Monthly Archive for March, 2017

: March, 2017

Joan Crawford before the shoulder pads

The current FX series “Feud” is an entertaining behind-the-scenes drama about two great Hollywood stars so desperate to hold onto their fame that they put their hatred for each other behind them and

Focus on French Cinema off to a great start

A sold-out house enjoyed the first screening of the annual Focus on French Cinema festival Monday night. The crowd at the Avon Cinema in Stamford welcomed the legendary director Claude Lelouch before

‘Blow-Up’: back to ‘Swinging London’

The Criterion Collection is releasing a two-disc DVD version of “Blow-Up” today, reminding us of the great pleasures of Michelangelo Antonioni’s art-house hit about a London fashion photographer who

Rent it now: fashion world expose, ‘Picture Me’

Sara Ziff and her filmmaking partner Ole Schell deserve kudos for their unusually revealing documentary about the fashion industry, “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary” (Strand Releasing Home Video). Most of

When Coco flipped over Igor

Jan Kounen’s smart and sexy 2010 bio-pic “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” opens with a tremendous flourish — a recreation of the legendary 1913 Paris premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”

‘Wakey, Wakey’: facing the end

The new Will Eno show at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan — “Wakey, Wakey” — continues a recent string of challenging hits that includes “The Open House” and “The Realistic Joneses.” Eno has been

The return of ‘A Man and a Woman’

It would be hard to over-estimate the impact of the Claude Lelouch film “A Man and A Woman” when it came out in 1966. The movie won the Grand Prize at Cannes, the Academy Award for best foreign

‘When It’s You’: searching for answers

Ana Reeder is giving a dazzling performance in the new one-character play “When It’s You,” produced by the Keen Company at Theatre Row in Manhattan. When we meet Ginnifer, at what seems to be some

‘Dream Ago’: Gabrielle Stravelli’s new standards

Jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli has released a beautiful collection “Dream Ago” (Big Modern Music) in which her new songs become inseparable from the standards she includes from Cole Porter and

‘Land of Mine’: (post) war is hell

The first 10 or 15 minutes of “Land of Mine” are so harrowing that I was tempted to flee the theater. The Danish-German production — nominated for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar – is