Something different for movie reviews this week. Almost every flick I've reviewed in the past week has been an older film about France, so it seems silly to break things down between links to DVD Talk and Criterion Confessions; instead I'll just give you a list of all the movies together. There are two musicals, and three releases of classic films from Max Ophuls.
* An American in Paris, the marvelous Gene Kelly picture, featuring the breathtaking "An American in Paris Ballet"
* Gigi, the lavish musical based on a scandalous story by Colette
* La ronde, Ophuls' circular tale of love at the turn of the century (Also at Criterion Confessions)
* Le plaisir, a triptych of Guy de Maupassant short stories about the consequences of pleasure
* The Earrings of Madame de..., about a love triangle and the O. Henry-like return of a pair telltale heart diamond earrings; the last of this Ophuls threepeat. (Also at Criterion Confessions)
In addition, I saw one costume drama IN THE THEATRE...
* The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley as Georgiana Cavendish in a surprisingly deep and complex study of politics in and out of the bedroom. Not French, but hey, close enough.
Current Soundtrack: various Stax/Volt singles from the late '60s and early '70s
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