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News, The Snitch Bastille Day Reflections: France Doesn't Suck

Bastille Day Reflections: France Doesn't Suck

Travel Channel TV host and celebrity ex-chef Anthony Bourdain famously built the Paris episode of No Reservations around the theme, "Why the French don't suck." And if there is one day a year when it's worth pondering the veracity of…
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News, The Snitch Gérard Depardieu on Muni. Sort Of.

Gérard Depardieu on Muni. Sort Of.

Packed into a slammed 21 Hayes, your humble narrator looked up and noticed a most unexpected fellow Muni patron: Nosy French thespian Gerard Depardieu. Okay, not really. It's just the dude on an Oxfam advertisement. And most of you probably…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cinema Mon Amour

Cinema Mon Amour

While foreign filmmakers not named Almodovar or von Trier have a tougher time than ever getting into U.S. theaters , French directors reap one success after another. The Class, Séraphine, Paris, and Coco Before Chanel represent a mere sliver, however,…
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Musique Plus

Holiday burnouts at a loss for New Year's resolutions might want to put the Alliance Francaise's Tuesday night French Film Club series on their short-list. January's fest, "Musique!," opens on the 5th with Francesco Rosi's well-regarded Carmen (1984). This version…
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Zoom Lens

"The Madness of Marco Ferreri" Beginning this Friday Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive offers a two-weekend series of films by the Milanese-born satirist Marco Ferreri. Like many another Italian, Ferreri builds his films around strong graphic images -- in Don't Touch…
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Drowning in Memory

The gothic rainstorm that blusters for all but the last few minutes of A Pure Formality would nicely suit a movie about Transylvanian vampires, or monsters with zipper necks. But because the deluged land is France, the nearest thing to…
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