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French Actress Nathalie Baye

The great Nathalie Baye visits Connecticut

The annual festival of new French movies – Focus on French Cinema – is always a major spring event in Connecticut. The chance to see new films and attend Q&As with actors, directors and producers

‘Wolf in the River’: immersive excitement

Adam Rapp has returned to The Flea Theater with an exciting piece of theater that is designed to be experienced rather than explained or categorized. In a time when so much theater seems to wash over

Notes on a preview of ‘Shuffle Along’

I know that it’s not really kosher for a journalist to write about a Broadway show while it’s still in early previews, but why not share good news? Thanks to my brother, I caught Saturday’s matinee

The sophisticated sexiness of Romy Schneider

If I could hop into a pop culture time machine, I think I would want to make a 1961 stop in Paris to check out the stage production of John Ford’s “Tis Pity She’s a Whore” that co-starred Romy

A very un-sexy movie about sex

Director George Cukor never hid the fact that he had a very bad time in post-production on his 1962 film, “The Chapman Report.” The movie lost 20 minutes at the hands of a studio editor — who worked

‘Marguerite’: ridiculous to the sublime

The story of the famously awful singer Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944) – who became a New York City cult figure – inspired the play “Souvenir” and a forthcoming Meryl Streep movie. French

‘Roadshow!’: when movie musicals died

It’s one of the ironies of the current era that as mainstream movies have gotten worse, the quality of books about movies has never been higher. Mark Harris, William Mann, Ethan Mordden and several

Julianne Moore’s taboo performance

The angriest phone call I’ve ever received from a reader came after I praised David O. Russell’s 1994 debut film “Spanking the Monkey” and mentioned in passing that the story included a darkly comic

‘Forget the Film, Watch the Titles!’

What would the early James Bond movies have been like without the boost they got from those fantastic, over-the-top title sequences by the late great Maurice Binder? The combination of the sexy

Joanne Woodward in a London love story

The Warner Archive DVD-on-demand program has been digging into the TV movie library of Turner Pictures and they unearthed a gem, a 1993 adaptation of Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,