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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Danse Macabre Visually spectacular, Luca Guadagnino’s reinterpretation of Suspiria is flawed but atmospheric The threshold to womanhood might not be the most obvious theme for your run-of-themill horror story, but Suspiria, a reimagining of Dario Argento’s giallo (pulp) classic of the same name, is far from the usual. Opening at this year’s Viennale before going into general release, it’s steeped in...

Bohemian Rhapsody

Actor Rami Malek revives rock icon Freddie Mercury in a bona fide performance A Hollywood adaptation on the stellar rise to fame of the larger-than-life band Queen and its charismatic frontman Freddie Mercury has been a long time coming, and director Bryan Singer’s biopic is a definite crowd-pleaser. Chronicling the birth of some of the seminal band’s biggest hits with...
METROPOLE’s Top 10 Films at the Viennale! It's that time of the year again: Today, the Viennale kicks off, Austria's premier film festival! Featuring over 300 films from all over the world shown over 15 days, it's a cinephile's paradise, with numerous talks, parties and personal appearances by notable directors rounding out an already stacked program! With such a massive selection,...

F for Film

The 56th Viennale promises a more international direction under its first female head In 1991, Philippe Petit, infamous for tightrope walking between Manhattan’s Twin Towers, crossed high in the air from the Apollo Kino to a neighboring WWII anti-aircraft tower. It was a brilliant stunt cooked up by the then Viennale co-director Werner Herzog, to bring an appreciation of “Cinema...
Bombshell recounts the life of Hedy Lamarr: Austrian émigré, Hollywood diva – and inventor. "Any girl can look glamorous, aLL she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” The opening quote of the documentary Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story neatly sums up how the diva felt about her claim to fame. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time,...
Nearly 30 years in the making, director Terry Gilliam finally realizes his passion project in his new film Famous for his single-minded determination and uncompromising creative integrity, legendary director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 12 Monkeys) is not one to back down, but his attempt to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved picaresque novel to life would have tested anyone. ©...
Destination Wedding
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder attempt to revive the classic romantic comedy in Destination Wedding The world around us might be constantly changing, but some things never go out of style. Case in point: Destination Wedding, a film that is nothing less than a revival of the classic romantic comedy of the mid-20th century – those witty battles of the...
Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant explores resilience through pitch-black humor Based on a true story, this sweet-and-sour biopic on Jon Callahan, an alcoholic quadriplegic turned cartoonist, falls perfectly into the celebrated director Gus Van Sant’s (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting) repertoire of normdefying movies. Set in his native Portland, Van Sant doesn’t so much adapt Callahan’s unrefined autobi- ography as confront...
dotdotdot
Vienna’s quirky short film festival encourages you to interact with the medium Celebrating the intensity and ingenuity of cinema’s short form, the past years have made the Dotdotdot festival a summer fixture, displaying the full range of the medium on Thursday and Friday evenings within the inner courtyard of the baroque Palais Schönborn. Now in its third edition after succeeding its...
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