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French President Macron takes legal action against photographer over invasion of privacy

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French President Emmanuel Macron has filed a legal complaint against a photographer over allegations that he violated the presidential couple’s privacy while they were on a holiday vacation. According to UK newspaper The Telegraph, Macron and his wife were on a private holiday in France when an unnamed photographer failed to honor their request for privacy.

The photographer is accused of stalking the president and his wife during their stay in the French city of Marseille, having at times acted in ‘a risky and perilous manner’ while ignoring warnings from Macron’s security personnel to back off. None of that got him arrested, however; it was the photographer’s alleged unauthorized entrance into the couple’s private property that led to the cops being called and a legal complaint being filed.

The unnamed photographer reportedly told French newspaper VSD that he was subjected to a police search, which included having officials search his bags and gear. He complained of being treated like a criminal and being forced to remove his watch and shoelaces, and characterized the police officers’ search of him as ‘totally illegal.’

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6 Reasons Why “Dunkirk” Is One of the Greatest War Movies Ever Made

By Bennett Ferguson

There is a moment late in “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s ferociously vivid account of the evacuation of over 300,000 cornered British soldiers from France during World War II, when a man accepts that he is going to die.

He’s a naval commander named Bolton and since he’s played by Kenneth Branagh, every word he speaks carries a calm dignity that would have made Alan Rickman crack a sly smile. Yet as a German plane swoops overhead, the formidable Bolton realizes that these are his last moments and closes his eyes, surrendering to his fate.

It’s odd that one of the most memorable parts of a film about stratospheric triumph (it has been speculated that if the evacuation had failed, the war would have tilted in Hitler’s favor) is a moment of defeat.

Then again, Nolan (who also wrote the film) has never been one to let expectations ruffle his impeccable blonde coiffure. He is, after all, the filmmaker who made sweet narrative music out of a backwards murder mystery in “Memento” and bizarrely and beautifully turned a bookcase into a cosmic conduit between an estranged father and daughter in “Interstellar.”

“Dunkirk” (which uses composite characters) shares some time-bending DNA with Nolan’s previous films (more on that later), although it’s certainly an earthier affair. Superheroes may fascinate Nolan (note his three dates with the Dark Knight), but the daredevilry in “Dunkirk” isn’t like anything from the average comic book. Here, there are no skyscrapers to leap off of—there’s just soldiers struggling to survive, whether they’re trying to escape a torrent of saltwater pouring through bullet holes in a boat, or swimming to safety after a torpedo strike.

“Dunkirk” is also, like all of Nolan’s films, great fun (along with “Gravity” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” it’s one of the zestiest suspense thrillers of the decade). → continue…

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All 17 Luc Besson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By David Zou

Norman Stansfield (Leon The Professional)

So many fingers, so many pies, it sometimes seems like Luc Besson is everywhere! There are, quite literally, scores of films that he has been involved with: as writer, as director, and as various types of producer. He’s been involved with some well known franchises: Taken, Taxi, Transporter and that’s just from the ‘T’ part of the list.

So you have to wonder what we’d be watching if the 17 year old Besson hadn’t had the car accident that prevented him following his first choice of career – marine biology. He was born in Paris, France to parents who were both Club Med scuba diving instructors and spent his formative years in various Mediterranean Resorts. As a teenager, he would entertain himself by reading comics and writing stories, some of which were later developed into his better known films.

During the ‘80s Besson, Jean-Jacques Beineix, and Leos Carax were the leading lights of Cinéma du Look favouring style over substance and spectacle over story. (Personally speaking I find that a little harsh as ‘Nikita’ and ‘Le Grand Bleu’ have oodles of substance and a great story as well as looking gorgeous.) While Besson might have felt uncomfortable with that categorisation, it can’t be denied that his films are always a treat for the eyes.

17, 16, 15 – The Arthur and the Minimoys series

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

Ten year old Arthur (Freddie Highmore) has to try and save his family home from demolition. To do this he relies on the little people living in harmony with nature at the bottom of his garden.

Based on ‘Arthur And The Minimoys’, a children’s book written by Besson, this is a new venture being part live action and part animation. As is often the case with voice only → continue…

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Photographer travels around the globe to photograph all her Facebook friends

Ahna Anomaly, San Francisco, California

Social networks have changed the meaning of friendship. Many of our Facebook friends we might not have seen in a long time or never even met personally. Photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander decided to take friendship back out of the virtual into the real world by visiting and photographing all of her 626 Facebook friends.

Since 2011 she has been traveling around the USA and to countries as far as the UK, Belgium, France, Greece, and Malaysia to meet her friends in their homes, take their portrait and share real-life experiences with them.

Shannon Lam and Maury Browning, Sungai Long, Malaysia

According to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, where Hollander’s Are you really my friend? is currently on display, the project turned from a personal documentary on friendship “into an exploration of contemporary culture, relationships, generosity and compassion, family structure, community-building, storytelling, meal-sharing, the economy and class, the relationship between technology and travel in the 21st century, social networking, memory, and the history of the portrait.

Mary Bok with Surely and Honey the dogs, Camden, Maine

You can see all the images and learn more about Are you really my friend? on the project website. You can also follow Tanja Alexia Hollander on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out about her ongoing work.

All images courtesy: Tanja Hollander and MASS MoCA, used with permission

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10 Great Movies From The 1990s You May Have Missed

By David Zou

The 1990s is a period of great cinematic innovation. Filmmakers from around the world made some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. For example, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994), Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), or Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together (1997).

However, perhaps due to such numerous amount of great films, some 90s films are slipping out of the audience’s radar: they deserve more attention. This list aims to introduce these gems with diversity in mind. Some of the films are from France, some from the United States, others from Asia. Some made by great directors such as Jean-Luc Godard or Robert Altman or Hou Hsiao-hsien, others more obscure.

All of them exemplify the cinematic art’s fertile development, although in altogether diverse ways, in genres ranging from arthouse to crime thriller. In a sense, the 1990s is a golden age of world cinema, a time when great directors made their masterpieces.

Most of the films are entertaining, some are more challenging. They are all highly worthwhile aesthetic experiences, allowing the audience to travel, for a brief duration, into another time and place, to live the lives of another.

10. Nouvelle Vague (1990)

Nouvelle Vague (1990)

Jean-Luc Godard’s filmography—for many film lovers, it seems—is confined to the 1960s. The French radical auteur’s obscurantist 1970s political films removed him from public attention.

However, following Godard’s return to the mainstream narrative with Every Man For Himself (1980), the critical attention paid to his work still did not regain to the level of the 1960s period. Not until recently, with Goodbye to Language (2014), which won the Palm d’Or, had Godard returned successfully to the public gaze.

Thus, Godard’s films from the 1980s to the 2000s, are, arguably, the most neglected works of art in recent memory. The 1990 narrative feature Nouvelle Vague (New → continue…

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6,500 Kilometers in 29 Shooting Days: Jérôme Reybaud on 4 Days in France

By Vadim Rizov

I wrote a little bit about 4 Days in France yesterday; a few hours after publishing, I went to meet writer/director Jérôme Reybaud to follow up on some particular points of interest. Some basic plot points about this recommended quasi-romance/road trip narrative: a great deal of the film follows two men driving cross-country across France (one in pursuit of his just-left partner until their routes converge) to an extensive collection of classical recordings, stopping at locations including the top of the very cold Alps, a used bookstore, a theater, and an encounter with a notably aggrieved lady who chews out one character […] → continue…

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4 Days in France and This Time Tomorrow: Limited Release Friday x 2

By Vadim Rizov

There’s a critical cliche often lobbed at limited-screen-time players who make big impressions: that they seem to “have their own lives that go on before and after the movie.” Generally speaking, this doesn’t mean anything more than that characters have been written and performed in such a way that they don’t come off as crude ciphers merely delivering exposition or enabling plot pivots, but this really does apply in a meaningful way to Jerome Reybaud’s 4 Days in France. The title is literal: one morning, Pierre (Pascal Cervo) wakes up and, for no apparent reason, leaves the apartment he shares with […] → continue…

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All 7 Jean-Pierre Jeunet Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Rob Williams

A self -taught director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet was born on 3rd September 1953 in the Loire, France. He bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation Studios. He met Marc Caro at an animation festival in Annecy in 1974. They worked together on a number of short films, animations, adverts, and music videos. Caro left early in the production of Alien: Resurrection but, no offence, it does seem hard to spot what he brought to the table. If you took his name off the credits it would be hard to spot when he left.

His films are quite easily spotted – use of wide camera angles, lots of elaborate crane movements, extensive use of colour grading, and he likes to cast actors with unusual facial features, step forward Dominique Pinon! His CV would be longer and more illustrious if he hadn’t declined things like Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Hellboy, and Life Of Pi.

In short, he is talented, visionary, and very, very French. If the ‘F’ word upsets you then do yourself a favour… search out ‘Foutaises’ or ‘Things I Like, Things I Don’t Like’. Running at under ten minutes it is a perfect sampler of the man’s style, humour, and visual intricacy. He is often mentioned in the same breath as Terry Gilliam, possibly because of the shared roots in animation?

7. Alien: Resurrection – 1997

Set 200 years after Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection manages to get Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) back by having her cloned from blood samples. While they were at it, somebody thought it might be a hoot to toss in some of the alien’s DNA into the mix and see what happens. The result is the usual… greedy idiots breed monsters to → continue…

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10 Movies You Should See Before Watching “Dunkirk”

By David Zou

As the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Dunkirk” has arrived, here is a selection of films that have some connections with this movie – some of them even quoted by the director as direct influences – and brilliant war films from the history of cinema that should definitely be watched before Nolan’s film.

In “Dunkirk”, a very visual movie that is one of the most anticipated releases of the year, we are introduced to Allied soldiers from the British Empire, Belgium and France that are surrounded by the Germans during a brutal battle in World War II. The movie stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Barry Keoghan and, of course, the film even has a cameo from Michael Caine.

So, in order to celebrate great films that expose the cruelty and senseless savagery of war (and even some classic thrillers and visual masterpieces), here are 10 movies that you should see before watching Dunkirk.

1. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), directed by Lewis Milestone

All Quiet on the Western Front

The Oscar-winning film from acclaimed director Lewis Milestone, “All Quiet on the Western Front” is a defining movie in the history of the depiction of war in cinema. In the words of Christopher Nolan to the British Film Institute: “One look at James Jones’ essay on ‘Phony War Films’ (in which he takes down several of my old favourites) immediately shows you the perils of taking on real-life combat in a dramatic motion picture.

In Jones’ estimation All Quiet on the Western Front said it first and best: war dehumanises. Revisiting that masterpiece it is hard to disagree that the intensity and horror have never been bettered. For me, the film demonstrates the power of resisting → continue…

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The Life and Times of Writer/Director Sofia Coppola – Indie Film Hustle

By Jonathan Roberts

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The Life and Times of Writer/Director Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola who lives in Paris, France is an American. She was born in New York City, New York and attended the California Institute of Arts, Mills College. She is a film director, producer, screenwriter and actress. She has two children and her parents are Francis Ford Coppola, her father a veteran movie director, producer and screenwriter and Eleanor Coppola her mother. In 1999, she wrote and directed the movie The Virgin Suicides.

For her directional role in Lost in Translation, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2003 and presently is the third in line of women who have been nominated in the category of an Academy Award for Best Director. Sofia Coppola won the top award “Golden Lion” at the Venice Film Festival in 2010 for her role in the drama Somewhere; she is the only American actress and fourth American filmmaker who has won this award). Her personal life is unique.

Sofia Coppola was given birth to on May 14, 1971, and is 45 years. She happens to be an only daughter and the youngest child in the Coppola clan. According to her, she had spent a quite number of years in Tokyo, especially during her 20s when she and a friend owned a miniature clothing line together.

This according to her accorded them the opportunity to always travel to Tokyo a couple of times per year. In 1999, she married Spike Jonze who she had met in 1992 and divorced him in 2003 after an official statement that stated that the divorce was one reached with sadness. In 2006, → continue…

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