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French cinema: The Artist & The Model – Claudia Cardinale & Jean Rochefort.

Stunning film, superb performances, beautifully told in black and white… a masterpiece…

A note from Netflix:

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It has the lyricism of a Renoir film, and it also has the luminous beauty of Claudia Cardinale in one of her last roles, and Jean Rochefort calm and deep experience as a great actor.

The most remarkable element in this film may very well be the cinematography by Daniel Vilar, comparable to that of the masters of the fifties and sixties… Rotunno, Di Venanzo, Fischer, Decae, Wong Howe… but the story itself, like so many other stories about the complex and productive relationships between artists and models, is a bit hidden under the rather gentle social environment and those peaceful small town ways in an occupied country. In a similar symbolic way, the creation of the work of art is the result of the tensions and erotic language of creativity developed between artist and model, old age and youth, the dialog between opposites. The anecdotes, the living and dying and specially the appreciation of reality as a sensuous adventure, are all around the protagonists, as it is that marvelous light, and the shapes and motions of nature. It has the lyricism of a Renoir film, and it also has the luminous beauty of Claudia Cardinale in one of her last roles, and Jean Rochefort calm and deep experience as a great actor.

 

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