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Notes on “Band of Outsiders”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Three Parisian kids with vaguely American aspirations plan a vaguely American crime. That crime, a robbery, is mixed up with the seduction of Odile, the trio’s female constituent, who isn’t sure she wants either. You can’t … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Exterminating Angels”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 2006 “The Exterminating Angels,” the middle part of what I take to be writer-director Jean-Claude Brisseau’s trilogy on the subject of the modern young woman, is too severe to be effective as trash and too … Continue reading

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Notes on “Redoubtable”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Redoubtable” is a demystification of Jean-Luc Godard and a dramatization of his turn to radical politics. Director Michel Hazanavicius lacks the ferocity and lightning wit of the artist he’s spoofing, but his somewhat plodding covers of … Continue reading

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Notes on “Joan the Maid”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I can’t think of a movie that feels more authentically Medieval than Jacques Rivette’s 1994 “Joan the Maid,” an interpretation of the Joan of Arc story in two very long parts. In it, Rivette, always attentive … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Sylvie Dessartre

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The cool beauty known as Sylvie Dessartre appeared in a number of French erotic films of the late 1970s. As the images below attest, she also posed for cheesecake photos. That’s all I know. Her comportment … Continue reading

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Feels Accurate

When I was a student in France — a long, long time ago — I was amazed at how much time the French spent à table. Then, when I returned to the States, I was amazed by how prone Americans … Continue reading

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If I Must Have a Master, My Master Should Be a Great Man

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: By this time it was about midnight. One of her servants, waiting with her pelisse, went down to order her carriage. On her way home she fell naturally enough to musing over M. de Montriveau’s prediction. … Continue reading

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“Wild France”

Paleo Retiree writes: Six short episodes, which my wife and I watched on Netflix. The show’s writer/producer/host, Roy Mears, is smart, articulate and enthusiastic in a goofy-naturalist kind of way, picking up rocks and smelling tree branches and saying “Wonderful, … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Will France follow in Trump’s footsteps? Title IX gone wild. New York City’s best dumplings. How Russia does a trade show. (NSFW) Why are we more preoccupied these days with policing attitudes than with policing behavior? Should … Continue reading

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Eight Movie Posters for “Band of Outsiders”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Band of Outsiders” is, I think, the tenderest of the great Godard films. It’s also, with the exception of “Breathless,” the one that looms largest in the public consciousness: The scenes showing Karina, Frey, and Brasseur … Continue reading

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