Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981) - News Poster


Elle / Blow Up



Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

2017 / Color / 2.40:1 widescreen / Street Date March 14, 2017

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling.

Cinematography: Stéphane Fontaine

Film Editor: Job Ter Burg

Written by David Birke

Produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Michèle Leblanc, glamorous entrepreneur of a successful video game company, is the calm at the center of many storms. Her son’s girlfriend has given birth to another man’s child, an employee is stalking her with anime porn and her botox-ridden mother is betrothed to a male prostitute.

In the face of all this outrageous fortune, Michèle remains cool, calm and collected, even in the aftermath of her own harrowing sexual assault.

Elle, the new film from the Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, begins with that already infamous assault, our heroine struggling under the weight of her attacker while an unblinking cat perches nearby, watching.
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Alvaro Brechner: ‘Mr. Kaplan,’ Dignity, ‘Scarecrow,’ a Phrase His Grandfather Once Used

Mar Del Plata — Uruguayan, but Madrid-based, Alvaro Brechner, whose “Mr. Kaplan,” Uruguay’s Oscar entry, plays at the Mar del Plata Festival and then segues to Ventana Sur, is a young master of understated humor – as many of his compatriots – and man’s battle for that most basic – and Quixotic – of democratic rights, the right to dignity. In “Mr. Kaplan,” that entails a 76-year-old embarking, with his sidekick Sancho Panza-ish driver Contreras, on a Nazi hunt. The candidate for outing: An aged but still fit German who owns a bar on the beach. As Mar del Plata kicked into gear, Variety caught him Brechner in a reflective mood.

There’s a Bernardo Bertolucci film, “Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man.” “Mr. Kaplan” seems to me a deadpan comedy of a ridiculous man…

Deep down all men are somewhat ridiculous, because of the need to give a certain sense to our existence,
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Exclusive: Hear David Bowie's Italian 'Space Oddity' in This Clip from Bernardo Bertolucci's 'Me and You'

Exclusive: Hear David Bowie's Italian 'Space Oddity' in This Clip from Bernardo Bertolucci's 'Me and You'
Here's an exclusive clip from Bernardo Bertolucci's "Me and You" ("Io e Te"), which will make its world premiere in the Cannes Film Festival as an out-of-competition official selection May 23. It's Bertolucci's first film in nearly 10 years ("The Dreamers") and his first Italian-language film since "Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man" in 1981. David Bowie also goes Italian in the film with "Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola" ("Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl") -- singing the Italian version of "Space Oddity." As for the plot, it's the story of 14-year-old Lorenzo, a loner who's not above jettisoning a school ski trip to spend a week hiding in his apartment building’s cellar. But then he's visited by his older half-sister, Olivia, who changes everything. Their emotional time together will inspire Lorenzo to see the world through new eyes. It's based on the best-selling...
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First Look Pics At Bernardo Bertolucci's Addiction Drama 'Io e Te'

One film many expected to named as part of the lineup when the Cannes Film Festival unveiled their slate last week, was Bernardo Bertolucci's "Io e Te." An acclaimed, revered filmmaker who has been In Competition twice before (in 1981 for "Tragedy Of A Ridiculous Man" and 1996 with "Stealing Beauty") and received a lifetime achievement award from the fest last spring, he returns to Cannes, but this time Out Of Competition with "Io e Te." And now we have our first look at the film.

Announced last spring to be as the director's first 3D film, only for Bertolucci to publicly ditch the format in the fall calling it "commercially vulgar," the picture nonetheless boasts an intriguing premise. Based on the book by Niccolo Ammaniti and co-written with the author and Umberto Contarello (”This Must Be The Place”) the story centers on Lorenzo, a 14-year-old boy who tells his parents
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Laura Morante leads the fightback by Italian women to reclaim cinema after Berlusconi

Tuscany's best-loved film star Laura Morante draws on Freud, romcom and the Peanuts cartoon in her movie debut as a director and writer

Amid the seedy showbiz excesses of the Silvio Berlusconi era in Italy over the past two decades, Laura Morante was often seen as a symbol of another, more dignified version of Italian culture.

One of the country's most famous actresses, Morante, who could be described as a kind of Italian Catherine Deneuve, is as well known for her intense roles, and the calibre of films she has starred in, as for her remarkable beauty.

Now she is hoping to exploit the changing times in her country by playing her own part in promoting a different, more powerful role for women in cinema.

For the first time, the actress is stepping into the director's role for a film in which she also stars and takes a co-writing credit.
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Cannes Film Fest Creates Honorary Palme d'Or: Bertolucci First Recipient

Before the official competition for the 64th edition of the Festival de Cannes is announced this week, the organizers announced a "new" change embracing the "old". In what will become an annual tradition, the inaugural of the Honorary Palme d'Or will begin with legendary Italian writer and director Bernardo Bertolucci. Even though the master presented some of his minor work (Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man & Stealing Beauty) at the festival, his masterpieces surprisingly slipped through the festival's fingers -- something in which the festival realized and made up for it with this overdue, well-timed honor. Bertolucci is one of the most influential filmmakers in the world whose films influenced countless filmmakers around the world especially with his works in the 70's and 80's. Among his masterpieces are The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky and 1900 which starred this year's president Robert DeNiro and French legend Gérard Depardieu amongst many others.
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Rome fest to honor Ugo Tognazzi

Rome fest to honor Ugo Tognazzi
Rome -- The Rome International Film Festival said Thursday it would honor the late director and actor Ugo Tognazzi at its next edition, with a tribute that will include the premiere of "Il padre e lo straniero" ("The Father and the Foreigner"), directed by Tognazzi's son Ricky Tognazzi.

The film, based on a novel from Giancarlo de Cataldo, stars Alessandro Gasman and Ksenia Rappoport in the lead roles.

The homage will take place on the 20th anniversary of the death of the elder Tognazzi, who the festival referred to as one of the "leading Italian actors of the 20th century."

In a prolific 40-year career, Tognazzi was featured in more than 150 films and television dramas. He is best known for winning the Best Actor prize in Cannes in 1981 for the title role in "La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo" ("The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man"), and for his 1967 Golden Globe
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