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Edinburgh International Film Festival – You can watch films there..

20 Jun



The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival opened yesterday and runs until 30th June. I’ve visited the Festival in a work capacity – it was particularly hard watching my 4th great film of the day knowing I then had to ‘network’ in the gorgeous bars and restaurants of this ‘dream in masonry and living rock’ (poetic observation from Robert Louis Stevenson..)

Anyway, I managed ok and am this year intrigued by two very different directors showing there.

With more of a high art vibe, there will be a retrospective of the work of French Director Jean Grémillon who made many well regarded films from the 1920s through to the 1960s and during the time when Europe was in turmoil and under German occupation. His work has strong links to the avant garde, art and music and should be interesting to watch knowing the historical context.

In a different vein, the new film “Frances Ha” by one of my favourite directors, Noah Baumbach will have its UK premiere tomorrow. Baumbach of The Squid and the Whale fame has again set this film in New York, and also Paris, and a film with these cities as a backdrop has got to be worth a watch.

To anyone currently smoozing up in Edinburgh and enjoying the films..I wish I was there!




“Madam De…”

25 Feb

As I was flicking through the papers this weekend I noticed that a classic film featuring one of ‘my’ cover stars has been re-released by the British Film Institute.

The film is “Madam De…” and it stars Danielle Darrieux, one of France’s leading actresses, whose career has spanned 8 decades and seen her act in over 100 films.

Originally released in 1953 and set in fin-de-siècle Paris, her role as Louise, a morally empty Society beauty, is billed as one of her best performances and is one I will be hoping to see.

Here she is looking gorgeous..



40s Film Stars – French Style

24 Jan





Happy New Year or Heureuse Nouvelle Année for those of you who, like me, are always trying to improve their French!

I love film and spent many hours watching obscure art house flicks in a past life working for Film 4. You can imagine how happy I was when I stumbled across a stash of gorgeous 1940s French film magazines. The glamour of the film stars, interest in remembering films I’d previously seen and researching the titles of those I hadn’t heard of, and the kitsch yet surprisingly modern look of the magazine covers with their slash of bright red and I knew they were for me! 

It’s taken me a while to want to put them up for sale but there are only so many pictures a girl can have…

A striking Ava Gardner complete with pearls in “Singapore”.



Quietly kitsch and great lettering for “Je suis un Fugitive” and “Jody et la Faon”



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