Tag Archives: Jean-Paul Belmondo

“I prefer a national film to an international film.” — Jean-Paul Belmondo

It’s his birthday today. I wrote about him on my Substack.     Thank you so much for stopping by. If you like what I do, and if you feel inclined to support my work, here’s a link to my … Continue reading

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“I am the old story. L’histoire ancienne. But an old story can still be a good story, no?” — Anna Karina

It’s the birthday of French New Wave star Anna Karina, muse to many, fascinating onscreen persona, director of her own films. Anna Karina died in 2019, and you felt the loss in an almost palpable way, particularly in the New … Continue reading

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December 2021 Viewing Diary

Nightmare Alley (2021; d. Guillermo del Toro) I will re-post here the thoughts I jotted down on Facebook after I saw it for the first time. I absolutely loved this film. Nightmare Alley is gorgeously shot, with an ominous moody … Continue reading

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I’m not sure, but I think Jean-Luc Godard loves Johnny Guitar

Pierrot le Fou (1965) La Chinoise (1967) Weekend (1967) And what’s not to love, really. Been on a Godard kick this month. The December viewing diary may be rather monotonous because of it, but it’s been super fun – even … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Jean-Paul Belmondo

The outpouring of love for Belmondo has been very heartening to see and I was particularly touched by Mickey Rourke’s Instagram post about him. Mickey Rourke is in a direct line from Belmondo. It’s like a baseball play: Brando/Dean to … Continue reading

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April 2016 Viewing Diary

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016; d. Taika Waititi) My favorite thing I saw at Tribeca. It hasn’t opened yet but this is one you want to see. My review here. Midsummer in Newtown (2016; d. Lloyd Kramer) I was … Continue reading

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