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July 26, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
ANYONE looking for a cradle-to-grave biographical drama of seminal French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin may well want to avoid "Moliere," which opens Friday. The fanciful comedy-drama is actually more of an anti-biopic, because it is entirely a figment of writer-director Laurent Tirard's vivid imagination. Biographers of Moliere, the name Poquelin adopted as his nom de plume, have frequently discussed mysterious absences during his early years as an actor and playwright.
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July 27, 2007 | Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
A tiptop theatrical production of "Tartuffe," "The Misanthrope" or another great Molière comedy offers audiences a banquet of hypocrites, poseurs and passionate, often obsessed characters whom Cupid -- or social ambition -- has rendered nearly insane enough to forget their rhymed couplets. A film portrait of the French dramatist, therefore, requires at least some of the fire and ice you'd find in an ideal Molière staging. And "some" is what you get here.
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July 27, 2007 | Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
A tiptop theatrical production of "Tartuffe," "The Misanthrope" or another great Molière comedy offers audiences a banquet of hypocrites, poseurs and passionate, often obsessed characters whom Cupid -- or social ambition -- has rendered nearly insane enough to forget their rhymed couplets. A film portrait of the French dramatist, therefore, requires at least some of the fire and ice you'd find in an ideal Molière staging. And "some" is what you get here.
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July 26, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
ANYONE looking for a cradle-to-grave biographical drama of seminal French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin may well want to avoid "Moliere," which opens Friday. The fanciful comedy-drama is actually more of an anti-biopic, because it is entirely a figment of writer-director Laurent Tirard's vivid imagination. Biographers of Moliere, the name Poquelin adopted as his nom de plume, have frequently discussed mysterious absences during his early years as an actor and playwright.
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January 6, 2005 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Originally founded by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has over the years become one of Southern California's premier outlets for foreign language films, while at the same time remaining an unfairly unheralded event. Among the strongest features of the festival is its tradition of screening many, if not most, of the movies eligible for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
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May 6, 2007
Friday American Pastime A Japanese American family, interned at Utah's Topaz camp during World War II, finds hope, strength and transcendence through the game of baseball. Written and directed by Desmond Nakano. With Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew and Jon Gries. T&C Pictures * So? Line drive Chalk Morgan Spurlock presents this faux documentary about the comic ups and downs of an awkward year in the lives of three schoolteachers.
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