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Au Bonheur Des Dames (The Ladies’ Paradise) May 6th at St. Louis Art Museum – Live Music by The Poor People of Paris

The silent French film Au Bonheur Des Dames (1930 – aka Ladies’ Paradise) screens Saturday May 6th at 11am at The St. Louis Art Museum (Forest Park, 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, Mo). The film will be accompanied by Elsie Parker and The Poor People of Paris. Tickets for this event are $15 general admission and $10 for museum members. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Metrotix or by calling 314.534.1111.

Julien Duvivier’s final silent film is a modern retelling of Emile Zola’s panoramic chronicle of mid-19th-century Parisian society, centering on a small fabric shop struggling to survive in the shadow of a luxury department store. With expressionistic shades of Erich von Stroheim and G.W. Pabst, the film captures the rhythms of urban life and creates a stinging portrait of capitalist ruthlessness, class tensions, and sexual competition. Scott Foundas in the Village Voice calls the film “an orgy of pure cinema,
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Ballerina Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

When Eric Summer and Éric Warin’s animation Ballerina begins, you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to get up and leave after five minutes. A cheaply devised opening act that introduces what appears to be the most infuriatingly optimistic of protagonists should set the precedence for a film that continues in such an unbearable fashion, but as we progress the unwavering enthusiasm of the lead role becomes somewhat infectious, and as she grows on us, in turn so does the movie, and by the end it’s hard not to be caught up in the charm of this enchanting piece of cinema.

Set in 1879, the aforementioned character is Félicie Milliner (Elle Fanning), an orphan who wants nothing more than to escape to Paris and fulfil her dreams of becoming a ballerina. Alongside her best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan), the pair find themselves in the capital, and
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Little Prince’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Little Prince’
Any animated feature screening in Cannes in the wake of Pixar’s universally adored “Inside Out” was bound to seem like an anticlimax. And when the movie in question happens to be an adaptation of one of the most beloved children’s novels of all time, the potential for disappointment looms especially large. But to the sure relief of armchair aviators everywhere, director Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince” turns out to be a respectful, lovingly reimagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic 1943 tale, which adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author’s slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment at odds with grown-up disillusionment. Independently made (on a reported $80 million budget) by French producer Dimitri Rassam, “The Little Prince” may lack the fast pace and high-concept storytelling of
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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Automata’

San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Automata’
Post-apocalyptic thrillers don’t come cheap, so perhaps there wasn’t enough left over from the “Automata” budget to pay for a decent script doctor. Spanish helmer Gabe Ibanez (“Hierro”) and co-writers Igor Legaretta Gomez and Javier Sanchez Donate pick from “Blade Runner,” “Terminator” and countless other pics in what , yet did the producers — none of them novices — not think to ask: “Does this work?” Set in the near future, when a vastly reduced mankind is assisted by robots that suddenly become self-sufficient, this dystopic mess will get some traction from star Antonio Banderas and indiscriminate sci-fi fans, but exposure is likely to be minimal. It opens Oct. 10 Stateside.

The lure of making a full-blown English-lingo futuristic thriller must have been particularly seductive, and Bulgarian locations, with Nu Boyana’s seasoned studio crew, no doubt allowed costs to stay within reason. The production designer’s vision, however, isn’t enough
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Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers
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Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 film The Dreamers is a tribute to cinema. It’s mainly a tribute to the European school of cinema which had been critically acclaimed and inspirationally followed across the globe. Hence it doesn’t need any time to hook onto it. For film buffs of India and the other Third world countries, this surely works – nostalgia and associations flood in making the viewing experience quite worthwhile in most of the case. This also reminds of two very interesting and subtly different films which also pay tribute to the motion picture – Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1998) and Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992). The latter pays tribute to the Iranian film history of the silent age. It’s quite unfortunate that in spite of being the biggest cinema industry of the world, it’s hard to find an epical re-take of the country’s cinematic ingenuity.
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Bruni 'to cover French patriotic anthem'

Bruni 'to cover French patriotic anthem'
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will reportedly record a cover of a classic song which was championed by France's resistance fighters during World War II. The French first lady's new version of Charles Trenet's 'Sweet France' is to feature sections sung in both French and the singer's native Italian, her agent told Le Parisien. 'Sweet France', an ode to the country's rural regions, became widely popular upon its initial release in 1943 at the height (more)
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Stars Celebrate A Time For Peace

Time For Peace – the humanitarian film and music awards – was held in Paris on Friday, with Sting winning an accolade for best music, and Jimmy Jean-Louis attending.

The Time for Peace Film & Music Awards launched in New York in 1994 by Marion Einbeck and Robert Einbeck, is a response to the need for popularizing films and music recognized for their artistic quality that further the ideals of humanist values such as tolerance, better understanding between people, respect for differences, and human solidarity.

The award has previously been presented to filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List and later Amistad, Michael Radford for Il Postino, Scott Hicks for Shine, Caroline Link for Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence), Jan Sverak for Kolya, actor Robin Williams for his performance as Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting, and last year to Edward Zwick for Blood Diamond; in music the award has gone to
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How-To: Throw a Lost Finale Party

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After six seasons of following Lost, formulating theories, and trying to keep up with various terminology and themes, we've finally reached the end. You know what that means - paaaaarty! Get in the mood with this video, and then set up your very own finale shindig using a few of my tips. Have some festive ideas of your own? Share 'em in the comments or in the Lost Fans group in Community! Who to invite: The loneliest people you know whose lives are already miserable. I kid, that's more Jacob's thing. In your case, welcome anyone who loves the show, but definitely no newbies. You don't want to spend the entire finale trying to explain the glowing life force. Dress code: Assign your friends a different Lostie to dress as. Then, go over to that pile of laundry that's been hanging around the corner of your closet for two weeks,
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