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Film, "Elena": Classes and Families Clash Before the Apocalypse

"Elena": Classes and Families Clash Before the Apocalypse

Andrey Zvyagintsev's Elena is a tale of two apartments: a spacious chrome, glass, and marble luxury flat that might be anywhere in prosperous Western Europe, and a cramped unit in some exhausted-looking, distinctly Soviet-vintage apartment block with a view of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Play It Again, François

Play It Again, François

The French New Wave blew a hurricane gale of fresh air into the stultified, hierarchical conventions of late-'50s world cinema, which continues to fill the sails of young filmmakers to this day. We all know — or think we know…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Droll Chabrol

Droll Chabrol

Claude Chabrol, who should soon be shooting his 70th feature, is at once wildly prolific and utterly faithful—at least to the conventions of the commercial thriller. Darkly droll, his A Girl Cut in Two updates the scandalous case of the…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Hitchcock on Holiday

Hitchcock on Holiday

To Catch a Thief: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Starring Cary Grant as a cat burglar and Grace Kelly as a hot-to-trot heiress, this is easily one of Alfred Hitchcock's slightest films, especially coming on the heels of Rear Window; indeed,…
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Comedy of Power

Isabel Huppert has made a brilliant career playing chilly, enigmatic heroines, so we're not surprised to learn before we meet her that Jeanne's nickname is the Piranha. But that's Claude Chabrol's idea of a joke, for Huppert infuses her tough,…
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Film, Stop and Go

Stop and Go

The French flick Red Lights is being promoted as "an edge-of-your-seat thriller in the tradition of Claude Chabrol and Alfred Hitchcock," but it's far from that. Save for one incredibly cheap (and tremendously effective) fake-out scare more than two-thirds of…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, Vive La France!

Vive La France!

If the selection of films at this year's festival is any indication, French cinema is as vital, sophisticated, and quirky as ever. In terms of subject matter and style, these films run the gamut from lightweight trifles to intense explorations…
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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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