Festival de Cannes 70: Das weiße Band, 2009

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. The White Ribbon is by its own declaration a German children’s story (Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte). But it’s no fairy tale. Or at least, not as […]

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Genre Blast: Satire, or: Sticking It to the Man

This genre is comedy with a poisonous bite. Delivered with a lethal wink or a prominent middle finger, it’s the genre of storytelling that says, “I’m onto you, and I don’t like what I see.” Obviously the 70s was a good era for it and I expect the genre to make a full-blooded rebound in the […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Terrence Malick, 1979

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. Chosen above heavyweight Francis Ford Coppola for Apocalypse Now (which won the Palme d’Or), Terrence Malick triumphed as Best Director in Cannes 1979. I remember when I was […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Christoph Waltz, 2009

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. I, and many others I am sure, have often wondered if Christoph Waltz would have taken home an Oscar had he been in the Lead Actor category for […]

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