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4 items from 2015

Black Widow

20 November 2015 7:20 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Forget film art for a minute. Bob Rafelson and Ronald Bass's smart and sexy murder thriller throws Debra Winger and Theresa Russell into a slick neo-noir tale with fancy glamour trimmings, and comes up a bright, intelligent entertainment. A government agent tracks a serial killer that none of her superiors believes in -- who ever heard of a female Bluebeard character, who marries 'em and burys 'em? Black Widow Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / Ship Date October 13, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper, Nicol Williamson, Terry O'Quinn, D.W. Moffett. Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Production Designer Gene Callahan Film Editor John Bloom Original Music Michael Small Written by Ronald Bass Produced by Harold Schneider Directed by Bob Rafelson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

You know how sometimes one's significant other will insist on seeing a movie you don't want to see, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Cesar and Rosalie (1972) | Review

24 July 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Love’s Connections: Sautet’s Frustrating, Savvy Love Story

Out of the many representations of cinematic emotional complexities French filmmakers master over most is the messy actuality of that thing called love. Director Claude Sautet went on to make Cesar and Rosalie in 1972, his third consecutive film with star Romy Schneider (they would work on five films together, all told) and also his first union with frequent collaborator Yves Montand. An attempt to portray the complicated elusiveness of loving the one you’re with, at its core the film is about a love triangle, with a beautiful woman as the ever shifting apex. Its title is actually misleading, and could easily have been called Rosalie.

Rosalie (Schneider) is currently dating Cesar (Montand), a wealthy scrap metal dealer with significant business connections. As they get ready to attend a wedding, we get the sense he loves her more than she does him, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Marguerite & Julien’

18 May 2015 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fans of Valerie Donzelli’s of-the-moment Gallic boho spirit may be surprised by “Marguerite & Julien,” her experiment with semi-historical incest, but as the actress-helmer herself admits, she goes for love stories driven by passion over reason. Something certainly overcame her reason, as the film is a painfully silly, laughably naive Romance with a capital “R,” loosely based on the experience of a brother and sister executed in 1603  — and, probably more tangentially, an unrealized script Jean Gruault wrote for Truffaut in 1973. Awash in cheesy directorial embellishments and lacking any reason why audiences should care about these two “rebels,” the drama nabbed a Cannes competition berth but is unlikely to see much biz outside French borders.

Donzelli isn’t interested in verisimilitude, and the production deliberately blends historical periods in art direction, costume design and music (and oh, there’s lots of music). The most interesting element is the way the script, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #67. Valerie Donzelli’s Marguerite et Julien

6 January 2015 9:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Marguerite et Julien

Director: Valerie Donzelli // Writers: Valerie Donzelli, Jeremie Elkaim

Director and actress Valerie Donzelli has fostered a considerable career as a director over the past several years, starting the her utterly charming 2009 debut The Queen of Hearts. Often working with her partner, actor Jeremie Elkaim, their most notable collaboration was 2011’s Declaration of War, a highly autobiographical film that played in Critics’ Week and was France’s candidate for Best Foreign Language film in 2012. Donzelli’s third film, Hand in Hand took home Best Actor at the Rome Film Festival in 2012 but never received Us distribution. 2015 will be a big year for her, however, starring in two films (one of which is the new Joachim Lafosse title), and directing Marguerite et Julien, based on a 1971 script that Francois Truffaut almost made. Starring Elkaim and a scintillating cast headlined by quickly rising star Anais Demoustier, plus legend Geraldine Chaplin, »

- Nicholas Bell

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