CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2003 |
Serge Silberman, 86, an independent French film producer whose credits include Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" and Luis Bunuel's Oscar-winning "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," died of undisclosed causes on July 22 in Paris. Born in Lodz (now Poland), Silberman survived the Nazi concentration camps and arrived in Paris in 1945. He launched his producing career in 1953 and founded the Greenwich Film Co. in 1966.
February 21, 2008 |
When Jean-Pierre Melville's film "Army of Shadows" was released in the U.S. in 2006, 37 years after being unjustly dismissed by French critics, it became an immediate classic. An almost clinical psychological study of the French Resistance during World War II (of which Melville was part), and based on Joseph Kessel's novel, it chronicles stoic day-to-day perseverance in the face of Nazi occupation.
November 22, 2012 |
Matthias Schoenaerts broke through with art house audiences with the Belgian film "Bullhead," nominated earlier this year for an Academy Award for foreign-language film, playing a man still haunted by the traumas of his childhood. In the new "Rust and Bone," he again turns in a muscular, physical performance, but this time as a man more actively working to move forward with his life. Costarring with Marion Cotillard, Schoenaerts has garnered acclaim for his work in the film, including comparisons to Marlon Brando and Michael Fassbender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2007 |
Jean-Pierre Cassel, a celebrated French actor who rose to fame in the 1960s with comedies such as "Les Jeux de l'Amour" and "Le Farceur," both by Philippe de Broca, has died. He was 74. Cassel died Thursday in Paris, according to his agent, Isabelle Gaudin. The actor, whose skills as a tap dancer won him comparisons to Fred Astaire, was among his country's most beloved and versatile performers.
February 9, 2004 |
Although the gangster film came of age in America in the 1930s with such classics as "Public Enemy" with James Cagney, "Little Caesar" starring Edward G. Robinson, and Paul Muni in "Scarface," the genre quickly made its way across the Atlantic when French filmmakers realized these provocative movies could easily be given a Gallic sensibility. French cinema found its perfect gangster hero in tough-guy-with-a-heart Jean Gabin, who appeared in such films as "Pepe le Moko" and "Le Jour Se Leve."
August 14, 2009 |
After the end of World War II, all Danish boys wanted to be Flame and Citron -- two of the county's famed resistance fighters who died during the war. Bent Faurschou-Hviid and Jorgen Haagen Schmith were members of Denmark's Holger Danske resistance group. Faurschou-Hviid was named Flame due to his red hair; Schmith was called Citron because while working at the CitroÃ«n car factories in Copenhagen, he would sabotage the German trucks and cars. But over the decades, their names became faint memories in the country.
September 16, 2011 |
"Drive" is a Los Angeles neo-noir, a neon-lit crime story made with lots of visual style. It's a film in love with both traditional noir mythology and ultra-modern violence, a combination that is not ideal. Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn won the best director award at Cannes, and it's easy to see why this tale of an emotionless wheelman (Ryan Gosling) who lives to drive and makes a rare stab at human connection with a fetching neighbor took the prize. Impeccably shot by Newton Thomas Sigel, "Drive" always looks dressed to kill.
January 22, 2007 |
Rialto Pictures, an award-winning distributor of reissued films, has breathed new life into foreign film classics such as Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion," Julien Duvivier's "Pepe le Moko" and Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," "Band of Outsiders" and "A Woman Is a Woman." One of its most recent theatrical reissues, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows," marked the first U.S. engagement of the 1969 French drama.
June 17, 1988 |
In addition to the Filmforum's presentation of selections from the first Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival on Monday at LACE--with another program scheduled next Monday--other films by or about gays screening this week include "Orpheus" (1949) and "Les Enfants Terribles" (1950). They will be shown in a double-feature today at 1 and 8 p.m. among the weekend offerings in the County Museum of Art's ongoing Jean Cocteau retrospective.