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  • Venice reenacts the welcome to Queen Caterina with a regatta

      Every year, Venetians reenact the welcome given to Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus and Armenia, who renounced her throne in favor of Venice in 1489. The Serenissima received her with a lavish parade of regal ships and boats. Even though the regatta up the Grand Canal is now inspired in that historical event, the… Read More »Venice reenacts the welcome to Queen Caterina with a regatta

  • The movies that are the talk of Venice and the world

    The 74th Venice Film Festival reunited Jane Fonda and Robert Redford fifty years after they played newlyweds in Barefoot in the Park, the 1967 classic. George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky, Alexander Payne, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Schrader and Martin McDonagh also premiered their movies here. A gallery of stills of some of the movies shown at… Read More »The movies that are the talk of Venice and the world

  • ‘Foxtrot’ paces the life of a traumatized family and their soldier boy

    There is nothing in life like the certainty of death. Absolutely everything else is uncertain. Foxtrot begins with a view of truck hood as it speeds down a desert road. In the following frame, we get a close-up of an apartment door, with two soldiers standing at the edge of the camera. “Ms. Feldman?” asks… Read More »‘Foxtrot’ paces the life of a traumatized family and their soldier boy

  • Jane Fonda: ‘I live for sex scenes’ with Robert Redford

      Jane Fonda and Robert Redford were awarded two Golden Lions last night for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival. Both U.S. actors previously offered a press conference, in which Fonda, 79, turned up the heat by saying “I live for sex scenes with him,” sitting next to his embarrassed colleague. Redford, 81,… Read More »Jane Fonda: ‘I live for sex scenes’ with Robert Redford

  • ‘Under the tree,’ an Icelandic saga of common men and women

    Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson has brought to Venice Under the Tree, his third feature film. Of those your correspondent has seen so far in the third day of the Festival, it is perhaps the most accomplished movie overall. In the tradition of oral history that Icelanders have practiced for centuries, there is not one word too… Read More »‘Under the tree,’ an Icelandic saga of common men and women

  • Stars walk down the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival

    Venice extends the red carpet for the stars that keep arriving for the 74th  International Film Festival. Tonight the Biennale will honor Jane Fonda and Robert Redford with Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement.