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Why Jeanne Moreau Was One of the Greatest French Actresses of All-Time

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Why Jeanne Moreau Was One of the Greatest French Actresses of All-Time
Jeanne Moreau was to French cinema as Manet’s “Olympia” was to French painting — the personification of the gait, glance, and gesture of modern life. Her darting brown eyes and enigmatic moue were the face of the French New Wave. Her candid sensuality and self-assurance, not to mention the suggestion that she was always in control, made her the epitome of the New Woman. From Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel to Joseph Losey and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Moreau was the muse to the greatest directors of world cinema.

“She has all the qualities one expects in a woman,” quipped Francois Truffaut, director of her most beloved film, “Jules and Jim” (1962), “plus all those one expects in a man — without the inconveniences of either.”

Surprisingly, this quintessence of French femininity had an English mother, a dancer at the Folies Bergere. Her French father, a hotelier and restaurateur, upon learning that his daughter likewise had theatrical ambitions,
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The Picasso Summer

Yet another puzzle picture, that came out on DVD back with the first wave of Wac films in 2010. An expensive romance with Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux, it was filmed in Europe, co-written by Ray Bradbury and bears the music of Michel Legrand, including an exceedingly well known pop song. Yet it sat on a shelf for three years, only to make a humiliating world debut on TV — on CBS’s Late Nite Movie. It was clearly one of those Productions From Hell, where nothing went right.

The Picasso Summer

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The Warner Archive Collection

1969 originally / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 28, 2010 (not a mistake) / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Yvette Mimieux, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Theodore Marcuse, Jim Connell,

Peter Madden, Tutte Lemkow, Graham Stark, Marty Ingels, Georgina Cookson, Miki Iveria, Bee Duffell, Lucia Bosé, Jean Marie Ingels.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Animator:
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Iff Panama: ‘From Afar,’ ‘Salsipuedes,’ ‘Time to Love’ Win Audience Awards at 5th Panama Film Festival

Panama City — The 5th Iff Panama wrapped Wednesday night with a closing ceremony in which Venezuelan-Mexican pic “From Afar,” by Lorenzo Vigas, Panamanian drama “Salsipuedes’ helmed by Ricardo Aguilar Navarro and Manolito Rodriguez and documentary “Time to Love,” from Panama’s Guido Bilbao, won the three audience prizes – Best Ibero-American Film, Best Central American and Caribbean Film and Best Documentary, respectively. Panamanian documentary, “Drifting Away,” by Miguel Gonzalez, received a separate prize from 507 Red Lager Premium for Best Panamanian Film.

Edgar Rodriguez, a producer of “From Afar” accepted the award, stating that it demonstrated that audiences are willing to see different kinds of film, not just mainstream pics. He concluded by dedicating the prize to his native Venezuela, saying that there needs to be such rays of hope for “a people filled with light.”

Guido Bilbao said that at a time when Panama is in the news for the wrong reasons,
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Iff Panama Awards Career Tribute to Lucia Bosé

Iff Panama Awards Career Tribute to Lucia Bosé
Panama City — In a gala ceremony held Saturday evening in Panama’s majestic 1000-seater Teatro Balboa, Italian actress Lucía Bosé received a lifetime achievement award and the keys to the city, from the Mayor of Panama City, José Maria Blandon.

Guests at the star-studded event included Lucia’s son, actor-singer Miguel Bosé, Spanish actress Marisa Paredes, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson, Chilean-American composer Nicolas Jaar and Venezuelan thesp Edgar Ramirez,

Bosé’s career spans major roles in post-war Italian and Spanish cinema, having collaborated with helmers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Giuseppe De Santis.

The tribute included a speech by writer Boris Izaguirre, a close family friend. He said that Bosé is an icon of post-war Italian cinema, who epitomized the new roles assumed by Italian women as the country rose from the ashes of war, confronting issues such as infidelity, equal rights for women at the workplace,
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5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup

5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup
Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.

Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.

“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”

In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out
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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016

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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016
Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and César Augusto Acevedo’s Cannes Critics Week France 4 Visionary Award winner Land And Shade will screen at the International Film Festival of Panama.

Both selections will play in the Ibero American Showcase under the auspices of Iff Panama 2016, which runs from April 7-13.

Italian actress Lucía Bosé will be guest of honour at the festival’s fifth edition when three of films will screen — Death Of A Cyclist, Story Of A Love Affair, and No Peace Under The Olive Tree. High Heels will screen in special presentation.

Ibero American Showcase entries include Anna Muylaert’s Brazilian foreign language Oscar submission My Second Mother, Álex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night (Spain), 3 Beauties (Venezuela) by Carlos Caridad-Montero, and Spy Time (Spain) by Javier Ruiz Caldera.

Rounding out the section are: The Apostate (Spain-France-Uruguay) by Federico Veiroj; Road To La Paz (Argentina) by Francisco Varone; Semana Santa (Mexico) by [link
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Bitter Rice

Forget the proletarian messages, this Italian Neorealist classic is really an exploitation film about ogling brazen, buxom babes in short-shorts, up to their knees in a rice paddy. Hollywood actress Doris Dowling is the nominal star but new discovery Silvana Mangano became the knockout dream of every Italian male suffering from postwar shortages (cough). Giuseppe De Santis delivered the perfect combo -- an art film that pulled in every lonely guy nella cittá. Bitter Rice Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 792 1949 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 109 min. / Riso amaro / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 29.95 Starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone. Cinematography Otello Martelli Film Editor Gabriele Varriale Original Music Goffredo Petrassi Written by Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Franco Monicelli, Carlo Musso, Ivo Perilli, Gianni Puccini Produced by Dino De Laurentiis Directed by Giuseppe De Santis

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Way back in
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Michelangelo Antonioni: centenary of a forgotten giant

The Italian master's challenging and difficult L'Avventura was booed at its premiere in Cannes. But nowadays the director gets something far more hurtful: indifference

This is the centenary year of Michelangelo Antonioni. He was born on 29 September 1912 and died in 2007 at the age of 94, having worked until almost the very end. As well as everything else, he gave us one of the founding myths of postwar cinema: The Booing of L'Avventura. For film historians, it's as pretty much important as the audience riots at the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

At the Cannes film festival on 15 May 1960, Antonioni presented his L'Avventura, a challenging and difficult film and a decisive break from his earlier work, replete with languorous spaces and silences. This was movie-modernism's difficult birth. The film was jeered so ferociously, so deafeningly, that poor Antonioni and his beautiful star Monica Vitti burst into tears where they sat. There
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La signora senza camelie; Le Amiche – Philip French's classic DVD

(Michelangelo Antonioni, 1953; 1955, PG, Eureka!)

These invaluable additions to Eureka!'s admirable Masters of Cinema series help us understand the continuity between Michelangelo Antonioni's early work and what followed the controversial 1960 breakthrough of L'Avventura at Cannes. La signore senze camelie (The Lady Without Camelias) belongs in an important tradition of movies about the film industry (it was preceded and followed in Italy by Visconti's Bellissima and Fellini's Otto e mezzo) and stars Lucia Bosè as a movie star trapped between her culturally ambitious husband and her exploitative producers.

In Le Amiche (aka The Girlfriends), his first fully achieved masterpiece, the empathy for and attraction to women join a socialist critique of modern society as the dominant elements in Antonioni's work. Eleonora Rossi Drago plays a working-class beauty returning to her native Turin to open a branch of a Rome couturier. She becomes involved with four local women from the city's haute bourgeoisie and four weak,
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