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March 16, 2012
Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled the pain of war on screen and on the page, died Wednesday, the French military health service said. France's Le Figaro newspaper said Schoendoerffer died in a hospital outside Paris after an operation. Born in central France on May 5, 1928, Schoendoerffer served as a cameraman in the French army in the 1950s and volunteered to be parachuted into the besieged fortress of Dien Bien Phu, where the decisive battle of the French war in Indochina was fought.
August 27, 2010 |
"Mesrine" is a thug's life writ very large, so large that it takes two films and more than four hours of screen time to tell it. But then French gangster Jacques Mesrine was not just any thug, but a violent criminal with a gift for publicity and philosophical self-dramatization, someone who came to realize his life was playing out like a movie and relished every bit of it. Described by a French police detective as "a gangster with marketing savvy,"...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2007 |
Pierre Messmer, 91, a French government official who headed the overhaul of the army after the Algerian civil war and served as prime minister from 1972 to 1974, died Wednesday at Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris. Messmer joined the French Resistance in 1940, fleeing Nazi-occupied France for England on a cargo ship. He then participated in major campaigns in North Africa and elsewhere and stormed the beaches of Normandy in June 1944.
July 16, 2006 |
MANY travelers in southern England have seen and wondered about the squat, round bastions along the coast. The English built about 75 of these Martello towers after 1800 as a defense system against invasion from France during the Napoleonic Wars. Today, they symbolize the long, testy relationship between two countries that have been locked in battle -- or yoked together as unwilling allies when threatened by a common enemy.
March 2, 2006 |
ON Dec. 24, 1914, not all was quiet on the Western Front during World War I. Gun and cannon fire erupted on that cold, snowy night along battle lines that stretched from northern Belgium to Switzerland. But several other sounds could be heard on Christmas Eve -- including the singing of "Silent Night," the cheers from impromptu soccer games, the cacophony of revelry and even the hushed tones of Latin Mass during midnight services.
April 8, 2003 |
With U.S.-French relations at a modern-day low, it may seem like a strange time for an American network to be celebrating the life of France's greatest warrior with an epic miniseries. Thankfully, A&E's two-part, four-hour "Napoleon," airing tonight and Wednesday at 8 p.m., won't make relations any more acrimonious.