November 9, 1992 |
What is Jean-Louis Trintignant, star of "Z," "A Man and a Woman," "My Night at Maud's" and "The Conformist," doing in Hollywood this week? The 61-year-old French star, veteran of 100 films, is definitely not here shooting a movie. He is instead making his American stage debut Tuesday at the Las Palmas Theatre in six performances of "Potestad," a powerful political play by Argentine playwright Eduardo Pavlovsky.
December 9, 2012 |
PARIS - Up four old, crooked flights of stairs in her apartment building with no elevator, Emmanuelle Riva sits wrapped in a thick, woven, poncho-like sweater. Warm light streams through colorful windowpanes into her narrow living room, where Riva lives alone, and she's just turned off a pot of boiling water for tea. More than half a century ago, she exploded onto the screen with her mesmerizing interpretation of a modern beauty haunted by love and war in the classic "Hiroshima Mon Amour.
December 18, 2012 |
It won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It accomplished an unprecedented sweep of the European Film Awards, taking best picture, director, actor and actress. The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. thinks it's the best picture of the year, and so do I. What is it about Michael Haneke's "Amour" that inspires this level of fervor and respect, given that it's basically a two-character drama set almost exclusively in an unassuming Paris apartment? The answer is that "Amour" is a perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter: what happens to a lifelong, harmonious marriage when the wife suffers a series of debilitating strokes that changes the couple's life beyond recognition.
January 26, 1988 |
"My Night at Maud's." "Claire's Knee." Media/Cinematheque Collection. $59.95. In the great "Ma Nuit Chez Maud"--the fourth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales"--a bachelor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who is both a devout Catholic and a Don Juan, is torn between two women: the piquant Maud (Francoise Fabian), with whom he has a memorable all-night flirtation, and a haunting woman (Marie-Christine Barrault) whom he glimpses from afar at church.
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November 22, 2006 |
Francis Girod, 62, a French director and screenwriter whose films featured such actresses as Catherine Deneuve and Romy Schneider, died early Sunday of a heart attack in Bordeaux, France. Girod, who was making a television movie in the southwestern wine capital, died at his hotel, according to members of his crew. After briefly working as a broadcast journalist in the 1960s, Girod learned the movie trade at the side of directors Jean-Pierre Mocky and Roger Vadim.
June 10, 2010
'The Conformist' It's hard to believe Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Conformist" is 40 years old. The filmmaker's 1970s surreal masterwork couldn't feel more contemporary with its tale of political and sexual dark forces in Mussolini's Facist Italy. Worth seeing on its two-night run at LACMA's Bing Theater on Friday and Saturday for the sheer beauty alone. It's as if the director personally framed every shot for the Uffizi. But, ultimately, it is Marcello's story, in Jean-Louis Trintignant's remarkable hands, that will sweep you away — the false marriage, his paralyzing homosexuality, the political assassination dropped on his plate.