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Paulette Dubost obituary

30 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

French actor best known for her role in Jean Renoir's 1939 masterpiece The Rules of the Game

Although Paulette Dubost, who has died aged 100, appeared in far more films than the number of years she lived, most cinemagoers know her best as Lisette, the coquettish chambermaid in Jean Renoir's La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game, 1939), one of cinema's masterpieces. Lisette, who attends the Marquis de la Chesnaye during a lavish weekend party at a country chateau, flirts dangerously with a poacher turned servant (Julian Carette), while her overly jealous gamekeeper husband (Gaston Modot) tries to catch them at it.

Dubost and Carette play a deliciously sly and comic cat-and-mouse game with the absurdly rigid Modot, especially during the after-dinner entertainment, a breathtaking sequence, described by the critic Richard Roud as something from "a Marx brothers film scripted by a Feydeau who suddenly acquired a tragic sense »

- Ronald Bergan

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Paulette Dubost Dead at 100: Worked with Jean Renoir, Jacques Tourneur, Julien Duvivier

24 September 2011 11:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Paulette Dubost, known as the "Dean of French Cinema," and an actress in films directed by Jean Renoir, Marcel L'Herbier, Jacques Tourneur, Julien Duvivier, Max Ophüls, Preston Sturges, François Truffaut, Louis Malle, and Marcel Carné, died of "natural causes" on Sept. 21 in the Parisian suburb of Longjumeau. The Paris-born Dubost had turned 100 years old on October 8, 2010. Dubost's show business career began at the age of seven, performing various duties at the Paris Opera. Following some stage training, her film debut took place in 1931 in Wilhelm Thiele's Le bal, which also marked the film debut of Danielle Darrieux (who's still around and still active). Ultimately, Dubost's film career was to span more than seven decades, during which time she was featured in over 140 movies. She is probably best remembered as the adulterous chambermaid Lisette in Jean Renoir's 1939 comedy-drama La règle du jeu / The Rules of the Game, considered by »

- Andre Soares

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Potiche – review

19 June 2011 2:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A delightful screwball comedy sees Catherine Deneuve blossom from 70s provincial housewife to rising political star

The French word potiche means a vase or vessel, often gaudily decorated and mostly of ornamental use. Until François Ozon's latest film, I wasn't aware of the word's derogatory meaning, to describe a woman with no real power or purpose, but after this film's success, I suspect the vernacular will have to alter to accommodate the irony of Catherine Deneuve's fine comic performance in the titular role.

You could say Luis Buñuel cast Deneuve as some kind of "potiche" as Séverine in Belle de Jour in 1967 and it has been impossible ever since for the male viewer to look at this prolific actress as anything other than a symbol of female potency, even as a sort of erotic threat. Ozon is surely trading on this iconography for a film that is a blend of boulevard farce, »

- Jason Solomons

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