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An Always Uncertain End: Jacques Rivette's "Love on the Ground"

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—I am still the same.—Except for one thing. In the past, I was everything for you.—The past is the past.Love On the GroundYou think you weep because you can’t love. You weep because you can’t impose death. —Marguerite Duras, The Malady of DeathIn the apartment play that opens Love On the Ground (L’amour par terre, 1984*), Silvano (Facundo Bo), the author of the piece, plays a man who is in love with two different women. In the morning he loves the character played by Charlotte (Géraldine Chaplin), and in the afternoon he loves the other played by Emily (Jane Birkin). But when one woman stays late with him and the other returns early, and his duplicity is on the verge of being revealed, he proclaims these words that arrest all suspicious questioning: “I am an illusion! You are an illusion! You all are illusions!” It
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French Film Industry Pays Homage to Director Jacques Rivette

French Film Industry Pays Homage to Director Jacques Rivette
Jacques Rivette, one of the leading lights of the French New Wave who died on Friday at age 87, was celebrated throughout the day with a series of homages from several French public figures, including President Francois Hollande, Gilles Jacob, Bulle Ogier, Claude Lelouch and Serge Toubiana.

In an official statement, Hollande called Rivette “one of the biggest filmmakers (who) marked various generations. … He was a director of women. Through films such as ‘Suzanne Simonin,’ ‘La Religieuse de Diderot,’ ‘L’amour fou’ or ‘La Belle Noiseuse,’ he offered major roles to actresses who entered the history of cinema,” said Hollande.

The actress Bulle Ogier, Rivette’s muse who notably starred in “Le pont du nord,” “L’amour fou” and “The Gang of Four,” said “(Rivette) was not only a great figure of cinema, but also a personal friend.”

“(Rivette)’s body of work was inventive, researched and well structured. Nothing but making films interested him,
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Lynch / Rivette. Love Me Tender: “Wild at Heart” and “L’amour fou”

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This article accompanies the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s dual retrospective of the films of Jacques Rivette and David Lynch and is part of an ongoing review of Rivette’s films for the Notebook, in light of several major re-releases of his work.Amour fou, in Lynch’s Wild at Heart, Rivette’s L’amour fou, is a pretext for the theatrical. Only in Lynch’s very romantic Palme d’Or winner do the shifts between and coalesces of plastic (the stage) and interior life (the love affair) lead to a union of any kind; when Sailor (Nicolas Cage) mounts the hood of his sweetheart’s Cadillac and serenades her with “Love Me Tender,” the superficiality of the reference to badboy Elvis Presley movies achieves a sort of extradimensional poignancy: the characters live in a plastic world, of Wizard of Oz witches, barroom brawls, lipstick-smeared killer moms, Texas hitmen,
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Best Films Directed By Women, ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Talks, and More

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Scout Tafoya polled a group of critics on the best films directed by women:

Criminally unfair. Those are the two words that spring to mind when I consider the fate of female directors throughout the short history of the cinematic medium. Not enough opportunity. Appalling sexism. Terrible chance and circumstances, coupled with biases, slander and mistrust. When I began asking for these lists from all the critics below many replied reluctantly. Their reasoning that so many of their films would be modern, that so many of the classics would be homogenous, is not without justification. But it’s no one’s fault that we all fall back on the same seven classics.
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Locarno Blog. Bulle Ogier

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Editor's Note: The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 5th to 15th. ***Bulle Ogier has a brilliance all of her own. It is something quite interior, and thus difficult to define. Her screen presence has something of the apparition about it: perhaps due to those silences, prolonged just a touch longer than necessary, that half-closed mouth, that hesitation to speak out, that gaze which seems to be acutely focused on a point just beyond her interlocutor... Like mother-of-pearl, Bulle Ogier’s beauty is unshowy and multi-faceted. Bulle Ogier does not belong to that generation of actresses discovered
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We Won’t Grow Old Together: Amour Fou

There’s a lengthy sequence, something like the climax of Jacques Rivette’s 1969 L’Amour fou, when increasingly at-odds actress Claire (Bulle Ogier) and theater director boyfriend Sebastien (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) go on a manic destructive binge in their apartment, alternating sex with the decimation of their physical space, at one point tearing off the wallpaper and breaking down the wall to their neighbors’ apartment. This frenzy lasts for a considerable amount of time until Claire announces “That’s enough” — and just like that, a mutually toxic relationship hits its terminus. The delicate walls comprising the sets of Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou — covered with ornate, thin […]
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Rabbi’s Cat, The (Le chat du rabbin) | Review

Whether or not Rabbi Sfar's cat (voice: François Morel) eats the Rabbi Sfar's parrot is totally up to you to decide. Regardless, that event seems to provide the titular feline with the ability to talk like a human. The cat's speech is much more than just mere parroting though, he can converse fluently with any human (or animal) as long as they are willing to listen to him. Now that the cat is able to speak, he thinks it is due time to celebrate his bar mitzvah. Why? Because the cat wants the reluctant Rabbi Sfar (voice: Maurice Bénichou) to allow him to snuggle up with his beautiful daughter, Zlabya (voice: Hafsia Herzi) -- whom the cat considers to be his mistress. Of course that is not a convincing enough reason for Rabbi Sfar, especially considering the cat's rapid fire criticisms of Judaism. Being that Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar
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A Trip Through "Fantasia" to "Valhalla" and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"The Fantasia Collection"

Released by Disney Home Entertainment

While the headliner of Disney's incredible group of releases on November 30th will be the four-disc Blu-ray double feature of "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000," it's what's less publicized that should be exciting to both Disneyphiles and film fans in general. Starting with the hi-def debut of the two "Fantasias," Disney will finally include amongst the films' copious special features (many ported over from the out-of-print DVD set) the 1946 Salvador Dali-Walt Disney collaboration "Destino," along with an 82-minute making-of documentary. And incidentally, Disney is also releasing three standalone documentaries that shouldn't be overlooked in "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" about the songsmiths behind the studio's most famous musicals like "Mary Poppins," "Walt & El Grupo," which details the company-shifting trip Walt Disney took with his animators to Latin America as part of the Good
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L'etrange is coming!

There is only one festival where you can run across the father of midnight movies and the father of slasher horror, and it’s next week in Paris. For those who lived in a cave the past 16 years, it’s September. Meaning it’s time for the IRS and corollary it’s time for L’Etrange Festival.

The most bizarre, weird, shocking, gore, poetic and illuminating pieces of cinematographic creation of the year and beyond, are once again tied together and bound into two weeks of total visual bliss. This year is more loaded than a 34 year old Presbyterian going to the brothel, just look at the numbers : 2 world premieres, 1 European premiere, 22 French premieres, 5 first screening and 5 never seen before movies. All that including Monsters" from Gareth Edwards, "Bedevilled" from Jang Cheol-Soo, "Captifs" from Yann Gozlan, "Four Lions" from Chris Morris and "The House Maid" by Im Sang-Soo.

Even
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Production Underway for Season 3 of 'Mafiosa'

Canal Plus, a French premium cable network, announced that production is underway for the third season of Mafiosa. Moreover, the shooting of the show will end in June 2, 2010.

The network announced that French viewers should expect to see, for the first time, a TV series that is shot in Corsica. After all, the show is about the world of mafia in this region of France.

Jean-Michel Paoli (Thierry Neuvic) woke up from a coma while everybody thought that he was missing. With that said, how will he and his sister Sandra (Hélène Fillières), with whom he jointly leads a mafia clan, coexist together? Besides, a group of young hoodlums will try to take advantage of the chasm between the two Paolis even if it means provoking them.

Finally, the third season of this show will star: Hélène Fillières, Thierry Neuvic, Éric Fraticelli, Frédéric Graziani, Phareelle Onoyan, Joey Starr, Jean-Pierre Kalfon,
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