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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 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 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...
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...
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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...
Times Staff WriterSex was anything but funny in Catherine Breillat's aptly titled "Anatomy of Hell," her recent exercise in gyno-gothic horror. But "Sex Is Comedy," which was based on Breillat's own experiences directing sex scenes, is equally true to its title. Produced...
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Times Staff WriterIf the biggest political act of Pedro Almodóvar's early film career was a refusal to mention the dictatorship that smothered Spain in hypocritical piety for 40 years, "Bad Education" is his latest. Now 53 and as contrarian as ever, Almodóvar finally...
Tags: Celebrities, Sony Corp., Juliette Lewis, Movies, Death
Times Staff WriterAlejandro Amenábar's deeply moving "The Sea Inside" transcends what by rights should have been a bummer of a story to become one of the most profound and uplifting dramas of the year. Based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spanish quadriplegic who...
Times Staff WriterOlivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's "Adventures of Felix" is an odyssey of self-discovery of much charm, humor and admirable subtlety. It follows a young man (Sami Bouajila) hitchhiking from Dieppe, France, to Marseilles where he intends to seek...
Tags: Demographics, France, Entertainment, Cinema Industry, Movies
Times Staff WriterThe timing is just right for Claude Lelouch's sleek and sweeping "And Now Ladies & Gentlemen." It's been a long, long time since there's been a big romantic movie from Lelouch on local screens, and this picture is the perfect summer tonic for mature...
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