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Film, "On My Way": Beauty on the Road

"On My Way": Beauty on the Road

Emmanuelle Bercot's charming On My Way is of a piece with last year's The Great Beauty: Both are state-of-the-unions for their respective countries of France and Italy, and steeped in their nation's past film styles. Where the Italian film was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Revenge Is a Tapas Best Served Cold

Revenge Is a Tapas Best Served Cold

Hypocrites stalk the land with impunity, stuffing their faces and pockets while lecturing us proles on the need for self-sacrifice. Lord, we miss the Spanish surrealist and social critic Luis Buñuel, a brave and brilliant filmmaker who spent his career…
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Film, "Beloved": Songs Sung Blah

"Beloved": Songs Sung Blah

Writer-director Christophe Honoré revisits the musical — the genre of his biggest stateside hit, Love Songs (2007) — in Beloved, a sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse. Era-spanning (the film opens in 1963…
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Film, Film Feature Belle de 50 Ans

Belle de 50 Ans

Siren. Icon. Muse. You can apply any or all of those labels to Catherine Deneuve but trying to make any one of them stick is trickier than lighting a match in a rainstorm. Ask her about her five-decade career in…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale feels like all 12 days of seasonal merriment, and then some. This comic, ultimately touching family melodrama is a heady plum pudding of a movie—studded with outsized performances and drenched in cinematic brio. The concoction is over-rich,…
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Film, Holiday Feast, Extra Stuffing

Holiday Feast, Extra Stuffing

Arnaud Desplechin is a cinema maximalist: A Christmas Tale feels like all 12 days of seasonal merriment and then some. This comic, ultimately touching family melodrama is a heady plum pudding of a movie, studded with outsized performances and drenched…
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Film, Film Feature

Cannes Class of 2008

CANNES, France—Wading through 20-odd movies in half as many languages, each Cannes jury supplies its own dramatic narrative, to be interpreted according to its president's presumed taste. Days before the 61st Cannes Film Festival ended, rumors were rife that the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love, Italian Style

Love, Italian Style

When Sophia Loren received a lifetime achievement award from the Rome Film Festival last month, it was the first career honor she'd ever received in her home country. It's difficult to believe, considering she's symbolized Italian sultriness and sexiness to…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

Beyond the Gates (Fox) Blade: House of Chthon (New Line) The Boss of It All (IFC) Boston Legal: Season Three (Fox) Brothers and Sisters: The Complete First Season (Buena Vista) Catherine Deneuve: Essentials (Wellspring) The Condemned (Lionsgate) Deliverance: Deluxe Edition…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Dining, Social Grace

Quiet, Please

Dear Social Grace, I have an apartment that's right next door to the apartment manager's office, and the acoustics of my building are a little weird (I've heard people having sex three floors away). I've never had any complaints about…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Truffaut Retrospective In the freeze frame that ends The 400 Blows, Antoine Doinel, a rebellious, unwanted kid, has just escaped from a reformatory and run to the edge of the sea. That final image captures the face of a child…
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Boys Keep Swinging

For Pierre & Gilles, known affectionately as P&G, growing up means growing old, and if they can't stop this process in life, they can at least do so in their art by freezing moments of robust youth and beauty. This…
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Film,

Second Time Around

The Young Girls of Rochefort "Charm" is an overused word, but it can fairly be applied to this beautiful wide-screen musical by the late Jacques Demy, now restored to glory under the direction of his widow Agnes Varda. Already anachronistic…
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Film,

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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Film,

The Good Creepiness; the Bad Creepiness

Repulsion Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Polanski and Gerard Brach. Starring Catherine Deneuve. Opens Friday, May 22, at the Castro. Gummo Written and directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Darby Dougherty, Chloe Sevigny, Carisa…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday may 8 Demy Reigns A French town is recast in pastels in Jacques Demy's 1964 musical fantasy Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). A work particularly notable for its firsts -- dialogue done entirely in song, the…
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Dog Bites

Deneuve: De Nerve! There's a San Francisco lesbian magazine called Deneuve. There's a French actress named Catherine Deneuve. Coincidence? "It's not named after her," says Deneuve editor Katie Brown. "It's named after our publisher's first girlfriend, back in high school."…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday july 5 Caring and Sharing Talk about exhaustive research: To prepare for his "Love and Affection Tour," comedian Scott Capurro has spent long hours in bars and clubs, supermarkets and cafes -- even public pools and fruit stands --…
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