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Les Durs and the Anatomy of the (French) Tough Guy: Gabin, Ventura, and Belmondo
27 Jul 2016 // 9:30 PM
At Les Durs (The Tough Guys) Film Fest, the tough guy is a bulwark against decay; he's the guarantor of value -- even if that value is compromised by the world around him.
The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli
18 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM
Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli will provide illumination on how film's first special effects were used, how two brothers presciently preceded reality TV in the Hamptons, and why some directors prefer to work about once a decade on average...
Jean Pierre Melville's 'La silence de la mer' Is the French Resistance in Microcosm
13 May 2015 // 9:10 PM
Austere even by Jean-Pierre Melville's later standards, La silence de la mer is a powerful testament to nonviolent resistance.
The Seductive Jean-Paul Belmondo Gives Life to 'León Morin, Priest'
16 Nov 2011 // 4:03 PM
Jean-Pierre Melville directs a faith-based tale that reminds us that he only worshiped in the church of cinema.