February 10, 2009 |
The bible of France's art-house film world, Cahiers du Cinema, which launched "New Wave" directors such as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, has been bought by Phaidon Press, the art book publisher said on Monday. Phaidon spokeswoman Liz Thompson said an English version of the magazine was planned in the coming year. The film monthly, founded in 1951 by the critic and theorist Andre Bazin, was famous for promoting the "auteur" theory of filmmaking, which argued that a film should be the product of a director's personal vision.
January 10, 1995 |
Francois Truffaut, who died of cancer 10 years ago at age 52, was a charmer. He had an enduring boyishness and a passionate, encyclopedic knowledge of world cinema to which he contributed substantially, beginning with his internationally acclaimed, semi-autobiographical 1959 "400 Blows." Serge Toubiana and Michel Pascal, in their illuminating, engaging "Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits" (Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.
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May 2, 2011 |
Marie-France Pisier, a French actress who was discovered as a teenager by New Wave filmmaker Francois Truffaut and went on to star in such movies as "Cousin, Cousine" and Truffaut's "Love on the Run," has died. She was 66. Pisier's body was discovered April 24 by her husband, Thierry Funck-Brentano, in the swimming pool of their home in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France, according to the French news agency Agence France-Presse. The cause of death is not known but foul play is not suspected, authorities said.
October 2, 1998 |
"Day for Night," Francois Truffaut's heartfelt homage to the joy and pain of making movies, is just as bracing yet touching as it was when it was first released 25 years ago. If anything, it has gained resonance because we are even further removed from the classic studio production to which Truffaut was bidding farewell--and also because it inevitably reminds us of the loss movie-lovers the world suffered when Truffaut died at 52 in 1984.
May 16, 2013 |
Effortless and effervescent, "Frances Ha" is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true. It's both a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York woman who, try as she might, can't quite get her life together. That would be the Frances of the title (the Ha isn't explained until the film's charming final frame), a joint creation of and career high point for both star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who met on the director's "Greenberg" and co-wrote the script.
July 4, 2013 |
L.A. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd highlights the week's television: "Drunk History" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays) . A great and terrible idea that yields hilarity pretty consistently: Heavily intoxicated narrators (comics, comic actors) retell episodes from history as accurately as they can manage; other comic actors (and assorted ringers), costumed and bewigged, mouth the speaker's words as dialogue in what might be called ahistorical reenactments. Offering actual drunkenness rather than play-drunkenness as something to laugh at feels a little fraught, morally, and, indeed, there will be those for whom the whole enterprise (originally created by Derek Waters, who hosts, for the website Funny or Die)