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About Face: Fashionably Late Review

    After the cringeworthy Ultrasuede, In Search for Halston in which director Whitney Smith conducted his search incongruously in a Trans-Am and on film admitted to André Leon-Talley that he didn’t know who Diana Vreeland was… (let that sink in for a moment), I am grateful to recommend what may well be the best documentary ever made about high fashion models. Perhaps because the movie’s director Timothy ...

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La Ka-Ka-tastrophe! 2 Days NOT To Spend In New York

  I really wanted to like this movie. I like Julie Delpy. I like that she took an unexpected Johnny Depp-like career turn upon first becoming successful:  she decided not to let her stunning looks lull her into a guaranteed successful, complacent career. She moved to a foreign country, mastered English, and didn’t just say she was going to direct, she really did direct and wrote a successful ...

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Jerry Lewis thinks his fans are smart. Le Movie Snob thinks he’s the smart one.

  In this week’s Time magazine, Jerry Lewis is asked why he thinks the French ” …are, famously, his biggest fans?” “Because they’re smart.” (pause for giggles, guffaws, etc.) Who else is smart?  Jerry Lewis. “I giggle at the stupidity of people in our industry…. We live in a mimic-like business.  If something’s good, there’s five associate producers that are gonna put it together for a Monday talk-through ...

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“The Imposter” imposed on my precious time

  That Je Ne Sais Quoi quality is like obscenity, only in the sense that while indefinable, you know it when you see it. The new documentary “The Imposter” is certainly not obscene, but it is an imposition on one’s time.  It recounts a compelling story, employing re-enactment techniques that are surprisingly original and not an automatic turn-off, but the movie doesn’t shift into its promised high gear until the 75th ...

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Not Digging “The Well-Digger’s Daughter”

  An open letter to M Daniel Auteuil: D’abord, merci M Auteuil for letting me vicariously spend some of my remaining summer moments in my beloved Provence, especially the most beautiful village I have visited there, Salon-de-Provence.   It is my sincere hope your directing début will attract more visitors than those who know it as Nostradamus’ birthplace.  (Of course, not too many, especially the English.) I congratulate ...

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The Queen of “Ver-Says”

    “The Queen of Versailles” is one of those documentaries for which I’ve coined a genre:  the “doc-omg”.   This type of documentary cannot be planned; it is created when the circumstances of the documentary’s subject change in a dramatic, unanticipated fashion. Although there is no explanation offered, one can safely assume director Lauren Greenfield set out to film the ostentatious residents and construction of what was ...

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“The Imposter” opens in St. Louis August 24, 2012

    Le Movie Snob just screened this (eventually) very compelling documentary.  I’ll try to review it without spoilers, but I promise you will be warned ahead of time. The Imposter Trailer Official site:  http://imposterfilm.com/

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the suicide of celebrated French actor Patrick Dewaere

  Most likely his name will not ring a bell, even for most devoted franco-cinephiles.  Patrick Dewaere was born in 1947 to an acting family; he and his five siblings were encouraged to act by his actress mother.  As a young adult, he worked in theatre, at the celebrated Café de la Gare (where many other careers were launched).  His star-making break in film occurred when he was ...

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To Rome With Like

Woody Allen’s latest offering charts his European Travel Period down south to Rome, Italy in “To Rome With Love.” Fortunately, it proves a cure for the hangover I’ve had since the atrocious “Midnight in Paris.”  (While I was not able to review that film in a timely manner, know that I HATED it. I realize many people disagree with me;  of course they are entitled to their wrong ...

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To Monsieur, With Love

  Aesthetes recognize the sublime in beauty’s imperfection.  Would one consider the Vénus de Milo as great a piece of art with arms?  Every child, even in the U.S., can identify the Leaning Tower of Pisa,  famous because of its architectural defect. Don’t worry, I’m not going to list all of  great art’s imperfections, nor am I going to condone the moron who took a hammer to Michaelangelo’s ...

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