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Reichs and wrongs on the Croisette

"I beat my kids regularly. Seems to do the trick. And I deprive them of meals."
Cannes we all just get along?
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2011
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Review: Ne Change Rien

The shadowy, low-key lighting is Wellesian, the fetishist close-ups are Sternbergian.
Jeanne Balibar is a formidable talent
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 05, 2010
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Review: Two in the Wave

Emmanuel Laurent's documentary uses mostly conventional methods to tell how Cahiers du cinéma critics François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard rejected what they regarded as stuffy old-school cinema and set about to reinvent cinema by making their own f
Conventional documentary on unconventional subjects
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 03, 2010
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Interview: Raoul Cotard

It's embarrassing to confess, but the first time I went to see Breathless , I walked out after 20 minutes. I was 14, and it seemed clear to me that Jean-Luc Godard didn't know what the hell he was doing.
Breathless anticipation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2010
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Shock and awe

For a film all you need is a girl and a gun but you need someone to pay the girl and buy the gun." That's critic Colin MacCabe describing the genesis of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless , the French film that in 1960 revolutionized world cinema with its sim
Breathless 50 years later
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 09, 2010
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Unmitigated Gaul

The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010


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Review: Saturday Night

Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: I'm Gonna Explode

Gerardo Naranjo probably had the final image of Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou in mind when he titled this tale of youth in revolt Mexican-style, but I don't recall rebels Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina being so vapid and annoying.
Stuck on the roof
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 08, 2010
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Review: Public Enemies

The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2009
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Soundtrack of her life

"I think that I secretly wish I was a filmmaker." Annie Clark may consider this some real hush-hush info, but even a cursory listen to Actor , her latest album (as St. Vincent), makes clear her cinematic aspirations.
St. Vincent recasts the movies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009
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Pop goes Wittgenstein

"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 18, 2009


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Paul Schrader at the HFA

"I'm not sure what happened to me," says Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, one of the least reliable of the director's succession of unreliable narrators, in the film named for her.
American contradictions
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 26, 2009
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Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008
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In the realm of Oshima

The HFA looks back at the bad boy of Japanese cinema
The HFA looks back at the bad boy of Japanese cinema
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 02, 2008
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Light show

The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008
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Notre ami Pierrot

“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007


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Delpy days

If anyone deserves to make her own movie, it’s Julie Delpy.
Julie finally makes her movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007
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Before and after the Riot

When Sly Stone sang “Listen to the voices,” who could have known that, in just three years, voices of an entirely different sort would take him over?
Sly Stone’s lost utopia
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 12, 2007
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History as melodrama

Nations lie about the past.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2007
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Life, truth, and Jean-Luc

Jean-Luc Godard is 76 now, of fading productivity and perhaps fading health, and so we’re faced with the unfathomable prospect of no longer living in the Age of Godard.
2 or 3 things we know about Godard
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 06, 2007
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Cinema belongs to him

For many backlashing film scholars and canonical cinéastes, most of the big players in the French New Wave — Truffaut, Chabrol, Rohmer, Resnais, etc. — have been, over time, at least a touch overrated, save two: Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette.
The je ne c’est quoi world of Jacques Rivette
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 03, 2007


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Twice isn’t nice

At Munich film school, Byambasuren Davaa had a light-bulb idea for her graduate-thesis film, one that would lead to an Oscar nomination.
After Camel , the Yellow Dog
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 21, 2006
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Nouvelle Vague

If it’s possible to give a one-trick pony legs, then French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libau have found the secret.
Bande À Part | Luaka Bop
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 11, 2006
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Stardust memories

“To become immortal, and then die.”
Willie Nelson gets to know Cindy Walker
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 17, 2006
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Seven heaven

Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 28, 2006
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No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006


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Hail Myriem!

It’s not just Muslims going ballistic over a secular portraiture of their divinity.
Looking back at Je vous salue , Marie
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 23, 2006

Through the Forest | À travers la forêtà

This zippy dream of love and loss spins a bare thread of a narrative in 10 kinetic single-take scenes.
 
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 24, 2006