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Fête du Cinéma 2012, Festival Paris Cinéma

I cannot claim to be a film fundi but I do appreciate the chance to explore cinema from different parts of the world and am especially delighted that there will be plenty of opportunity to do so over the next fortnight or so. It is time for the Fête du cinema and Festival Paris Cinema… Fête du Cinema , 24-27 June, 2012 (+ a few days extra, check website link) The Fête du Cinema has run its first two days and there is still a bit of time to catch a little bit of what remains: Click here for more details on the rest of the fête programme. Festival Paris Cinéma 2012, 29 June -10 July 2012 Not to be mistaken with the above, is the similarly named, but newer, yearly event, the Festival Paris Cinéma. The former will be making its 28th lap, while this Festival is 18 years younger. Also, whereas the ‘fête du cinema”s main selling point seems to be that of providing a window of access to affordable new and other …

The Artist – the score, oh my, the score!

So, ‘The Artist’ is all over the news after its history making winnings at the OScars over the past weekend. Among the barrows of awards that the film walked away with was one for the music score, which is quite beautiful – judging from the few pieces of it that h I’ve stumbled across. I think in this extract of the film’s score is a piece of ‘fantasie d’amour’. Good to see an improbable French experiment win both critical and commercial success. Bravo!

Hugo – Chef d’œuvre if there ever was one

Hugo Trailer from Will houstoun on Vimeo. On a stomach stuffed with turkey, my ‘paternaire’ and I went out to watch ‘Hugo’ which is being marketed here under the fuller title of ‘Hugo Cabret’. The expectation was to perhaps have a bit of entertainment, but the experience of watching the movie went way beyond that of simply offering some festive season distraction. There was the brilliant visual representation of Paris which I must mention. Covered in snow, the post war representation of Paris shows both how well the city of Paris has managed to maintain the beauty and form of the city – and the powerful feat in branding that Paris has achieved over the centuries. It has managed to etch itself in the collective memory of its admirers as a delight to the eye and home to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, and this element comes through strongly in Hugo Cabret. Beyond that, the film tackles some extremely meaningful themes without taking itself too seriously – Loss, Belonging, Meaning and Purpose and …