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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Moody Post-Atomic Meditations in <i>Hiroshima Mon Amour</i>

New on Video: Moody Post-Atomic Meditations in Hiroshima Mon Amour

The Criterion Collection calls Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour "a cornerstone of the French New Wave." And while it's definitely that (and of a very different New Wave than that in Philippe Mora's Howling II, for the record),…
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Film, "Unforgivable": How the French Romanticize Antiromanticism

"Unforgivable": How the French Romanticize Antiromanticism

André Téchiné's epic neo-family drama depicts offenses — attempted murder, mid-funeral beat downs, sex videos for Daddy — that no relation should have to countenance. Alain Resnais mainstay André Dussollier plays Francis, a bestselling mystery writer who travels to Venice…
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Film, "Wild Grass"

"Wild Grass"

Alain Resnais' Wild Grass has plenty of fans — it copped an award at Cannes in 2009 — but I don't see what they see. The 87-year-old filmmaker's latest is an insufferable exercise in cutie-pie modernism, painfully unfunny and precious…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elusive Existence

Elusive Existence

The groundbreaking French novelist and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, who died in February, was a sly and good-natured provocateur. His screenplay for Alain Resnais’ watershed 1961 romantic drama, Last Year at Marienbad, introduced the arthouse crowd to a strain of bemused…
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Calendar, Night&Day When X Met A

When X Met A

The winner of the 1961 Venice Film Festival, Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad returns to us after years of public-domain limbo in a sumptuous new print. Back in the day, literal-minded audiences had great fun pretending to be baffled…
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Missed Opportunities

How tough is it for a movie to find its audience, above the din of blockbuster marketing and beyond the clogged distribution pipeline? Tsai Ming-liang, the Taiwanese-Malaysian director regarded as one of the world's greats, had two films in U.S.…
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Film, <i>November</i> Mourn

November Mourn

Sure you want to be inside Sophie Jacobs' head? The poor woman's cabeza is so stuffed with guilt and fear, so tormented by grief and what might be delusions, that to spend even five minutes in there poses an obvious…
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New France

One of the best-represented nations at this year's festival is France. The 30 French films on the roster include three from the masters of French cinema -- Alain Resnais, Erich Rohmer, and Claude Chabrol -- as well as a vital…
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Zoom Lens

Genealogies of a Crime The luck of an attorney famous for losing every case changes -- and not for the better -- when she takes on the defense of a young man who's evidently killed his aunt, a famed psychoanalyst.…
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Second Time Around

Verboten! Made up of less than 100 shots, with two takes lasting over five minutes, this hit-and-run Sam Fuller production of 1959 strands an achingly sincere boob of an American soldier amid the physical and human wreckage of postwar Germany…
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The Text, the Film, the Director, and His Talk

"A lot of people feel The Pillow Book is the most successful movie I've made," said a deliberately ironic Peter Greenaway. "It's a film about young people, it's a getting of wisdom, it's a love story, it happens essentially in…
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