Audrey Kupferberg

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Gravity And American Treasures From The New Zealand Film Archive

During the past couple weeks, my film experiences have involved looking into the future-- and also looking back at the early 20th Century.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley’s unusual documentary, STORIES WE TELL, was released on DVD earlier this month.  It is an outstanding genre piece and a fascinating study of human behavior.  If one views it as a low-budget Canadian production about a Canadian show-business family, it might just get lost in the shuffle of Fall video releases.  That would be a shame, because STORIES WE TELL has plenty to say—and a very creative way of saying it!

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Lee Daniels’ The Butler And Blue Jasmine

Two films currently showing in area theaters are LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER and Woody Allen’s latest film BLUE JASMINE.  Both are serious films about aspects of the human condition, and are recommended to audiences who are willing to view film as a mirror to real life.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Unfinished Song, British Art House Cinema Film

A few years ago, it was unusual to come across a film made for the post-sixty-year-olds.  Even among art house cinema films, the focus was pretty much on the thirty-somethings.  Then, in 1999, Tea with Mussolini and its aging cast of Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith received art house distribution and made some money.  Five years later, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith reteamed for Ladies in Lavender which also made a profit. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:40 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Oz The Great And Powerful On DVD

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Disney’s recent rendering of the classic OZ stories, is in some ways predictable and in other ways, not.  On June 11, this title was released on DVD and BluRay.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Russian Emigres In Paris and Wagner & Me

Two new DVD releases make for worthwhile viewing. The first is a packaged set of five incredible silent films from Flicker Alley.  It’s called FRENCH MASTERWORKS:  RUSSIAN EMIGRES IN PARIS 1923-1929, and features 5 films on 5 discs. THE BURNING CRUCIBLE and THE LATE MATHIAS PASCAL are genuine masterpieces featuring one of the cinema’s most talented but forgotten stars, Ivan Mosjoukine.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Beatrice Lillie

ON APPROVAL, a British drawing room comedy from 1944, has just been released on Blu-ray.  At a glance, this film would seem to be Clive Brook’s showpiece, since he produced, directed and co-stars.  He also adapted Frederick Lonsdale’s smash hit play from 1926.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Nanook and Wedding of Palo

Many ethnographic filmmakers are – and always have been-- content to record and educate.  Since the early silent film days, factual films of this sort have captured a straight-forward view of the lifestyles, rituals, and customs of isolated people from far-away places.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Vox Pop : The 85th Academy Awards : 2/21/13

Daniel Day-Lewis viewing the Gettysburg Address in the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House following a screening of the film, 'Lincoln', in the White House family theatre attended by United States President Barack Obama with the film director, screenwriter and many of the actors attending, including Day Lewis, who played Abraham Lincoln.
Credit Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

Its Oscar time and this year’s hopefuls include the youngest and oldest ever nominated for acting awards and four period pieces that could not be more different in the running for best picture.

The Oscars will be awarded this Sunday, and today we have film professors Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg in studio to share their picks and address your questions and comments on the nominees, nominees you think may have been overlooked, or even prospects for next year’s awards season.

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