mute seamstress in New York City's Garment District, is raped at gunpoint in an alley by a mysterious, masked attacker, she survives and makes her way back to her apartment, where she encounters a burglar and is raped a second time. Thana, her name an allusion to Greek god of death Thanatos, hits this second assailant with a small sculpture bludgeons him to death with an iron, carries his body to the bathtub.
She goes to work the next day, after encountering working with an iron, watching her boss Albert rip a shirt off a mannequin, she goes into shock state, which worries her co-workers. However, when she looks at the trash bin at her office, she decides to dismember the burglar's corpse and throw the parts away in various locations of the city. After being sent home, she dismembers the burglar's body keeps his.45 caliber pistol, puts the pieces into plastic garbage bags, stores them in her fridge. After cleaning her bathtub, she decides to take a shower, but as she strips, she begins to hallucinate the first attacker in the mirror grabbing her breast; this puts her into shock, notices that organs and body fluids from the burglar are overflowing in the drain. Her nosy neighbor, an old widowed woman named Mrs. Nasone, the landlady and owns a small dog named Phil starts to notice her odd behavior. On her walk home from work the next day, Thana is noticed by a leering young man on the street while she is disposing of one of the bagged body parts.
He chases her through the alleys of the city, fearing another sexual assault, she fatally shoots him when she is cornered by him. The event furthers her impulse for vengeance. While running home from the incident, the landlady Mrs. Nasone notices she ran up the stairs violently and started throwing up, she insists in calling a doctor for Thana, Mrs. Nasone's dog, starts to become attracted to her fridge. Thana escorts her out of her apartment while still in shock; as the limbs start to bring the attention of the media, Albert brings her into his office and notices she hasn't been sewing enough and hasn't been feeling well lately. He decides to invite her to a Halloween party that he is throwing for work, tells her that there will be "many boys there age" while stroking her neck, she responds to him in writing, saying "I'll try". As Thana's vengeance increases, she starts targeting and killing several men, such as a fashion photographer, a pimp who assaults a prostitute because of debt, several members of a gang, a Saudi Arabian businessman and his limousine driver, drives a dumped salesman to suicide after her gun jams.
Her boss, Albert notices her ditching work after going to dinner with her co-workers, resulting in her co-workers having to finish her work. However, she promises to go to the party with him in exchange for staying out of trouble for her absence. Thana notices that Mrs. Nasone's dog, Phil, is attracted to the smell of the burglar's dismembered limbs. Thana takes Phil for a walk ties him to a post in the park, she leaves a note saying that Phil ran away but will find his way back home soon. With Albert, Thana attends the costume party dressed as a nun with red lipstick. Meanwhile, Mrs. Nasone finds the burglar's dismembered head, she jumps to the conclusion that Thana killed her dog, tells police that she is at a party with her co-workers. At the party, Albert tries to seduce her. In revenge for his borderline-sexual behavior towards her in the past, she shoots him; the party stops and her co-workers run upstairs to Thana, but realize that she is the murderer when she steps out of the room with her pistol.
Thana begins a shooting spree, targeting many of the men present. Her co-worker Laurie stabs Thana in the back. Thana points the gun at Laurie, but hesitates. After the party massacre, Mrs. Nasone is seen crying in memorial for her dog Phil, but outside her apartment door, Phil has returned and is shown running up the stairs and scratching at the door. Zoë Tamerlis as Thana Albert Sinkys as Albert Darlene Stuto as Laurie Helen McGara as Carol Nike Zachmanoglou as Pamela Abel Ferrara as First Rapist Peter Yellen as The Burglar Editta Sherman as Mrs. Nasone Vincent Gruppi as Heckler on Corner S. Edward Singer as The Photographer James Albanese as Nick Bogey the Dog as Phil Many years Zoë Tamerlis described how minimal the script was, uncharacteristic of Ferrara's films; the film holds an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 critic reviews, with wide praise. In 1983, the film was released on VHS by U. S. A. Home Video in its uncut form. Ms.45 was released on DVD in the United States on April 25, 2000, by Image Entertainment, but was re-edited for DVD release.
The reedit removes l
Fear City is a 1984 American erotic action-thriller directed by Abel Ferrara. The lead roles are played by Billy Dee Tom Berenger. In 2012 the film was released on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory. A serial killer, an expert at martial arts is preying on strippers in Manhattan's Times Square. Night after night, he visits smoky strip clubs; the owners of the largest company of strippers in the city are Nicky Parzeno. Rossi is a retired boxer, he is now seeing their whole business under threat, at the same time as he fears that the woman he loves might be the next victim. Fear City on IMDb Fear City at Rotten Tomatoes
Mary (2005 film)
Mary is a 2005 drama thriller film and directed by American director Abel Ferrara. The film stars Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard, Matthew Modine and Heather Graham; the film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize as well as 3 smaller awards. The film played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival and San Sebastián International Film Festival. Following the shooting of a film on the life of Jesus called This Is My Blood, Marie Palesi, the actress who plays Mary Magdalene takes refuge in Jerusalem in search of the truth behind the story; the director of the film, Tony Childress, who plays Jesus, can think of only one thing: self-promotion. In New York, television journalist Ted Younger presents a programme about the life of Jesus. Juliette Binoche – Marie Palesi/Mary Magdalene Forest Whitaker – Ted Younger Matthew Modine – Tony Childress/Jesus Heather Graham – Elizabeth Younger Marion Cotillard – Gretchen Mol Stefania Rocca – Brenda Sax Francine Berting – Nurse #2 Giovanni Capalbo – Police man Massimo Cortesi – Priest Ettore D'Alessandro – Apostle Andrew Alex Grazioli – Apostle Matthew Emanuela Iovannitti – Johanna, Mary's follower Marco Leonardi – Apostle Peter Amos Luzzatto – himself Thure Riefenstein – Silvanus Gisella Marengo – Nurse Nicu Mario Opinato – Apostle James Gabriella Wright – TV technician Elaine Pagels Jean Yves Leloup Upon its release Mary divided critics and viewers alike, it holds a 59% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews, with an average score of 5.5/10.
"A sincere grapple with faith and redemption in cynical times." – Leslie Felperrin, Variety "Somehow turns confusion into a concise study on what it means to believe in God in this day and age." – Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com "..both Forest Whitaker and Juliette Binoche give such amazing performances that they should be added to the list of the best work of their careers." – Michael Ferraro, Film Threat "Ferrara presents his ideas in what's meant to be a meditation on the nature of faith but ends up an incoherent, pretentious mess." – Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly "Some critics went as far as rebaptising the director "Unable Ferrara" after the press screening here in Venice." – Boyd van Hoeij, Europeanfilms.net "Murky and forgettable." – Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter The original soundtrack was written by Francis Kuipers. "Mary" – 1.53 "They Took my Lord" – 6.15 "Disciples & Discord" – 4.04 "Street Attack" – 1.06 "Mary in the Desert" – 3.54 "Gnostic Gospel" – 3.29 "Women at Sea" – 1.56 "Sacred Heart" – 3.18 "Among Believers" – 2.50 "Holy Land Explosion" – 1.25 "Madness of God" – 3.36 "This is my Blood" – 5.43 "Hidden Scripture" – 2.53 "Mary" – 3.35 Francis Kuipers – Guitar Miriam Butler – Bassoon David Barittoni – Voices Giulio Luciani – Viola, violin Roberto Bellatalla – Double Bass Paola Di Silvestro – Soprano Fabio Colucci – Music producer and mixerRecorded at Herzog Studios, Rome Venice Film Festival 2005Grand Jury Prize Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award SIGNIS Award Sergio Trasatti Award The French poster for Mary features a woman praying at an altar.
The image was taken in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The film was the first film to be allowed film in the actual church. Mary – Official French Site Mary – Official Polish Site Mary – Official Italian Site Mary on IMDb Mary at Rotten Tomatoes
Go Go Tales
Go Go Tales is an independent 2007 film by Abel Ferrara. Ferrara based the film on The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, directed by John Cassavetes, it stars Willem Dafoe as co-stars Bob Hoskins. Ferrara had the cast improvise much of their lines, he described the film as his "first intentional comedy". Ray Ruby, who manages Ray Ruby’s Paradise, is worried about fewer tourists visiting the establishment so he decides to hold a lottery to bring them in. Ray is running out of money but people expect to be paid, including the pole dancers. A landlady by the name of Lillian plans on using the spot for a Bed Bath & Beyond location if she does not receive rent money. Desperate for money to keep the establishment open, Ray tries to find the winning ticket of his own lottery, his brother Johnnie helps keep the strip club open. The film shows the lives of people who depend on the strip club and what the lack of money does to them; the part of Ray Ruby was offered to Harvey Keitel. It was screened out of competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
It has been seen only at selected film festivals, including the Montréal World Film Festival where it competed for the "Grand prix des Amériques". Despite being filmed by an American director, the film rights were never bought in the United States, its only other United States airing besides the Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Festival was at the Anthology Film Archives, as part of a program titled "Abel Ferrara in the 21st Century". The film was released on DVD in Australia. Ed Gonzalez, writing for Slant Magazine, praised the music. Robert Koehler, of Variety, said that "Ferrara is in a wonderfully loose and comedic mood after the complex spiritual dramatics of'Mary.'" A review by The New York Times said, "A lovely drift of a movie, “Go Go Tales” commands your attention as it lulls you along. Conspicuously inspired by John Cassavetes’s Killing of a Chinese Bookie among other touchstones, it is a sincere and inspired meditation on art and creation, but in a loose, funny key". Simon Miraudo, of Quickflix, said that "all anyone wanted to talk about was the sequence in which Asia Argento’s exotic dancer tongue-kissed a dog onstage".
It is a Critics' Pick of The New York Times. Cahiers du Cinema placed Go Go Tales 7th in its list of top 10 movies of 2012 Go Go Tales on IMDb Go Go Tales at Rotten Tomatoes