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Alain Resnais: Acclaimed French Filmmaker, Is Dead

Alain Resnais (3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014) was a French film director whose career extended over more than six decades. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films which included Night and Fog (1955), an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps Filmography Resnais’ career spanned nine … Continue reading

That Most Important Thing: Love – Andrzej Żuławski

L’important c’est d’aimer, sorti en 1975 est un film du réalisateur polonais Andrzej Żuławski, coproduction franco-italo-allemande, avec entre autres Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi et Jacques Dutronc dans les rôles principaux ; Klaus Kinski, Claude Dauphin et Roger Blin Depuis longtemps, Nadine Chevalier (Romy Schneider) s’est faite une raison et a remisé ses rêves d’actrice. C’est sur le plateau d’un film horrifico-pornographique dont elle est la triste vedette que Servais Mont (Fabio Testi) la … Continue reading

L’écume des jours – Boris Vian

-Chloé, vos lèvres sont douces. Vous avez un teint de fruit. Vos yeux voient comme il faut voir et votre corps me fait chaud… Des billes de verre roulaient dans la rue et des enfants venaient derrière. -Il me faudra des mois, des mois, pour que je me rassasie des baisers à vous donner. Il faudra … Continue reading

The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

The Invisible Woman She is the shadowy figure in Dickens’s life, the woman who shared the last thirteen years before his early death. His biographers tried to erase her, their letters to each other were burned, but still the story of Charles Dickens and Ellen Ternan could not be obliterated from history. Ellen Lawless Ternan … Continue reading

The crazy Quilt – John Korty (1966)

“Henry indulged Lorabelle in some of her fantasies, ignored others — and gradually realized that what she wanted most was the impossible: a declaration of love.” CRAZY-QUILT, THE (1966) Synopsis: An idealist (Ina Mena) attempts to cure her husband (Tom Rosqui) of his cynical realism, with little success. Review:  When one thinks of the great … Continue reading

Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher Masoch / Lou Reed and more

“Beautiful, free, serene, and happy human beings, such as the Greeks were, are only possible when it is permitted to have slaves who will perform the prosaic tasks of every day for them and above all else labor for them.” “Of course,” she replied playfully, “an Olympian divinity, such as I am, requires a whole army of … Continue reading

Masahiro Shinoda – Japanese New Wave / Film

Masahiro Shinoda (篠田 正浩 Shinoda Masahiro, 1931) is a Japanese film director, originally associated with the Shochiku Studio, who came to prominence as part of the Japanese New Wave in the 1960s. Masahiro Shinoda is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Japanese New Wave, along with Nagisa Oshima and Shohei Imamura. While Oshima’s films were often a venue for political provocation and … Continue reading

“Soy Cuba” Mikhail Kalatozov – A Reinfried Marass (re) view

When a great photographer ( Reinfried Marass), talks to you about a film and images you feel immediately very curious. Reinfried sent me his point of view (precious to me) about “Soy Cuba” : November 2, 2013 ” Soy Cuba .. this is a MUST see .. I’m Cuba one of the very best photographed … Continue reading

Love in the Afternoon

Love in the Afternoon is a cleverly packaged romantic comedy with all the pretty trappings of Paris. High society soirees, elegant costumes, dashing men and attractive women. Add a dollop of the most witty repartee, dexterously contrived hilarious situations and intelligent humour and you have Love in the Afternoon. This is a celebration of magical Paris, … Continue reading

Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union.  The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists. Ingmar Bergman went so far as to say, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a … Continue reading

El infierno tan temido – Juan Carlos Onetti / Piazzolla

El infierno tan temido es una película argentina de 1980, dirigida por Raúl de la Torre y protagonizada por Graciela Borges y Alberto de Mendoza. Se estrenó en Buenos Aires el 7 de agosto de 1980 y fue ganadora del Cóndor de Plata como mejor película de 1981. Musica Astor Piazzolla,  basada en un cuento magistral de Juan Carlos Onetti.   Una joven mujer envía a su ex esposo (Risso) y otras personas que éste … Continue reading

Ingmar Bergman : Masterworks

The son of a stern Lutheran pastor who eventually became chaplain to Sweden’s royal family, Ingmar Bergman was raised under strict discipline, on occasion spending hours in a dark closet for infractions of his father’s rigid ethical code. The traumatic experiences of his childhood were later to play a significant role in his work as a … Continue reading

Beethoven’s love letter

The First Letter   July 6, in the morning My angel, my all, my very self – Only a few words today and at that with pencil (with yours) – Not till tomorrow will my lodgings be definitely determined upon – what a useless waste of time – Why this deep sorrow when necessity speaks – can … Continue reading

Les Enfants du Paradis – Marcel Carné / Jacques Prévert

“Vous êtes beaucoup trop belle pour qu’on vous aime vraiment. La beauté est une exception, une insulte au monde qui est laid. Rarement les hommes aiment la beauté, ils la pourchassent simplement pour ne plus en entendre parler, pour l’effacer, pour l’oublier.” Le Comte Édouard de Montray (Louis Salou) Les Enfants Du Paradis, Marcel Carné, … Continue reading

A Special Day – Ettore Scola

A Special Day (Italian: Una giornata particolare) is a 1977 Italian film which tells the story of a housewife and her neighbor who stay at home in Rome on the day that Adolf Hitler visits Benito Mussolini. It stars Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and John Vernon, and was directed by Ettore Scola   The day is May 8, 1938, the day when Hitler visited Rometo meet premierMussolini. Also on this day, as her … Continue reading

The Best Books by Great Filmmakers

The Friedkin Connection by William Friedkin Friedkin’s had rather a rocky go of filmmaking success; his first four films were flops, his next two (The French Connection and The Exorcist) were critical and commercial smashes, and then he went on a losing streak that was further complicated by his hot temper and difficult reputation. His new book is … Continue reading

Love of an actress (1928): Pola Negri

Pola Negri (Apolonia Chalupova, 1897– 1987) was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the Silentand Golden Eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne andfemme fatale roles. She was the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood, and become one of the most popular actresses in American silent film. She also started several important women’s fashion trends that are still staples of the … Continue reading

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