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Michael Wood: ‘Non-Fiction’, 7 November 2019

... Americans, Trump supplanted by La Rochefoucauld. The film is Non-Fiction, written and directed by Olivier Assayas, and the narrative context of the scene is a meeting between a novelist and his hitherto publisher. They have lunch at the restaurant Au Saint Benoît, fine food no doubt, but served at tables crowded together like desks in an overused ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘Force Majeure’, ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’, 7 May 2015

Force Majeure 
directed by Ruben Östlund.
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Clouds of Sils Maria 
directed by Olivier Assayas.
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... Humility is humiliating. This is what the films in question, Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure and Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria, appear to say, although it’s not entirely clear that it’s what they want to say. Both films have subtle, interesting moments and both in the end abandon all subtlety for much clunkier effects and ...

As If

Jonathan Romney: ‘Cahiers du cinéma’, 9 September 2010

A Short History of ‘Cahiers du cinéma’ 
by Emilie Bickerton.
Verso, 156 pp., £12.99, March 2010, 978 1 84467 232 5
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... line of Cahiers critics turned cinéastes that includes Luc Moullet, André Téchiné, Leos Carax, Olivier Assayas and, most recently, Mia Hansen-Løve, whose Father of My Children – a perceptive, melancholic drama set in the French film world – was released earlier this year. Truffaut’s article established Cahiers as a polemical journal, and cinema ...

Looking for Imperfection

Gilberto Perez: John Cassavetes, 23 August 2001

John Cassavetes: Lifeworks 
by Tom Charity.
Omnibus, 257 pp., £10.95, March 2001, 0 7119 7544 2
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Cassavetes on Cassavetes 
edited by Ray Carney.
Faber, 526 pp., £17.99, March 2001, 0 571 20157 1
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... the people were that real. The film was Faces’), Pedro Almodóvar, Peter Bogdanovich and Olivier Assayas. ‘He thinks not like a director but like an actor,’ Pauline Kael wrote, and the remark was not intended as praise. But Kael was aware that what can be said against Cassavetes can also be said for him: Cassavetes’s method is peculiar in ...

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