Category Archives: Movies

Views: The Cinematic Soul Of Portofino, Italy (4K)

Delve into the cinematic legacy of Portofino. This year Belmond were thrilled to team up with the Italian Riviera Film Festival to celebrate Portofino’s silver screen heritage, producing a heartfelt short film presented by beloved actor Alessandro Gassmann. Commissioned by Belmond from local production company Flying Donkeys, the film honours legendary actor, director, screenwriter and Splendido guest, Vittorio Gassmann – Alessandro’s father.

Tours: Highclere Castle Of ‘Downton Abbey’ Fame

Downton Abbey has become THE British cult series. The story about the fate of a noble family and their servants at the beginning of the 20th century in Yorkshire, England, is even set in a real palace: Highclere Castle. There aren’t servants anymore, but it still has a countess. The lady of the house takes us on an exclusive tour of the castle where Downton Abbey has been shot. Some of the locations may look familiar, especially since the second film is now being released after six successful seasons on TV.

Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country house built in 1679 and largely renovated in the 1840s, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. The 5,000-acre estate is in Highclere in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire, and 9.5 miles north of Andover, Hampshire.

Cinema: Inside The Making Of “The Godfather” (1972)

When “The Godfather” opened in March 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola’s drama about a mob family forever changed how we look at gangster films. Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with Coppola, and with stars Robert Duvall, James Caan and Talia Shire, about the making of a classic that, 50 years later, movie lovers still cannot refuse.

Profiles: Holiday Classic ‘The Grinch’ Narrator & Movie Actor Boris Karloff

He’s mean and green and one of the holiday season’s best-known characters. But the man who gave voice to the “Grinch” had a monster-sized career all his own. Michelle Miller has his story.

William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor, who starred as Frankenstein’s monster in the horror film Frankenstein, which established him as a horror icon. He reprised the role in Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. 

Movies: ‘West Side Story’ Reimagined By Director Steven Spielberg (2021)

EGOT winner Rita Moreno, who was an original cast member of the 1961 film, joins Spielberg’s film as a consultant and opens up about years of battling colorism in Hollywood.

Film Previews: “The Real Charlie Chaplin” (DEC 2021)

Combining unheard audio recordings, dramatic reconstructions and personal archives, The Real Charlie Chaplin traces Charlie Chaplin’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, before his scandalous fall from grace. Watch the premiere on Saturday, December 11 at 8/7c on SHOWTIME.

Inside Views: Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures In Los Angeles

Actor and academy trustee Tom Hanks opens the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to members of the media for a preview. (Sept. 22)

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a museum in Los Angeles, California being constructed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will be devoted to the history, science, and cultural impact of the film industry. It will be the first large-scale museum of its kind in the United States.

Video Trailers: ‘The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 80th Anniversary Edition

The new trailer for the landmark film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston – back in cinemas UK-wide from 17 September to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

John Huston’s directorial debut, this year celebrating its 80th anniversary, turned Bogart into a major star. Adapted from Dashiell Hammett’s novel about a San Francisco detective’s investigations into the murder of his business partner, Huston’s snappily witty script retains the plot’s labyrinthine complexity while revelling in colourful characterisations of the villains Sam Spade encounters during his quest. Inspired casting includes Lorre as volatile Joel Cairo, Greenstreet as menacingly amiable Kasper Gutman, and Cook as his gunman. But it’s the fraught, febrile relationship between Bogart’s Spade and Mary Astor’s femme fatale – who persuaded his partner to take on her case – that shapes the deep, dark core of desire, doubt and duplicity pervading the film from beginning to memorable end.