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Whitaker plays a former prisoner and Islamic convert who is pursued by a vengeful police officer played by Keitel in the film which is a strong contender for Cannes selection in 2014. The picture was filmed in the Us state of New Mexico for nine weeks this spring.
Algeria’s Agence Algerienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel (Aarc) is also hoping the film will be a contender for the 2015 Academy Awards. Bouchareb’s Outside The Law was among the final five films nominated in the foreign-language category of the 2011 Oscars.
Paris-based Pathe International is handling sales on the film, co-produced by Aarc, Algerian Tassili Films, French Pathe Cinema, France 2 Cinema, Solenzara, Belgian Scope Invest and Taghit LLC and the Cohen Media Group in the Us.
Aarc has become a key player in the Algerian film industry following a 2012 law »
Helmer-scribe Georges Lautner, a shining light of popular French cinema whose illustrious career took off in the 1960s with the crime comedy “Monsieur Gangster”(“Les tontons flingeurs”), died Nov. 22 in Paris after a long illness. He was 87.
His films were generally commercial hits in France, so outside the country he wasn’t as well known as the auteurs whose films travelled to arthouses in the U.S. and elsewhere.
“Monsieur Gangster,” released in 1963 by Gaumont, marked the first of many successful collaborations between Lautner and screenwriter Michel Audiard. The pair reteamed on a number of cult films, such as “The Professional,” “Le Pacha” and “The Great Spy Chase.”
An actors’ director, Lautner — who grew up as a cinephile thanks to his mother, the thesp Renee Saint-Cyr – cultivated close ties with Gaul’s acting legends, often giving them their most memorable parts; for instance, Jean-Pierre Belmondo in “The Professional,” Bernard Blier »
- Elsa Keslassy
It's 100 years since the first volume of À La Recherche du Temps Perdu was published, but a definitive cinematisation of Proust's epic novel has so far proved elusive
This year has been punctuated by a rash of anniversary-themed books and articles anticipating the first world war centenary, and indeed attempting snapshots of how Europe looked and felt in 1913, eerily poised on the precipice. The other centenary is similar in many ways: on 8 November 1913, Marcel Proust published the first volume of À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, his monumental novel about memory, mortality and art, the belle époque, and the leisured and aristocratic classes of Paris, a city crammed in Proust's pages with the most vivid and extraordinary personalities, destined to be swept away by the Great War.
- Peter Bradshaw
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
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Also in today's edition of Euro Beat: Catherine Deneuve turns 70 and remains awesome, Alain Delon goes a little nuts at 77 (or has he always been?), promising films win at the London Film Festival, plus, Europe takes back its box office! We'll begin with the first still from a project Euro Beat has tracked since it was first announced, and which appears to be actually happening! Yes, we now have photographic proof that Mike Leigh's biopic of the amazing painter J.M.W. Turner is indeed in production, and that Leigh's appreciation of the top hat has not diminished since Topsy Turvy.Have a look:...
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Norma Bengell controversies (photo: Norma Bengell in Walter Hugo Khouri’s ‘Eros’) (See previous post: “Dead at 78: Norma Bengell, First Actress to Go Full Frontal in Mainstream Films.”) Norma Bengell found herself embroiled in numerous controversies throughout her life. For instance, besides her not infrequently "scandalous" anti-establishment screen roles of the ’60s and ’70s, she took to the streets to protest against both censorship in the arts and Brazil’s military dictatorship. At the 1985 edition of Rio de Janeiro’s Fest Rio, Bengell got into a verbal match with American actress and fellow jury member Ellen Burstyn (Oscar winner for Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) following alleged improprieties at the festival’s awards ceremony and Bengell’s role in the jury. Presumably to justify her worth as a jury member, the native Portuguese-speaker Bengell bellowed in Spanish: "I am a great actress!" Norma Bengell: Controversial filmmaker In later years, »
- Andre Soares
The Notebook is proud to present this video essay in coordination with Transit magazine, where you can find the Spanish version of the piece.
13 variations for 13 films, accompanied by the musical theme composed by François de Roubaix for Le samouraï (1967): the cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville condensed into a series of motifs that travel from movie to movie, reiterating and transforming, finding their full meaning only when they are put into relation. A non-exhaustive collection1, but filled with recognisable images that clearly obsess this filmmaker.
1. Jef Costello’s second murder in Le samouraï, Maite’s devastating death at the end of Army of Shadows (1969), the shooting of Mattei and Vogel in Le cercle rouge (1970) or—the most paradigmatic example of all—of Maurice, Silien and Kern in Le doulos (1962). It is the matter of a rule with few exceptions, a pattern that is rarely broken: whenever Melville’s »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
Disc of the week
Plein Soleil was the first adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley, and Alain Delon’s star-making turn as the beautiful and charming villain Tom Ripley is arguably the best of the four on screen portrayals of the amoral social climber.
Ripley is sent to Italy to persuade the playboy son of an American millionaire to return home to San Francisco, but when it becomes apparent that Phillipe has no intention of going home so that Ripley can collect his fee, Ripley decides that actually becoming Phillipe, and gaining control of his considerable assets, is a much better prospect. Gradually ingratiating himself with the playboy and his fiancé Marge (although she is annoyed with their boyish camaraderie and is dubious about Ripley), Ripley painstakingly constructs his imitation of Phillipe while quietly engineering the opportunity to make him disappear, the final step »
- Adam Lowes
There's nothing Claudia Cardinale hates more than staying still, but for the past two months she's had to do exactly that. She broke her foot on holiday in Tunisia and has since been holed up in her Paris flat. "It was stupid," she says, in her distinctive Mediterranean rasp. "I was playing volleyball. There was water on the edge of swimming pool, and I slipped. I like to be active, so when I have to sit for two months without going out, it's terrible. I had many places to go and I had to refuse: Venice, Kiev, Osaka. Now it's Ok. Yesterday I went out for the first time, but the weather is ugly."
Cardinale is a survivor from the era when movie giants walked the earth – most of them alongside her. »
- Steve Rose
★★★☆☆ Long before Matt Damon and Jude Law drenched their golden locks in the sun of southern Italy in the late Anthony Minghella's superb The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), René Clément - who can be placed at the forefront of the French New Wave - tackled Patricia Highsmith's famous novel with the elegant Plein Soleil (1960). From the off, we're provided with little prologue and thrown into the heady delights of Rome, where best buddies Tom Ripley (the blue-eyed Alain Delon, for whom this was his breakthrough film before going on to work with Antonioni) and Phillip Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) gallivant around the city picking up floozies.
Before long, their friendship sours and Tom, spurned by Phillip's affections, grows envious of his friend's wealth. This culminates in a plot by Tom to kill and assume the identity of his affluent former amie. Whilst Clément was the first to adapt Highsmith's inaugural »
- CineVue UK
This hugely entertaining maneating plant musical comedy under-performed at the 1986 box office only to end up a video hit. But this isn't the same film you might remember.
As well as the original version, we're finally getting the director's cut where [spoiler alert] everyone dies and the plants take over the world, with some Godzilla-sized flowers laying waste to New York amping up the B-movie creature-feature spirit. Sleight-of-hand master Frank Oz directs and pulls off the split-second timing that pre-cgi movies like this demanded – almost every shot contains some kind of trick. The songs are catchy, Steve Martin gives the best example of scene-stealing ever, and there are cameos from John Candy, Bill Murray and Christopher Guest. More than anything though, either cut is a showcase for the considerable talents of Rick Moranis, »
- Phelim O'Neill
Based on a novel by crime scribe Patricia Highsmith - who also wrote Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train - René Clément's striking study of a glamorous and complex psychopath, Plein Soleil (1960), features a career-defining turn from a young, beautiful and ultra-cool Alain Delon. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the restored version of Plein Soleil this coming Monday (9 September), we have Three Blu-ray copies of the film to give away to our readers, courtesy of our friends at StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Delon stars in his debut leading role as Tom Ripley, a young American who's paid by the wealthy Greenleaf family to travel to Europe to persuade his friend, errant playboy Philip Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet), to return to »
- CineVue UK
French actor Alain Delon is no fan of gay couples adopting “Yes, it is against nature, I’m sorry. We are here to love a woman, to woo a woman, not to flirt with or get picked up by guys.” Hmm … if my Hollywood gossip history is correct, Alain had a child with Nico, denied paternity … even while his mother raised the child.
As expected, HBO has announced that Season Seven of True Blood will be the last. The final 10-episode season will air next summer.
Rest In Peace, U.S. Open.
Michelle Williams will take on the role of Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret
Here you go. Me in my Lycra's and a bit of Sequins!! Hehe. pic.twitter.com/U3ZrcPu37M
— Ben Cohen (@RugbyBenCohen) September 2, 2013
Miley Cyrus answers her critics. »
Ja from Mnpp here with some upsetting news - famed French beauty Alain Delon (who I could have sworn was openly bisexual way back in the day) has spoken out against homosexuality in France, calling it "unnatural" and saying that men "are here to love a woman, to woo a woman, not to flirt with or get picked up by guys." French writer Claude Serraute hysterically responded, “It is against nature to love yourself as much as he does.” Anyway Delon says he doesn't give a damn about gay marriage, but that he's against the adoption of children by gay couples.
Am I going to have to burn my copy of Purple Noon now, you guys? I really don't want to burn my copy of Purple Noon. And Rocco and His Brothers! I loved that shower scene so much. And what to do about my cherished memories of the way »
In his final column for the Observer, our film critic welcomes the re-release of two influential classics from the late 1950s
What goes around comes around. Or "This is where we came in!", the words we'd whisper back in the days of continuous movie performances, before heading for the exit when we reached the point at which we'd entered the cinema. Appropriately in the week I write my final film column, two classic movies, Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Plein Soleil (aka Purple Noon, 1959), are re-released from that period at the end of the 1950s when I was embarking on a career as a professional writer. Both appear in beautiful new prints that do full justice to the Mediterranean sun which dictates their mood of dangerous eroticism, and both are closely associated with what was popularly known as the French Nouvelle Vague. In the first of them an English-speaking cast play French »
- Philip French
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The Primer director delivers another Us indie brainteaser that will leave minds blown and chins comprehensively scratched. A young woman who has been kidnapped, exposed to a parasite and robbed meets a man who seems to have endured the same horror. What any of that has to do with the maggots that possess psychedelic properties, or the sound recordist and his obsession with pigs, is anyone's guess. The mysteries endure long after the credits roll, and Carruth's direction is spellbinding enough to keep you puzzling over them – just about.
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- Ryan Gilbey
Tom Ripley – sociopath, parasite, killer – is the famous creation of Patricia Highsmith, and René Clément's 1960 film Plein Soleil, or Purple Noon is re-released in cinemas, his adaptation of Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley, the first in a sequence of five Ripley novels. This approaches the book very differently from Anthony Minghella's 1999 version, plunging us straight into the envious, unwholesome intimacy of Ripley (an eerily beautiful Alain Delon) with rich pal Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) on vacation on his luxury motoryacht; Clément fills in the backstory details later. As a thriller, it has to be said that this story has dated a good deal. In the late 1950s and 60s, what Ripley was able to get away with in terms of violence and impersonation in far-flung Europe was just about »
- Peter Bradshaw
Alain Delon stars as the amoral charmer Tom Ripley in Rene Clement’s adaptation of Patricia Highmith’s The Talented Mr. Riley, which has been restored by Studiocanal in association with the Cinematheque Francaise and the support of the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
Ripley has also been portrayed by Dennis Hopper, Matt Damon and John Malkovich in subsequent Highsmith adaptations, but for many Delon is the perfect screen embodiment of the physically beautiful, complex psychopath. This was the role that made the 24 year old Delon a star.
Plein Soleil opens in select UK cinemas next Friday (30th August), an excellent opportunity to see the film in all its sun dappled glory.
Check out the UK trailer for a taste of the beautiful restoration, and watch for our review of the Blu-ray closer to its 16th September release.
The post Plein Soleil 4K Restoration Trailer and Release Details appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Ian Gilchrist
Catherine Deneuve: Style, beauty, and talent on TCM tonight A day to rejoice on Turner Classic Movies: Catherine Deneuve, one of the few true Living Film Legends, is TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 12, 2013. Catherine Deneuve is not only one of the most beautiful film actresses ever, she’s also one of the very best. In fact, the more mature her looks, the more fascinating she has become. Though, admittedly, Deneuve has always been great to look at, and she has been a mesmerizing screen presence since at least the early ’80s. ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’: One of the greatest movie musicals ever Right now, TCM is showing one of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Jacques Demy’s Palme d’Or winner The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), in which a very blonde, very young, very pretty, and very dubbed Catherine Deneuve (singing voice by Danielle Licari »
- Andre Soares
DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Price: DVD $39.95
Studio: MHz Networks
Legendary French stage and screen actor Alain Delon (Purple Noon) stars as an ex-undercover cop is called in from retirement after 25 years of exile to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of his brother in a drug sting operation in the French crime-drama television show Frank Riva: The Complete Series.
A former law enforcer a man who ignores social convention and flouts rules and regulations, and who lives according to his own deep conviction of right and wrong, Delon’s Frank Riva he finds himself back on the trail of the notorious Loggia crime family, who had put a bounty on his head decades earlier during the French Connection days. Frank is forced to pick up the pieces of a life he »
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