Claudia Cardinale: The Leopard premiere at Cannes
Claudia Cardinale arrives at the premiere of the new restoration of Luchino Visconti’s 1963 Palme d’Or winner The Leopard / Il Gattopardo, held at the Palais des Festivals on May 14, during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa from Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s sprawling novel, The Leopard also features Alain Delon (you can see part of him in the photo above), Burt Lancaster, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma.
Claudia Cardinale photo: Venturelli / WireImage.
Luchino Visconti movies
Other Luchino Visconti films include:
- Ossessione (1943), an unofficial adaptation of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Cast: Massimo Girotti. Clara Calamai.
- Bellissima (1952).
Cast: Anna Magnani. Walter Chiari.
- Senso (1954).
Cast: Alida Valli. Farley Granger.
- Rocco and His Brothers / Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960).
Cast: Alain Delon. Renato Salvatori. Annie Girardot. Katina Paxinou. Claudia Cardinale.
- Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner Sandra / Vaghe stelle dell’orsa… (1965).
Cast: Claudia Cardinale. Jean Sorel. Michael Craig.
- The Damned (1969).
Cast: Dirk Bogarde. Ingrid Thulin. Helmut Berger. Charlotte Rampling.
- Death in Venice / Morte a Venezia (1971).
Cast: Dirk Bogarde. Björn Andresen. Silvana Mangano. Marisa Berenson. Franco Fabrizi.
- Ludwig (1972)
Cast: Helmut Berger. Romy Schneider.
- Conversation Piece / Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (1974).
Cast: Burt Lancaster. Helmut Berger. Silvana Mangano. Claudia Marsani.
- The Innocent / L’Innocente (1976), his last film.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini. Laura Antonelli. Jennifer O’Neill. Massimo Girotti. Rina Morelli. Marie Dubois.
Claudia Cardinale movies
Besides her collaborations with Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale has been featured in about 90 films. Among them:
- Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963), with Marcello Mastroianni and Anouk Aimée.
- Richard Brooks’ The Professionals (1966), with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, and Robert Ryan.
- Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), with Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Charles Bronson.
- Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo (1982), with Klaus Kinski.
According to the IMDb, Claudia Cardinale currently has three films in post-production:
- Nicole Garcia’s A View of Love / Un balcon sur la mer, with Marie-Josée Croze and Jean Dujardin.
- Ali Ilhan’s Being Italian with Signora Enrica / Diventare italiano con la signora Enrica, with Ismail Hacioglu and Lavinia Longhi.
- Gianni Amelio’s The First Man / Le premier homme, based on Albert Camus’ novel.
Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon
Pictured above are Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, and Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob (mostly hidden behind Delon’s outstretched arms) at the premiere of the newly restored The Leopard.
Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon photo: Venturelli / WireImage.
Alain Delon movies
Besides his collaborations with Luchino Visconti, Alain Delon has been featured in more than 80 films since the late ’50s. Among them:
- Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein (1976), with Jeanne Moreau and Juliet Berto.
- Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï (1967), with François Périer and Nathalie Delon.
- Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse (1962), with Monica Vitti and Francisco Rabal.
- René Clément’s Purple Noon / Plein soleil (1960), with Maurice Ronet and Marie Laforêt.
Alain Delon is seen above with his The Leopard co-star Claudia Cardinale and his daughter Anouchka Delon. The 19-year-old Delon has been featured in only one movie to date: José Pinheiro’s made-for-TV production Le lion (2003), based on a novel by Joseph Kessel (Belle de Jour, The Army of Shadows).
Set in Kenya during the Mau-Mau uprising of the 1950s, the TV movie features Anouchka Delon as a young girl who befriends the title character. Ornella Mutti and Alain Delon play, respectively, the girl’s mother and stepfather.
This French television production was a remake (or reboot) of Jack Cardiff’s The Lion (1962), which starred Pamela Franklin as the girl, Capucine as her mother, Trevor Howard as her stepfather, and William Holden as the man whose presence leads to family conflicts. (Heino Ferch apparently plays Holden’s role in the remake.)
Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, and Anouchka Delon photo: Venturelli / WireImage.
Alain Delon and Anouchka Delon photo: Swarovski / WireImage.
Martin Scorsese, Best Director Oscar winner for The Departed, attends the premiere of the restored Luchino Visconti classic The Leopard.
Scorsese’s movies include Mean Streets (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).
From the early ’70s to the mid-’90s, Scorsese was frequently associated with Robert De Niro. In recent years, in movies such as Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator (2004), he began developing a professional relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Martin Scorsese photo: Getty Images / WireImage.
Meg Ryan and frequent Quentin Tarantino producer Lawrence Bender: Cannes Film Festival
Actress Meg Ryan and producer Lawrence Bender attended the Vanity Fair and Gucci party honoring Martin Scorsese at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The event took place at the Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc on May 15.
Meg Ryan is reportedly in Cannes to raise money for her debut as a movie director. Ryan says she plans to begin shooting later this year. So far, the project hasn’t been named.
Meg Ryan movies
Meg Ryan (born Nov. 19, 1961, in Fairfield, Connecticut) has been featured in more than 30 movies – not infrequently directed by female filmmakers – since her debut in George Cukor’s Rich and Famous in 1981. Ryan’s notable film credits include:
- When Harry Met Sally… (1989).
Director: Rob Reiner.
Cast: Billy Crystal. Meg Ryan. Carrie Fisher. Bruno Kirby.
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
Director: Nora Ephron.
Cast: Tom Hanks. Meg Ryan. Rosie O’Donnell. Bill Pullman.
- When a Man Loves a Woman (1994).
Director: Luis Mandoki.
Cast: Meg Ryan. Andy Garcia. Ellen Burstyn. Tina Majorino. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gail Strickland. Eugene Roche. Uncredited: Ellen Geer.
- You’ve Got Mail (1998).
Director: Nora Ephron.
Cast: Tom Hanks. Meg Ryan. Greg Kinnear. Parker Posey. Jean Stapleton. Steve Zahn.
- Kate & Leopold (2001).
Director: James Mangold.
Cast: Meg Ryan. Hugh Jackman. Liev Schreiber. Breckin Meyer. Natasha Lyonne. Bradley Whitford.
- In the Cut (2003).
Director: Jane Campion.
Cast: Meg Ryan. Jennifer Jason Leigh. Michael Nuccio. Mark Ruffalo.
- The Women (2008).
Director: Diane English.
Cast: Meg Ryan. Annette Bening. Eva Mendes. Candice Bergen. Cloris Leachman. Debra Messing. Jada Pinkett Smith. Bette Midler. Carrie Fisher. Debbie Mazar.
In The Women remake – a critical and box office dud – Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, and Eva Mendes were cast in roles played by Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford in the 1939 movie version directed by Rich and Famous’ George Cukor.
Update: The embodiment of 1990s big-screen sweetness & light in popular fare like Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Meg Ryan plays pretty, wealthy, cuckolded Connecticut/New York clothing designer Mary Haines in Diane English’s 2008 The Women revamp, in which the female characters are not only socialites but also professionals.
Ryan, whose film career had been in the doldrums for some time, was further hindered by this feminist comedy flop. Following the 2009 bomb Serious Moonlight, she was gone until her – failed – 2015 comeback vehicle (and directorial debut) Ithaca, her last feature to date.
Lawrence Bender movies
Lawrence Bender (born on Oct. 17, 1957, in The Bronx, New York City) has produced several of Quentin Tarantino’s best-known films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Inglourious Basterds. Away from Tarantino, Bender’s film credits include:
- Best Picture Academy Award nominee Good Will Hunting (1997).
Director: Gus Van Sant.
Cast: Matt Damon. Robin Williams. Ben Affleck. Minnie Driver. Stellan Skarsgård. Casey Affleck.
- Mexican Academy Award (Ariel) Best Picture nominee Innocent Voices / Voces inocentes (2004).
Director: Luis Mandoki.
Cast: Carlos Padilla. Leonor Varella. Gustavo Muñoz.
- Best Documentary Academy Award winner An Inconvenient Truth (2006).
Director: Davis Guggenheim.
Cast: Al Gore.
Martin Scorsese, for his part, was at Cannes for the premiere of the restored version of Luchino Visconti’s 1963 period drama The Leopard, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale.
Meg Ryan and producer Lawrence Bender photo: Daniele Venturelli / WireImage for Gucci.
Claudia Cardinale and Martin Scorsese
Veteran Claudia Cardinale, with cigarette in hand, and director Martin Scorsese, possibly naming The Leopard and Sandra as his two favorite Cardinale movies (notice his fingers), are seen above at the Vanity Fair and Gucci Party honoring Scorsese.
Claudia Cardinale and Martin Scorsese photo: Daniele Venturelli / WireImage for Gucci.
Juliette Binoche and Frida Giannini
Made up to sort of look like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, 1996) and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini also attended the Vanity Fair and Gucci Party honoring Martin Scorsese.
This year, Juliette Binoche is both the poster girl of the Cannes Film Festival and the star of Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, about the relationship between a middle-aged couple (William Shimell is the other half) while spending time in Tuscany.
Certified Copy has received mostly good notices at Cannes, and will likely get some sort of recognition on awards night.
Juliette Binoche and Frida Giannini photo: Daniele Venturelli / WireImage for Gucci.
Giovanna Mezzogiorno: Cannes Film Festival
Giovanna Mezzogiorno attends the Jury Photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Mezzogiorno recently played Ida Dalser, Benito Mussolini’s mistress, in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere. Filippo Timi was cast as both Mussolini and his son, Albino.
Giovanna Mezzogiorno movies
Giovanna Mezzogiorno has been featured in about 25 films since 1997. Besides Vincere, notable titles include:
- Basilicata Coast to Coast (2010).
Director: Rocco Papaleo.
Cast: Alessandro Gassman. Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Rocco Papaleo.
- L’amore non basta (2008).
Director: Stefano Chiantini.
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Rocco Papaleo. Alessandro Tiberi.
- Love in the Time of Cholera (2007).
Director: Mike Newell.
Cast: Javier Bardem. Benjamin Bratt. Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Liev Schreiber. Fernanda Montenegro. John Leguizamo. Catalina Sandino Moreno. Hector Elizondo. Laura Harring.
- Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee Don’t Tell / La bestia nel cuore (2005). Venice Film Festival Best Actress winner.
Director: Cristina Comencini.
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Alessio Boni. Stefania Rocca. Angela Finocchiaro. Giuseppe Battiston. Luigi Lo Cascio.
- Love Returns / L’amore ritorna (2004). Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists’ Best Actress winner.
Director: Sergio Rubini.
Cast: Margherita Buy. Fabrizio Bentivoglio. Antonello Fassari. Darío Grandinetti. Mariangela Melato. Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Sergio Rubini. Mario Rubini. Michele Placido.
Giovanna Mezzogiorno photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre / WireImage.com. Mezzogiorno’s watch Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Twinkling Diamonds.
Sandrine Bonnaire: ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ premiere
Sandrine Bonnaire, wearing Montblanc 3 rings 4810 and a silver necklace as a bracelet, arrives at the premiere of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps at the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a sequel to Stone’s own Wall Street, which earned Michael Douglas a Best Actor Academy Award. Others in the cast of the 1987 socially conscious drama: Charlie Sheen and Daryl Hannah. The sequel received mixed notices at the festival.
Reviewers, however, were certainly more enthusiastic about Stone’s drama than about either Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger or Ridley Scott’s summer blockbuster wannabe Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.
‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ cast
Written by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps features:
The film opens in North America on Sept. 24.
Sandrine Bonnaire movies
Sandrine Bonnaire has been featured in about 40 movies since the early 1980s. Notable films include:
- La Cérémonie (1995). Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, shared with co-star Isabelle Huppert.
Director: Claude Chabrol.
Cast: Isabelle Huppert. Sandrine Bonnaire. Jacqueline Bisset. Jean-Pierre Cassel. Virginie Ledoyen. Valentin Merlet. Jean-François Perrier.
- Monsieur Hire (1989).
Director: Patrice Leconte.
Cast: Michel Blanc. Sandrine Bonnaire. Luc Thuillier. André Wilms.
- Palm d’Or winner Under the Sun of Satan / Sous le soleil de Satan (1987).
Director: Maurice Pialat.
Cast: Gérard Depardieu. Sandrine Bonnaire. Maurice Pialat.
- Vagabond / Sans toit ni loi (1985). Best Actress César Award and Los Angeles Film Critics Association winner.
Director: Agnès Varda.
Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire. Setti Ramdane. Francis Balchère. Jean-Louis Perletti. Yolande Moreau.
Sandrine Bonnaire photo: Olivier Borde / WireImage.com.
Pilar López de Ayala: ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’ premiere
Pilar López de Ayala, the star of Manoel de Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica / O Estranho Caso de Angélica, is pictured above holding a Swarovski vintage bag at the You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed and written by Woody Allen, who has been releasing one movie or so a year since the late 1960s, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger stars the following:
Naomi Watts (also at Cannes with Fair Game). Josh Brolin (also at Cannes with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Best Actor Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991).
Like many recent Woody Allen films, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger received mostly unenthusiastic reviews, and several downright negative ones as well.
Pilar López de Ayala movies
Pilar López de Ayala has been featured in nearly 20 films since the late 1990s. Besides The Strange Case of Angelica, notable efforts include:
- Comme les autres (2008).
Director: Vincent Garenq.
Cast: Lambert Wilson. Pilar López de Ayala. Pascal Elbé. Anne Brochet.
- In the City of Sylvia / Dans la ville de Sylvia (2007).
Director: José Luis Guerín.
Cast: Pilar López de Ayala. Xavier Lafitte.
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004).
Director: Mary McGuckian.
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin. Kathy Bates. Gabriel Byrne. Pilar López de Ayala. Robert De Niro. F. Murray Abraham. Émilie Dequenne. Adriana Domínguez. Harvey Keitel. Samuel Le Bihan. John Lynch. Mark Polish. Michael Polish. Dominique Pinon. Jim Sheridan. Javier Conde.
- Mad Love / Juana la Loca (2001). Best Actress Goya Award and San Sebastian Film Festival winner.
Dir.: Vicente Aranda.
Cast: Pilar López de Ayala. Daniele Liotti. Giuliano Gemma. Rosana Pastor. Eloy Azorín. Roberto Álvarez. Guillermo Toledo. Susi Sánchez. Carolina Bona.
Pilar López de Ayala photo: Swarovski / WireImage.
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