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Times Staff WriterIn a vast Paris movie palace a glittering premiere of a comedy is taking place with the formally dressed audience laughing at every joke. The camera picks up the one person not joining in the merriment, a beautiful but tense young woman sitting in a box...
Tags: Sony Corp., Santa Ana, Santa Monica, England, Maurice Chevalier
Times Staff WriterWe all meet as strangers, starting from scratch and warily filling in blanks. But what if mutual erotic attraction was so powerful it compelled immediate action? And what if circumstances made that response almost imperative for one night and one night...
Times Staff WriterWith such films as "I Can't Sleep," "Nenette and Boni" and "Beau Travail," Claire Denis over the last decade has risen to the first rank of French directors with her incisive, sharply perceptive films. Her latest, "Trouble Every Day," however, is highly...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 17, 1998 Drenchingly romantic, world-weary and perhaps not just a little foolish, "Chinese Box," Wayne Wang's love letter to his native Hong Kong, is the kind of film that can be rewarding if you embrace it for its bold attempt rather...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 10, 1998 Catherine Deneuve's career is as enduring as her beauty because she has always taken roles that rely as much on her talent as her looks. With Portuguese fabulist Raul Ruiz's brilliant, bravura "Genealogies of a Crime" she...
Times Staff WriterFrance's fiery Catherine Breillat gets down to business fast in "Anatomy of Hell." A darkly beautiful woman (Amira Casar) wanders through a gay disco and touches a man (Rocco Siffredi), confident he not only will follow her to a restroom but see that...
Times Staff WriterAfter years spent trying to bury cinema--or at least its more obvious pleasures--Jean-Luc Godard has made a new movie that exalts its glory. A film about history, memory and the distance between the two, "In Praise of Love" is an almost-love story about a...
Times Staff Writer"Read My Lips" is a battle of wills and desires set in a thriller context, a violent meditation on the unlikely persistence of love, an investigation of a difficult and compelling relationship between two abused individuals seeking revenge for the...
- June 20, 2000: Vivendi announces its three-way merger with Seagram, owner of Universal Studios, and pay-television group Canal Plus. - Dec. 5, 2000: Shareholders approve the $34 billion deal. Afterward, Vivendi Chairman Jean-Marie Messier says,...
Times Film Critic"Brotherhood of the Wolf" is the cinematic equivalent of fusion cuisine. It's not only that this French-language film has an editor and a stunt coordinator from Hong Kong, a cinematographer from Denmark and a star from Hawaii, it's that its very...
Tags: Gaming, England, Cinema Industry, French Movies, Monica Bellucci
Times Film Critic"Va Savoir" offers many pleasures, but none so rare or satisfying as the chance to watch a film find itself. For this masterful celebration starts off slowly, even uncertainly, giving no hint of the rich and elegant exploration of love, jealousy and...
Tags: Sony Corp., Romance (genre), Paris (France), Celebrities, Movies
Times Staff Writer"Transfixed" is an absorbing mystery thriller set in the high-risk world of Brussels' transsexual prostitutes and entertainers, which is an ideal milieu for veteran director Francis Girod's outré tastes and wide-ranging sympathies. Based on a novel by...
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