Wednesday, October 20, 2021

BILL MURRAY’S “CRADLE” AND ALL

July 19, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

The final movie screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (out of competition) was not a movie at all. It was a concert video of a performance by Bill Murray and a trio of classical musicians headed by famed cellist, Jan Vogler. It resembled, albeit on a more imposing scale, one of those hip coffee-house shows […]

CANNES 2021 ENDS IN A COMPLETE MESS

July 17, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

Who could have expected less? The 2021 film festival, which did not take place a year ago due to the raging pandemic and was delayed from May to July this year in the (unrealized) hope that the threat would have been quashed by now, ended in virtual shambles Saturday. Destroying any suspense over who the […]

FULL-FRONTAL SEX COMEDY PREMIERES IN CANNES

July 17, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

Back in the 1940s and ’50s — before television entered our lives — many families purchased 16mm sound projectors and rented movies to show at home. In those days, possession of pornography was a crime, and the shops that sold and rented films generally kept their porno merchandise in the rear of the stores. Customers […]

GIGANTIC NEW THEATER OPENS ITS DOORS AT CANNES

July 15, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

A new, almost completed, IMAX theater, The Cineum, is getting a trial run at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Located about four miles west of the festival nerve center, the block-long, four-story-high structure, which bears comparison with Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, includes a main theater that offers 514 plush seats facing a 75-foot […]

WES ANDERSON’S LATEST ABSURD ARTISTRY UNVEILED IN CANNES

July 14, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

At Cannes, it’s difficult to judge a film by the length of the standing ovation it receives. Take Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, which is competing for the Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Reporters attending a preview screening clocked the applause at nine minutes. Yet their reviews, some of which […]

WE HAVE A LEADER AT CANNES!

July 12, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

At the halfway point of the Cannes Film Festival, a clear leader in the competition for the Palme d’Or award has emerged — at least among international film critics. (The critics and the jury that makes the actual award selection are often not in sync.) In a poll of the ten top critics conducted by […]

SEAN PENN’S “FAMILY FILM” DEBUTS AT CANNES

July 11, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

The last time Sean Penn took a film that he directed to Cannes, he nearly had the red carpet pulled out from under him. Critics unanimously savaged his 2016 film The Last Face, with some even booing during the press screening. Benjamin Lee, the critic for Britain’s Guardian, for example, called it a “staggering misfire.” […]

ABORTION DRAMA COMES TO CANNES VIA AFRICA

July 9, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s an anomaly: a film, written and directed by a man, about a mother’s struggle to seek an abortion for her teenage daughter, who is determined to have one even at the cost of her life; a film produced in the central-African country of Chad, where there is not a single movie theater to screen […]

ISRAEL DIRECTOR JABS ITS CONSCIENCE

July 7, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

After winning last year’s Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlin Film Festival, for his film Synonyms and now becoming a frontrunner for the Palme D’or, the top prize at Cannes, director Nadav Lapid may become a major opposition voice in Israel. In Synonyms, his lead character rejects the Jewish state, the country of […]

CANNES RETURNS

July 6, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

To say that the 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival feels understated would be something of an understatement in itself. Returning in July (it is usually mounted in May) after the Covid-inflicted cancellation of the 2020 presentation, the usual hallmarks of the annual film celebration appear muted. The streets of the French resort city […]

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