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There will be 10 best picture nominees starting with the 82nd Oscar ceremony, skedded for March 7, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning at AMPAS headquarters in BevHills by Acad prez Sid Ganis. Oscar noms will be unveiled Feb. 2.

Ganis explains in a press release sent to us from AcademyAwardsGuru:

“After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year,” said Ganis. “The final outcome, of course, will be the same – one Best Picture winner – but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” commented Ganis. “I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

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ludwig 1

by Allan Fish

(West Germany 1972 139m) DVD1/2 (Germany only, no English subs)

Aka. Ludwig – Requiem für einen jüngfraulichen könig

Es ist für kunst

p  Christoph Holch, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg  d/w  Hans-Jürgen Syberberg  ph  Dietrich Lohmann  ed  Peter Przygodda  m  Richard Wagner  cos  Barbara Baum, Chris Wilhelm

Harry Baer (Ludwig II), Ingrid Caven (Lola Montes), Balthasar Thomass (Ludwig as a child), Oska van Schab (Ludwig I/Karl May), Edgar Murray (Kainz/Winnetou), Peter Kern (Lakai Mayr/Ernst Röhm), Gerhard Maerz (Richard Wagner I),

As it so often the case in film history, 1972 saw the release of two major films about the life and times of the fateful final king of Bavaria.  The most readily remembered is the truly epic, typically extravagant piece by Luchino Visconti with Silvana Mangano and Romy Schneider moving funereally between the opulence.  It was unfairly savaged by critics who saw mainly butchered shortened versions, and yet for all that it was still a fractured, disjointed film, a film of stunning moments but a rather lethargic whole. 

            Then we have the truly hypoc-shattering beast of a film from Syberberg.  It was the first in his celebrated German trilogy – films about Karl May and Hitler would follow – and was not a film for the masses.  Yes, it was about Ludwig, but it was also about his father, his father’s mistress Lola Montes, Karl May, Hitler, Wagner, Bismarck, Bavarian tradition, the rise of Germany and, deep down, Syberberg himself.  Though it was the time of the Second Reich, the spectres of the Third justifiably haunt the piece, too.  (more…)

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