July 5, 2012 |
Maybe it's the hint of Bastille Day in the air, or perhaps it's just an opportunity to use some playful alliteration, but Film Independent at LACMA is going all Gallic on us in July with a series cheerfully titled French Film Fridays. Whatever the reason, it's a pleasure to welcome these screenings to town. The eight rarely seen movies spread over four Fridays are not only a tonic to experience; they also remind us of how strong and wide-ranging the French passion for film has been.
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January 12, 2010 |
Eric Rohmer, a former film critic who became one of France's most respected filmmakers and was internationally known for movies such as "My Night at Maud's" and "Claire's Knee," died Monday in Paris. He was 89. Rohmer's death was announced by his producer, Margaret Menegoz. Relatives said he was hospitalized a week ago but offered no further explanation, according to Agence France-Presse. French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the writer-director a "great auteur who will continue to speak to us and inspire us for years to come."
March 28, 2013 |
The world of cinema mourned when Jean Renoir died in Beverly Hills in 1979 at the age of 84. One of the most influential directors of the 20th century, noted for such masterpieces as 1937's "Grand Illusion," 1939's "Rules of the Game" and 1945's "The Southerner," the French filmmaker was widely embraced by the young Turks of France's New Wave, including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But there was little notice seven months later when Renoir's first wife, Andree Heuschling, who acted in his silent films as Catherine Hessling, died in France at the age of 79. After their divorce in 1930, she soon retired from acting and drifted into obscurity.
April 22, 1988 |
**** "My Life As a Dog." Paramount. $79.95. Somehow, director Lasse Hailstrom has caught all the perils and delights of treading that knife edge between pain and delight that is childhood blending to adolescence. A sterling film whose style sits between the light moments of Hailstrom's fellow Swede, Ingmar Bergman, and the darker moments of Francois Truffaut's childhood films. Bear in mind that the video being released this week is the dubbed version of the film.
August 26, 1986 |
"The 400 Blows." Key. $59.98. Francois Truffaut's semiautobiographical debut feature (made in 1959, when he was 29) was one achievement he never topped: It is by far the best of all his films dealing with children. Truffaut gives us the sad part of his boyhood here: tyrannical teachers, loveless parents, a roguish buddy, petty theft and, finally, reform school and escape.