Greed in the Sun (Cent mille dollars au soleil) (1964): Verneuil’s Crime Adventure, Starring Belmondo and Lino Ventura

Henri Verneuil directed Greed in the Sun (French: Cent mille dollars au soleil), a French-Italian crime adventure, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Lino Ventura. Director Verneuil said the film was “a Western, but since in France we don’t have horses, I use trucks. I give Jean Paul the hat, blue jeans, boots of a cowboy. He’s […]

100 Books: Bataille, Georges (1897-1962)

Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (French: 10 September 1897 – 9 July 1962) was French philosopher and intellectual working in philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology, and history of art. His writing, essays, novels, and poetry explored erotism, mysticism, surrealism, and transgression. His work would prove influential on schools of philosophy and social theory, poststructuralism. Georges Bataille […]

Irreversible (1998): Gaspar Noe’s Bold, Audacious, Sick, Ugly, Mesmerizing, Scintillating Feature (French Extreme Cinema) (Cinema of the Body)

Irréversible (French pronunciation: ​[iʁevɛʁsibl]) is a 2002 French psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé. Starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, and Albert Dupontel It depicts the events of a tragic night in Paris as two men attempt to avenge the brutal rape and beating of the woman they love. The film is […]

French Extremist Cinema: Cinema of the Body–Horror

Research in progress: April 30, 2022 French Extremism or, informally, New French Extreme) is a term coined by Artforum critic James Quandt for cycle of transgressive films by French directors at the turn of the 21st century. Bava as much as Bataille, Salò no less than Sade are the determinants of a cinema determined to […]

Stars at Noon, The: Claire Denis’ New Romantic Thriller (Cannes 2022 Competition)

Claire Denis directed The Stars at Noon, a romantic thriller based on the novel of the same name Denis Johnson. The movie features Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn and Danny Ramirez. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Fest. Premise A mysterious English businessman and American journalist, who […]