French Institute Alliance Française to honour Caroline Champetier by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-08-11 16:03:44

Barbara Sukowa stars in Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt, shot by Caroline Champetier Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York is set to honour Caroline Champetier this fall with a CinéSalon eight film retrospective, curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and the famed cinematographer herself.

Caroline Champetier: Shaping The Light kicks off on September 19 with Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods And Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieux), starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. Other highlights include Arnaud Desplechin's La Sentinelle (Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard); Chantal Akerman's Toute Une nuit (Aurore Clément, Natalia Akerman, Paul Allio); Jean-Luc Godard's Grandeur Et Décadence D'Un Petit Commerce De Cinéma with Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Mocky and Caroline Champetier.

Holy Motors director Leos Carax Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Following screenings of Anne Fontaine's The Innocents (Les Innocentes) and Leos Carax's Holy Motors, Caroline Champetier
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Jeanne Moreau, Star of Jules et Jim and French Film Icon, Dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, Star of Jules et Jim and French Film Icon, Dies at 89
Actress Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema who went on to become an international film star, has died in Paris, according to Afp. She was 89.

While cause of death has not been disclosed, reports in French media indicate she was found Monday morning in her apartment on Faubourgh-St.-Honoré by a maid.

French president Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the late star on his twitter early Monday morning, calling her a “movie and theater legend” who was “engaged in the whirlwind of life with absolute freedom.”

The star of François Truffaut’s classic 1962 film Jules et Jim,
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Moreau - the feminist femme fatale by Richard Mowe

Jeanne Moreau: 'The privilege of age is that I have more confidence and I am calmer. I know more about myself, I feel less egocentric' Photo: Unifrance Marcello Mastroianni who appeared with Jeanne Moreau in Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte claims to have fallen in love with her at first sight.

“And she loves you in return,” he explained, “but just till the end of the film. She is always searching for love, and she leaves victims along the roadside."

Moreau, who has died in Paris aged 89, had a chequered history with the men in her life, including The Exorcist director William Friedkin whom she briefly married. She had a son Jerome, a painter, by a previous marriage to director Jean-Louis Richard. And she was linked to actors Lee Marvin and George Hamilton.

Jeanne Moreau: 'Sleeping with people is one of the best ways of getting to know
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Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89
Acclaimed French actress Jeanne Moreau, whose films include such masterpieces as “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” has died. She was 89.

The mayor of the Paris district in which Moreau lived confirmed her death.

French President Emmanuel Macron called her “a legend of cinema and theater … an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom.” Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted: “She was strong and she didn’t like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying.”


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Moreau was honored with a 1965 Time magazine cover story, rare for a foreign actress, and was compared to such screen greats as Garbo and Monroe. Since her rise to prominence in the mid-’50s, she epitomized the tenets of the French new wave, boasting a womanly sexuality and a fierce independent spirit. Orson Welles,
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Fahrenheit 451

François Truffaut’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian, illiterate future looks better than ever, but the scary part is that some of its oddest sci-fi extrapolations seem to be coming true. It’s a movie that truly grows on one. The Bernard Herrmann music score is one of the composer’s very best.

Fahrenheit 451


Universal Studios Home Entertainment

1966 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112 min. / 50th Anniversary Edition / Street Date June 6, 2017 / $14.98

Starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spencer, Bee Duffell.

Cinematography: Nicolas Roeg

Production Designers: Syd Cain, Tony Walton

Film Editor: Thom Noble

Original Music: Bernard Herrmann

Written by François Truffaut & Jean-Louis Richard from the book by Ray Bradbury

Produced by Lewis M. Allen, Miriam Brickman

Directed by François Truffaut

Quality science fiction was once a hard sell with both critics and the public. Fahrenheit 451 is usually discussed either as a Science Fiction film or a François Truffaut movie,
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New on Video: ‘Day for Night’

Day for Night

Written by François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, and Suzanne Schiffman

Directed by François Truffaut

France, 1973

From Fellini to Fassbinder, Minnelli to Godard, some of international cinema’s greatest directors have turned their camera on their art and, by extension, themselves. But in the annals of great films about filmmaking, few movies have captured the rapturous passion of cinematic creation and the consuming devotion to film as well as François Truffaut’s Day for Night. While there are a number of stories at play in this love letter to the movies, along with several terrific performances throughout, the crux of the film, the real star of the show, is cinema itself.

Prior to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Truffaut was arguably the most fervent film loving filmmaker, wearing his affection for the medium on his directorial sleeve and seldom missing an opportunity to sound off in interviews or in
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Blu-ray Review “Day For Night” (1973; Directed by François Truffaut) (The Criterion Collection)

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“The Movie For Movie Lovers”

By Raymond Benson

François Truffaut had an all too short but certainly brilliant career as a filmmaker. He began in the world of film criticism in France, but in the late 1950s he decided to make movies himself. Truffaut quickly shot to the forefront of the French New Wave in the late 1950s and early 60s, alongside the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, and others. By the time the 70s rolled around, Truffaut was a national treasure in France and a mainstay in art house cinemas in the U.S. and Britain.

His 1973 masterpiece, Day for Night (in France La Nuit Américaine, or “American Night”), won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of that year, the only time Truffaut picked up an Academy Award. Due to odd eligibility rules, the picture could be nominated for other categories the following year. For
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New on Video: ‘The Soft Skin’

The Soft Skin

Written by François Truffaut and Jean-Louis Richard

Directed by François Truffaut

France, 1964

Riding high on the critical reputation of the French New Wave (if not its consistent box office success), and with The 400 Blows (1959), Shoot the Piano Player (1960), and Jules and Jim (1962) behind him, François Truffaut’s fourth feature is something rather different. There is still the same cinematic playfulness, a combination of genuine skill, pervasive influence, and a rampant passion for the medium itself, but with The Soft Skin (1964), Truffaut slows things down somewhat, takes a breath, matures. That’s not to say there weren’t adult themes in his earlier films (most certainly there were in Jules and Jim), but here, the entire tone of the film feels more aged, more serious, as if Truffaut was for the first time making a film explicitly for grown-ups, not just featuring them.

Nominated for the Palme
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Producer of Four-Decade-Long Emmanuelle Franchise Dead at 72

'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 (photo: Sylvia Kristel in 'Emmanuelle' 1974) Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as "a short illness" on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at a Paris hospital. Siritzky, whose credits include dozens of Emmanuelle movies and direct-to-video efforts, several of which starring Sylvia Kristel in the title role, was 72. Ironically, Alain Siritzky didn't produce the original, epoch-making 1974 Emmanuelle. He became involved in that Yves Rousset-Rouard production via his Parafrance Films, which distributed Emmanuelle in France. 'Emmanuelle': 1974 movie sensation A couple of years after the release of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones (not to mention Boys in the Sand and Eyes of a Stranger), and the year after Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider sparked a furor by having simulated sex in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, the 1974 French release Emmanuelle still managed to become a worldwide cause célèbre.
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Movie Poster of the Week: “Grand Prix” and the Posters of Eva Galová-Vodrázková

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Above: 1968 poster for Grand Prix (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1966).

Last weekend I came across a bizarre poster, which you can see below, for Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause: a late 60s Czech design which reimagines James Dean as a long haired, barefoot East European hippie. This got me digging into the work of its author on the estimable and essential Czech movie poster site Terry Posters (named in honor of Terry Gilliam). The artist Eva Galová-Vodrázková was born in 1940 and, after studying at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, designed numerous film posters between 1966 and 1972 (Terry Posters has forty-two of them on their site). Her bio says she gave up poster design after “normalisation changes in the venture,” whatever that means, and has since worked as a textile designer. What attracted me to her poster work is a certain devil-may-care quality—evidenced in her Rebel—coupled with a powerful sense of composition.
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Beautiful Dutch Actress Kristel, Who Starred in Emmanuelle and Other Erotic Movies, Has Died

Sylvia Kristel: Emmanuelle actress has died at age 60 Sylvia Kristel, the beautiful Dutch actress best remembered for the epoch-making erotic hit Emmanuelle, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Amsterdam. Kristel, who had been battling cancer for several years, was 60. (Photo: Sylvia Kristel Emmanuelle.) Back in 1974, Emmanuelle made Sylvia Kristel (born Sept. 28, 1952, in Utrecht) a household name worldwide. Directed by former fashion photographer Just Jaeckin from a screenplay credited to Jean-Louis Richard (who collaborated with François Truffaut on [...]
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Tiff Cinematheque presents a Summer in France: ‘The Bride Wore Black’ has a reputation that precedes it, but not nearly as good as advertised

The Bride Wore Black

Directed by François Truffaut

Written by François Truffaut and Jean-Louis Richard

France, 1968

The Bride Wore Black has a reputation that precedes it. It’s critically lauded, from the 1960’s, in French, by the legendary François Truffaut, a paean to Alfred Hitchcock, and the afflatus to Quentin Tarantino. This should be a great film by design, right?

Even though the film’s standing with critics seems to be universal, it’s not nearly as good as advertised, which makes the film’s shortcomings even more disappointing. Like it’s apocryphal prestige, The Bride Wore Black sets up an experience of high potential and intrigue, only to flounder in an anti-climatic misfire.

The bride in question is Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau). A recent widow, ‘widow’ being the impetus, Kohler leaves town following an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Once out, she makes it her duty to track down five men who do not know her,
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