Roger Ebert’s languid Cannes wrap-up has some priceless bits in it, particularly this:
On my right, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Classics, told me
that Harvey Weinstein has apologized to him "for all the terrible
things I’ve done to you in the past." His anger, Harvey explained, was
caused by undiagnosed diabetes and a day-long diet of M&Ms. Now that he has his disease under control, he has been able to lose weight and be a nicer person.
Seated on the left of my wife was the famous William Morris agent Cassian Elwes, who told Chaz that Harvey Weinstein had called him up and apologized for his bad behavior in the past, explaining about the
M&Ms and saying that he was going to be a better person from now
on. "What I really want to know," Barker said, "is what terrible things
Harvey has done to me. I couldn’t think of anything. If I ever find
out, I’ll probably be really mad at him."
This sounds much like Steps 8 and 9 of M&M recovery â€” stay strong, Harvey. Ebert, along with, apparently, the rest of the world, adored Hou Hsiao-Hsien‘s "Three Times," though he does point out that "the entire movie
distribution system of North America is devoted to maintaining a wall
between you and Hou Hsiao-Hsien."
In the LA Weekly, Scott Foundas, who served on the Camera d’Or jury, writes about why they chose the films they did for the prize (a tie between Miranda July’s "Me and You and Everyone We Know" and "The Forsaken Land").
And the Village Voice has a big Cannes section â€” J. Hoberman thinks "A History of Violence" should have won, briefly covers the surprise winner, dwells on the new "ceremonial cinema" suggested by "Battle in Heaven," and declares "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" "remarkable." Melissa Anderson lists her highlights from "Un Certain Regard" and the other secondary programs. And Mark Peranson looks over the critical reactions (particular from Cahiers du cinÃ©ma) to Palme d’Or winner "The Child" and "Three Times."
+ Cannes coda: Why it’s all worth it (RogerEbert.com)
+ The Man With the Golden Camera (LA Weekly)
+ Historical Oversight (Village Voice)
+ On Golden Palme (Village Voice)
+ My Blue Heaven (Village Voice)
+ The Romanian Patient (Village Voice)
+ The Uncertainty Principle (Village Voice)
+ Encore Performances (Village Voice)