Camille Claudel (1988)
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What’s perhaps more surprising is Dumont’s end result here, an elegiac look at a brief moment in time where Claudel was only two years into a nearly thirty year internment in an insane asylum. Without a doubt, the success lies primarily with a formidable performance from Binoche,
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Many are perhaps familiar with Isabelle Adjani’s much hailed Oscar nominated performance as the turn of the century French sculptress Camille Claudel in the 1988 Bruno Nuytten sensation, an artist whose unfortunate demise overshadowed her work. When director Bruno Dumont announced his latest film, Camille Claudel, 1915, which would mark the first time the auteur utilizes a notable actor, here in the form of Juliette Binoche, it marked an intriguing change of pace for a director known for oblique and sometimes distractingly philosophical works where the sacred and profane seethe incongruously until sparks of surprising violence puncture the ambiance. What’s perhaps more surprising is Dumont’s end result here, an elegiac look at a brief moment in time where Claudel was only two years into a nearly thirty year internment in an insane asylum. Without a doubt, the success lies primarily
As always he has an amazing lineup. Richard likes art films and intelligent subject matters. He also distributes many documentaries and non English language films. Very good taste I might add.
He bought the controversial Chinese film shown at Cannes this year, A Touch Of Sin.
It begins shockingly as it opens with a punchy bout of bloodshed as three kids brandishing hatchets hold up passing motorcyclist Zhou San (Wang Baoqiang) on a stretch of lonely road. But they are foiled when he calmly pulls out a gun and dispatches them. That drifter, with his taste for firearms and robbery, resurfaces later in one of the film’s four narrative strands.
At Cannes it won Best Screenplay. Kino Lorber will open this in 50 Us cities and in New York at the prestigious IFC Center, in Greenwich Village on 6th Avenue.
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La Maison de la Radio is a French documentary Richard bought from the company Films de Losange.
The story covers twenty-four hours in the life of Radio France, called the 'BBC of France' and the film goes from one dawn to another.
The film trails along its corridors, inside its recording studios, with its producers, presenters, journalists and various guests.
And outside on a motorbike with a microphone it follows in the wake of the Tour de France or in the company of an adventurous thunderstorm photographer.
It appears this week at the prestigious New York City theater The Film Forum.
Camille Claudel 1915 stars the great Juliette Binoche.
Set in winter, 1915.
The artist is confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's tragic reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
In October this film screens at New York's The Film Forum.
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