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Classic Films To Debut On Hulu Plus


Akira Kurosawa Alfred Hitchcock Ang Lee Brian De Palma Charles Chaplin David Lean Federico Fellini Fritz Lang Ingmar Bergman Jane Campion Jean-Luc Godard Jim Jarmusch John Cassavetes John Ford Jules Dassin Louis Malle Michelangelo Antonioni Orson Welles Peter Weir Robert Altman Stanley Kubrick

Some of the greatest films ever produced will now become available for streaming on Hulu Plus, the $7.99-per-month subscription service launched last year by Hulu, the company owned jointly by Disney/ABC, Comcast/NBC Universal, News Corp./Fox, and Providence Equity Partners. Hulu said Tuesday that it has signed a deal to bring the highly regarded Criterion Collection to its video website. The collection includes classic films by Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Charles Chaplin, Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini, David Lean, John Cassavetes, the Maysles brothers, Jules Dassin, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Michelangelo Antonioni, D.A. Pennebaker, Fritz Lang, Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, Peter Weir, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, John Ford, and hundreds of others. In a statement, Eugene Wei, who hold the title of Hulu's senior vice president of audience, called the Criterion Collection "the preeminent distribution brand in the minds of movie buffs." Hulu is making some of the films available immediately at www.hulu.com/criterion.

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Candice Bergen To Speak About Husband's Death In New Book


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Candice Bergen, the Golden Globe winning actress, will speak about the death of husband LOUISE MALLE in her second memoir, reports the Associated Press. 64-year-old Bergen is currently penning the follow up to her well-received 1984 book 'Knock Wood'.

Jonathan Karp, the Simon & Schuster Vice President, said on Thursday 30th October that the currently untitled new memoir will be available in 2012, and Bergen is set to speak about her time spent on the acclaimed TV show 'Murphy Brown', as well as the passing of her late husband, the filmmaker Louis Malle who died from lymphoma in 1995. Malle was responsible for such films as 1981's 'Atlantic City' and 'Murmur of the Heart' in 1971, the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination. The couple have one child together, a daughter named Chloe, who was born in 1985.

Bergen won five Emmy Awards for her performances as the eponymous character 'Murphy Brown', and she also starred alongside William Shatner in 'Boston Legal'. Most recently, the 64-year-old has starred in the movies, 'The Romantics', 'Sex and the City', and 'The Woman'.

Le Combat Dans L'île Review


Extraordinary
Hemorrhaging lost masterpieces as if it were a newly uncovered bounty of Nazi gold, the 1960s go one more with Alain Cavalier's magnificent Le Combat Dans L'île, literally translated as "The Combat on the Island." Loosed from the distribution impound lot, it comes not long after the rediscovery of Godard's sublime and spontaneous Made in USA and the globe-trotting opus Army of Shadows; films made by two directors to which Cavalier's film was meant to serve as a blithe rebuke.

Produced by friend and mentor Louis Malle, Cavalier's metamorphosing tale of obsession and repression was originally met with middling reviews in l'hexagon upon its release in 1962. Surrounded by the "dirty war" in Algeria, Cavalier and co-scripter Jean-Paul Rappeneau set out to condemn not only what the government sold as "maintaining the order in a province," despite broad support for the war.

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants Review


Excellent
Louis Malle made a lot of films about coming of age and losing childish innocence over his storied career. But none is so powerful as Au Revoir, Les Enfants, Malle's autobiographical tale of the time he spent in a Franch boarding school during the German occupation of his homeland.

The tale revolves around a new student, Jean Bonnet, and one of the other lads there, the pint-sized Julien Quentin. It's obvious to everyone that Bonnet isn't like the other kids -- he has curly hair and doesn't eat pork -- and soon enough the fact that he's Jewish is an open secret among the kids. The Catholic priests have taken him in as an act of charity, along with a few other Jewish boys living under pseudonyms now that their parents have vanished. Think of it as The Diary of Anne Frank by way of Dead Poets Society.

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Murmur Of The Heart Review


Excellent
When the French come of age, they really come of age. That is, I don't recall any of the kids in Stand By Me having sex with his mother.

Hope that doesn't ruin anything for you,but you ought to be aware what you're getting into with Louis Malle's seminal work, Murmur of the Heart, often described as a "lighthearted" film and Malle's best work, particularly of the movies he made in his homeland of France.

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A Very Private Affair Review


Weak
In A Very Private Affair, Brigitte Bardot gets to basically play herself, an overacting, overstacked blonde goddess who just can't take it any more when the pressures of celebrity get to her. Her performance is just short of a tragedy, and the plot is saccharine, asking us to feel sorry for the plight of her movie starlet when the paparazzi flock to her country place after word surfaces about her "very private" affair with an older man. When press light a bonfire in your yard to keep warm and helicopters hover right over your roof, sure, you should get upset. But in that case reality will have dissolved completely, so why worry?

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Elevator To The Gallows Review


Excellent
How Louis Malle got such a wide swath of talent for this first narrative feature I'll never know. But I'm not complaining: Elevator to the Gallows is unlike any film Malle would make in subsequent years: A taut, black and white thriller that speaks to the treachery and hopelessness of mankind, a far cry from his later, optimistic thought pieces.

Gallows gives us a familiar setup: Woman (Jeanne Moreau) wants rich husband dead. Her lover Julien (Maurice Roget), who works for the man, murders him and makes it look like a suicide. But Julien leaves his rope outside his penthouse office window. With all his gear in the car, Julien heads back to retrieve the evidence, but security guards shut off the power in the elevator on the way down. Meanwhile, the car is stolen, the young couple who take it pretend they're Julien and wife, and subsequently kill a pair of German tourists. Julien is unknowingly framed for that crime, all while trying to escape the elevator he's stuck in.

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants Review


Excellent
Louis Malle made a lot of films about coming of age and losing childish innocence over his storied career. But none is so powerful as Au Revoir, Les Enfants, Malle's autobiographical tale of the time he spent in a Franch boarding school during the German occupation of his homeland.

The tale revolves around a new student, Jean Bonnet, and one of the other lads there, the pint-sized Julien Quentin. It's obvious to everyone that Bonnet isn't like the other kids -- he has curly hair and doesn't eat pork -- and soon enough the fact that he's Jewish is an open secret among the kids. The Catholic priests have taken him in as an act of charity, along with a few other Jewish boys living under pseudonyms now that their parents have vanished. Think of it as The Diary of Anne Frank by way of Dead Poets Society.

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Murmur Of The Heart Review


Excellent
When the French come of age, they really come of age. That is, I don't recall any of the kids in Stand By Me having sex with his mother.

Hope that doesn't ruin anything for you,but you ought to be aware what you're getting into with Louis Malle's seminal work, Murmur of the Heart, often described as a "lighthearted" film and Malle's best work, particularly of the movies he made in his homeland of France.

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Spirits Of The Dead Review


Very Good
A rare '60s oddity, Spirits of the Dead takes a weird premise and makes it even weirder. How weird? Try classic Edgar Allen Poe stories given a 1960s spin -- one that lambasts the whole free love/no morals movement the way that only the Frenchies could do. And stars some of the biggest stars of the era -- Fonda! Bardot! Delon! -- and is told in three short pieces, courtesy of three big-time directors -- Fellini! Malle! Vadim!

Roger Vadim takes his Barbarella star Jane Fonda through a very loose interpretation of "Metzengerstein," with Fonda as an aristocrat bored of the constant orgies and swift executions of her enemies. She ends up falling for her cousin, but when he rejects her, she burns down his stable, taking him along with it. Strangely, the cousin ends up possessing the spirit of a horse, which the countess ends up fascinated with anew. It's the weakest of the three shorts, but it's worth seeing if for no other reason than to see Barbarella trot out her French. (To be honest, that might be the only reason -- the story just doesn't make much of an impact.)

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