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‘Memoir of War’ Review: Mélanie Thierry Is a Brilliant Marguerite Duras in Austere Portrait of Trying to Wait Out the Holocaust

‘Memoir of War’ Review: Mélanie Thierry Is a Brilliant Marguerite Duras in Austere Portrait of Trying to Wait Out the Holocaust
Stories about prolonged separations tend to insist that hope keeps people alive, but waiting can be its own kind of death, and absence can become an obsession unto itself. Emmanuel Finkiel’s “Memoir of War” — an austere, solitary, vividly internalized adaptation of the autobiographical novel that Marguerite Duras wrote about her experience of World War II — scratches at that grim truth with spellbinding focus and determination.

Duras, an author and filmmaker best known for “The Lover” and “Hiroshima, mon amour,” spent her first eternity in the purgatory of Nazi-occupied Paris, stuck in place and scrambling around the city for any news about where the gestapo might have taken her husband, Robert Antelme. Forty years after the fact, and still trying to make sense of the fugue state she fell into during that time, Duras cracked open her old diaries and collected them into a half-remembered memoir that muddled fact
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Jeanne Moreau, Star of Jules et Jim and French Film Icon, Dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, Star of Jules et Jim and French Film Icon, Dies at 89
Actress Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema who went on to become an international film star, has died in Paris, according to Afp. She was 89.

While cause of death has not been disclosed, reports in French media indicate she was found Monday morning in her apartment on Faubourgh-St.-Honoré by a maid.

French president Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the late star on his twitter early Monday morning, calling her a “movie and theater legend” who was “engaged in the whirlwind of life with absolute freedom.”

The star of François Truffaut’s classic 1962 film Jules et Jim,
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The Bear

Animal movies aren't just for kids anymore, but nobody made one better than this French production, which stars a pair of talented Ursine thespians doing their thing amid more beautiful mountain scenery than seems decent. It's guaranteed perfect 'watch something with the kid' material, and more than intelligent enough for consenting adult fans of the great outdoors. The Bear 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Shout! Factory Savant Blu-ray Review 1988 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 96 min. / 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition / L'ours / Street Date September 29, 2015 / 19.99  Starring Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, André Lacombe. Cinematography Philippe Rousselot Film Editor Noëlle Boisson Original Music Philippe Sarde Animal specialists Dieter Krami, Steve Martin, Doug Seus, Lynne Seus, Clint Youngreen, Jean M. Simpson. Written by Gérard Brach from the novel by Jame Oliver Curwood Produced by Claude Berri Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Bear charmed big audiences
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Jj Annaud: 'Lots of lickings then you lose a leg'

The director on the joy of China, his affinity with Inner Mongolian wolves, and why embracing their bestiality might help keep people from therapy

As soon as he finishes his coffee in Cannes, Jean-Jacques Annaud will take a plane to Paris, then another to Beijing, then a third to Inner Mongolia. There he will drive for six hours to Ölgii and the set of his new film, a 1960s-set steppes epic. It's a monthly commute, one the 69-year-old has been making for three years since he started pre-production on the film, likely to be finished next year ("No fatigue! It's like love! You climb mountains, you cross oceans"). When he arrives, there will be no need to freshen up: a 75lb wolf will lacquer him in saliva the second he steps from the car.

This is Cloudy, one-time alpha male of the 30-strong pack. "We have a very extraordinary relationship,
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Interview: Martin Kemp talks ‘Stalker’

Martin Kemp, the famed actor/musician has turned his hand to horror, bringing us his impressive directorial debut Stalker. It’s not often that a woman stalks another woman in this genre and here Jane March, who found fame in The Lover, plays the part of a psychotic female to chilling perfection. In this interview Kemp talks about being a horror fan, why he prefers directing to acting and compares his experience in the Celebrity Big Brother House to The Thing.

You wrote the screenplay for Stalker, where did the inspiration for the story come from?

Jonathan Sothcott, the producer, came to me asking me to rewrite the seventies movie ‘The House On Straw Hill’, but after looking at it I decided to just take a seed from it and send it on to a different journey, but the basic principle is still there.

Are you a big horror fan?
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Horror Channel announce “Stalk and Slash” season

Our friends at Horror Channel have just sent us details of their latest themed “event” which will be slicing its way through their schedules every Friday night throughout October – Stalk and Slash Season. Yes, Horror channel are celebrating the slasher films, both classic and contemporary, as only they know how. From October 5th there will be four double-bills, headed up by four UK TV premieres; and as a huge slasher movie fan I’ll be tuning in for Every one!

Here’s the details:

Fri Oct 5th @ 22:55

The season kicks off with the premiere of Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film (2006) a documentary which features a host of genre legends including Wes Craven, Rob Zombie & John Carpenter, who take us on a journey to the darkest recesses of cinematic shock. This is followed at 00:40 by Black Christmas (1974). Bob Clark’s Sorority House horror classic,
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First trailer for ‘Grimm’s Snow White’

Ok Hollywood we get it, fairytales are the hot new thing. We know. What with Once Upon a Time and Grimm on TV, Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and Two version of Snow White on the way. Actually scratch that. There’s actually Three version of Snow White on the way… The latest? Why that’s Grimm’s Snow White starring Eliza Bennett as Snow White and Jane March (The Lover, Color of Night) as the evil Queen. Only this Snow White is another Asylum mockbuster!

When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow, but she escapes into the enchanted forest…

Rachel Goldenberg, director of the 2010 mockbuster Sherlock Holmes, (you know, the one with Spring-Heeled Jack) is behind the camera, whilst Naomi Selfman, the writer of Mega Python vs. Gatoroid and Mega Shark vs.
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First Look at Jane March and Fire-Breathing Reptiles Terrorizing Grimm's Snow White

Fairy tales are hot again in Hollywood. You’ve got “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” on TV. Bryan’s Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and Pixar’s Brave continue the trend on big screens this summer. And we’re getting not one, but two – Two – Snow White movies. No wonder The Asylum is jumping on the trend with Grimm’s Snow White.

Set for DVD/VOD release on February 14th, Grimm’s Snow White stars Eliza Bennett as Snow White and Jane March (The Lover, Color of Night) as the evil Queen.


When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow, but she escapes into the enchanted forest...

Rachel Goldenberg, director of the 2010 Asylum version of Sherlock Holmes, returns to helm this variation on a classic character scripted by Naomi Selfman, the
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Black Gold Review

HeyUGuys is very proud to be partnering with Cinémoi for our coverage of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold had its world premiere at the festival and Julien Planté brings us his review.


Rather prophetically, Black Gold opens with the line “Tears are a waste of water”; a great quote for a film that opens a festival in a country concerned about its resources. Only in this film, set in Qatar, the most important and fought over resource is oil.

The 3rd edition of Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Dtff 2011) opened with the world premiere of the ‘Arabian’ film Black Gold amid much fanfare on Tuesday. And what a perfect choice it was to open the festival. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Enemy at the Gates), Black Gold is an epic film set in the desert during the 1920s. Concerned with
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The Asylum Presents Snow White and the 2-Headed Shark Attack

Oh, if only The Asylum actually was producing a movie called Snow White and the 2-Headed Shark. I would watch that in a heartbeat. But they do have a new dark fantasy retelling of Snow White in the works, and we have new artwork for 2-Headed Shark Attack.

When I saw that The Asylum had updated its website to announce a supernatural Snow White in the works, my very first thought was as to what must have brought this on. Then I remembered that one of the big movies for next summer is Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart as an extra pouty Snow White. The Asylum will be beating Universal to the punch by several months with a Valentine's Day DVD release of Grimm's Snow White.

When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter,
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Grimm Up North Announces First Film of 2011 Festival: Martin Kemp's Stalker

The third annual Grimm Up North Horror Festival, which takes place in Manchester, England, from October 6th to October 9th, has announced the first film on its 2011 roster, and it's Martin Kemp's directorial debut Stalker, starring Billy Murray, Jane March, and Linda Hayden.

From the Press Release:

On Friday, October 7th, the festival will host a very special premiere screening of Stalker – the directorial feature debut of TV and music icon Martin Kemp – ahead of its national theatrical release. In addition, the former Eastenders star and Spandau Ballet bass hero will be joined by members of the film’s cast and crew, including producer Jonathan Sothcott (Devil's Playground, Dead Cert) and actress Jane March (The Lover, Clash of the Titans) to take part in an exclusive Q&A session after the movie.

Sure to be a controversial festival talking point, Stalker is based on the infamous 1976 sex-and-slash shocker – and
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‘Infinite Jest’: Blogging the Book (Part 2)

Getty David Foster Wallace in New York September 27, 2002.

“I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies.”

That’s the first sentence of “Infinite Jest.” I’m only 11 words in, not counting the chapter title, and I fear that I’m not just in over my head, but that even if I were wearing an oversized Dr.Seuss-style top hat, I’d likely be in over that as well.

I went with my son to a local coffee
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Composer Awards: Yared Gets Achievement in World Cinema, Desplat Named Composer of The Year

Composer Awards: Yared Gets Achievement in World Cinema, Desplat Named Composer of The Year
The European Film Awards are giving their Achievement in World Cinema award to Gabriel Yared, a self-taught musician and composer. He first composed for Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself (Sauve Qui Peut La Vie), won a Cesar for his work on Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover (L'Amant), and went on to collaborate with Anthony Minghella for multi-award winning The English Patient, followed by The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and 2006's German Oscar-winner The Lives of Others, for which he was nominated for an Efa. Yared will receive his award at the 23rd annual European Film Awards ceremony on December 4. This past Saturday in Belgium, another great composer, Alexandre Desplat [pictured] was named Composer of the Year at the tenth Annual World Soundtrack Awards. ...
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Shaun Paul McGrath Enters 'Age of Descent'

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British company Wild Frontier Productions are currently in development with grim feature 'Age of Descent' which is to star Northern Irish actor Shaun Paul McGrath (Endgame, The Invisibles) alongside Rik Mayall (Valiant, Drop Dead Fred) and Lisa Faulkner (Dangerfield, The Lover). As mentioned above Shaun Paul McGrath will join actors Rik Mayall, former MTV presenter Richard Blackwood and Lisa Faulkner in Wild Frontier Productions 'Age of Descent' which is expected to start shooting in London early next year.
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Film review: The Sea Wall

This glossy, soapy tale will inevitably trigger fond memories of the once controversial 1992 film The Lover, says Peter Bradshaw

This glossy, soapy tale will inevitably trigger fond memories of the once controversial 1992 film The Lover, starring Jane March and Tony Leung: a teenage girl has an affair with a worldly older man in 1920s French Indo-China. That was based on a Marguerite Duras novel - this is based on a different yet equally autobiographical book by Duras about the same period in the author's life, but with a new emphasis on Duras's mother, played with typically fierce impassivity by Isabelle Huppert. She has made an unwise investment in Cambodian farmland, which is continually flooded because of breaches in the overwhelmingly symbolic sea wall. A wealthy Chinese older man is infatuated with her young daughter Suzanne (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), and a marriage would save their financial bacon, yet Suzanne's mother and brother (a smouldering,
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October c'est magnifique with TV5MONDE film slate

October on TV5MONDE brings you forbidden romance, an Agatha Christie based film and a bond that only friendship can bring. Here.s a glimpse at some of the films playing in October: Saturday, October 17 The Lover (aka L.Amant): Premieres 11:00pm Et / 8:00pm Pt This Cesar Award winning and Oscar-nominated film is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras's best-selling French novel. Directed by six-time César Award-winner Jean-Jacques Annaud, the film follows a young girl (Jane March) and the forbidden love affair she has as a young girl in Vietnam. As a fifteen-year old convent school-girl she began a taboo love affair with a rich, Chinese man twice her age. The New York Times calls Annaud.s work .tough,
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Un barrage contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)

Those who have already read L'amant (The Lover) knows why it's extremely hard to adapt a novel of French novelist Marguerite Duras into a film. Yours truly hasn't seen the film The Lover. However, as for this film, all I can tell you is that it bores you to death because of its slow pace and its badly written dialogues. All in all, the excellent cinematography can't help the film.

In the French Indochina (Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos) of the 1930s, a widow (Isabelle Hupert) invested her savings in a rice field in Cambodia. However, she feels that she's got ripped off by the colonial authorities. In fact, she has difficulty to pay back the mortgage on her land and it's always flooded by typhoons of the South China Sea. This is why the widow plans to build a dam to make profits. However, as she tries to improve her situation,
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9 Movie Clips from Coco Before Chanel Starring Audrey Tautou as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

While director Anne Fontaine’s “Coco Before Chanel” has already opened in most of the world, the film is finally getting released here in America September 25th. If you can’t tell by the name, the film is about Coco Chanel’s rise in the fashion world and it stars Audrey Tautou as the famous designer. While I haven’t seen the film so I can’t tell you what I thought, it has a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, so a lot of people have enjoyed it. So to help promote the movie, we’ve been given 9 clips (about 12 minutes of the movie) and they’re after the jump. Take a look:

Here’s the official synopsis:

Coco Before Chanel is the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who began her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success,
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Another Bruce Lee Bio-Pic in the Works

You might be asking what's wrong with the first Bruce Lee bio-pic, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story? My answer is, not much, really. I mean, it's a bio-pic so it has its disappointments, but I thought Jason Scott Lee was good. But we're about to get another Bruce Lee movie anyway.

Frankly, I'm looking forward to it because it's going to star Tony Leung, and Bruce's brother, Robert Lee, says this won't contain the many inaccuracies about Lee's life that have cropped up since his death in 1973. The project is conceived as a trilogy, which would seem entirely too self-indulgent if this weren't a Hong Kong production about one of its national treasures, even though Lee was born in San Francisco.

He's like the Beatles of Hong Kong, so I don't have any problem with this in the first place and the addition of Leung (the Tony Leung from the
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House On Straw Hill remake ready to roll

Producer Jonathan Sothcott gave Fango the scoop that his long-mooted remake of the 1976 British chiller The House On Straw Hill (a.k.a. EXPOSÉ) is set to roll March 23 in East England. Actor (Waxwork II, Embrace Of The Vampire) turned filmmaker Martin Kemp (pictured below) scripted the film and is directing, with Sothcott producing via his Black and Blue Films.

The story concerns a best-selling author named Paula Martin who’s suffering writer’s block on her latest book, and goes to an old house in the country to get her creative juices flowing again. Paula requests her agent to send her an assistant, who turns out to be a young woman named Linda. At first the two get along great—but then Linda becomes manipulative, then violent, then homicidal.

“The confirmed cast includes Jane March from The Lover and Color Of Night, British TV actress Anna Brecon, Jennifer Matter,
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