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  • Sight and Sound: Directed by Marcel L’Herbier, L’Inhumaine features Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc in a great-looking (Fernand Léger sets) mix of science-fiction and sex melodrama. Marcel L’Herbier silent ‘L’Inhumaine’: Sight and sound integration For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film…

  • Danièle Delorme: Pioneering woman director Jacqueline Audry’s muse would eventually become a pioneering female movie producer. Remembering pioneering woman director’s muse and pioneering woman producer Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme, who died on Oct. 17, ’15, at the age of 89 in Paris, is best remembered…

  • Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis’ recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White…

  • Jean-Luc Godard in his youthful days: Greek debt crisis solution? Jean-Luc Godard solution for the Greek debt crisis: ‘Therefore’ copyright payments A few years ago, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, while plugging his Film Socialisme, chipped in with a surefire solution for the seemingly endless…

  • Marc Allégret: André Gide lover, all-around starmaker and the initial driving force behind the film career of Simone Simon. Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (See previous post: “Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.”) Simone Simon became a film…

  • Simone Simon: Femme fatale in ‘Cat People.’ Simone Simon: Remembering the ‘Cat People’ and ‘La Bête Humaine’ actress Pert, pretty, pouty, and fiery-tempered Simone Simon – who died at age 94 ten years ago, on Feb. 22 – is best known for her starring role…

  • Simone Simon and Jean Gabin in ‘La Bête Humaine.’ Simone Simon in ‘La Bête Humaine’ 1938: Jean Renoir’s film noir (See previous post: “‘Cat People’ 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.”) In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century…

  • Catherine Deneuve: Best Actress César Award ‘record-tier’ for ‘In the Courtyard,’ with Oleg Kupchik and Big Dog. Catherine Deneuve: César Award Best Actress Record-Tier (See previous post: “Kristen Stewart & Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.”) Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César Award…

  • Kristen Stewart in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ with Juliette Binoche. Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan.…

  • ‘Emmanuelle’ 1974, with Sylvia Kristel: French blockbuster distributed domestically by Alain Siritzky’s Parafrance Films. ‘Emmanuelle’ movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as “a short illness” on Saturday, Oct. 11, ’14, at a Paris…

  • Catharine Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve: Style & talent on TCM tonight A day to rejoice on Turner Classic Movies: Catherine Deneuve, one of the few true Living Film Legends, is TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” star today, August 12, 2013. Catherine Deneuve is not only one…

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