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Mélanie Laurent

Exclusive Premiere: Soundtrack From The Movie “Beginners”  (photo)

Exclusive Premiere: Soundtrack From The Movie “Beginners”

Director Mike Mills’ film “Beginners” is about a young man named Oliver (Ewan McGregor) who learns his elderly father has both terminal cancer and a young male lover, and how Oliver tries to love a woman with the life lessons this dying father gives him. Mills wrote the screenplay based loosely on recollections of his […]

Mélanie Laurent’s Grand Performance (photo)

Mélanie Laurent’s Grand Performance

Christoph Waltz may have won the Oscar and Michael Fassbender may have nailed the dry British accent, but to many, the true breakthrough performance of last year’s “Inglourious Basterds” belonged to Mélanie Laurent, who as the beautiful but deadly Shosanna Dreyfus held that film’s revenge narrative together with her hypnotically vengeful blue eyes. Now, the […]

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History (photo)

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds.”] There have been two moments in film this year that have moved me to my cine-loving core. Both involved individuals stirred by the power of image, art and mythology. And both illustrated a personal investment for each character (some, real-life characters), revealing a potent significance and […]

Cannes 2009: “Inglourious Basterds.” (photo)

Cannes 2009: “Inglourious Basterds.”

Spoilers below. Quentin Tarantino’s a great writer of dialogue, and no one’s more convinced of the fact than Quentin Tarantino. The ratio of talk to action — not gun fights or explosions, but just people doing stuff — in “Inglourious Basterds” is, generously, nine to one. Again and again, characters sit down over drinks (whiskey, […]