Poorhouse International: Programme News

hard-rule Danser Casa (Dancing Casablanca)

This piece for eight dancers created in Casablanca in 2018 is the latest collaboration between Kader Attou and Mourad Merzouki, both coming from the circus school at Saint-Priest, a suburb of Lyon. The desire to take hip-hop beyond its street origins has been a driving force in their careers. In DANSER CASA they rose to the challenge of a joint creation together designed to showcase the talent of Moroccan dancers. DANSER CASA conveys the burni

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hard-rule The Dark Side of Hollywood

There are movies that make it to cult status. There are other movies that become famous box office flops and later also make it to cult status. There are movies that are never finished or mutilated and considered great by hindsight. Claudia Collao's four part series entitled "The Dark Side of Hollywood" looks at some films famous today but box office disasters at their first release or released in a form not at all corresponding to their creat

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hard-rule Jack Lemmon, A True Trouper

Clara and Julia Kuperberg have access to little known Jack Lemmon footage from the 80s talking about his life, one of the last interviews of Tony Curtis and footage with Billy Wilder to chart the progress of Jack Lemmon's career. Other interviewees include Marc Wanamaker, Tony Maietta and Joe McBride. The following film clips round off the portrait of an actor not like any other: The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, Avanti, Cowboy, Days of Wine an

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hard-rule William Holden - Between Shadow and Light

Filmmaker Sébastien Zulian tells Holden's life story and shows the ups and downs of a great actor who unfortunately drowned his self-doubt in alcohol. Including clips from many of his great films such as Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai...

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hard-rule Rita Hayworth - From Gilda to Rita

The most glamorous screen idol of the 40s, the top pin up girl during WWII, the typical product of a male dominated Hollywood was in reality a woman of whom Orson Welles rightly said “she was suffering her whole life”.

Rita Hayworth, a sex symbol or rather a victim of the star system? Julia & Clara Kuperberg follow her life story using rare interview material with Rita Hayworth and many other knowledgable contributors.

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hard-rule The Barefoot Artist - Lily Yeh

The Barefoot Artist chronicles the long and colourfull life of Lily Yeh, an artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world's most troubled areas. Beginning with the creation of an unprecedented sculpture garden in the projects of North Philly that became known as "The Village of Arts and Humanities," the film also shows Yeh working in various far-flung locations, such as Kenya and Rwanda, where s

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hard-rule Shut up and Look - Richard Artschwager

Painter, illustrator and sculptor Richard Artschwager (1923- 2013) can be associated with Pop Art, Conceptual Art and Minimalism. Born from German and Russian parents he early on showed a talent for drawing. Fluent in many languages and a good pianist he made his breakthrough relatively late after having built and sold furniture for some time. Director, Maryte Kavaliauskas' film takes us to Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Los Angeles and Vie

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hard-rule Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

A very personal portrait of the American sculptor who spent parts of her childhood in German refugee camps for misplaced Polish people before she eventually settled ine the USA. Her work consists of sculpture and two-dimensional imagery and she has been exhibited throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Venice Biennale, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Storm King Art Center. Filmmaker

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hard-rule Actually Iconic - Richard Estes

This portrait gives an insight in the life and work of the photorealist painter Richard Estes, who has been admired by artists ranging from Salvador Dali to Chuck Close. Olympia Stone's documentary benefits from intimate knowledge of the artist who takes her through the various steps of his career with art work from his archive. We find out how Estes manages to create convincing three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional canvas. His m

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hard-rule Miguelito

Miguel Ángel Gonzáles Sánchez, “Miguelito”, was an eleven year old boy from Puerto Rico who helped to sustain his poor family by singing in the streets. There he was spotted by legendary American record producer Harvey Averne who took the boy under contract, produced an album entitled „Canto a Borinquen“ and arranged for a salsa concert at Madison Square Garden. Even though his songs eventually beca

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hard-rule Patinir - The Invention of Landscape

We know very little about Joachim Patinir who had so much influence on following generations of painters. His trade mark was high skylines and great spatial depth. Joachim Patinir worked in Antwerp from 1515 until his death in 1524. He arguably was the first European artist to specialize in painting landscapes. In this documentary filmmaker Miguel Angel Trujillo deals with the enigma of the painter Joachim Patinir of whom scant biographical de

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hard-rule EL Greco - Painter of the Invisible

For many people the name of El Greco conjures up visions of brightly coloured paintings dominated by strangely proportioned figures with elongated bodies. Why did he paint in such a peculiar way? And who would have wanted to purchase such bizarre compositions? This documentary shows El Greco in his historical context in order to understand him as the creator of a new artistic language. Building on his experience as painter of icons, his major

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hard-rule Rubens - The Spectacle of Life

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was the most admired painter of his time, an eminent humanist, courtier and diplomat. His overwhelming talent and refined personality earned him fame, fortune and happiness. Very few painter of the 17th century were as influential as he was among his peers, or had a similar degree of success.This holds neither true for Velázquez, Rembrandt or Vermeer. In spite of this, Rubens can seem distant to us today. M

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hard-rule John Russell - Australia's Lost Impressionist

John Russel was handsome, wealthy, debonair and, being Australian, quite exotic in 19th century France. Yet despite his own accomplishments and his pivotal role in the development of modern art, his name and his art have been largely gone unrecognized outside rarefied art circles. Catherine Hunter's documentary explores his legacy on 20th century art through his paintings and friendships. John Russel (1858 - 1930) painted in France alo

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hard-rule Barbe-bleue - Bluebeard

Ludovic Halévy's and Henri Meilhac's brilliant libretto for Barbe-bleue rewrites Perrault's story as follows: Saphir and Fleurette are living as shepherds loving each other. In reality Fleurette is Hermia, the daughter of King Bobèche and Saphir a prince, who has disguised himself to be near his beloved Fleurette. Bluebeard who had recently poisoned his fifth wife sends his alchemist Popolani to the village to find a virg

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hard-rule The Witches of Hollywood

Women with allegedly supernatural powers and not fitting into society were called witches in pre-enlightenment times, prosecuted and often burnt. Modern witches mostly play a divinatory or healing role or simply claim woman´s lib. Hollywood for a long time used a male concept of what a witch had to be but this has been changing lately and we now get a female look at extraordinary women. Filmmaker Sophie Peyrard – herself ve

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hard-rule Claudia, La Misteriosa

In the world of movie stars, Claudia Cardinale is an exception. Not only did she last longer than most of her peers with nearly 150 films to her credit but she also appeared in iconic movies such as “The Leopard”, “8 ½” and “Once upon a time in the West”. In life however, the actress was restrained by an event that took years to overcome. Her biographer, Anna Maria Mori, actors and friends tal


hard-rule Iconic Couples: New episodes

There are now four new episodes of the successful Iconic Couples series avialable: Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossellni, Monica Vitti & Michelangelo Antonioni, Steve McQueen & Ali MacGraw and Judy Garland & Vincente Minnelli


hard-rule Leaving Home, Coming Home - Portrait of Robert Frank

Robert Frank passed away on September 9th, 2019. This is the first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary photographer and filmmaker, whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way.

This film, shot in New York and Nova Scotia where he now lives, seamlessly interweaves between Frank, aged 80, reflecting on a l


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Poorhouse International: Highlight Programmes

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Franco Zeffirelli - Directing from Life

Franco Zefirelli passed away on 15th June 2019. Chris Hunt´s biography will explore how Zeffirelli´s sense of drama was born out of his own experience and how his life inspired his productions. His mother was rejected by his father and young Zeffirelli witnessed huge and violent rows between them including her stabbing him. This is reflected in his legendary stagings of “La Traviata”, “La Bohème” or &

hard-rule Leaving Home, Coming Home - Portrait of Robert Frank

Robert Frank passed away on September 9th, 2019. This is the first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary photographer and filmmaker, whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way.

This film, shot in New York and Nova Scotia where he now lives, seamlessly interweaves between Frank, aged 80, reflecting on a l

hard-rule Les Heures Chaudes de Montparnasse

Between 1900 and the Second World War the Montparnasse quarter in Paris attracted a unique and widely influential community of creative talent – artists, writers, composers and actors. In the early 1960s filmmaker Jean-Marie Drot recorded more than 170 interviews with people who had contributed to – or witnessed – the heyday of Montparnasse. We meet Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Francis

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Poorhouse International: New Releases

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Pierre Boulez - now out on DVD

Arthaus Musik has released Reiner Moritz' portrait of Pierre Boulez together with a concert from Alte Oper Frankfurt with Boulez conducting the London Symphony Orchestra with Strainsky's Sacre du Printemps and Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

Press: 

'A fitting tribute. A new DVD provides an in-depth look at the life of Pierre Boulez.' Classical Music Magazine, March 2018

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hard-rule Through Lotte's Lens - Out on DVD now

Tony Britten´s latest film “Through Lotte´s Lens” is out on DVD, a timely contribution to the migration discussion. Told through the portal of Austrian émigré, portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, the story unfolds through interviews with eminent commentators, dramatic reconstruction and musical performances. “A super film”, says Daniel Snowman, “which (as they say at the BBC) manage

hard-rule Now out on DVD: Bill Viola - The Road to St Paul's

Arthaus Musik released Gerald Fox' powerful documentary following the world’s most influential video artist Bill Viola and his wife and close collaborator Kira Perov over a twelve-year period as they undertake and complete the installation of two permanent video works, Mary and Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In documenting Viola’s approach, the award-winning arts documentary direc

hard-rule Now in the Cinemas: Anton Bruckner - The Making of a Giant

On the 23rd of July 2020 Arsenal Filmverleih releases Reiner E. Moritz' documentary on Anton Bruckner in cinemas Germany wide. The documentary draws on the recordings of all Bruckner symphonies by Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic at Sankt Florian. It is the first proper portrait of Bruckner in many years and features Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Jordan and Kent Nagano. 


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