October 18, 2003
I found it odd that reviewer Manohla Dargis named many films from which Quentin Tarantino nicked ideas for "Kill Bill" ("It's Bloody Tarantino," Oct. 10) but left out the most obvious one, from which Tarantino has stolen his entire plot: Francois Truffaut's "The Bride Wore Black" (1968), in which Jeanne Moreau obsessively hunted and killed each of the five men who, minutes after her fairy-tale wedding, had murdered her new husband. Alane Vouras Los Angeles AFTER all the uproar about "Kill Bill" is over, I hope audiences will find out that it is a very obvious remake of the brilliant and underrated Sam Peckinpah movie "The Killer Elite."
October 7, 1994
A collection of student films by some of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers will be screened Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mann Festival Theatre in Westwood, sponsored by the Future of Hollywood in association with Back to Film School. The early works of Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, Francois Truffaut and other filmmakers will be spotlighted. Roger Corman will receive the Future of Hollywood Inspiration Award, presented by actress Sally Kirkland.
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.
April 8, 1993 |
"Love the Whole World Round" April 9: "That Obscure Object of Desire" (1977) by Luis Bunuel. April 16: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967) by Stanley Kramer. April 23: "Tampopo" (1986) by Juzo Itami. April 30: "The Blue Angel" (1930) by Josef von Sternberg. May 7: "Raise the Red Lantern" (1991) by Zhang Yimou. May 14: "Harold and Maude" (1972) by Hal Ashby. May 21: "Stolen Kisses" (1968) by Francois Truffaut. May 28: "Law of Desire" (1987) by Pedro Almodovar.
December 12, 2011
A pair of new Blu-ray releases might make the perfect gifts for the cinephile on your list. Gary Cooper, Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins star in Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living," a pre-code comedy adapted from Noel Coward's play "Brief Encounter. " The 1933 classic centers on a beautiful commercial artist courted by a dashing painter (Cooper) and a dashing playwright (March) that she meets on a train trip to Paris. Another train-centered film fan favorite, Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 comic thriller "The Lady Vanishes," stars Margaret Lockwood as a woman traveling across Europe when she encounters a spinster (Dame May Whitty)
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August 27, 2001
Philippe Leotard, 60, French actor who worked with noted directors Francois Truffaut and Claude LeLouch and won a Cesar, his country's equivalent of the Oscar, died Saturday in a Paris clinic. Born in the Riviera resort city of Nice in 1940, Leotard had a television and movie career that spanned three decades and included more than 70 films, the first being a made-for-TV movie, "Crime and Punishment," in 1966. The actor won his Cesar for his role in the 1983 film, "The Balance."
November 26, 1987
Helen G. Scott, 72, the former director of public relations for the French Film Office in New York who introduced the New Wave and other French directors to the American public. She was the force responsible for presenting the work of such directors as Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Tati and Alain Resnais to U.S. audiences.
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.