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The film chosen to open this year’s 16th UK Jewish Film Festival was the romantic comedy Paris-Manhattan, the directorial feature debut of young French writer-director Sophie Lellouche. It is an eventful first attempt at a feature film, the screenplay written over a long seven year stretch, at the end of which it afforded her the opportunity to direct her idol, Woody Allen, in a cameo role. “It was roughly six years ago.” She corrects me. “For the first four years, I started and stopped. I lost producers, found new producers. When you don’t know anyone in the industry it is a very long and difficult process. Once Woody Allen had read the script and he said yes, that is the moment I felt that I could make movies. I felt like I had the seal of approval.”
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1 Pop The Stone Roses
The third resurrection of the Roses has already swung from thrill to farce. Fans gibbered with joy at their surprise Warrington gig in May, but by Amsterdam Ian Brown and Reni were at loggerheads. This last of three homecoming gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park will not be uneventful.
3 Film The Amazing Spider-Man
Marvel Comics' flagship superhero, the red-and-blue clad "web-slinger" Spider-Man, gets a Hollywood reboot not 10 years after the character was last blockbuster-ised. Impressive Brit Andrew Garfield plays Spidey this time; Marc (500 Days of Summer) Webb directs. Early reviews: amazing.
4 Dance Dance Gb
English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and National Dance Company Wales join forces in a high-velocity »
Several famous actors, including Michel Piccoli, Pierre Arditi, Lambert Wilson, and Mathieu Amalric, receive the same phone call informing them that Antoine d'Anthac, a prominent playwright who would frequently cast all of them, has passed away. Summoned to the late man's estate by his well-mannered butler, they arrive to see Antoine's videotaped last will and testament: speaking from the screen, the deceased asks his lifelong friends to evaluate a contemporary take on his play, Eurydice, adapted by a much younger company. As the projection begins, the spectators involuntarily repeat the familiar dialogue, as if it were lifted out of their shared favorite movie; so the performance begins on its own and the spacious living room suddenly turns into a small-town railway café. Orpheus starts his soft fiddle-scraping. He is about to meet Eurydice.
"The playwright's duty," Jean Anouilh, French dramatist, once wrote, "is to produce plays on a regular basis. »
3 items from 2012
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