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French Literature

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  • In defense of 'bad' writers

    Many years ago I met a reader who told me a story about one of my own books. My first novel “The Tattooed Soldier” was new then, having recently been published by a small house in upstate New York. I was just coming to terms, then, with the...
  • Marion Cotillard Set to Topline 'Macbeth' Opposite Michael Fassbender

    French star Marion Cotillard, who won an Oscar for her performance in Edith-Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose," is set to take the leading role in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth." She replaces Natalie Portman who was announced for the part at Cannes. Cotillard...
  • Review: 'Thérèse' an unadorned observation of human behavior

    Review: 'Thérèse' an unadorned observation of human behavior
    Shaking off cutesy for dour, Audrey Tautou plays the title role in "Thérèse," a woman fumbling to free herself from an unfulfilled marriage. It's a welcome but not entirely successful change of pace for the French star, who's best known for frothier fare....
  • Venice Film Review: 'A Promise'

    A French director working with British actors and pre-WWI German setting could theoretically make a film that rises above Europudding mediocrity, but that potential goes unrealized by "A Promise," Patrice Leconte's unpromising first foray into English-...
  • Gallic Indies Struggle to Maintain High

    As much as 2012 crowned French cinema with commercial and critical hits like "The Artist" and "The Intouchables," which powered international biz, this year's Berlin and Cannes markets revealed a more contrasted picture for Gaul. The international...
  • New thrillers

    New thrillers
    The Kill List By Frederick Forsyth, Putnam, 352 pages, $27.95 Frederick Forsyth — who as a writer of thrillers is certainly an old warhorse — creates a protagonist who steps forward to take on a heroic task in the war on terror. He's a...
  • Morocco Selects 'Horses' for Oscars

    "Horses of God," the latest film by Nabil Ayouch, regarded by many as the leading Moroccan director of his generation, will represent Morocco in the foreign-language Academy Award category. Sold by Wild Bunch, and co-produced and distributed in France by...
  • Toronto Film Review: 'Quai d'Orsay'

    A government office that functions much like "The Office" is the setting of "Quai d'Orsay," a sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners from the unlikely hand of veteran French auteur Bertrand Tavernier. Best known at home and abroad for sweeping...
  • Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to publish memoir in November

    When Richard Blanco was handed the biggest gig of his life -- writing a poem for President Obama’s second inaugural -- he had to write quickly. In a few weeks he wrote three poems, one of which was chosen by Obama: “One Today,” Blanco...
  • Film Review: 'The Family'

    When properly applied, bad taste can have a wonderfully liberating, palliative effect, and contemporary French cinema has produced few more discerning mainstream vulgarians than Luc Besson. But without any sense of joy in transgression, or real humor...
  • U.K.'s Arrow Takes Michael Caine starrer 'Mr. Morgan's Last Love'

    GDYNIA, Poland -- Arrow Films has acquired all U.K. rights to Michael Caine starrer "Mr. Morgan's Last Love." Global Screen has sold the romantic drama, which screened at the Locarno Film Festival, to more than 30 territories, including the U.S.,...