IMDb > Claude Zidi > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDesk
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDesk
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2017 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2000

4 items from 2004


Montreal fest says I do to 'Bride'

7 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MONTREAL -- The Syrian Bride, a co-production from Israel, France and Germany by Israeli director Eran Riklis, picked up the Grand Prix of the Americas as top film Monday at the 28th Montreal World Film Festival. "The jury liked many films, but there is only one Grand Prix of the Americas," jury president Claude Zidi said in announcing the winner. Syrian Bride also was awarded the Air Canada People's Choice Award, the public's choice for the best feature film at the festival, the FIPRESCI prize from the International Federation of Film Critics and the Ecumenical prize. »

Permalink | Report a problem


Montreal fest says I do to 'Bride'

7 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MONTREAL -- The Syrian Bride, a co-production from Israel, France and Germany by Israeli director Eran Riklis, picked up the Grand Prix of the Americas as top film Monday at the 28th Montreal World Film Festival. "The jury liked many films, but there is only one Grand Prix of the Americas," jury president Claude Zidi said in announcing the winner. Syrian Bride also was awarded the Air Canada People's Choice Award, the public's choice for the best feature film at the festival, the FIPRESCI prize from the International Federation of Film Critics and the Ecumenical prize. »

Permalink | Report a problem


Zidi tapped as jury head for Montreal fest

23 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

OTTAWA -- French filmmaker Claude Zidi on Thursday was named head of the eight-member international jury for the 28th Montreal World Film Festival, set to run Aug. 26-Sept. 6. Zidi will be joined on the jury by U.S. director Jerry Schatzberg, Czech animator Bretislav Pojar, Quebec producer Denise Robert, Indian director Goutam Ghose, Mexican actress Diana Bracho, Italian star Anita Caprioli and Spanish director Jaime Camino. »

Permalink | Report a problem


Les Ripoux3

9 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gaumont Buena Vista International

PARIS -- "Les Ripoux3" is the latest in a series of films that director Claude Zidi began shooting back in the early 1980s. The first two films were a great success in France, but it's difficult to see how this one, which amounts to an old-fashioned cop film, will appeal to anyone other than hard-core fans.

Philippe Noiret picks up his role as Rene Boirond, a corrupt, retired police officer who spends his days betting on horses and avoiding creditors. His former partner Francois (Thierry Lhermitte)' has been promoted to head of the anti-crime squad in Paris. The two ex-colleagues have not seen each other for years until Rene becomes involved with the Chinese mafia under surveillance by Francois' squad. The two are now on opposite sides of the fence, and Francois must choose between helping his old friend out of a tight spot or remaining on the right side of the law.

What starts as a simple story is muddied by a string of subplots and secondary characters. Mistaken identity, a long-lost daughter and a drawn-out bank heist stretch the action too thinly. The main characters never have the chance to dig into their roles as the film flicks from one scene to another. This is a real loss as the relationship between Rene and Francois is the true heart of the film. Instead, the plot laboriously twists and turns, and the comedy wrung from the first two movies is sadly lacking here.

Noiret is a highly credible as the lovable rogue Rene. He shuffles and shambles through the action scenes, throwing in the odd wry comment where needed. L'Hermitte is excellent as the uptight Francois, who seems lost without his inscrutable partner of years gone by.the end of World War II, a young girl named Neera (Biana G. Tamimi) gets separated from her caravan when it is set upon by raiders. (Who these raiders are and what happens to the rest of the caravan are never explained.) The same raiding party then goes after a mare and her newborn colt. The colt escapes and is discovered wandering alone in the desert by Neera.

She names the horse Shetan, and without too much difficulty the two "orphans" somehow find their way to the casbah of Neera's grandfather (Richard Romanus). How do they find their way? What do they eat? How is Neera able to make a fire? The filmmakers show no interest in the story of their survival.

Once Neera reaches her grandfather's place, Shetan runs off only to return a year later as a magnificent stallion. Without even a moment to break in the stallion, Neera simply climbs on Shetan's back and gallops off. Within a matter of minutes and against her grandfather's wishes, she enters Shetan into a desert horse race against several powerful mares that furnishes the movie's climax.

As one can see from this synopsis, characters and story are woefully thin. Even the villains (Gerard Rudolf, Ali Al Ameri) do little more than furrow their brows. The movie exists for its splendid vistas and the final horse race. These elements do justify "Stallion", but if the Mouse wants to pursue Imax features, much more dramatic meat will have to go into the storytelling.

Young Tamini, who has ridden horses virtually all her life, makes a credible heroine even though little is asked of her as an actress. The other actors are stranded by the weak dramatic material.

Production designer Paul Peters and costume designer Jo Katsaras give the film a Moroccan feel. William Ross' score also is a plus, though it contains more than a hint of Maurice Jarre's musical themes from "Lawrence of Arabia".

THE YOUNG BLACK STALLION

Buena Vista Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures

Credits:

Director: Simon Wincer

Screenwriter: Jeanne Rosenberg

Based on the book by: Walter Farley and Steven Farley

Producers: Fred Roos, Frank Marshall

Executive producers: Jeanne Rosenberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Director of photography: Reed Smoot

Production designer: Paul Peters

Music: William Ross

Costume designer: Jo Katsaras

Editors: Bud Smith, Terry Blythe

Cast:

Neera: Biana G. Tamimi

Ben Ishak: Richard Romanus

Aden: Patrick Elyas

Rhamon: Gerard Rudolf

Mansoor: Ali Al Ameri

Kadir: Andries Rossouw

MPAA rating: G

Running time -- 51 minutesG-13>Emma: Dina Waters

Michael: Marc John Jefferies

Megan: Aree Davis

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG »

Permalink | Report a problem


2017 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2000

4 items from 2004


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners