Tag: Jacques Perrin

  • 1965’s “The 317th Platoon” Is the Movie That Should Have Kept Us Out of Vietnam

    France’s hubris keeps warning us, and so does international cinema. Military brass and George W. Bush administration muckety-mucks famously set aside hours in the early 2000s to screen Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers in an effort to grasp the success of insurgents against an occupying force. And now a new restoration of Pierre Schoendoerffer’s […]

  • Sommelier Than Thou

    Purists might scoff at DISCOVERY WINES (10 Avenue A, 212-674-7833)—it’s too clean, too bright, too well-organized, they’d grumble. Give them a dusty cellar or a labeling system based on soil alkalinity anytime. But for oenophiles who just want a little guidance as to which white to serve at a dinner party or which red will […]

  • Zero for Content: Globalized French Import far From Melodic

    The cinematic equivalent of filtered water, The Chorus is all smooth, nutrient-free clichés. This shamelessly globalized French Oscar submission even opens with a shot of an American flag—perhaps an unconscious declaration of defeat for importable Gallic cinema. Just before giving a concert in New York, a prominent conductor (Winged Migration auteur Jacques Perrin) is informed […]

  • Taking Wing

    Once upon a time, in a decidedly pre-Dogmatic age, Lars von Trier was an electrifying image-smith, and so it is that the 1987 version of Medea he made for Danish TV, which has been floating around on cable and in retrospectives for years, is also his best film. It is certainly his most vivid and […]

  • Valerio Zurlini’s Autumn Tales

    Of all the noteworthy Italian directors who made debut features in the 1950s—Ermanno Olmi, Francesco Rosi, Dino Risi, and Marco Ferreri—the least known in this country is Valerio Zurlini. One of the most literate and sensitive European directors of his time, he turned out eight features before his untimely death in 1982. Only four were […]