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How The Vanishing changed the Oscar rules

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

Spoorloos - the original The Vanishing - led to the Academy having to change its ways...

People sometimes come to this site in search of a film to watch, that they’ve not heard of. Sadly, the late George Sluizer’s stunning thriller Spoorloos has been infected by its tepid 1993 Hollywood remake, that Sluizer himself directed. But the original is one of the best, darkest thrillers of the 1980s. It’s an amazing piece of work.

It’s also a piece of work that led to the Academy having to rewrite the rules for one of its Oscar categories.

The film’s country of origin was the Netherlands, and when it came to Oscar time, it was put forward as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Feature Academy Award. Yet the film was deemed ineligible, in spite of the fact that not a word of English is spoken in it.
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Julieta review – Almodóvar’s five-star return to form

Told in flashback over 30 years of guilt and grief, this tender melodrama based on three Alice Munro short stories is Pedro Almodóvar’s best film in a decade

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s latest, his most moving and entrancing work since 2006’s Volver, is a sumptuous and heartbreaking study of the viral nature of guilt, the mystery of memory and the often unendurable power of love. At times, the emotional intrigue plays more like a Hitchcock thriller than a romantic melodrama, with Alberto Iglesias’s superb Herrmannesque score (the director cites Toru Takemitsu, Mahler and Alban Berg as influential) heightening the noir elements, darkening the bold splashes of red, blue and white. Three short stories from the Canadian author Alice Munro’s 2004 volume Runaway provide the source material, but the spirit of Patricia Highsmith looms large as strangers on a train fuel the circling narrative (one character even observes that
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 21 – The Vanishing

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1988 Dutch–French film The Vanishing. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The director, George Sluizer, didn’t really direct much else besides this film and its remake The soundtrack definitely has a Tears for Fears vibe to it, which is 100% ok with me Herb checked with his Dutch parents to make sure we pronounced Spoorloos correctly Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is basically perfect as the villain in this film If you enjoy this film, you’d probably also love Alfred Hitchock’s The Lady Vanishes The actress who plays the second girlfriend Lieneke, Gwen Eckhaus, was randomly in a television series in the Netherlands called Spoorloos verdwenen, which I assume is unrelated Getting a compliment on your film from Stanley Kubrick is a big
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Rotterdam fest reveals eight Tiger competition titles

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Rotterdam fest reveals eight Tiger competition titles
World premieres of new features from the Us, South America and Asia; titles include A Woman, A Part starring Mad Men’s Maggie Siff; jury named.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has revealed the eight titles that will compete in the revamped Hivos Tiger Awards Competition at this year’s 45th edition (Jan 27-Feb 7).

The titles are:

History’s Future - Fiona Tan (Neth)The Land Of The Enlightened - Pieter-Jan De Pue (Bel-Neth-Ire-Ger)Motel Mist - Prabda Yoon (Thai)Oscuro Animal - Felipe Guerrero (Col-Arg-Neth-Ger-Gre)Radio Dreams - Babak Jalali (Us)La Ultima Tierra - Pablo Lamar (Par-Neth-Chi-Qat)Where I Grow Old - Marília Rocha (Bra-Por)A Woman, A Part - Elisabeth Subrin (Us)

All are world premieres, except The Land Of The Enlightened, which will receive its European premiere at Iffr after screening at Sundance in the world cinema documentary competition.

Other notable titles include Us drama A Woman, A Part, which
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200 Greatest Horror Films (20-11)

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20. The Innocents

Directed by Jack Clayton

Written by William Archibald and Truman Capote

UK, 1961

Genre: Hauntings

The Innocents, which was co-written by Truman Capote, is the first of many screen adaptations of The Turn of the Screw. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad because most people haven’t – but The Innocents deserves its rightful spot on any list of great horror films. Here is one of the few films where the ghost story takes place mostly in daylight, and the lush photography, which earned cinematographer Freddie Francis one of his two Oscar wins, is simply stunning. Meanwhile, director Jack Clayton and Francis made great use of long, steady shots, which suggest corruption is lurking everywhere inside the grand estate. The Innocents also features three amazing performances; the first two come courtesy of child actors Pamela Franklin (The Legend of Hell House), and Martin Stephens (Village of the Damned
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Rotterdam Innovates for its 45th Film Festival

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During Toronto International Film Festival, Bero Beyer announced his plans for the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr). One innovation is that eight films will compete in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition for a single Hivos Tiger Award worth €40,000, to be shared by director and producer. In addition, a special jury award worth €10,000 will be presented to an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition. Previously, approximately 15 films competed for three equal awards of € 15,000.

'We aim to focus as much attention and as well as we can on the best, the most innovative, original and challenging works by filmmakers’, said Bero Beyer, who will be taking up the role of festival director at Iffr 2016. ‘This is why we have not only increased the prize money, but also chosen a structure in which we will put a new “Tiger” in the spotlight every day. At Iffr, we strive to celebrate and honor exceptional films and makers, and give them the maximum possible attention.’

The film "History's Future" by filmmaker and artist Fiona Tan is the first of eight films to be selected for the Hivos Tigers Award Competition. Beyer: ‘I am particularly happy that, with Fiona Tan’s "History's Future," we will be able to present the world premiere of such a cinematographically strong film. The maker’s unique way of working and distinct voice as an auteur make this a marvellous, engaging and intriguing film. The kind of envelope-pushing experience Rotterdam has always promoted.’ Tan’s screenplay, written with renowned film critic Jonathan Romney, attracted top acting talent including Mark O'Halloran ("Calvary"), Denis Lavant ("Holy Motors," "Beau Travail") and Johanna ter Steege ("Spoorloos," "Tirza"). Part fiction, documentary and an essay probing the world of today, "History's Future" is about a man’s odyssey through the turbulence of Europe – and his own spirit. The project had been selected by Iffr’s CineMart in 2013.

Iffr is proud that Hivos will once again be the main sponsor of the festival for the coming years. Through support for the Hubert Bals Fund and the Hivos Tiger Award, the organization contributes to the development of artistic film productions as a means of expressing social criticism. The Hivos Tiger Awards Competition was set up in 1995 with the aim of discovering, raising the profile of and recognising emerging international film talent. The awards are presented by an expert jury.

The streamlined Hivos Tiger Awards Competition will be part of a more contextualized program, in which films are selected and presented for their character and spirit. All of the films that will screen at Iffr 2016 will be included in one of four program sections.The first of these will present new film talent through innovative, daring and original films, some of which will be included in the competition. The second section will contain inspirational films by established makers. Often these films already have a distributor and will screen in arthouse cinemas after the festival and are aimed at a broad audience. Beyer: ‘Iffr has always played an important role in launching exceptional films and supporting distribution. In addition, we will be looking for ways to optimize this role, for example through the Iffr Live project, initiated in 2014, in which five titles were simultaneously screened in forty cinemas throughout Europe.’

The third program section will use master classes, retrospectives and special programs to go deeper into the world of cinema and provide more context.

And in the fourth section, filmmakers and critics will explore the landscape of film from various angles and the overlaps between film, television and other media will be investigated. The names of these sections and more film titles will be announced in the near future
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Rotterdam shakes up Tiger competition; first title revealed

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Iffr to consolidate prize money; reduce competition titles from 15 to eight.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has shaken up the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition ahead of its 45th edition, set to run Jan 27 to Feb 7, 2016.

The field has been narrowed from 15 films competing for three equal awards of €15,000 to eight film vying for a single Hivos Tiger Award worth €40,000, to be shared by director and producer.

In addition, a special jury award worth €10,000 will be presented to an “exceptional artistic achievement” within the competition.

It marks the first major change at the festival since Bero Beyer was appointed general and artistic director of Iffr, replacing Rutger Wolfson.

“We aim to focus as much attention as we can, as well as we can, on the best, the most innovative, the most original and most challenging works by filmmakers,” Beyer explained.

“This is why we have not only increased the prize money, but also chosen
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

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Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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Daily | Sluizer, Varda, Polanski

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Today's top stories: Agnès Varda will receive the European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Roman Polanski went to Poland and the Us tried to get authorities there to detain him. They refused. Nick Broomfield's Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Marshall Curry's Point and Shoot, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's Finding Vivian Maier, Laura Poitras's Citizenfour and Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's The Salt of the Earth have been nominated by the International Documentary Association for Best Feature Awards. Plus Scott Foundas on George Sluizer's Spoorloos (The Vanishing) and more. » - David Hudson
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The Vanishing director George Sluizer dies, aged 82

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The man who made Spoorloos, one of the best thrillers of the past few decades, has died at the of 82.

Here's some sad news. George Sluizer, the director of Spoorloos, has died at the age of 82. He had been ill for many years, and the Dutch filmmaker reportedly passed away on Saturday.

Sluizer leaves behind one of the most chilling thrillers we've ever seen in the shape of Spoorloos. The kind of film where the less you know the better, Sluizer himself directed the English language version, The Vanishing, although the Hollywood version was a pale imitation of the stunning original.

Sluizer also directed River Phoenix's final movie, Dark Blood, which has been seeing the light over the past year or two. He also had a rich background in documentary feature making.

Rest in peace, Mr Sluizer. And thanks for leaving behind one of the best thrillers we've ever seen.
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George Sluizer 1932 - 2014

George Sluizer 1932 - 2014
Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer, the man behind psychological horror The Vanishing, has died. He was 82. Sluizer cut his teeth with an award-winning short called The Low Lands in 1961, before graduating to the longer form with 1972’s João And The Knife, a haunting drama set in the Amazon basin, and Twice A Woman seven years later. But it was The Vanishing, a landmark horror in 1988, that made his name.The film, which was released under the title ‘Spoorloos’ (‘Without A Trace’) in Sluizer’s native tongue, was adapted from Tim Krabbé’s novella The Golden Egg and charts the efforts of a man to uncover his fiancée’s fate after she disappears at a motorway service station. No lesser a figure than Stanley Kubrick was moved to describe it as, “the most horrifying film I’ve ever seen”. As a portrayal of obsession, it boasts shades of Hitchcock; as a record
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George Sluizer, Director of 'The Vanishing,' Dies at 82

George Sluizer, Director of 'The Vanishing,' Dies at 82
George Sluizer, who directed two versions of the thriller The Vanishing — one a Dutch-French production, the other American and each with a different ending — has died. He was 82. Sluizer, a native of the Netherlands who also helmed River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, died Saturday in Amsterdam, his wife told the Dutch news site Nl Times. Sluizer’s first crack at The Vanishing — the story of a man who is obsessed with finding out what happened to his wife after she’s abducted at a roadside oasis — was for a mostly French-language film titled Spoorloos in

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The Vanishing and Dark Blood director George Sluizer dies, aged 82

The Vanishing and Dark Blood director George Sluizer dies, aged 82
George Sluizer, the Dutch filmmaker behind The Vanishing and River Phoenix's final film Dark Blood, has died at the age of 82.

The director passed away in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 20) after a long illness, according to local media reports. Sluizer's relatives told Dutch broadcaster Nos that his health had "remained fragile" after suffering a ruptured artery in 2007.

Sluizer shot to fame in the late '80s when his Dutch-language thriller Spoorloos (later known as The Vanishing) - about a man doggedly searching to find his kidnapped girlfriend - became a hit with critics and mainstream audiences.

In 1993, he directed the Hollywood remake of the film with Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis and Sandra Bullock.

Later that year, Sluizer began filming Dark Blood with River Phoenix, but the young actor died during production, leaving the film unfinished.

Dark Blood was never completed, but after years of legal disputes (involving
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Vanishing director George Sluizer dies

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Vanishing director George Sluizer dies
Dutch director was best known for The Vanishing and River Phoenix’s last film, Dark Blood.

George Sluizer, the Dutch director best known for The Vanishing and Dark Blood, River Phoenix’s last film, died in Amsterdam on Saturday (Sept 20) following a long illness, according to Dutch media. He was 82.

“Sluizer had been ill for a long time. In 2007 he barely survived a ruptured artery and after that his health remained fragile,” according to Dutch public broadcaster Nos, quoting relatives.

The director, producer and screenwriter was born in Paris, where he attended the Idhec film academy.

He made his first film in 1961, Hold Back the Sea, a documentary that won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Up until the early 1980s, Sluizer produced and directed many documentaries and TV specials. He also worked as a producer on numerous films, including Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Cancer Rising with Rutger Hauer.

As a writer
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The top 22 haunting endings to modern movies

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Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24

Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...

Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.

It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.

As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: #10-1

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Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time around for one simple reason: that is, the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!

Special Mention:

Un chien andalou

Directed by Luis Buñuel

Written by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel

France, 1929

The dream – or nightmare – has been a staple of horror cinema for decades. In 1929, Luis Bunuel joined forces with Salvador Dali to create Un chien andalou, an experimental and unforgettable 17-minute surrealist masterpiece.
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.6) 25-1

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

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Special Mention:

Shock Corridor

Directed by Samuel Fuller

Written by Samuel Fuller

1963, USA

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff.
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Dark Blood Has Finally Made It To A Silver Screen

Last Thursday at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, George Sluizer's "new" film Dark Blood premiered in front of a non-paying audience. The few Dutch reviews which are slowly appearing on the Internet are favorable, yet the question if there ever will be a commercial screening of this film is still unanswered. It sure took long enough to get even this screening arranged: all footage of Dark Blood was shot in 1993. The road from then to the world premiere has been very bumpy. Back in the early 90s, Dutch director George Sluizer was able to start several projects after the international success of his 1988 film Spoorloos (The Vanishing) and the 1992 Us remake of that film, which he also directed himself. In 1993...
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'Dark Blood' trailer: The unfinished last film of River Phoenix

'Dark Blood' trailer: The unfinished last film of River Phoenix
When River Phoenix died in 1993, the unfinished movie Dark Blood was thought to have died with him. But last year, its director, George Sluizer, began making noises about releasing the film with the possible assistance of Joaquin Phoenix, who the French director suggested could perform his brother’s voiceover. The Phoenix family quickly denied any such conversations, but that hasn’t deterred Sluizer, who’s best known for making The Vanishing and the Dutch movie it was based upon, Spoorloos. He recently cut a trailer for Dark Blood and posted it on a site dedicated to raising funds for the completion of the film,
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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made Part 7: The 62 Greatest (# 31-1)

31 – Rosemary’s Baby

Directed by Roman Polanski

USA, 1968

Roman Polanski’s brilliant horror-thriller was nominated for two Oscars, winning Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon. The director’s first American film, adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestseller, is a spellbinding and twisted tale of Satanism and pregnancy. Supremely mounted, the film benefits from it’s strong atmosphere, apartment setting, eerie childlike score and polished production values by cinematographer William Fraker. The cast is brilliant, with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes as the young couple playing opposite Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer, the elderly neighbors. There is ominous tension in the film from first frame to last – the climax makes for one of the greatest endings of all time. Rarely has a film displayed such an uncompromising portrait of betrayal as this one. Career or marriage – which would you choose?

30 – Eraserhead

Directed by David Lynch

USA, 1977

Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period,
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