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‘Lisa’ is quite a rare film. I found a DVD on Japanese amazon and am therefore happy to be able to see Marion Cotillard’s magnificent performance in this. Here the screencaptures:
After New York also London is holding the A Rendez-Vous with French Cinema event from March 29 – April 1, 2007. Opening film is again ‘La Vie en Rose’. Screenings: Thursday, March 29 (invitation only) and Saturday, March 31 at 12.00 (Ticket bookings). The great thing about this event is that the French filmmakers and actors who will be accompanying their films, will be present at a Q&A session at the end of the screenings. It takes place at one of London’s most prestigious cinemas, the Curzon Mayfair.
‘A Good Year’ – Marion’s first major role in an English-speaking film – was released on Reg 1 DVD on February 27. Upcoming DVD releases include Germany (April 23) and English Region 2 (May 7). Here the screencaptures:
534 A Good Year – Screencaptures
120 A Good Year – Postcards from Provence DVD Featurettes
022 A Good Year – Trailer A replaced with better quality caps
027 A Good Year – Trailer B
032 A Good Year – TV Spots
007 A Good Year – DVD Menu
I have finally managed to get to the cinema and see ‘La Môme’ last week. I have seen almost every film (that’s available on DVD) with Marion Cotillard. I’ve been amazed by her performances many a time. However, I couldn’t describe her latest performance better than Variety did: “Versatile, always spot-on thesp Marion Cotillard surpasses herself.” She’s simply perfect! Although one recognizes Marion she is completely transformed and not once wavers in being Edith Piaf.
The film itself is something else of course. Well, it looks beautiful and the sound and colour on the big screen are not to be missed. But for someone like myself who is not familiar with the life of Edith Piaf, it is too confusing. One leaves the cinema with an idea who she was as a person but without a clear picture of her life.
Unfortunately, Marion Cotillard did not win a Silver Bear for Best Actress in Berlin – even though most journalists and critics predicted it.
There’s a chance to see for yourself how good Marion is as Edith Piaf: ‘La Vie en Rose’ screens tonight in New York. Here’s the quote from the official site of the event Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2007 (February 28 – March 11, 2007)
“Each March, New Yorkers have the chance to savor the newest flavors and try out the latest fashions featured on Parisian screens with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Now in its 12th year, Rendez-Vous opens on Feb. 28 with an American premiere—direct from the Berlin Film Festival: Olivier Dahan’s fascinating portrait of Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose. Graced with a mesmerizing performance by Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose is a worthy tribute and a compassionate look at one of France’s greatest cultural icons.”
Unfortunately, all tickets are sold out. A limited number of tickets may become available prior to showtime.
I’ve just read through today’s online press covering last night’s premiere of ‘La Môme’. German journalists reported that it got standing ovations. Some loved the emotional portrayal of tragic French singer Edith Piaf. Others didn’t. But everyone loved Marion Cotillard’s performance. One newspaper compared her transformation as the French singer to Charlize Theron’s performance in ‘Monster’ – that got her the Golden Bear in Berlin. Similar Predictions for Marion Cotillard are not rare.
Marion also got praise from the industry’s leading paper Variety (click for full film review): “Versatile, always spot-on thesp Marion Cotillard surpasses herself as the waiflike French songbird whose personal traumas fueled her art. Cotillard nails the assignment, portraying Piaf at 20 to Piaf on her deathbed with a range of gestures, her trademark posture, and a core of eternal hurt melded with ferocious pride. She embodies Piaf’s raspy speaking voice, her imperious street-wise attitude, her simple joy at being lionized by other celebs, and the taste of artistic triumph mixed with the constant hum of genuine tragedy.”
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After not updating the site for a while (I’m sorry!!) I have new exciting pictures:
005 La Môme – Stills
002 La Môme – On Set
002 A Good Year – Stills
001 A Good Year – On Set
067 A Good Year – Backstage Featurette (made from a video sent in by Paolo, thanks!)
003 A Good Year – Artwork
005 Vanity Fair Italy (January 25, 2007)
007 Madame Figaro (December 30, 2006)
001 Elle Japan (October 2004)
059 2006 Cannes Film Festival – Screencaptures (made from a video sent in by Paolo, thanks!)
Great news! Marion Cotillard’s latest and probably biggest project to date will have its world premiere February 8, 2007. The film starring Marion Cotillard in the role of a lifetime as Edith Piaf will open the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. Here some quotes from the press release (source: official site):
The world premiere of La Vie en Rose will open the Berlinale in grand style on February 8, 2007 and be presented in the competition for the Golden Bear as well as the Silver Bears.
From humble beginnings, raised in the Paris slums, she made it into the greatest concert halls around the world. Celebrated yet shrouded in scandal. The film La Vie en Rose tells the story of the passionate life of Edith Piaf.
With this motion picture, director Olivier Dahan leaves a cinematic memorial to this legendary singer, more than 40 years after her death. “La Vie en Rose”, “Non, je ne regrette rien” – her songs will be long remembered all over the world. In her time, friends with Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour and Marlene Dietrich, her magical voice and unique stage presence have made her a myth. Her rollercoaster life alternated between times of success and fortune and periods of tragedy and disaster.