May 21, 2012
The movie market in Cannes, France, this week is such a dramatic sideshow that this year it's getting its own film. Director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin are running along Boulevard de la Croisette, filming a documentary on the feverish deal-making that surrounds the film festival. The industry hatches deals in hotel rooms, over drinks at evening parties, and aboard yachts just off the beach. Toback, director of Fingers and Tyson, will document the process of selling a film at Cannes while also trying to land financing for a fictional film.
March 22, 2002 |
Surely there are other places where the air feels like a silk shirt, smells like lavender, and tastes like wild strawberries, but Cannes is the best-known spot for this sort of sensory seduction. Festival in Cannes is indie director Henry Jaglom's starstruck valentine to the onetime fishing village that has become international filmmaking's favored spot to fish for financing. It isn't a good movie, but it is diverting, a showcase for Anouk Aimee, Greta Scacchi and Ron Silver, and a peephole on behind-the-scenes moves.
May 20, 2004 |
Bonjour mes amis! Are you tired of hearing news about glamerati cinephiles now convening in Cannes, the Ventnor of the French Riviera? Us, neither. Though we long to frolic with Uma Thurman and Achilles tendency Brad Pitt, word reaches us that all is not merveilleaux at this year's film festival. Long known as a burglar's playground (see Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief), the private- jet-set playground is besieged by a crime spree. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott's wallet and laptop were stolen from his hotel room while he was sleeping.
May 11, 1989 |
The 42d Cannes Film Festival opens tonight with the foreign debut of New York Stories, the Manhattan triptych by director superstars Woody Allen, Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Maverick American filmmakers will also be enjoying considerable exposure here, where for the next 12 days features by Paul Bartel, Kathryn Bigelow, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee and Wayne Wang will be given their world premieres. In all, 22 movies from 11 nations - principally the United States, France and Italy - will compete for the Golden Palm, the festival's highest accolade.
May 17, 1986 |
Riding into Cannes, and even throughout the old city itself, you see multiplex movie theaters just as ugly as those anywhere in the United States, playing the same combinations of action thrillers, teen movies and sex comedies. The most prominent movie right now is "The Delta Force. " And "Young Sherlock Holmes" has finally arrived here (I'm surprised it didn't make the competition) under its international title, "The Secret of the Pyramid. " Speaking of "The Delta Force," its producers, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, are probably the most courageous men in Cannes.
May 30, 1986 |
Jean-Claude Duvalier's lease on a plush French Riviera villa in this hilltop town expires tomorrow, and real estate agents said yesterday that the former Haitian ruler would move to nearby Cannes. In Haiti, the justice minister said that millions of dollars in Duvalier's assets had been frozen or seized. Duvalier, his wife, Michele, and their children and aides have been living in a 10-room villa with a swimming pool and tennis courts since March 7. Duvalier fled Haiti Feb. 7 on a U.S. Air Force transport.
February 23, 1997 |
"Nice is a singular city, a combination of stimulant to the senses such as I have seen nowhere in the world. " - Paul Valery The first time I went to Nice, almost 50 years ago, I traveled on Le Train Bleu. Alas, the famed Blue Train has succumbed to the airplane, but I still remember the blinding sunshine and the astonishing colors I saw riding along the water's edge for the first time: The blue, blue sea, the terra-cotta coastline, and the white froth of breaking waves - much like the colors of the French flag.
February 27, 2012 |
PARIS - Silent film "The Artist" has won six awards including best picture, best actress and best director at France's answer to the Academy Awards. Just two days before the Oscars, co-star Berenice Bejo and director Michel Hazanavicius took top honors at the Cesar awards on Friday. Best actor honors went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie "Intouchables" (Untouchable). He notably beat "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin who won the category at Cannes, the Golden Globes and Britain's BAFTAs - and is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.
May 20, 1988 |
The mere mention of Richard Gere's name sparks a libidinous flame in the hearts of female festival-goers. So it was no surprise that when the American heartthrob came to Cannes for the world premiere of his new film, Miles From Home, Wednesday night, his presence ignited a four-alarm fire of fan passion. Though the prematurely silver-haired Gere escorted model Gabrielle Lazoure up the red-carpeted stairs of the Grand Palais, his intimate interaction with the crowd made each woman in the mostly female throng feel as though he only had eyes for her. Reaction to Gere's latest effort, an Iowa-farm foreclosure saga that marks the feature debut of theater director Gary Sinise, was polite but unenthusiastic.
November 7, 2010 |
In early 1981, when the appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court justice, was still a gleam in President Reagan's eye, Jill Clayburgh was on a soundstage playing Ruth Loomis, the first female Supreme in Ronald Neame's First Monday in October . Brainy, mouthy, near-beautiful, Ms. Clayburgh was the go-to actress to boldly go where no woman had gone before. Ms. Clayburgh, who died Friday at her Connecticut home at 66 after living two decades with leukemia, was the Hollywood face of what was quaintly known as Women's Lib. For five years, between 1977 and 1982, the Oscar-nominated star of An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over personified a new breed of American female, defined by professional rather than marital status.