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Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno

A cinematic puzzle and a filmic detective piece, Serge Bromberg’s examination of a world-class filmmaker’s catastrophic, never-finished production fascinates and dazzles. If the particulars of H.G. Clouzot’s experimental epic of internal torment remain clouded, the astonishing visuals he created are a total knockout. Working with hours of uncut dailies and precise collaborator memories, Bromberg gives us the most interesting filmic autopsy on record. Incredible stuff!

Inferno

(L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot)

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Arrow Academy

2009 / Color & B&W / 1:78 widescreen / 100 min. / L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot / Street Date February 6, 2018 / Available from Arrow Video 34.95

Starring: Romy Schneider, Serge Reggiani, Bérénice Bejo, Jacques Gamblin, Dany Carrel, Jean-Claude Bercq, Mario David, Catherine Allégret, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Gilbert Amy, Jacques Douy, Jean-Louis Ducarme, Costa-Gavras, William Lubtchansky, Thi Lan Nguyen, Joël Stein, Bernard Stora, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bernard Blier, Inès Clouzot, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura, Burt Lancaster.

Cinematography: Jérôme Krumenacker, Irina Lubtchansky
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Selena Gomez Steps Out (with New Bangs!) at New York Fashion Week After Completing Treatment

Selena Gomez Steps Out (with New Bangs!) at New York Fashion Week After Completing Treatment
Selena Gomez used the New York Fashion Week stage to debut a brand new hair look.

The “Wolves” singer made her first public appearance since completing treatment for anxiety and depression at Coach’s Fall 2018 Runway Show in N.Y.C. where she debuted brand new bangs and a longer length.

Gomez experimented with blonde color for a few months towards the end of last year, but has since gone back to her natural brunette hue. At the Coach show (she’s an ambassador for the brand), the actress and singer sported a set of long, wispy, Brigitte Bardot-inspired
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Michael Haneke Criticizes #MeToo: ‘Witch Hunts Should Be Left in the Middle Ages’

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Michael Haneke Criticizes #MeToo: ‘Witch Hunts Should Be Left in the Middle Ages’
Don’t expect Michael Haneke to tweet his support for #MeToo anytime soon. The two-time Palme d’Or winner criticized the movement in an interview with the Austrian Daily Kurier, saying, “I regard this hysteria of rash judgments that is spreading at the moment as absolutely disgusting.”

“People are just being finished off in the media, [their] lives and careers are being ruined,” he said. Haneke clarified that “any kind of rape or [sexual] coercion should be punished,” but things are going too far based on “totally unperceived malignance, the blind rage that is not based on facts.”

This fast-and-loose approach “destroys the lives of people, whose crime has not been proven in many cases,” he continued. “This new man-hating puritanism that comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement worries me,” and men “should hardly even touch this topic” at this point.

“This has nothing to do with the fact that
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Responds to Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve Decrying #MeToo (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Responds to Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve Decrying #MeToo (Watch)
Saturday Night Live” has responded to Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve criticizing the #MeToo movement in a “Weekend Update” segment that saw Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, respectively, portray the French film legends.

“I stand by everything I have said, and I will double down,” McKinnon’s Bardot said, following it up with a call to “free Harvey Weinstein.”

Strong’s Deneuve sat alongside McKinnon’s Bardot as she smoked. “Do not be nervous, Colin, about being around two beautiful women. We will not discourage you from being a man,” Strong’s Deneuve started, addressing “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost.

Strong’s Deneuve said she didn’t “want romance to die” but admitted that if the comments went too far she apologized. After McKinnon’s Bardot called Weinstein a “real man,” Strong’s Deneuve tried to soften the blow, eventually saying she was beginning to think she should not have aligned with Bardot. “Brigitte is very
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Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Watch)

Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Watch)
Natalie Portman may have hosted the Feb. 3 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but she didn’t come alone. While the cold open saw Alec Baldwin reprising his Emmy Award-winning role as Donald Trump, past “SNL” favorites Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and Andy Samberg also popped up in sketches.

With Sunday’s Super Bowl on minds and the teams in the game being the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, Fey and Dratch represented their respective hometowns in a sketch about the feud between Philadelphia and New England. Taking place in 1775, the sketch opened with news that New England beat the British at Bunker Hill — which elicited groans because “now we would have to hear the boasting from the Patriots of New England.”

Dressed in Revolutionary War-era garb, Dratch led the group of New Englanders as they drank “coffee from Dunkin” — which, in a twist, turned out to be an actual man (played by Chris Redd) and not
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Sees Alec Baldwin Return as Trump in ‘Fox & Friends’ Parody (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Sees Alec Baldwin Return as Trump in ‘Fox & Friends’ Parody (Watch)
Alec Baldwin has returned to “Saturday Night Live” for the first time in 2018 in the Feb. 3 cold open sketch, which parodied “Fox & Friends.”

Baldwin’s Trump was in bed tweeting and then called into the Fox News program to compare their ratings to his State of the Union Address’ ratings.

“[It] was watched by 10 billion people,” Baldwin’s Trump said of the Sotu, which he also claimed was better than Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Dream of Jeannie” speech.

“Fox & Friends” pundits Steve Doocy, Ainsely Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade were portrayed by “SNL” cast members Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner and Beck Bennett, respectively. They discussed Representative David Nunes’ memo that explained the FBI’s investigation into the president’s Russian relationships as being an “attack” on the president.

Baldwin’s Trump, of course had something to say about the memo, as well: “This memo might be the best memo since the Declaration of Independence — I haven’t read
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Actress Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement as 'Hypocritical, Ridiculous and Uninteresting'

Actress Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement as 'Hypocritical, Ridiculous and Uninteresting'
French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the #MeToo movement, calling women who have exposed sexual harassment in Hollywood “hypocritical, ridiculous and uninteresting.”

In an interview with French magazine Paris Match, Bardot said women are only harming themselves by speaking out against sexual harassment.

“Many actresses flirt with producers to get a role. Then when they tell the story afterward, they say they have been harassed,” she said, according to The Guardian. “In actual fact, rather than benefit them, it only harms them.”

“The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous,” Bardot, 83, added.

Bardot said she’s never been
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Brigitte Bardot: Most Actresses Denouncing Sexual Harassment Are "Hypocritical"

Brigitte Bardot: Most Actresses Denouncing Sexual Harassment Are
Brigitte Bardot is probably not a fan of the #MeToo movement. The 83-year-old outspoken French former film actress and '50s and '60s international sex symbol has in recent years become known as an animal activist and has stirred controversy over comments about gay people, Muslims and immigrants. In an interview with French news magazine Paris Match that was posted on Wednesday, she was asked about her thoughts on actresses who have denounced sexual harassment. "Regarding actresses, and not women in general, it is, in the vast majority of cases, hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest," she said in French. "I have never been a victim of sexual harassment....
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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’

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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’
French actress-turned-activist Brigitte Bardot slammed the #MeToo movement, saying the actresses who complain about sexual harassment in Hollywood are being “hypocritical and ridiculous.” In an interview with the French magazine Paris Match, the 83-year-old star also said she was never a victim in her five-decade career. Bardot emphasized that she was speaking specifically of actresses and “not women in general.” “I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little ass,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.” Also Read: Sundance After #MeToo: Indie Buyers and Sellers Step Up Vetting of Filmmakers,...
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Brigitte Bardot: sexual harassment protesters are 'hypocritical' and 'ridiculous'

Bardot is second French film star after Catherine Deneuve to lambast women involved in campaigns such as #MeToo and its French equivalent

French former actor Brigitte Bardot has joined Catherine Deneuve in expressing distaste for women in the film industry who complain of sexual harassment, saying “in the vast majority of cases” it is “hypocritical, ridiculous and uninteresting”.

In an interview with Paris Match, Bardot said: “Many actresses flirt with producers to get a role. Then when they tell the story afterwards, they say they have been harassed … in actual fact, rather than benefit them, it only harms them.”

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"Barbarella" Live-Action

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Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #4, in support of the developing live-action "Barbarella" cable TV series, is written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Jorge Fornes, with covers by Stephane Roux, Vincent Aseo, Stephanie Jans, Goran Sudzuka and Kenan Yarar, available March 14, 2018:

"...'Barbarella' may have narrowly averted a galactic war -- as only she could -- but she's still in need of a 'null-d regulator'. 

"Hitching a ride on a cargo transport seems like a no-brainer, but these great seas in the final frontier are rife with pirates. 

"Plus someone's about to learn first-hand the dangers of emotional intimacy!..."

The  "Barbarella" live-action TV series pilot continues in development with a script by writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame.

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is attached to direct. adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said
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Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement As ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’

Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement As ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’
Legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot denounced the #MeToo movement and the increase in Hollywood figures speaking out against sexual harassment in an interview with French magazine Paris Match.

In the interview, Bardot asserts that for actresses specifically, “not women in general,” “the vast majority of cases” are “hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest.”

The 83-year-old actress added that the topic takes away from “important themes that could be discussed,” and stated that she has never been a victim of sexual harassment. Bardot became an international sex symbol after her starring role in 1956’s “And God Created Woman.”

“I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little a–,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.”

She went on to say that actresses “come on” to producers to get roles, “and then, so they’ll be talked about, they say they were harassed.”

“In reality,
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More "Barbarella"

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Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #2, in support of the developing live-action "Barbarella" cable TV series, is written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Kenan Yarar, with covers by Marcos Martin, Paul Pope, Stephen Segovia, Fay Dalton and Kenan Yarar, available January 10, 2018:

"...the space-faring heroine may have been enlisted by Earth's underground, but that doesn't mean she trusts her new allies.

"On the run in an alien city, hunting for a doomsday device that might end a war...

"...'Barbarella' has to choose a side, but it might not be the one you expect..."

The  "Barbarella" live-action TV series pilot continues in development with a script by writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame:

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is attached to direct. adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and really began to close
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The World as One: Close-Up on Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt”

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (1963) is showing December 24, 2017 - January 23, 2018 in the United States as part of the retrospective For Ever Godard.One thing most commonly and justly admired in Contempt (1963) by the many who revere the film is its singular place on the dividing line in cinema between classicism and modernism. The 1960s, and most intensely in mid-decade, was a transitional time for these phases, one that of course should never be simplified because of the many instances in which classical directors looked ahead with modernist impulses or modern directors (like the New Wave coterie of which Jean-Luc Godard was a part) looked back with longing to what had gone before. Among so many movies that affirm this point, it’s enough to cite Voyage to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954), a touchstone for modern cinema, which it anticipated (though without
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Amazon Mounting "Barbarella"

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A new "Barbarella" live-action TV series pilot continues in development at Amazon Studios, with a script written by writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame.

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn will direct the pilot adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and really began to close my eyes and fantasize about women in outer space and it looked pretty good." 

'Barbarella' is a young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures, often involving sex.

The aliens she meets often seduce her, and she also experiments with a 'machine excessive' or 'orgasmatron'. 

The original comic book version of 'Barbarella' was modeled on French actress Brigitte Bardot.

Barbarella will be produced and distributed by Gaumont International Télévision.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Barbarella"...
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Amazon Mounting "Barbarella"

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Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #3, in support of the developing "Barbarella" live-action TV series, from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ("Skyfall"), is written by Mark Carey and illustrated by Kenan Yarar, with covers by Vicente Cifuentes, Jorge Fornes, Caspar Wingaard, Tom Feister and Yarar, available February 9, 2018:

"...to stop a war a planet must fall.

"For 'Barbarella' the ends don't justify the terrible means...

"... but if she acts to save billions of innocents it may spell defeat and disaster for Earth..."

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn has offered to direct the pilot for the new series, adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and really began to close my eyes and fantasize about women in outer space and it looked pretty good." 

'Barbarella' is a young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures,
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Call to stub out on-screen smoking in French films

Injecting morality into films is ‘like pouring cola into a Château Lafite’, one critic of idea declares

The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo spent almost an entire film – the 1960s classic À Bout du Souffle (Breathless) – with a Gauloise dangling from his lips. Audrey Tautou portrayed the designer Coco Chanel pinning haute couture dresses while smoking. Jacques Tati was rarely without his pipe and Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Alain Delon all puffed their way through decades of movies.

Hardly surprising then that a call for French directors to stub out smoking on screen has been greeted with a mix of disbelief and outright ridicule. It has also prompted the existential question: what would French cinema be without the cigarette?

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The Reality of a Reflection: An Exploration of Jean-Luc Godard's Filmography

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Mubi's retrospective For Ever Godard is showing from November 12, 2017 - January 16, 2018 in the United States.Jean-Luc Godard is a difficult filmmaker to pin down because while his thematic concerns as an artist have remained more or less consistent over the last seven decades, his form is ever-shifting. His filmography is impossible to view in a vacuum, as his work strives to reflect on the constantly evolving cinema culture that surrounds it: Godard always works with the newest filmmaking technologies available, and his films have become increasingly abstracted and opaque as the wider culture of moving images has become increasingly fragmented. Rather than working to maintain an illusion of diegetic truth, Godard’s work as always foreground its status as a manufactured product—of technology, of an industry, of on-set conditions and of an individual’s imagination. Mubi’S Godard retrospective exemplifies the depth and range of Godard’s career as
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Giveaway – Win Manina: The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment to release Manina [The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter], starring screen icon Brigitte Bardot in one of her first ever on-screen performances, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK today, and we have three copies to give away to our readers.

A Parisian student, Gérard Morere, sets off to recover a lost treasure contained in a sunken Phoenician ship near an island off the coast of Corsica. With funds supplied by his fellow students, Gérard convinces a smuggler named Eric (played by Jess Franco favourite Howard Vernon) to be his transportation. Whilst diving for the treasure off the picturesque Lavezzi islands, Gérard gets to know Manina (Brigitte Bardot), the attractive daughter of the local lighthouse keeper…

Notable for being one of Bardot’s first on-screen performances, five years before her appearance in And God Created Woman launched her to super-stardom, Manina, The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter is presented here for the first time ever on Blu-ray.
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