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The movie centers on iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard and the drama surrounding the shooting of his controversial 1967 film, “Le Chinoise,” which starred his then-wife, Anne Wiazemsky, and foreshadowed the global student protests that erupted in 1968.
Cohen Media Group plans a North American release in early 2018. The film stars Louis Garrel (“The Dreamers”) as Godard and Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac Vol. I” and “Vol. II”) as his second wife, Anne Wiazemsky.
Variety’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a positive review, writing, “The surprise of ‘Redoubtable,’ which turns out to be a lightly audacious and fascinating movie (if not exactly one to warm your heart), is that though it is, in fact, structured around Godard’s marriage to Wiazemsky, its real subject is his life as an artist — in particular, »
- Dave McNary
If you’re a buyer, the Cannes Film Festival isn’t where you go to catch a break. Including festival sidebars like Critics’ Week and Director’s Fortnight, there are more than 75 films at Cannes from all over the world — but when it comes to English-language movies, most are already spoken for.
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Netflix took the rights to Noah Baumbach’s family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” while Amazon has both Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” A24 has never bought a completed film at Cannes, but the company is launching four titles at the fest, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time.”
What’s left are mainly foreign-language films from some of the most respected indie auteurs in world. Most of these filmmakers are »
- Graham Winfrey
Five years ago this weekend Tim Burton’s updating of Dark Shadows, the gothic/horror-themed soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC and was a seminal influence on a generation of budding horror fans (including Burton), was released on American movie screens, one weekend after Marvel’s The Avengers was still dictating the imaginations (and the wallets) of moviegoers everywhere. Given Burton’s track record with horror comedies (Beetlejuice being the primary example) and collaborations with Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands), a surprisingly low number of ticket-buyers seemed ultimately to care—the movie, which cost $150 million to make, and undoubtedly a hefty chunk of change more than that to market, would earn back only slightly more than half of that in the United States, though its final take globally came in at around $235 million. There were a few takers among critics, notably »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Jean-Luc Godard is no less than one of the five most influential filmmakers in the history of the medium. He’s best known as the figurehead of the French New Wave, but that’s a movement that’s been over nearly a half century now, and point of fact the overwhelming majority of Godard’s 124 directing credits come after the Fnw. He’s a man who started a movement and then was somewhat forced to remain in its shadow. There’s a feeling of old cinema — perhaps “classic” is the word — to the director’s oeuvre, but in truth Godard has always been at the forefront of cinematic experimentation no matter what the year or movement du jour, he’s always put innovation ahead of traditional storytelling. This is the man, after all, who gave us the famous quote: “A story should have a beginning, a »
- H. Perry Horton
Director Michel Hazanavicius has unveiled the first teaser for his upcoming romance drama “Redoubtable.” In his latest project, the filmmaker behind the Oscar darling “The Artist” takes on the life of legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who has created iconic masterpieces such as “Breathless” and “A Woman Is a Woman.” Godard is portrayed by Louis Garrel (“The Dreamers,” “Love Songs,” “The Beautiful Person”).
Based on the autobiography “Un An Après” by Anne Wiazemsky, the biopic centers around the romance that flourished between her and Godard when they were making the 1967 film “La Chinoise.” They married shortly after and collaborated on “Week End” and “Sympathy for the Devil” before divorcing in 1979.
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- Yoselin Acevedo
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