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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

LIVE STREAM FROM GOOGLE I/O 2017


Tune in here for the live stream from GOOGLE'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE: GOOGLE I/O.

The live I/O keynote begins around 1:00 NY time on Wed May 17!

The live Developer keynote begins around 4:00 NY time on Wed May 17!

Below, there are three video feeds, the CURRENT MAIN STREAM, the DEVELOPER KEYNOTE, and the ARCHIVED MAIN KEYNOTE. For best results, make sure only one of the three streams is running, and the other two are paused!


CURRENT MAIN STREAM FROM GOOGLE I/O




THE FOLLOWING EMBEDDED VIDEOS MAY DUPLICATE A LIVE STREAM ABOVE OR CONTAIN ARCHIVED OLD STREAMS!

DEVELOPER KEYNOTE 4 PM NY TIME MAY 17 2017 -




ARCHIVED MAIN I/O KEYNOTE 1 PM NY TIME MAY 17, 2017 --





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Sunday, March 12, 2017

 

Review: FRANTZ in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


FRANTZ

Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

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Frantz


François Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113m
French and German with English subtitles


The new film from acclaimed director François Ozon is a sublime, heartrending saga of guilt, forgiveness, and forbidden love in post–World War I Europe. Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 antiwar drama Broken Lullaby, it charts the complex bond that forms between two strangers: Anna (Paula Beer), a young German woman grieving the loss of her fiancé, Frantz, in the war, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a former French soldier. What plays out between them is a haunting investigation of postwar trauma and healing rendered in gorgeous black-and-white that occasionally gives way—gloriously—to psychologically charged bursts of color. A Music Box Films release. 


Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

TRAILER


REVIEW:

I don’t know what the director intended, but for me this film is a meditation on lying.

The characters lie to each other, sometimes to comfort them; sometimes they lie to themselves, to assuage their grief, or imagine love, or dodge their own guilt and stoke their hate. The acting is styled, and the film is shot in highly stylized black & white, rather than natural behavior and color. Even the plot has some “contrivances” that I think are unlikely to occur in life: either the plot itself is a “lie” or the happiness it suggests is a lie, because this film takes place in the aftermath of WW I, and the story suggests the smoke that will turn into the inferno of WW II.


CAST AND CREW
Director – Francois Ozon
Writers – Francois Ozon, Phillippe Piazzo; adapted from an Ernst Lubitsch film & a Maurice Rostand play.

Pierre Niney - Adrien Rivoire
Paula Beer - Anna
Ernst Stötzner - Doktor Hans Hoffmeister
Marie Gruber - Magda Hoffmeister
Johann von Bülow - Kreutz
Anton von Lucke - Frantz Hoffmeister
Cyrielle Clair - La mère d'Adrien
Alice de Lencquesaing - Fanny


LINKS

FRANTZ – IMDB

FRANCOIS OZON – WIKIPEDIA







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Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

Review: IN BED WITH VICTORIA in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


IN BED WITH VICTORIA

Saturday, March 4, 9:30
Sunday, March 12, 3:30pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

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In Bed With Victoria / Victoria

Justine Triet, France, 2016, 97m
English and French with English subtitles

Victoria (Virginie Efira) is a hotshot lawyer with a disastrous personal life. Between juggling a demanding job, raising two kids, and fending off an ex-husband who’s slandering her on the Internet, she can barely be bothered with the hit-or-miss (mostly miss) online hookups she sets up. Around the time Victoria agrees to help her old friend Vincent (Melvil Poupaud) with a decidedly bizarre legal matter, she runs into a charming former client Sam (Vincent Lacoste). Now that a shot at real romance comes along, will the perpetually harried Victoria even recognize it? This refreshingly offbeat (how else to describe a film that features a trial in which the star witness is a Dalmatian?) farce is propelled by Efira’s irresistible performance as a heroine who’s raw, real, and complicated in ways that transcend the rom-com formula.

Saturday, March 4, 9:30pm (Q&A with Justine Triet)
Sunday, March 12, 3:30pm

REVIEW:

This is a slightly loopy movie, but fun.  It does raise some major questions about the rules of procedure in French courts.


Both Vincent Lacoste and Melvil Poupaud were seen in films last year at the RENDEZ-VOUS 2016.  Vincent Lacoste was featured in Julie Delpy’s LOLO, and Melvil Poupaud was in THE GREAT GAME.  We interviewed Melvil last year – the links are below.


TRAILER (In French)


CAST AND CREW
Director – Justine Triet
Writers – Justine Triet, Thomas Levy-Lasne

Virginie Efira - Victoria Spick
Vincent Lacoste - Samuel Mallet
Melvil Poupaud - Vincent Kossarski
Laurent Poitrenaux – David

Neither the dog nor the chimp are credited in IMDB.


LINKS

IN BED WITH VICTORIA – IMDB

JUSTINE TRIET – IMDB

VIRGENIE EFIRA – IMDB

VINCENT LACOSTE – IMDB

JULIE DELPY’S LOLO (WITH VINCENT LACOSTE) – QPORIT

MELVIL POUPAUD – IMDB

QPORIT 360 INTERVIEW (2016) WITH MELVIL POUPAUD

QPORIT 3D INTERVIEW (2016) WITH MELVIL POUPAUD



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Review: THE PARIS OPERA in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


THE PARIS OPERA
L’OPERA DE PARIS

Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

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Full Preview at


The Paris Opera / L'Opèra de Paris

Jean-Stéphane Bron, France, 2017, 110m
French with English subtitles

This all-access documentary goes behind the scenes of the Paris Opera, following the array of personnel—management, performers, costumers, cleaning crew—who work to bring breathtaking spectacle to audiences night after night. Over the course of a season, director Jean-Stéphane Bron nimbly juggles a dizzying number of storylines, from labor disputes to procuring a live bull for Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron to a PR crisis involving the head of the company’s ballet. Sweeping in scope yet full of intimate human moments, The Paris Opera offers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions. U.S. Premiere.

Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm



REVIEW

This is a terrific film that celebrates opera, music, and dance. It provides a backstage look at their preparations, management, celebrations and crises that are part of a year at the opera.

This documentary follows in the style of Frederick Wiseman (but with more love for the institution and its cultural products than Wiseman, with his often ascetic aesthetic often reveals). There is no narration, or external information provided, beyond what is said and shown in the film. While this provides a unity of experience, it also leaves many questions about who is who, and what their role is. 

It has long been my belief that every documentary should have a companion (transmedia!) informational website that adds (for example) the full text of interviews excerpted in the film, the names and dates and bios of people who appear in the film, links to relevant information, and other important information that does not fit in a single 2 hour film.

(In fact, In 2009, Frederick Wiseman, himself, made a documentary about dance at the Paris Opera -- the link is below).

The film has a loose structure.  It is roughly chronological, and it follows two people in particular: Stéphane Lissner, a new Director of the Opera, and Mikhail Timosheko, a young singer with a beautiful bass-baritone voice, through a season of opera.  (And they chose well: Timoshenko now, a few years after the film was shot, seems to have a blossoming career.)

This film is a gift for all music, opera, and dance lovers… and an invitation to everyone else!


CAST AND CREW
Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron

Appearances include:
              Stéphane Lissner - Director of the Paris Opera.
              Mikhail Timosheko - a young Bass-Baritone


LINKS
THE PARIS OPERA - IMDB

JEAN-STEPHANE BRON - IMDB

STEPHANE LISSNER

MIKHAIL TIMOSHENKO

THE PARIS OPERA - WIKIPEDIA

THE PARIS OPERA BALLET - WIKIPEDIA

WISEMAN’S LA DANSE - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1500496

FREDERICK WISEMAN - WIKIPEDIA



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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

 

Preview: DJANGO in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH FILMS 2017


DJANGO

Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm and 8:30pm
(Étienne Comar, Reda Kateb, and Cécile de France in person)

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA



Opening Night:
Django

Étienne Comar, France, 2017, 115m
French with English subtitles
The world of legendary Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is brought to vivid life in this riveting saga of survival, resistance, and artistic courage. Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming his admirers (including an intrepid friend and muse played by Cécile de France). But even as the rise of Nazism and anti-Romani sentiment force Reinhardt—whose music is considered degenerate under the Third Reich—to make a daring escape from the city, he refuses to be silenced, his music becoming his form of protest. The feature debut from acclaimed screenwriter Étienne Comar (Of Gods and Men) immerses viewers in a tumultuous chapter in the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest musical geniuses. North American Premiere
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm and 8:30pm (Étienne Comar, Reda Kateb, and Cécile de France in person)

DIRECTOR: Etienne Comar

CAST – CHARACTER:
          Reda Kateb - Django Reinhardt
Cécile De France - Louise de Klerk

Ulrich Brandhoff - Hammerstein




DJANGO PRESS CONFERENCE FROM BERLINALE



DJANGO REINHARDT – WITH CLIPS



LINKS


DJANGO 2017 – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6247936/

DJANGO REINHARDT – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0718099/

DJANGO REINHARDT – WIKIPEDIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_Reinhardt

ETIENNE COMAR – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0173541/

REDA KATEB – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3024530

CECILE DE FRANCE – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0208426

ULRICH BRANDHOFF – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5157580/





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Review: THE DANCER in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


THE DANCER / LA DANSEUSE

Thursday, March 2, 1:45pm
Monday, March 6, 9:30pm (Q&A with Stéphanie Di Giusto)

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

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Preview at


Soko as Loie Fuller (l) and Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan (r)
THE DANCER / LA DANSEUSE
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


The Dancer / La danseuse

Stéphanie Di Giusto, France/Belgium/Czech Republic, 2016, 108m
English and French with English subtitles

This visually sumptuous drama set amidst the opulence of La Belle Époque Paris charts the real-life saga of modern dance icon Loïe Fuller (Soko). Raised on the plains of the American Midwest, Fuller became the unlikely toast of turn-of-the-century France with her legendary performances, in which swirling swaths of silk fabric and dazzlingly colored lights created a kaleidoscopic spectacle of color and movement. Boasting lavish period detail, breathtaking dance sequences, and fiercely committed performances by Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, and Lily-Rose Depp as Fuller’s rival Isadora Duncan, The Dancer is an arresting chronicle of an artist’s struggle to realize her vision.

Thursday, March 2, 1:45pm
Monday, March 6, 9:30pm (Q&A with Stéphanie Di Giusto)




REVIEW:

This film presents a fascinating account of the origins of the modern dance of the late 1800's and early 1900's, focusing first on Loie Fuller, and then on her relationship with Isadora Duncan (about 15 years younger than Fuller). The first part, including a beautiful reconstruction of Fuller's dances is terrific.

This second part does try to compress too many years of history into too few minutes.

To understand the full story, it is probably necessary to look at much more information over a much longer period.  A mini-series might have been appropriate. Indeed, the early 1900's were a spectacular time of innovation in science, music, art, and in classical ballet as well as free-form dance. A larger canvas for the story would be enlightening. (In the links, I've included Wikipedia articles about the principals, and a link to Fuller's autobiography.)

One note... I was a little puzzled in the film when Fuller talks about patents for her dance, rather than copyrights.  It turns out that she was trying to patent her inventions relative to the stage lighting!

Soko, who does great work in this film, is an experienced French actress, although not well known here, previously. Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and French model and singer Vanessa Paradis, is a young newcomer, also terrific; Lily-Rose also appears in another film this year, PLANETARIUM, opposite Natalie Portman).


CAST AND CREATORS


Director - Stéphanie Di Giusto

Writers

Thomas Bidegain 
Stéphanie Di Giusto
Giovanni Lista (novel)
Sarah Thibau

Soko - Marie-Louise Fuller - dite Loïe Fuller
Gaspard Ulliel - Le comte Louis d'Orsay
Mélanie Thierry - Gabrielle Bloch
Lily-Rose Depp - Isadora Duncan
François Damiens - Edouard Marchand - le directeur artistique des Folies-Bergère
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing - Armand Duponchel - le directeur de l'Opéra
Amanda Plummer - Lili - la mère de Loïe


LINKS


THE DANCER / LA DANSEUSE – IMDB

LOIE FULLER – WIKIPEDIA

FIFTEEN YEARS OF A DANCER;’S LIFE – BY LOIE FULLER

ISADORA DUNCAN – WIKIPEDIA

STEPHANIE DI GIUSTO – IMDB

SOKO – IMDB

LILY-ROSE DEPP – IMDB




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Sunday, February 26, 2017

 

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS



ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

AWARD PRESENTATION - ABC
Host - Jimmy Kimmel
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017


BREAKING NEWS!

After a (mostly) very entertaining Academy Awards ceremony, tho' running way overtime, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, celebrating the anniversary of BONNIE AND CLYDE, came to present the BEST PICTURE AWARD.  Beatty opened the envelope and seemed confused, looking at it for a strangely long time. He later said the card in the envelope said "EMMA STONE / LA LA LAND". He showed it to Faye Dunaway, who simply read out "LA LA LAND."  

While the producers of LA LA LAND were thanking and speeching, there was suddenly a flurry of activity behind them. A moment later, in the middle of his speech, a producer added... but we lost!

The MOONLIGHT team came to the stage and the LA LA LAND producer then graciously handed the statuette to the MOONLIGHT producer and congratulated him.

It would seem that Warren Beatty was simply handed the wrong envelope (for Best Actress, not Best Picture), and then the error was compounded with the inaccurate announcement from the wrong envelope card. 

However, Emma Stone says she was holding her card. Further reports suggest there are duplicate copies of each envelope, and Beatty got the second copy of the wrong envelope... 

Still... it seems strange that every envelope does not say clearly on both the outside and the inside what award it is for -- it actually does specify the award category on the outside, but not on the inside on the card. (So the final summary is ???   This suggests a new hashtag: #OscarsSoWTF)



MOST NOMINATED

14- LA LA LAND
 8- ARRIVAL (Should'a been 9, but Amy Adams was snubbed!)
 8- MOONLIGHT
 6- MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
 6- LION
 6- HACKSAW RIDGE
 4- FENCES
 4- HELL OR HIGH WATER
 3- HIDDEN FIGURES


FILMS

BEST PICTURE:
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
==>“Moonlight”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Land of Mine”
“Tanna”
==>“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

ANIMATED FEATURE:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
==>“Zootopia”

ANIMATED SHORT:
“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
“Pearl”
==>“Piper”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
“13th”
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
==>“O.J.: Made in America”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:
“4.1 Miles”
“Extremis”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani: My Homeland”
==>“The White Helmets”

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM:
“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”
=>“Sing”
“Timecode”


ACTING

LEAD ACTOR:
==>Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

LEAD ACTRESS:
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
==>Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
==>Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
==>Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”


CREATIVE

BEST DIRECTOR:
==>Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hidden Figures”
“Lion”
==>“Moonlight”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
“20th Century Women”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
==>“Manchester by the Sea”

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
“Arrival”
==>“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Silence”

FILM EDITING:
“Arrival”
==>“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Moonlight”

VISUAL EFFECTS:
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
==>“Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
“Arrival”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail, Caesar!”
==>“La La Land”
“Passengers”

MAKEUP AND HAIR:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
==>“Suicide Squad”

COSTUME DESIGN:
“Allied”
==>“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Jackie”
“La La Land”


MUSIC  & SOUND

ORIGINAL SCORE:
“Jackie”
==>“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Passengers”

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls”
==>“City of Stars,” “La La Land”
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”

SOUND EDITING:
==>“Arrival”
“Deep Water Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Sully”

SOUND MIXING:
“Arrival”
==>“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”


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