PLACE VENDOME (Nicole Garcia, 1998)

Nicole Garcia played Janine, who is duped out of a love affair by her lover’s lying wife, in Alain Resnais’s Mon oncle d’Amerique (1980). She is also the co-writer (with Jacques Fieschi) and director of a long, tediously involved thriller of sorts, Place Vendôme. Garcia stresses character and mood—in particular, the moody character of Marianne […]

LOUISIANA PURCHASE (Irving Cummings, 1941)

A lavish Technicolor production of the Broadway musical from the previous year, Louisiana Purchase likeably plays off memories of Frank Capra’s melodramatic comedy Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, despite its vaguely fascistic politics a huge hit another year earlier. I understand that the movie, which Irving Cummings directed, pretty much castrates Morrie Ryskind’s play (from […]