Something In The Air
A semi-autobiographical drama from director Olivier Assayas set in 1970s Paris
Hitchcock's final British film before leaving for the States and a second career is a disappointing and an uncharacteristic romantic melodrama. Set in 19th-century Cornwall, and about an orphan girl who becomes involved with smugglers, it is a travesty of Daphne du Maurier's novel. Hitchcock, who claimed to dislike historical subjects, said he was intrigued by the dual character of the squire, played with relish in a lip-smacking manner by Laughton. There are few bravado cinematic moments and the film has a stilted studio feel to it.
Hitch returned far more successfully to du Maurier 24 years later with The Birds.
Bristling with bad-boy swagger, director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's collaborative follow-up to Drive (in Cannes two years ago) entered the fray earlier today - Wednesday - clearly intent
Any film calling itself The Great Beauty runs the risk of turning itself into a pretty large target for sniping critics, especially at Cannes. Thankfully, Paolo Sorrentino's film more than shoulders t