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Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

8 femmes a.k.a. 8 Women (2002) directed by Francois Ozon, starring Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Firmine Richard, Emanuelle Beart, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert
A man is dead. Who among the greedy, ruthless, amoral singing-and-dancing suspects stuck in the snowbound countryside mansion has done it? 8 women is an acquired taste, bien sûr. What seems silly the first time around becomes increasingly wittier and funnier – though no less bizarre – with each repeated viewing. Beautifully shot by Jeanne Lapoirie and chock-full of bitingly sardonic lines and situations (adapted by director François Ozon and Marina de Van, from Robert Thomas’ play), this murder musical is dotted with 8 of the brightest stars of the French cinema of the last 7 (!) decades.

More than seventy years after her film début, Danielle Darrieux, in full form both as an actress and as a singer, joins fellow murder suspects Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert, Emanuelle Béart, Virginie Ledoyen, Firmine Richard, and Ludivine Sagnier in this delightful, off-beat – and highly addictive – romp.


Far from Heaven
d: Todd Haynes; scr:

Gangs of New York
d: Martin Scorsese; scr:

Hable con ella / Talk to Her
d: Pedro Almodóvar; scr:

The Hours
d: Stephen Daldry; scr:

8 femmes / 8 Women
d: François Ozon; scr:

The Quiet American
d: Phillip Noyce; scr:

Yossi & Jagger
d: Eytan Fox; scr: Avner Bernheimer

Michael Caine (The Quiet American)
Javier Cámara (Talk to Her)
Tom Cruise (Minority Report)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Gangs of New York)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things)
Richard Gere (Unfaithful)
Johnny Hallyday (L’Homme du train / The Man on the Train)
Ohad Knoller (Yossi & Jagger)
Yehuda Levi (Yossi & Jagger)
Hiroyuki Sanada (Tasogare seibei / The Twilight Samurai)

Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
Diane Lane (Unfaithful)
Julianne Moore (Far from Heaven)
Meryl Streep (The Hours)
Nadja Uhl (De Tweeling / Twin Sisters)

Chris Cooper (Adaptation)
Tom Hanks (Catch Me If You Can)
Barry Humphries (Nicholas Nickleby)
Roman Knizka (Twin Sisters)
Jude Law (Road to Perdition)
Sergi López (Dirty Pretty Things)
Paul Newman (Road to Perdition)
Dennis Quaid (Far from Heaven)
Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York)

Fanny Ardant (8 Women)
Emanuelle Béart (8 Women)
Maggie Cheung (Ying xiong / Hero)
Danielle Darrieux (8 Women)
Catherine Deneuve (8 Women)
Isabelle Huppert (8 Women)
Geraldine McEwan (The Magdalene Sisters)
Samantha Morton (Minority Report)
Firmine Richard (8 Women)
Meryl Streep (Adaptation)

Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her)
Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian & Kenneth Lonergan (Gangs of New York)
Marina de Van & François Ozon (8 Women)
Christopher Hampton & Robert Schenkkan (The Quiet American)
David Hare (The Hours)
Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven)

Javier Aguirresarobe (Talk to Her)
Michael Ballhaus (Gangs of New York)
Peter Biziou (Unfaithful)
Christopher Doyle (Ying xiong / Hero)
Pawel Edelman (The Pianist)
Conrad L. Hall (Road to Perdition)
Edward Lachman (Far from Heaven)
Jeanne Lapoirie (8 Women)
Seamus McGarvey (The Hours)
Wedigo von Schultzendorff (Hollywood Ending)

Craig Armstrong, Guy Gross (The Quiet American)
Elmer Bernstein (Far from Heaven)
Tan Dun (Ying xiong / Hero)
Philip Glass (The Hours)
Damon Gough (About a Boy)
Alberto Iglesias (Hable con ella / Talk to Her)
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (Unfaithful)
Krishna Levy (8 Women)
Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition)
Isao Tomita (The Twilight Samurai)

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