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Have You Tried The Marseilles Trilogy?

The critics of the Cahiers du Cinema in the 1950s developed the theory of auterism in which the value of a film is determine by how discernible the mark of the author, usually the director, can be sensed.  687 more words

L'echafaud de mon desir

I love French films; I own well over 200 of them on DVD. And not just the New Wave films we all know, but the pre-war films of Julien Duvivier, Jacques Becker, Marcel Carne, Sacha Guitry — and above all, those of Jean Renoir and Marcel Pagnol. 1,718 more words

Waiting for the Snow--Not Godot!

Like Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot, Bonaparte and I will, unfortunately, be waiting for snow. And—as in the absence of the elusive Godot, I sure hope the snow won’t show! 451 more words

Classic Hollywood Birthdays

Marcel Pagnol, novelist, playwright & filmmaker (1895-1974)

Ben Hecht, screenwriter, director, producer, playwright & novelist (1894-1964)
Vincente Minnelli, director (1903-1986)
Zero Mostel, actor (1915-1977)
Tommy Tune, actor, dancer, singer, producer & choreographer (1939- )

Classic Hollywood Birthdays

Le Paradis de Zola!

It’s funny how certain lines from certain films stay with you and the above description of the Provençal countryside, spoken by Jean Cadoret in the beautiful tragedy Jean de Florette, has always had a place in my heart. 297 more words

The Allotment

Le premier homme [book review]

I read this book by Albert Camus over my week in Oxford, having found it on my daughter’s bookshelf (as she had presumably read it in high school…). 358 more words