September 19, 2009 |
For French auteur CÃ©dric Klapisch ("When the Cat's Away . . .," "L'Auberge espagnole") the success or failure of his new film, "Paris," came down to a question of real estate. To make his love letter to the City of Light work, Klapisch had to find just the right apartment -- with a balcony, of course -- where his protagonist, a dancer named Pierre (Romain Duris, in his sixth film with the director) could watch working-class denizens go about their daily lives. Klapisch found his ideal flat "very close to the PÃ¨re-Lachaise Cemetery," says the 48-year-old filmmaker on the phone from New York City.
June 19, 1998 |
"Ah, Monsieur Rabelais," an admirer said to the 16th century French writer in a memorable New Yorker cartoon, "there is simply no word to describe your lusty, bawdy sense of humor." Similarly, there is no one word (and it probably wouldn't be "Rabelaisian") to describe the kind of uproarious, quintessentially French verbal farce that is "Un Air de Famille."
January 4, 1998
MOVIES Football player-turned-actor Howie Long plays a "smoke-jumper" who has to battle two forest fires and outwit a homicidal escaped convict in cinematographer-turned-director Dean Sempler's "Firestorm." Talk about your tough days. The film opens Friday in general release. THEATER Richard Dreyfuss headlines as Benedict Arnold in L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater staging of "The General From America," by Richard Nelson.
May 19, 2006 |
When we last saw Xavier (Romain Duris), he was fleeing the security of a government job as fast as his legs would carry him. That was at the end of Cedric Klapisch's "L'Auberge Espagnole," a quirkily romantic bildungs-movie that put a klatch of cute faces on the European Union, qua flat-sharing Erasmus students in Barcelona. You don't need to have seen "L'Auberge Espagnole" to enjoy "Russian Dolls," but as a mood-setter, it helps.
May 16, 2003 |
"L'auberge espagnole" literally translates as the Spanish inn, but it's also a French expression for a place where cultures are mixed together like a stew. In both meanings, it is a perfect title for French writer-director Cedric Klapisch's exhilarating comedy, for it is set in a cramped old Barcelona apartment that is home to seven foreign exchange students, each from a different country.
August 14, 1998 |
With the warm, joyous "Gadjo Dilo," Algerian-born French filmmaker-composer Tony Gatlif completes his beguiling Gypsy triptych.