Jacqueline Bisset and George Robert Lazenby - The Consul General Of France, Mr. Axel Cruau, Honors The French Nominees For The 87th Annual Academy Awards at French Consul Residence, Academy Awards - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Jacqueline Bisset and Nicky Butler - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2014 at SLS Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 23rd August 2014
Both this film and its central character are so unapologetic that it's difficult to get either out of your head long after the final credits roll. A fictionalised version of a notorious real story, this is an unflinching account of how the rich and powerful live seemingly above the law. Until they crash with a thud so loud it's heard around the world. And as an exploration of how money and privilege corrupt the soul, this film is essential viewing, no matter how uncomfortable it is to watch.
At the centre is Devereaux (Gerard Depardieu), the corpulent head of the World Bank, whose life is a whirlwind of prostitutes, drugs and wild sex parties, even as he still has hopes of one day becoming president of France. Then in a five-star suite in a Manhattan hotel, he unthinkingly assaults a maid (Pamela Afesi). And he has no idea why he's being arrested in a media frenzy. He calls his wealthy wife Simone (Jacqueline Bisset) for bail him out, and she reluctantly drops her charity work to fly to New York and rent a house for them for the duration of his trial, standing by his side for the cameras, along with his daughter Sophie (Marie Moute). But Devereaux is so sure his political connections will get him off that he remains utterly unrepentant.
Depardieu is astonishing in the role, giving a fearless performance as a man who is so self-absorbed that he can't even begin to think that his actions might hurt someone. Consequences don't matter to him, because he's always done whatever he wants. And Depardieu is utterly transparent in every scene, most memorably when he is strip-searched by the cops and, even more disturbingly, when he mauls a young journalist (Shanyn Leigh) interviewing him about the trial. Opposite him, Bisset is radiant and fierce as a woman worn down by her infant-like husband, but standing by him against her better judgment. Their bristly conversations in the final act play out in long takes that are seriously gripping.
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NSFW: Gérard Depardieu plays (or not, for legal reasons) the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street but wished it caused more controversy? Try Welcome To New York, another movie inspired by Dominique Strauss-Kahn's real life downfall and revelling in the scandal, excess and debauchery of the business rich.
Gérard Depardieu Plays Devereux, A Businessman Accused Of Rape, In 'Welcome To New York.'
Gérard Depardieu alongside Jacqueline Bisset as Strauss-Kahn and his former wife Anne Sinclair. The movie was launched on the fringes of the Cannes film festival and sparked a frenzy for seats as festival attendees rushed for a first glimpse of the controversial new picture.
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Devereaux is well known by the people closest to him as an uninhibited playboy, using his wealth and his high status as a rich French politician to gain him access to a whole world of sexual adventures. Despite the fact that he has a loving wife, nothing stops him in his pursuit of pleasure, but such undisciplined behaviour is always likely to be dangerous. After one spontaneous encounter with a New York hotel maid, he finds himself suddenly accused by authorities of being a rapist. While everyone knows of his womanizing ways, no-one would've suspected such an occurence and Devereaux is left cowering and desperate, and feeling guilty that his lifestyle has led to such injustice. Will a man who has so many big ideas on rescuing the economy manage to hold his high for long enough to protest his innocence? Or has he managed to end his promising career?
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The former IMF chief will launch a defamation suit against the makers of 'Welcome To New York.'
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has announced his intention to sue the makers of Welcome To New York, the recently-released French language movie inspired by the former IMF boss' epic downfall. The controversial drama has become the talk of this year's Cannes Film Festival with provocative promotional stunts and now a potentially high profile legal case.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Is Taking Legal Action Against The Makers Of 'Welcome To New York.'
Welcome to New York, which stars Gérard Depardieu alongside Jacqueline Bisset as Strauss-Kahn and his former wife Anne Sinclair, was launched on the fringes of the Cannes film festival and sparked a frenzy for seats as festival attendees rushed for a first glimpse of the controversial new picture.
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
The 'Dancing on the Edge' actress was overcome with surprise and emotion.
Jacqueline Bisset may not be one of the hugest Hollywood names to have accepted a Golden Globe at last night's ceremony but the British actress has provided much to talk about with her rather unorthodox acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie for her performance in the BBC drama, Dancing on the Edge.
Jacqueline Bisset's Golden Globes Acceptance Speech Has Brought Shock & Laughter.
Against rivals Janet McTeer ('White Queen'), Hayden Panettiere ('Nashville'), Monica Potter ('Parenthood') and Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'), Bisset had probably assumed she'd be overshadowed and indeed as her name was read out by Mila Kunis the 69 year-old actress' surprise was evident in her facial expression.