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Paris Fashion Week - Emporio Armani - Arrivals

Claudia Cardinale - Paris Fashion Week - Emporio Armani - Arrivals - Paris, France - Tuesday 7th July 2015

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Laura Bailey Collaborates With L.K. Bennett


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Laura Bailey is to design a capsule collection for L.K. Bennett.

The 42-year-old model has joined forces with the luxury brand to design a range of shoes and a clutch bag that will be available in stores in Spring 2015, WWD reports.

Laura said the brand allowed her to ''dream up'' her ''perfect summer shoes'' while ''leaning on their technical expertise''.

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Effie Gray Review


Very Good

Based on a notorious true story, this film takes a muted approach that matches the Victorian period and attitudes, which somewhat undermines the vivid emotions of the characters. It's a fascinating story about a woman caught in her society's harshly restrictive rules about women, and the script by Emma Thompson captures some strong observations, interaction and personal feelings, but the film is so dark and repressed that it ultimately feels a bit dull.

In the mid 19th century, Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) has been courted by noted art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) since she was only 12 years old, and he has waited for her to come of age to marry her. But as she moves in with his suffocating parents (Julie Walters and David Suchet) in London, Effie soon realises that she's trapped in a hopeless situation. While he's loving, John simply refuses to touch her, which makes her doubt her own intellect and femininity. She's befriended by Lady Eastlake (Thompson), who knows a thing or two about cold marriages and helps her make a plan. Then Effie and John travel to Scotland with John's protege, the painter Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), and Effie begins to understand that there might be other possibilities out there.

Since the film is made in Victorian style, it leaves all of the heaving passion far beneath the surface. It's obvious that Effie (and the audience) are craving a bit of lusty bodice-ripping, but any action remains behind closed doors, only hinted at in the clever dialogue. This makes the film realistic and intriguing, but difficult to get a grip on. And instead of the scandalous love triangle of historical record, the film plays out more as a drama about a young woman working out a complex escape from male-dominated society. Even so, it's a compelling journey, with some remarkable twists and turns along the way, and the complex characters add plenty of detail.

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UK Film Premiere Of 'Effie Gray' - Arrivals

Claudia Cardinale - Stars were snapped as they arrived at the UK film premiere of Drama 'Effie Gray' in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 5th October 2014

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Effie Gray Trailer


When young Effie Grey (Dakota Fanning) is married to John Ruskin (Greg Wise), a man ten years older than her, she feels no pleasure whatsoever. She is soon whisked away from her native Scotland and follows her husband as he travels to Venice in order to work on his book, 'The Stones of Venice'. People often notice that there is no love between the pair, and they drift apart during their time in Italy, with Effie spending her time walking the streets of Venice and spending more and more time with her husband's protégée John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). With the two steadily falling in love, the struggle between right and wrong rages within Effie, as she is forced to make the choice between what she is told, and what she wants. 

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Lumiere 2013 Grand Lyon Film Festival

Claudia Cardinale - Lumiere 2013 Grand Lyon Film Festival - Opening Ceremony - Lyon, France - Monday 14th October 2013

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Arrivals At The Fouquet's Restaurant After The Ceremony Of The Cesar

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Claudia Cardinale Wednesday 11th May 2011 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 1 - Midnight In Paris - Premiere Arrivals Cannes, France

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Halle Berry's Beauty Shines Through On Film


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Halle Berry has been named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women In Film.

Compiled by the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Oscar-winning actress landed the number five spot thanks to her role as a Bond girl in 'Die Another Day', closely followed by new mother Penelope Cruz - who gave birth to her first child with Javier Bardem last month - in 11th place.

With the likes of Jennifer Connelly, Kim Basinger and Anne Hathaway all making the top 20, the trio were joined by Hollywood legends Farrah Fawcett, Ava Gardner and Faye Dunaway, while Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were voted in at number 22 and 32 respectively.

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The Pink Panther (1963) Review


Very Good
Not the best film in the Pink Panther collection, this introduction to Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is still a must-see. In this film, Clouseau is in a lush ski resort and vaguely on the trail of a jewel thief who's out to steal this "Pink Panther" from a vacationing princess (the ridiculously sexy Claudia Cardinale). David Niven and Robert Wagner make somewhat less of an impression -- and I'll try not to spoil anything by mentioning how their roles interact here -- but on the whole Panther is good and messy fun.

Son Of The Pink Panther Review


Bad
As unmemorable as Ted Wass was in Curse of the Pink Panther, Roberto Benigni is positively awful as the lead in this even-iller-advised sequel. It's hard to believe that Benigni would be snagging an Oscar a mere four years later. Here he shows no trace of any depth or sincerity, or really any talent of any kind.

You can guess from the title what's up here: Clouseau is long gone, and Maria Gambrelli (from A Shot in the Dark) has moved on with her life. Add in a kidnapped princess and police commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom, impossibly still alive) who stumble into Maria's world. Then throw in Clouseau's long-lost son, the idiotic Jacques Cambrelli, who is, yes, Maria's offspring.

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Bellucci Can't Compare To Italian Divas


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Monica Bellucci credits fellow Italian film beauties Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale with inspiring her acting career - but fears she can never recreate their screen magic.

The 36-year-old actress loves being compared to her glamorous predecessors, but is adamant modern media makes it impossible to emulate their mystery and inaccessibility.

She says, "Of course it's great when people talk about me like that.

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Once Upon A Time In The West Review


Very Good
Long on looks and short on sense, Sergio Leone's celebrated spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West is a remarkable achievement of cinematography but comes across today as a more muddled story than ever.

Conceived and roughed together by Italian directors Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Leone, the guts of West are some of the least likely of his films. The story concerns a woman (Claudia Cardinale, who spends the entire movie clenching her teeth) whose husband and family are murdered, leaving her with a valuable plot of land. This land has the eye of one Frank (Henry Fonda in his biggest villain role ever), and he's determined to be rid of the woman in order to get it. A half-Mexican named Cheyenne (Jason Robards) ends up accused of the murders, and a nameless bounty hunter (sound familiar?) who's known due to his harmonica playing by the name Harmonica (Charles Bronson) inserts himself into the mix. The film culminates with Harmonica turning in Cheyenne for the reward money, then using that money to outbid Frank at the public auction of the land... and then of course there's a showdown to be had.

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Gilliam: 'Bellucci Has Italian Sex Appeal'


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Director Terry Gilliam has hailed Italian women as the ultimate screen goddesses after working alongside Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm.

The former MONTY PYTHON star was enraptured by Bellucci's sex appeal during filming, and credits her with bringing the fantasy movie to life.

He says, "Immediately she comes on screen, it seems to me the whole film lifts up into another realm, a realm of sex and sensuality and danger.

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DiCaprio's Infatuation With Cardinale


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Actor LEONARDO DiCAPRIO has given longterm girlfriend Gisele Bundchen cause for jealousy - he's lusting after ageing actress Claudia Cardinale.

However, the Brazilian supermodel need not spend hours worrying about the intentions of her man, because DiCaprio is merely an admirer of the veteran Cardinale's movie performances - and stunning appearance - during her 1960s Hollywood heyday.

When quizzed about his first celebrity crush, the TITANIC star says, "I don't remember my first - but my last was Claudia Cardinale. Particularly in Once Upon a Time in the West and 81/2. I was overwhelmed by her beauty."

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