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Cassandra Mann, Jeff Tracta, Claude Mann, Jay Leno, Marilyn Mccoo and Billy Davis Jr. - Celebrities attend 10th Annual Alfred Mann Foundation Gala at Robinsons-May Lot. - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 13th October 2013

Cassandra Mann, Jeff Tracta, Claude Mann, Jay Leno, Marilyn Mccoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Alfred E. Mann, Claude Mann, Janet Gretzky and Wayne Gretzky
Jay Leno, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann
Cassandra Mann, Jeff Tracta, Claude Mann, Jay Leno, Marilyn Mccoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Jay Leno, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann
Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann

Claude Mann and Alfred Mann - Claude Mann, Alfred Mann Sunday 21st October 2012 9th Annual Alfred Mann Foundation 'Innovation And Inspiration' Gala at The Barker Hanger - Inside

Claude Mann and Alfred Mann
Claude Mann and Alfred Mann
Claude Mann and Alfred Mann
Claude Mann

Alfred Mann, Claude Mann and Cassandra Mann - Alfred Mann, Claude Mann, Cassandra Mann Sunday 21st October 2012 9th Annual Alfred Mann Foundation 'Innovation And Inspiration' Gala at The Barker Hanger - Arrivals

Alfred Mann, Claude Mann and Cassandra Mann
Alfred Mann, Claude Mann and Cassandra Mann
Alfred Mann, Claude Mann and Cassandra Mann

Debbie Allen, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann - Debbie Allen, Alfred E. Mann and wife, Claude Mann Held at Santa Monica Airport Santa Monica, California - An Evening Of Innovation And Inspiration In The Forbidden City Sunday 11th October 2009

Debbie Allen, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann
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Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen, Performers, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann
Debbie Allen, Performers, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann
Debbie Allen, Alfred E. Mann and Claude Mann

Army Of Shadows Review


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It's hard to imagine a cinematic culture where a monumental achievement like Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film Army of Shadows would fall into obscurity, but then again we just recently got our eyes on Killer of Sheep. The reasons behind the withholding of Melville's unreleased French resistance epic are plentiful; they stretch from the arguable lack of commercial appeal of the film to its controversial, striking opening shot of German soldiers goosestepping down the Champs Elysees, two decades after they had actually commandeered the country. Whatever the reason, 2006 saw Rialto Distribution (which recently looked over the re-release of Alberto Lattuada's fearsome Mafioso) supervised the reappraisal of Shadows with the help of its ace cinematographer, Pierre Lhomme.

In the murky gloom of a makeshift work camp, soldiers drop off Gerbier (the immortal Lino Ventura) to be put eventually in front of the Nazi tribunal. The German occupancy of France has sent a few loyalists underground to join the resistance, calculating ways to lower the German numbers and quickly dispatching any members of the resistance that get loose-lipped. When he is brought before the Nazis, Gerbier orchestrates a breathless escape from their headquarters. From there, Melville's film becomes a stunning, globetrotting spy masterpiece, shifting from the windy desolation of north France to the burnt dystopia of Marseilles with a brief stint in London.

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Bay Of Angels Review


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Hardly one of Demy's (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) great works, this wisp of a film finds a mild-mannered banker (Claude Mann) becoming obsessed with roulette. (Why is it that all French gambling films revolve around roulette?) Along the way, he also becomes obsessed with an aloof platinum blonde (Jeanne Moreau) who also lives at the roulette wheel. She returns his attentions until revealing that it was all a ruse, brought on simply because she thought he brought her good luck.

A nearly identical story is done a bit more effectively in 1984's Tricheurs, but Jacques Demy's early film has some compelling moments, most notably a sudden and powerful ending that is wholly unexpected but is surprisingly satisfying. Bay of Angels ought to be a film school lesson in how to end a movie.

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