Catherine Breillat

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Review: Great Directors

The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence and enjoy the commentary of the filmmakers she's tracked down in Europe and America.
Documentary about filmmakers nearly derailed by its own not-so-great director
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 30, 2010

Review: Bluebeard

Every good fairy tale taps into carnal dread, and Bluebeard is no exception.
Be bold, be bold, but not too bold
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 14, 2010

Cheese Danish

Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

Naissance Des Pieuvres|Water Lilies

It’s the kind of scenario that Catherine Breillat would have turned into a horror story.
A compassionate study
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 30, 2008

Une Vieille Maîtresse|The Last Mistress

Catherine Breillat’s film is an adaptation of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s 19th-century novel and perhaps her first that doesn’t transform sex and cinema into punishment.
A novel adapted as softcore S&M porn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 23, 2008

Cherchez les femmes

Women have always dominated French cinema — just not from behind the camera.
Women dominate the 13th Annual Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008


Saving bonds

Moral and ethical quibbles aside, society’s objection to queers amounts to a question of power.
Unconventional wisdom at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2008

All but the wank

The image of Marlon Brando demanding that Maria Schneider stick two fingers up his ass, now seems the reductio ad absurdum of improvised acting.
Is Deep Throat sexier than the 1934 Tarzan and His Mate?
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 24, 2007