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Orlando SentinelORLANDO -- The prospects of a sale or spinoff of Vivendi Universal's entertainment assets into a separate company has the U.S. theme-park industry buzzing, potential buyers looking and Universal Orlando executives swallowing hard. The Orlando resort...
Times Staff WriterWith the blockbusters "Lawrence of Arabia," "Dr. Zhivago" and "Funny Girl," Omar Sharif became an international star. Sharif, an Egyptian-born actor of Lebanese descent, cut a romantic figure with his handsome looks, dark-eyed gaze and aura of...
Times Staff WriterBefore the opening credits are over for "The Piano Teacher," director Michael Haneke has captured the dynamics of the relationship between Erika Kohut (Isabelle Huppert) and her mother (Annie Girardot). Three hours have passed since Erika gave her last...
Tags: Sex, Isabelle Huppert, France, Science and Technology, Movies
Times Staff Writer"Harrison's Flowers" is a picture that's well-meaning but problematic, a love story set against the outbreak of war in the former Yugoslavia in October 1991. Through the frame of the love story, director Elie Chouraqui and his writers convincingly show us...
Times Staff WriterThe flaccid new French action film "Wasabi" is the cinematic equivalent of one of those tourist T-shirts your parents bring back from vacation--you know, they get to go to Tokyo and you get this stupid movie. Quite a few people were lucky enough to travel...
Times Staff WriterThe aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century became a time of turmoil that stirred the spirit of revolution in art and politics. In "Children of the Century," Diane Kurys' bravura film of the tempestuous love story of George Sand and...
Times Staff WriterBertrand Tavernier's superb "Safe Conduct" ("Laissez-Passer") is an engrossing homage to those French filmmakers who, during the occupation, managed to maintain their integrity and professionalism under the most repressive circumstances. At once intimate...
Tags: Cinema Industry, France, Paris (France), Drama (genre), Movies
Times Staff WriterThere are few filmmakers today for whom moviemaking is as deeply moral an enterprise as it is for Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. In the brothers' powerful new film, "The Son," a man trembles at the threshold of vengeance, confronted by a boy who has done...
Times Staff WriterThe road not taken winds through every life. In the low-key French drama "The Man on the Train," it winds from the train station where a stranger disembarks one early evening to the squeaking gate behind which another man waits for something to happen....
Times Staff Writer"L'auberge espagnole" literally translates as the Spanish inn, but it's also a French expression for a place where cultures are mixed together like a stew. In both meanings, it is a perfect title for French writer-director CÚdric Klapisch's exhilarating...
Times Staff WriterPatrice Leconte's "Intimate Strangers" opens with the brisk economy of a film made by a master screen storyteller. A beautiful but distraught-looking young woman (Sandrine Bonnaire) enters a fine old Paris building. Its concierge, who has been wrapped...
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...
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