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Trump signs executive order that allows him to replenish the Air Force with already retired pilots. and hopefully not a pretext for anything more. ('cause why do we need more Air Force pilots?) let's hope I'm just being paranoid.
Oct 20, 2017 9:04 PM
and to make some recommendations, La Ronde, Le Plaisir, Madame de..., and The Young Girls of Rochefort are all worth seeing imo.
Oct 20, 2017 5:47 PM
copied from The New York Times:

Danielle Darrieux, the French actress and singer whose career of sophisticated film roles spanned eight decades and indelible incarnations as ingenue, coquette, femme fatale and grande dame, died on Tuesday at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France, south of Paris. She was 100.

Her death was confirmed by the French culture ministry. Ms. Darrieux's companion, Jacques Jenvrin, told the French news media that she had been unwell since a recent fall.

When the Cinematheque Francaise a Paris honored Ms. Darrieux with a retrospective in 2009, more than 90 of her films were screened, yet at least a score were left out. If Ms. Darrieux - who was beloved by her countrymen as D. D. long before anyone thought of calling Brigitte Bardot B. B. - had a career prime, it was the 1950s, in which she typified the desirable European married woman.

Three of her films from that decade were considered so risque that they were not shown in the United States at first. She was the unfaithful bourgeoise in "La Ronde" (1950), an upscale Paris matron who takes a caddish young artist as her lover in "Adorable Creatures" (1952), and the sexually frustrated aristocrat's wife in "L'Amant de Lady Chatterley" (1955), better known to English audiences as "Lady Chatterley's Lover."

She said decades later that her favorite role was that of the hero's matronly mistress in "Le Rouge et le Noir" (1954), based on Stendhal's novel about class-conscious post-Napoleonic France.

It was well known that Ms. Darrieux's favorite director was Max Ophuls. After "La Ronde," her first collaboration with Ophuls, they worked together in "Le Plaisir" (1952), about prostitutes on a country outing, and "Madame de ..." (1953), released in the United States as "The Earrings of Madame de ... ," a tale of jewelry, debt and infidelity.

Ms. Darrieux became an international film star in Anatole Litvak's "Mayerling" (1936), playing the teenage mistress of Rodolfo (Charles Boyer), crown prince of Austria, in a retelling of the Habsburg tragedy. American critics praised both her beauty and her performance. She was only 19, and it was her 19th film.

Her new stardom was ratified by a timeless phenomenon: women around the world copied her hairstyle. "Danielle Darrieux appears with her hair bundled on top of her head in 'Mayerling,' " Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times in 1938, reviewing another film entirely. "And a few months later, all the girls are building bird's nests in their tresses."

Ms. Darrieux had an abbreviated chance at Hollywood stardom, traveling to the United States in 1937 and signing a contract with Universal. She was soon cast as a young woman looking for a rich husband in "The Rage of Paris" (1938), which also starred Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Louis Hayward.

But after dipping her toe in the Hollywood waters, she declined to plunge in, returning to France immediately after making "The Rage of Paris" and, pleading illness ("ill health resulting from nervous strain," The New York Times reported), delayed her return. Again and again.

By the time she made her next American movie, she was in her 30s and, by Hollywood standards, ready for older-generation roles. She was cast as Jane Powell's long-lost mother in "Rich, Young and Pretty" (1951). In 1956 she played Richard Burton's mother (although she was only eight years his senior) in "Alexander the Great." In between she starred in Joseph Mankiewicz's espionage drama "Five Fingers" (1952), as the Polish love interest of a British spy (James Mason).

Back in France, directors who had grown up adoring Ms. Darrieux clamored to work with her. Claude Chabrol cast her in "Landru" (1963) as one of a Blackbeard-like character's victims. Jacques Demy's musical comic drama "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" (1967) was one of several occasions when Ms. Darrieux played Catherine Deneuve's mother; among the others was Francois Ozon's 2002 all-star musical whodunit, "Huit Femmes" ("8 Women"), about a household with only one man in it, a dead one.

No one ever had to dub Ms. Darrieux's voice in a movie musical. She recorded and sang dozens of songs onscreen over the decades, most recently Charles Trenet's "La Folle Complainte" in the 2006 film comedy "Nouvelle Chance," in which she played an alcoholic.

With and without music, Ms. Darrieux had a long and varied stage career in France, taking on dozens of roles in works by Noel Coward, Francoise Sagan, Feydeau and other playwrights. She played the ultimate older woman in a 1995 French production of "Harold and Maude" and capped her stage career in 2003 as the star of "Oscar et la Dame Rose," Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's tale of an elderly hospital worker helping a dying boy. At 86, she won the Moliere Award, France's national theater award, for best female comedian.

Ms. Darrieux appeared on Broadway just once. In 1970 she replaced Katharine Hepburn in "Coco," the Tony Award-nominated musical about the fashion designer Coco Chanel. Perhaps more qualified for the role than her predecessor, because she was both French and a singer, Ms. Darrieux was nevertheless in awe of Hepburn. "She is the only person I have ever asked for an autograph," she confessed in interviews.

Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in Bordeaux, France. Her father, Jean Darrieux, an ophthalmologist who was serving in World War I when she was born, died when she was 7. She grew up in Paris, where her mother, the former Marie-Louise Witkowski, gave voice lessons to make ends meet. Danielle studied cello at the Conservatoire de Musique.

She was only 14 when she auditioned for and won a role in the film "Le Bal" (1931), playing an upwardly mobile couple's neglected daughter whose behavior drives the plot.

Her early stardom was a mystery to her. "Maybe I succeeded because my type wasn't commonplace on the screen," she was quoted as saying in "Noir & Blanc: 250 Acteurs du Cinema Francais 1930-1960," by Olivier Barrot and Raymond Chirat (2000). "I mean that I was simply a young girl, while other 14-year-olds were already playing the vamp."

In her early film career, she was directed in "Mauvaise Graine" (1934), a drama about car thieves, by a young Austrian immigrant who soon left for Hollywood: Billy Wilder. Aside from her brief Hollywood visits over the years, Ms. Darrieux stayed home, becoming eternally associated with a string of films that remained relatively unknown in the United States, among them "Battement de Coeur" (1940), "Premier Rendez-Vous" (1941), "La Verite sur Bebe Donge" (1952) and "Marie-Octobre" (1959).

Ms. Darrieux was a chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur and an officer of the Ordres des Arts et des Lettres, but she never won a Cesar Award, the French equivalent of the Oscar. She received an honorary Cesar in 1985, as if her career were over, but then went on to be nominated twice - for Andre Techines "Scene of the Crime" in 1987 (at 70) and for "8 Women" in 2002 (at 85).

She continued acting well into her 90s, making nine films in the first decade of the 21st century. Her last big-screen appearance was in "Piece Montee" (2010), a comedy about a family wedding. She also appeared in a 2011 television movie, "C'est Toi C'est Tout," playing a Corsican grandmother.

After her death, France's minister of culture, Francoise Nyssen, posted on Twitter: "Her talent, her generosity have illuminated the French cinema. Danielle Darrieux knew how to play everything with a prodigious spontaneity."

Ms. Darrieux was 18 when she married Henri Decoin, a screenwriter and film director who became her mentor. Their divorce in 1941 was so friendly that he directed her in another three films more than a decade later. Her second husband was Porforio Rubirosa, the Dominican-born playboy diplomat who later married the American heiresses Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton. Rubirosa and Ms. Darrieux married in 1942 and remained in France during the Occupation, working for Continental, a German-controlled film company, which led to accusations that she was a Nazi sympathizer. She later said that she had been forced to do the films because of death threats against Rubirosa.

Ms. Darrieux and Rubirosa divorced in 1947. The next year she married Georges Mitsinkides, a Greek-born writer and producer, and they were together until his death in 1991. Her only son, Mathieu Mitsinkides; her brother, Olivier Darrieux, a French comic actor; and her sister, Claude Hussenot-Desenonges, also died in the 1990s, within four years of one another. She is survived by Mr. Jenvrin.

Ms. Darrieux was known for keeping her private life private, and when she gave interviews she tended to be modest. Asked the secret of her successful life in an interview with Cinemotions in 2004, she offered: "I have always put more effort into my private life than my career. I have never let success go to my head, and I never thought it was forever, nor that I was amazing."

She also exhibited a clear view of reality. "The world is truly bizarre," she told the weekly magazine L'Express in 1997. "In that context, the role of artists is to bring a little release and pleasure." She described herself as a woman subdued in her later years, but when asked if she was melancholy, she answered, "But don't you think everybody is?"

On the other hand, she pointed out, "It is no crime to be happy."
Oct 19, 2017 4:09 PM
Popsicle Pete
Oxnard Montalvoand once again, one has to wonder what the benefits are in keeping Trump rather than replacing him with Pence. (I mean, is the idea of some kind of uprising from the pro-Trump crowd really that plausible?)

They may be afraid he won't get reelected by an angry Trump fanbase (especially if Pence pulls a Section 4). If Trump does get reelected, they might be more willing to replace him with Pence at that time.

a lot can happen in three years.....

I know this isn't substantial the way that his EO on the ACA or the Russia investigation is. but man, it's such a bad, bad look for him (and possibly the Republicans by association).

didn't they know he was one to start shit with Gold Star families? get it together guys, geez.
Oct 18, 2017 8:06 PM
and once again, one has to wonder what the benefits are in keeping Trump rather than replacing him with Pence. (I mean, is the idea of some kind of uprising from the pro-Trump crowd really that plausible?)
Oct 18, 2017 6:15 PM

my opinion on Polanski has always been complicated knowing about the trauma he experienced from the Holocaust and The Manson Family.

of course, he still drugged and raped an underage girl (and abused at least two more from the looks of it). I guess I just wish he had gotten some help before he hurt those girls.
Oct 18, 2017 3:54 AM
as far as the Polanski stuff goes, does Hollywood's forgiveness of him have anything to do with how his sex abuse case was mishandled? (judge disregarding plea bargain, telling others about the verdict) I assume it's not because they don't think he drugged/raped an underage girl or because they think the quality of his movies cancels out his misdeeds.

not sure about why Woody Allen is still in good standing unless it's one of those situations where everybody is going "well, nobody knows for sure".
Oct 18, 2017 3:08 AM
new releases for January

January 02 - The Breakfast Club by John Hughes
January 09 - Young Mr. Lincoln by John Ford (upgrade)
January 16 - I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach
January 23 - Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara - Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France*
January 30 - Westfront 1918 by G. W. Pabst, Kameradschaft by G. W. Pabst

*includes Le mariage de Chiffon, Lettres d'amour, Douce, and Sylvie et le fantome
Oct 16, 2017 10:33 PM
gotcha. I'll give it some thought.
Oct 13, 2017 4:52 AM
Janson Jinnistan
Oxnard Montalvoactually we could do that here at RT.

just as long as someone provides a download of the movie.

We did that with Rock and Roll Nightmare in this thread a couple of years ago, although I think we had all already seen it. ?Still, it was pretty fun.

There's still a bunch of films on Youtube, which may be the easier alternative to downloading.

I'd be down for this. I'd also be down for a revival of the RT Film Club, should someone be willing to take up the mantle.

sounds interesting. what would taking up the mantle entail?
Oct 13, 2017 3:55 AM
m'yeah. and no doubt his recent threat to leave Puerto Rico(!!!) is another thing that slipped by The Adults in the Room. this is a damn heavy cost to pay for a Republican tax bill, I tell ya.
Oct 12, 2017 3:26 PM
I don't know how reputable some of those anonymously-sourced quotes are but someone should tell Trump that life is too short to be working in a job you dislike.
Oct 12, 2017 3:52 AM

Yeah, watching a movie at some point in real time here would be good to try again. At least I now have a computer that doesn't freeze constantly like I did on that first attempt.

well not necessarily in real time all together, 'cause that would be hard to do. just in the same night. or weekend. or whatever.

I know waaaay back during my first RT account we would sometimes pair up and swap recommendations in an "orgy". I know that would be a good way for lovesexy to get us to talk about some of the off-the-beaten-path stuff he's been watching.
Oct 12, 2017 3:15 AM
D Ray
Oxnard Montalvosome of the editing in the trailer looks deliberately misleading but wouldn't it be surprising if it turns out they were not misleading us? that we would see what looks like blatant misdirection, assume misdirection, then find out there was no misdirection at all? because if so then RIP General Leia. or not. Find Out This December!

"Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." :)

wait 'til I get going!

btw I bet Chewbacca is going to name his otter/puffin friend "Han" (or "Ben") and America is going to melt.
Oct 11, 2017 4:54 AM
some of the editing in the trailer looks deliberately misleading but wouldn't it be surprising if it turns out they were not misleading us? that we would see what looks like blatant misdirection, assume misdirection, then find out there was no misdirection at all? because if so then RIP General Leia. or not. Find Out This December!
Oct 11, 2017 12:41 AM
at least Trump/Pence seem to think it is worth their time to keep flogging the outrage. they could just be providing distraction but either way you rationalize the behavior.....

also, Trump touting nuclear war and everyone assuming he's just blustering or looking for attention might be a solid case for "normalization".
Oct 10, 2017 3:12 PM
more from the New Yorker, just in case any of you want any further reading.

(warning: there is a story of Harvey Weinstein raping Asia Argento)
Oct 10, 2017 3:05 PM
I might regret bringing this up if it results in a big discussion but: if Trump's victory wasn't the result of cultural resentment/grievances (as opposed to say, economic insecurity, concerns of gov't corruption, etc), then I hope I would be forgiven for thinking otherwise what with the volume and intensity of outrage over the flag/anthem protests.

I'm only saying the most important thing about this stuff is the level of importance other people are putting on it. (we Americans take our symbols very very seriously)
Oct 10, 2017 2:46 PM
I assume Chewbacca's new friend is helping him cope with the loss of Han. like a therapy dog.

I don't mind cute as long as cute don't act like it knows it's cute. like those ewoks.
Oct 10, 2017 2:41 PM
Puffin NubbinsWait, I thought Luke was superduper force powerful? Guess not...

nobody's perfect.

also I'm expecting a lot of deception with that trailer's editing. intriguing!
Oct 10, 2017 4:35 AM