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Shortest Day, Shortest Films

For those who prefer to celebrate this time of year as the winter solstice, rather than Christmas, but don’t want to be too pagan about it, France has a delightful cinematic event to mark the season. But of course!  The shortest day of the year is the perfect occasion to celebrate short films (courts-métrages).  All cinémas in France will run programs of short films tomorrow. In the US, ...

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You Can’t Touch This! “Untouchable (Intouchables)”

                 My, my my!   It seems certain American movie critics have got their underoos  in a bunch (“panties” seemed too French) over “Intouchables,” a recently released French movie that has dared to keep “Twilight” in a suspended box office eclipse. “Intouchables” has become the most popular and successful French film of the past several years.  How ironique that American film critics ...

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Dépar-D-S-K???????

  2011 could easily be subtitled “The Year of French Men Behaving Badly.”  It saw the once and future président piss away his political career and its biggest movie star literally piss in public.  Put the 2 together and whaddya get? But of course!  Combine the piss streams in a movie! It’s been announced that director Abel Ferrara is already writing the screenplay he will direct;  Dépardieu will ...

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“The Artist” speaks!

Watch star Jean Dujardin and other cast members speak about acting in a silent film! Jean Dujardin speaks!   http://lemoviesnob.com/theartist/

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2011 St. Louis International Film Festival Winners!

The awards for the 20th annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival were announced last night at the closing night party.   The festival’s creative director, Chris Clark, said attendance this year was “record-shattering,” estimating more than 25,000 entries. Among the many winners, Félicitations to: Dori Berinstein, who accompanied her documentary “Carol Channing: Larger Than Life” to its fly-over country screening.  Not only did Ms. Berinstein chose ...

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Gainsbourg, Vie Héroïque (A Heroic Life)

    This film, not to mention its complex subject, is most likely only on the radar of the most dedicated cinephiles, and surely only francophile cinephiles at that.   While receiving much acclaim in France, winning Césars (the French equivalent of the Oscars) for best first film (that would be an interesting category for the Oscars, non?) for its director Joann Sfar  and best actor for Eric ...

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If you are a fan of Pedro Almodóvar…..

  …. I highly recommend you attend today’s screening of “De Repente La Pelicula  (Suddenly, The Film)” at the the St. Louis International Film Festival. I met the director Luis Armando Roche and his lovely producer wife, Marie-Françoise Roche, and they assured me it would be an “estrafalario” (zany) comedy.  There is a link to the preview below, and it really looks like fun! Venezuelan native and current ...

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Cirkus Columbia

For those who look forward to the St. Louis International Film Festival every year for the chance to see films that are unlikely to get mainstream distribution, I recommend attending the remaining screening of the 2010 Bosnian film “Cirkus Columbia.”   While I have seen many documentaries concerning the war that broke up Yugoslavia, including a moving documentary, “Back to Bosnia,” shown at the festival several years ago, ...

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The Artist

If you’ve heard anything about this movie, which won a Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival for Best Actor, it’s probably the fact that it’s silent.  As in no dialogue.  As in WTF?  This may explain why its screening on a Sunday morning in Cannes failed to fill the house.  Apart from Mel Brooks’ gimmicky “Silent Movie” in 1976 , isn’t there a good reason we ...

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Le Début!

I’m so excited that the launch of my blog is coinciding with the opening of the 20th annual St. Louis International Film Festival! While not (yet) on the level of the festivals of Cannes or Toronto, luminaries as esteemed and diverse as Michael Apted, Paul Schrader, Stacy Keach, Harry Shearer, as well as those of the future (you will be hearing lots in the future from this year’s ...

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