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Peau d’âne (1970)

In Film on December 24, 2005 at 11:33 pm

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Donkey Skin (1970)

Directed by: Jacques Demy
Written by: Jacques Demy, Charles Perrault
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais

Finally get to see the 2004 digital restored version of the 1970 French film on DVD. Directed by The Umbrella of Cherbourg‘s Jacques Demy, it also starred the impossibly beautiful and elegant Catherine Deneuve~ It is a lovely, magical, innocent yet slightly wacky adaptation to the Charles Perrault version of Fairytale story “Donkey Skin”. It’s one of my favorite stories, particularly memorable because of the disturbing incest premise (errr…a much needed moral lesson for little girls back in the days?). There were about 4-5 song numbers, mostly fluffy love songs. The humor, the painterly floral set and the outrageous costumes just made it so much fun to watch.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1974)

In Film on December 23, 2005 at 10:06 am

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal, atmospheric film directed by Peter Weir, it left me desperately intrigued and mystified.

The premise: Valentine’s day, 1900 – A group of students and teachers from an upper-class all-girl boarding school went picnic at the Hanging Rock, a landscape attraction in Australia. Four girls and one teacher went up and never returned. The search party’s efforts were fruitless, until days later they found one of the girls unconscious at the top of the rocks, who later recovered but seems to have lost her memory of the incident. The disappearance haunted those remained: fellow students, headmistress, police, strangers. They mourned, speculated and questioned…what happened to the other girls? what really happened up there?

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

In Film on December 10, 2005 at 10:05 am

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Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
An absolutely lovely and eye-candy French musical by Jacques Demy. Music by Michel Legrand and starring the very young Catherine Deneuve. My god she’s so classically beautiful and full of graceful, innocent, youthful charm. Her perfect doll-like golden curls, pink overcoat, rosy cardigan, peach one piece dresses clothes, golden clutch, pastel purple poncho…it’s every vintage girl’s fantasy comes true. The entire movie is just the perfect romantic vintage-fashioned French dream. Everything is so stylized with very fashionable color palette: the wallpaper, the cute little teapot set, furnitures, little boutiques, miniature planes, umbrellas…etc. It could very well be called ‘Anthropologie: the movie.’ ^^;;

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Bonjour Tristesse

In Novel on March 12, 2005 at 3:33 am

bonjour.jpgBonjour Tristesse (1955)
by Françoise Sagan

I better write down my thoughts before my memory starts to fade. I admit I read this solely out of my slight Francophile tendency and cute cover. ^_- Bonjour Tristesse means ‘Hello Sorrow.’ Author Françoise Sagan, one of famous French literary prodigies , wrote it when she was only 17 years old, published in 1955. It’s a juvenile novella about that awkward stage of ‘not a girl but not yet a women’, full of teen agnst and resistence toward adult/social expectation and confirmity. Though in today’s standard it is a rather cliche-ridden and dated coming-of-age story. The heroine’s supposedly scandalous acts of rebellion are rather…normal and her ‘schemes’ felt preposterous. Speaking from my generation and background, it reads like the comics by Ai Yazawa (flawed young heroine’s struggling between pleasure and responsibility & right amount of realism, characters with complex emotions and motivations, soupy drama, romance and bittersweat ending ;D). However the romance plot between the heroine and Mr.bland was so boring and forgettable. The best part was the central relationship between the heroine and her father’s fiance Anne. I especially enjoy stories exploring conflict between the young and old (why I dig Wes Andersen). I disagree with the introduction in this edition that put far too much weight on the relationship between the heroine and her father, which in my opinion is not as important as the one between heroine and Anne. All in all the book is a fun light read, written with delicacy and complex understanding of thinkings and emotions.

According to Sortie (a Francophile mook ^_-) Bonjour Tristesse was inspired by Billie Holiday music, with songs such as ‘Good Morning Heartache.’

Rebecca

In Novel on October 24, 2004 at 1:38 am

rebecca-thumb.jpgRebecca (1938)
by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is a gothic classic with the wonderful traditional macabre elements: murder mysteries, gruesome death, young-girl-old-man relationship, incest, big mansion with dark secrets, obsession, and (in the gothic tradition of Jane Eyre) a dark brooding elderly husband tormented by a dark past. I had this book for few years and somehow never read it…damn what was I thinking!? The early chapters were a bit slow but soon after it became a very addictive and thrilling page-turner. It’s been awhile I came upon a book I found hard to put down. Now I understand why it’s such a beloved timeless classic and a MUST read for anyone who loves this genre.

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Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

In TV on August 31, 2004 at 3:33 am

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Thanks to some documentary I accidently caught on TV while channel flipping when I was little, the Guillotine became my no.1 childhood nightmare (it was some jerky black and white footage showing the blade coming down and chopped off someone’s head. The sudden jerk and horror expression on that guy’s face still haunts me ^^;;)

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Inspired by Blackadder III spoof, I found the DVD of the 1982 British TV movie of Scarlet Pimpernel on Netflix. You can tell from the screencaps that I LOVE it!!! ^_^ It’s historical inaccurate but well-made, well-acted and just pure fun! It brings back so much of my girlhood memories (the type of stories I like to read as a girl). The anime of Rose of Versailles was showing on TV around the same time as I saw that Guillotine documentary…so my interest in French Revolution and Rococo style goes way back ^^;;

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