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Lumière Festival: Catherine Deneuve On Truffaut, Trump, And Why She Never Had a Hollywood Career

Lumière Festival: Catherine Deneuve On Truffaut, Trump, And Why She Never Had a Hollywood Career
Lyon, France — Catherine Deneuve was honored with the Lumière Award Friday evening during an emotional ceremony with Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, Bertrand Tavernier, Lambert Wilson, Vincent Lindon, Thierry Fremaux, and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni on stage.

Fremaux, who heads both the Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals, was the master of ceremonies.

“Being here with all these friends, all this is actually quite shattering for me,” Deneuve said fighting back tears. The iconic French actress dedicated the award to “all French farmers,” as a crowd of some 2,500 fans cheered.

“I love you Catherine,” said Polanski handing her the career prize. Deneuve, who is 72, starred in Polanski’s first English-language movie “Repulsion” (1965).

Deneuve is the first woman to receive the Lumière Award, dubbed “the film world’s Nobel Prize” by the French press.

Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese.

Earlier in the day Deneuve held an
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DVD Release: March or Die

DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Hen’s Tooth

Gene Hackman is a Major in the French Foreign Legion in March or Die.

In the tradition of Beau Gest, the 1977 action-adventure film March or Die stars Gene Hackman (The Conversation) and Ian Holm (Brazil).

It’s 1918 and a war-weary American Major (Hackman) in the French Foreign Legion, with a ragtag squadron of young legionnaires, is assigned to a remote Moroccan outpost. Their mission is to secure a French government archaeological dig that is looting an ancient tomb of its Arab treasure. The troops’ presence is not at all welcome by the Arab chieftain El Krim (Holm), who vows to expel the French intruders at any cost. But the French steadfastly refuse to leave. After a series of skirmishes, the film concludes with an epic battle between the two forces.

Directed by Dick Richards, produced by a young Jerry Bruckheimer,
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Movie Poster of the Week: The lesser-known posters of Catherine Deneuve

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Above: Us poster for Le Sauvage (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France/Italy, 1975).

Since my column last week on the lesser-known posters of Jean-Luc Godard got so much attention, and since this week the great Catherine Deneuve turned 70 years old, I thought I’d do the same for the grand diva of French cinema. Deneuve—“the most beautiful woman in the world”—has graced well-known posters for numerous masterpieces, whether for Bunuel’s Tristana or Belle de Jour, Demy’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg or Donkey Skin, Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid or Polanski’s Repulsion, and when I was searching for a poster to mark her birthday last Tuesday, these were the films that kept popping up. But Deneuve has been making films for over 50 years and has appeared in over 110 of them so there should be a lot more to choose from. So that is what I want to focus on here to celebrate Ms.
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You've been Djangoed! Ten Spaghetti Cowboys that shaped the genre

Keeping up with his career plan of paying homage to every film genre going, Quentin Tarantino has moved onto the spaghetti western with Django Unchained (2012). It’s not a remake of the pasta classic Django (1966), or indeed a spaghetti western, but it has clearly taken its inspiration from those violent Italian productions that swamped the late sixties.

Hollywood may have dominated the field since the beginning of motion pictures but European westerns are not exactly new; the earliest known one was filmed in 1910. Sixties German cinema made good use of Kay May’s western heroes Shatterhand and Winnetou, and the British produced The Savage Guns (1961), Hannie Caulder (1971), A Town Called Bastard (1971), Catlow (1971), Chato’s Land (1972) and Eagle’s Wing (1979). When the genre showed signs of flagging in the mid-sixties, a clever Italian director named Sergio Leone took it upon himself to reinvent the western – spaghetti style!

What made the spaghettis
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March and Die Movie Review

I have alot of respect for Gene Hackman and for the roles he portrays in the movies. I just spent some time watch two of his better and earlier movies (from the 70's) that depict Hackman at his best."March Or Die" is the story about a man who works as a general in the French Foreign Legion after having been dismissed from West Point. The group of ferocious and feirce fighters go on a mission in Morocco; their mission is to protect the leader of an archaelogical expedition somewhere in the desert lead by a professor (played by Max Van Sydow). When this movie first came out in 1977, it was con...
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