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In the early 20th century, when the public’s love affair with cinema began, we were first introduced to this beguiling new art form through its stars, and this is exactly how the powers that be wanted it. When the Hollywood studios ran the film industry like a tightly controlled, upper-class bordello, the emphasis was placed on the faces you could see, the actors, and a films director existed in some theoretical dark corner of the silver screen, practicing some ethereal cinematic wizardry that the plebeian film fan could never even hope to understand. As the Hepburns’, Davis’, Borgarts’, and Gables’ of the world began to age though, and their box office power diminished, the studios were briefly forced to let the inmates run the prison, handing over the keys to the pesky directors. Suddenly, the auteur was born.
While technically speaking, Auteur Theory, the belief that a »
- Christopher Lominac
Ever since her breakout role as a deaf office worker, Carla, in Jacques Audiard's audacious caper flick Read My Lips, Emmanuelle Devos has risen to become one of the top French actresses of our time, working with auteur filmmakers such as Arnaud Desplechin and Alain Resnais and rubbing shoulders with Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardeu. The thing is, I can't think of another actress who made a career out of her frumpiness more successfully than Devos. And she happens to be a favorite of mine.In Martin Provost's biopic of a post-war French writer Violette Leduc, Devos delivers another gold-star performance, again using her arguably unremarkable physical attributes as a weapon.The film starts with Violette's black market smuggler days during WWII, when she is helplessly in...
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Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
“I know six things in this picture that will no longer be blue”
Thanks to David for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Karl Urban (above) is 42, Harvey Fierstein is 62, Sandra Bernhard is 59, Michael Cera is 26, Nancy Sinatra is 74, Julianna Marguiles is 48, and Bonnie Tyler is 63. Pretty Boy In Underwear Guitar Swinging is a lost art. Thank you for preserving it, Bonnie.
Out director Bill Condon has been chosen to direct the live-action version of Beauty & The Beast. Thanks for nothing, Maleficent
David Attenborough on wildlife in pubs and nightclubs, getting a kick out of the NFL – and danger at the Grammy Awards
"It's just after midnight in traditional British socialising grounds … " intones the unmistakeable voice of veteran wildlife documentary maker David Attenborough as he narrates a typical British night out. The hilarious observations about drinking and mating are the latest offering from Cassette Boy.
Playing at the Grammy Awards can be a dangerous activity, as our clip of Taylor Swift shows. Meanwhile, actor Scarlett Johansson has quit as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for SodaStream, which has a factory in the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim. We've got the full version of her latest SodaStream ad – an edited version will be aired in the Super Bowl break after broadcaster Fox refused to broadcast "four offensive words" at the end – "Sorry, Coke and Pepsi".
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- Janette Owen
4 items from 2014
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