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Spotlight on a Murderer

The uncanny Georges Franju strikes again, in an Agatha Christie-like thriller imbued with his special mood, the eerie music of Maurice Jarre and some great actors including Jean-Marie Trintignant, Pierre Brasseur, Dany Saval, Marianne Koch and Pascale Audret. If mood is the key, then Franju has found an ideal setting, a beautifully preserved castle in Brittany.

Spotlight on a Murderer

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1961 / Color / 1:37 full frame (1:66 widescreen?) / 92 min. / Street Date May 30, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video.

Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Pascale Audret, Marianne Koch, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dany Saval, Jean Babilée,

Georges Rollin, Gérard Buhr, Maryse Martin, Serge Marquand, Philippe Leroy.

Cinematography: Marcel Fredetal

Film Editor: Gilbert Natot

Original Music: Maurice Jarre

Written by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Georges Franju, Robert Thomas

Produced by Jules Borkon

Directed by Georges Franju

Until a few years ago most U.S. fans knew of Georges Franju solely through the great
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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

Being called the French Hitchcock does Claude Chabrol a disservice, as his dark thrillers approach mystery and suspense almost completely through character, not cinematics. These three very good 1990s productions are completely different in tone and approach, and each showcases a stunning French actress.

Betty, Torment (L’enfer), The Swindle (Rien ne vas plus)

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

Cohen Film Collection

1992,1994,1997 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 103, 102, 105 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 49.99

Starring Marie Trintignant, Stéphane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht; Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone, Dora Doll; Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer.

Cinematography: Bernard Zitermann; Bernard Zitermann, Eduardo Serra

Film Editor: Monique Fardoulis (x3)

Original Music: Matthieu Chabrol (x3)

Written by Claude Chabrol from a novel by Georges Simenon; Claude Chabrol from a script by Henri-Georges Clouzot; Claude Chabrol

Produced by Marin Karmitz (x3)

Directed by Claude Chabrol (x3)

Not all Claude Chabrol films are equal, but
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Cine-Simenon: Georges Simenon on Film

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The Belgian-born Georges Simenon (1903-1989) wrote over 200 novels (by Wikipedia's count) plus many shorter works. The New York Times estimates that number (including his memoirs and nonfiction works) as being between 400 and 500. Simenon's creation, Inspector Jules Maigret, who appeared in about 75 works, "ranks only after Sherlock Holmes as the world's best known fictional detective." (I'm not sure how Poirot feels about that.) Of course, such popularity could not be overlooked by the entertainment industry, and imdb.com has compiled a list of 132 movies and TV shows based on his oeuvre. And now the Anthology Archives, with Kathy Geritz and the Pacific Film Archive, is presenting 14 of these celluloid joys within the series appropriately entitled Cine-Simenon: George Simenon on Film, which runs until August 21st.

Before viewing the celluloid Simenon, I decided to nestle down with the textural Simenon, and within a week, I had plowed through five of his works,
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French Academy Honors Haneke, Affleck, Riva, Trintignant

Amour, Haneke, veterans Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant: The 38th Prix César Austrian-based filmmaker Michael Haneke's French-language drama about love, aging, illness, and death, Amour, won a total of five Césars earlier this evening at a ceremony held at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet: Best Film, Best Actress for veteran Emmanuelle Riva, Best Actor for the equally veteran Jean-Louis Trintignant, Best Director for Haneke, and Best Original Screenplay (written by Haneke himself). [Pictured above: Best Actress César winner Emmanuelle Riva, looking radiant.] "I'm very lucky at this stage in my life to experience such a wonder," said Riva, who became an international film personality after the release of Alain Resnais' classic Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959. Haneke was no present at the ceremony, for, at least according to one report, he's working on a production of the opera Cosi Fan Tutte, which debuts on Saturday in Spain. (As per other reports, the filmmaker is in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards.
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Isabelle Adjani questioned over attack on former boyfriend

French police reopen investigation after receiving 'poison pen' letter suggesting actor was behind assault on Stéphane Delajoux

The French actor Isabelle Adjani has been questioned by police about accusations in a "poison pen" letter that she ordered her bodyguard to beat up a former boyfriend.

Officers reopened their investigation into the attack on the brain surgeon Stéphane Delajoux after receiving the 25-line, unsigned letter.

Adjani's lawyer rejected the "ridiculous" accusations on Tuesday and said his client was the true victim. "Isabelle Adjani is once again the object of false rumours and abject lies," Jérémie Assous said. "She doesn't even have a bodyguard." He added that Adjani, who was once romantically linked with Warren Beatty, and whose former partners include the actor Daniel Day-Lewis and the musician Jean-Michel Jarre, "hoped the author of the defamatory letter would be found".

The letter, sent to Delajoux's lawyer in April, suggested Adjani was behind
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Alain Corneau obituary

Award-wining French film director best known for Tous les Matins du Monde

It is fair to say that the majority of audiences who saw the film Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World, 1991) – directed by Alain Corneau, who has died of lung cancer aged 67 – had previously never heard of (or heard) the music of the baroque composer and viola da gamba virtuoso Marin Marais. However, the lacuna was soon filled after this sensitive, painterly and vivid recreation of 17th-century French musical life had won seven Césars (France's Oscars), become an international success and resulted in a bestselling CD of the soundtrack by Le Concert des Nations ensemble.

Starring Gérard Depardieu as the older Marais, looking back on his reckless younger self (played by Depardieu's son, Guillaume), it remains Corneau's biggest success outside France. In fact, Tous les Matins du Monde, one of the few films
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Alain Corneau, 1943 - 2010

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Le Monde and other French news outlets are reporting that Alain Corneau has succumbed to cancer at the age of 67. Just last week, Jordan Mintzer reviewed Corneau's latest, Crime d'amour (Love Crime), for Variety, calling it a "taut, sinister psycho-procedural." Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier and having just opened in theaters in France, the film is set to screen in a couple of weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 1992, Corneau's Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings of the World) swept France's César Awards, winning best film, director, cinematography (Yves Angelo), supporting actress (Anne Brochet), music (Jordi Savall), costume design (Corinne Jorry) and sound. In 2004, Corneau was awarded the Prix René Clair.

Updates, 8/31: "Mr Corneau's movies included science fiction, police thrillers, a look at office politics in Japan and a mood piece about ancient India," writes Douglas Martin in the New York Times, "but
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Tribeca dispatch: Grinning Cat

  • [Pierre-Alexandre Despatis suffers for his cinema. Now covering his second edition, our official festival reporter and multi-function human cyborg will provide us the sights (plenty of cool pics!), the sounds, the reviews and the occasional interviews of the still very young 5th edition of the Tribeca film festival. Below are some of Pierre-Alexandre’s reviews in easy to read, insightful capsule form. Enjoy!] The Case Of The Grinning CATThe tone of the film is set precisely with the film’s first sequence. It's actual footage of a group of random people who received an e-mail asking them to go to a park and all open their umbrellas in unison! Such urban graphic artists who 'enhance' cities with their art are also the ones responsible for the most famous icons is the “Obey” graffiti’s found just about all over the place. In France (and in NY for the duration of the festival--see the pictures), a grinning cat started to appear on many buildings. As the narrator says, "at night someone was risking his life to put a smile over the city". In the film, the pro-peace cat is used as an excuse to look at French and international politics over the past few years. It's very entertaining ... like when you read a Garfield cartoon,
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Rocker Cantat seeks shorter prison term

MOSCOW -- Lawyers launched an appeal Tuesdayin an effort to halve the eight-year prison sentence handed down to French rock star Bertrand Cantat, who was found guilty by a Lithuanian court earlier this year of killing his actress-girlfriend Marie Trintignant. Officials in the prosecutor general's office in Vilnius said Cantat's local attorney had lodged an appeal with the Lithuanian appeal court, arguing that the sentence was too harsh and that a shorter term of four years would be more suitable. The appeal follows calls by lawyers representing the family of the dead actress to increase Cantat's sentence to 10 years.

French rocker Cantat jailed in Trintignant death

MOSCOW -- French rock star Bertrand Cantat was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday after being found guilty by a Lithuanian court of killing his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant last summer. The verdict was announced by a panel of three judges in a Vilnius courtroom, which said Cantat's guilt was beyond dispute. Asked if he understood the ruling, Cantat nodded his head and replied "Yes". The actor's lawyer, Olivier Metzner, later said he would likely appeal the sentence, which he called excessive. He told reporters that he will make an announcement later this week after he has seen a copy of the verdict and judges' reasoning behind it.

Cantat pleads for mercy

MOSCOW -- Bertrand Cantat, the French rock star accused of killing his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant last summer, on Monday begged a court in Vilnius, Lithuania, to show forgiveness. Cantat, the lead singer in cult band Noir Desir, made an emotional ten-minute plea for forgiveness and understanding to a panel of three judges on the closing day of a weeklong trial in Vilnius. "I know I can do nothing. I know I can only ask forgiveness as I have since the beginning -- to ask forgiveness from the depths of my heart," Cantat said, according to media reports.

Cantat trial ends, verdict to come

MOSCOW -- French rock star Bertrand Cantat, accused of killing his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant, faces as many as nine years in jail if found guilty by a Lithuanian court, where a verdict is expected late Thursday or early Friday. Prosecutors in the trial in Vilnius -- where Trintignant was fatally injured last July during a drunken fight while on location shooting a television version of Colette -- called Thursday for the singer to be jailed for nine years in closing their case after a three-day trial. Prosecutor Vladimiras Serguejevas declared that the evidence proved Cantat's guilt in the death of Trintignant, who died Aug. 1 in Paris after being flown home for emergency brain surgery. He refuted Cantat's claim that the actress suffered fatal head injuries in an accidental fall after their fight.

CTHV seeks hold on 'Colette' video

CTHV seeks hold on 'Colette' video
PARIS -- Columbia TriStar Home Video in France said Monday that it has asked retailers to suspend sales of a DVD starring deceased French actress Marie Trintignant until the conclusion of the trial of rock singer Bertrand Cantat, who stands accused of her killing. Copies of the TV miniseries Colette went on sale during the weekend in a launch planned before it was known that Cantat's trial begins Tuesday in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. But after a growing row in the Gallic media, CTHV contacted sales outlets to request the suspension of sales until the trial is over. Proceedings are expected to last several days. CTHV president Thierry Rogister said in an interview that he had been informed the miniseries was due to be broadcast Monday by pubcaster France 2, and subsequently planned his launch around that date. On March 4, when the trial date was known, France 2 decided to postpone the broadcast. But at CTHV, "The product was already in the circuit, catalogs were printed and so on," Rogister said. The company, however, did decide to suspend its ad campaign to avoid accusations of cashing in on the trial.

Cantat swears he didn't kill Trintignant

MOSCOW -- The trial of French rock star Bertrand Cantat, accused of killing his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant last year, opened Tuesday in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Cantat -- lead singer in the band Noir Desir -- who has admitted striking the actress during a drunken fight in a Vilnius hotel room last July, faces 15 years behind bars if found guilty of the killing. He told the court that the couple had come to blows but insisted her death was a tragic accident. During an hourlong appearance before a panel of three judges -- and watched from public galleries by members of his family and Trintignant's -- Cantat declared that he had no reason to harm the actress. She had been filming on location in Vilnius, where she was appearing in "Colette", directed by her mother, Nadine Trintignant. "We loved each other and our love was growing," Cantat told the court.

Trintignant family welcome manslaughter trial

Trintignant family welcome manslaughter trial
PARIS -- The lawyer acting for the family of late French actress Marie Trintignant said Tuesday that they welcome the decision by a Vilnius, Lithuania, public prosecutor to try Noir Desir pop star Bertrand Cantat for intentional manslaughter, equivalent to first-degree murder in the United States. The Lithuanian authorities have set the trial for early next year. They have held Cantat in solitary confinement in the Lithuanian capital's Lukiskui prison since he was accused of beating his actress girlfriend in a Vilnius hotel room July 28. Trintignant subsequently died in a Paris hospital Aug. 1.

Cantat lawyer seeks order to block book

Cantat lawyer seeks order to block book
PARIS -- Rock star Bertrand Cantat's lawyer sought an injunction in a Paris court Wednesday against the sale and distribution of a book by French director Nadine Trintignant about her daughter, actress Marie Trintignant. Cantat is awaiting trial in connection with the actress' death. Cantat's lawyer Olivier Metzner said the book, "My Daughter Marie", called his client a "murderer" 73 times, though Cantat has yet to be tried in the killing of Marie Trintignant, his girlfriend. Metzner has accused Nadine Trintignant of commercializing the tragic death of her daughter. Cantat, the 39-year-old lead singer of rock band Noir Desir, has been charged in the Aug. 1 death of Marie Trintignant and has been detained in a Lithuanian prison on suspicion of beating her to death during a late-July row in their Vilnius, Lithuania, hotel room (HR 8/15). The book, with an initial print run of 140,000, is described as a mother's emotional account of her daughter's life and death and has been selling well since its high-profile release Monday. The court will examine the case against the book, published by Fayard, on Friday. Cantat, who will be tried in Lithuania in December, has pleaded that the death was not premeditated but was an accident.

Abuse in spotlight after Trintignant's death

PARIS -- French rock singer Bertrand Cantat's dark good looks have been staring out from the front page of French magazines and papers for the past two weeks. But not because the band he fronts, Noir Desir, has released a new album. Cantat is in the spotlight because he is charged with giving his actress girlfriend, Marie Trintignant, a fatal beating. It's no understatement to say the affair has shocked France. News of Trintignant's injuries and the circumstances surrounding the incident have blown the lid off one of the strongest taboos in French society. When she succumbed Aug. 1 after five days in a coma, Trintignant instantly became a symbol of women victims of male violence. She was 41 and the mother of four children. Cantat is in custody pending an investigation. He faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted.

Report details actress' violent death

Report details actress' violent death
PARIS -- Marie Trintignant died after several blows to the face and violent shaking, according to the final autopsy report on the French actress, details of which were made public Thursday by her family's lawyer, Georges Kiejman. Compiled by two pathologists, the report found that the actress suffered a shattering of the bones in the nose, cerebral lesions similar to those observed by shaken babies, hemorrhaging of the optic nerve and multiple facial traumas, Kiejman said. The daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, the actress suffered her injuries in a hotel in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in the early hours of July 27. She never regained consciousness and was airlifted to France, where she died Aug. 1 from a cerebral edema. She was 41.

Murder charge for boyfriend of Trintignant

Murder charge for boyfriend of Trintignant
MOSCOW -- Prosecutors in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius have charged French rock singer Bernard Cantat with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, actress Marie Trintignant, who died Aug. 1. The Noir Desir singer faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. Public prosecutor Anastas Klimavicius on Friday upgraded earlier charges of grievous bodily harm to murder after receiving a copy of Trintignant's death certificate showing that the French actress died as a result of repeated blows to the head during an July 27 incident at her hotel in Vilnius, officials said. Vidmantas Putelis, a spokesman for the Vilnius prosecutor's office, said a court application would be made by today at the latest to extend the current remand order on Cantat, which expires Thursday. "Under the Lithuanian criminal code, Mr. Cantat faces between five and 15 years in prison if found guilty of murder," the spokesman said. Lithuanian authorities have so far refused requests from Trintignant's family and lawyers for Cantat to have the singer extradited to France for trial.

Marie Trintignant Buried After Star-Studded Tribute

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An array of French stars turned out to pay tribute to French actress Marie Trintignant at her funeral yesterday. Trintignant - who died last week aged 41, after sustaining severe head injuries in a shocking domestic drama - was buried at Paris's Pere Lachaise cemetery, the resting place of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and American rocker Jim Morrison. Her internment followed a tribute ceremony attended by her family and friends including screen legend Catherine Deneuve. Former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, British actress Jane Birkin and director Claude Lelouch were among celebrities who gathered at the Edouard VII theatre, where they sang songs in memory of the daughter of movie star Jean-Louis Trintignant. The actress slipped into an irreversible coma on 27 July after an incident at her hotel in Lithuania, where she was shooting a film about the French writer Colette. She died on Friday after being flown to France. An autopsy showed her death was caused by repeated blows to the head. Her boyfriend, singer Bertrand Cantat of the top French rock bank Noir Desir, is being held in jail by Lithuanian authorities pending an investigation.
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