CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2006 |
Francis Girod, 62, a French director and screenwriter whose films featured such actresses as Catherine Deneuve and Romy Schneider, died early Sunday of a heart attack in Bordeaux, France. Girod, who was making a television movie in the southwestern wine capital, died at his hotel, according to members of his crew. After briefly working as a broadcast journalist in the 1960s, Girod learned the movie trade at the side of directors Jean-Pierre Mocky and Roger Vadim.
August 3, 2007 |
Move over, Scarlett Johansson. Mikhail Gorbachev is the new face of Louis Vuitton. The former Soviet leader is to appear in an ad campaign for the French luxury label, along with Steffi Graf and her husband, Andre Agassi, and Catherine Deneuve, the company said Thursday. Shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the ads focus on travel -- a "core value" for the company that started in 1854 as a trunk maker, the statement said.
March 19, 1987 |
(Italy, 1986, 10 p.m.) A gentle, golden-toned contemporary comedy-drama about an impressive household of women from an aristocratic family, headed by Liv Ullmann and her philandering, separated husband, Philippe Noiret, who live in and around their run-down estate in Tuscany.
August 7, 2003 |
French stars turned out in force Wednesday to pay emotional tribute to French actress Marie Trintignant, who died last week after sustaining severe head injuries in a domestic drama that shocked France. She was 41. Trintignant was buried at the French capital's Pere Lachaise cemetery, resting place of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and American rocker Jim Morrison.
January 14, 2010
No one needs to be told the importance of Jean-Paul Belmondo, the great French actor of his generation and the star of films such as "Breathless," "Pierrot le Fou" and "That Man From Rio." The 76-year-old veteran rarely visits Los Angeles but he is here this weekend to receive the L.A. Film Critics Life Achievement Award and as part of his trip he has agreed to introduce the LACMA screening of "Mississippi Mermaid," the 1969 Francois Truffaut-directed film in which he costars with Catherine Deneuve.
March 15, 1987
L istings and commentary for Week 2 of the American Film Institute Film Festival of Los Angeles, which runs through March 26: THURSDAY "Let's Hope It's a Girl" (Italy, 1986, 10 p.m.). A comedy about a woman who lives in the Tuscan farm country setting out to prove she can live without male companionship. Starring Liv Ullmann, Philippe Noiret and Catherine Deneuve. Not available for preview. All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N.
August 28, 1991
Rupert Allan, whose multifaceted career included stints as Marilyn Monroe's press agent and as consul general for the principality of Monaco, has died. A spokeswoman for the public relations firm of Stone/Hallinan Associates, where he was a director, said Allan was 78 when he died in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home of the complications of age. One of this city's best-known publicists, Allan had been a naval intelligence officer, journalist, magazine editor and Rhodes Scholar.
May 25, 2007 |
Lars von Trier's 2000 film, "Dancer in the Dark," is going to be turned into an opera for Denmark's Royal Theater. Poul Ruders, a leading Danish composer, will write the music for the work, while the libretto, in English, will be written by Henrik Engelbrecht, head of dramaturgy at the theater. Swedish soprano Ylva Kihlberg is set to sing the role of leading character Selma when the opera premieres during the 2010-11 season, the theater announced Thursday.
July 1, 1995
I've waited for 20 years to see "Belle de Jour." At last, it's here ("Time Stands Still for La 'Belle,' " Calendar, June 24). Many thanks to Martin Scorsese for his effort. It is always a pleasure to have Catherine Deneuve grace our city. What a shame Hollywood never knew what to do with her stunning beauty and great talent. Like Ms. Deneuve, I, too, decry the dearth of French films in America. Perhaps the reason for this is because our movie industry is too busy stealing them to film as our own and we don't want anyone to know.