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Black And White In Color Review


Very Good
Its message is more enduring in regards to war than in regards to race relations, but Black and White in Color is nonetheless a classic still worthy of its Best Foreign Film Oscar, won way back in 1977.

Released just in time for a wave of anti-French sentiment, the film follows a French colony in Africa's Ivory Coast on the eve of World War I. The Frenchmen discover that war has been declared, so they figure they'll do their part by attacking the German colony up the river. After all, they have six rifles, and one of them's an automatic.

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Va Savoir Review


OK
Only the French could make a romantic comedy that clocks in at more than 2 1/2 hours in length. And of course, it wouldn't have much of a plot, either. This wafer-thin production, reminiscent of a really long Oscar Wilde play, Starring Jeanne Balibar (the poor man's Audrey Tautou), the movie is a hodgepodge of love triangles and petty theft, some of which amuses, but not for long enough to keep this critic's interest over its full running time. A curiosity that's easily forgettable.

Va Savoir (Who Knows?) Review


Good

Interlocking romantic misadventures beget both amusement and broken hearts in "Va Savior," a City of Lights charmer with a semi-serious edge and several superb performances.

Directed by Jaques Rivette ("The Gang of Four"), the film's affairs are set in motion by the arrival of an Italian theatre company in Paris to put on a production of Luigi Pirandello's "As You Desire Me" (which plays to half-full houses). The star of the show is 30-something Camille (Jeanne Balibar), a French actress who left Paris three years ago after a bad breakup with her pretentious professor boyfriend Pierre (Jaques Bonnaffe).

Since then, Camille has become half-heartedly involved with her director and co-star (Sergio Castellitto), a middle-aged litterateur, while Pierre has married a beautiful ballet teacher (Marianne Basler). But now in the same city again, they seem self-destructively unable to resist each other's gravity. Camille doesn't want Pierre back, but needing an ego boost, she wants to gauge his interest in her -- which quickly drives him to obsessive behavior.

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