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'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »
- Andre Soares
Paris — While this year’s Academy Awards have been heavily criticized over the lack of diversity in nominees, back in France, a record number of women and ethnic minorities will be competing in major categories at the Cesar Awards.
Looking back, only one woman, Céline Sciamma (“Girlhood”), competed for a best director Cesar last year. In 2014, there were none; in 2013, there was just Noemie Lvovsky with “Camille Rewinds”; and in 2012 (a stellar year for French movies), Maiwenn and Valerie Donzelli competed with “Polisse” and “Declaration of War,” respectively.
In terms of representing ethnic minorities and including foreign-language movies into its mix, the Cesar Awards have also come a long way. Both “Dheepan” and “Mustang,” nominated for nine Cesar Awards each, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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