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The local French Film Festival -- the best-attended in America, they say -- has just announced their slate of films, and most of the films (as usual) are North American premieres. Regardless, if anyone has seen any of the following works of cinema, or if anyone has seen films by the mentioned directors, I'd be happy to hear their opinions.

Metalfoot on Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee's Noel: "...this album is...monotony...bland, tripy fare..."

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Most, if not all of those, haven't shown commercially here (or even in festivals, I would have to check that again). I envy your chance here Prins, most of these have only been reviewed in French too. That almost may be worth the drive for me.

"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

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: I envy your chance here Prins, most of these have only been reviewed

: in French too. That almost may be worth the drive for me.

Before your skin turns the color of Kermit's over the loveliness of my hometown festival -- and of course, were you to attend, you could share a bed with Kermit and my wife's other stuffed animals -- an explanation of this gala's raison d'

Metalfoot on Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee's Noel: "...this album is...monotony...bland, tripy fare..."

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So you're saying NO subtitles? Just the French in all its glory?

Cool sig, Leary!

"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

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The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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: So you're saying NO subtitles? Just the French in all its glory?

Oh no no no no no. The films have subtitles, but what the subtitlers are subtitling is mainstream, middlebrow French movies. That's all I'm saying.

Dale

Metalfoot on Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee's Noel: "...this album is...monotony...bland, tripy fare..."

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Hmmm, this, I'd like to see sometime. I've seen some "middlebrow" French stuff in my time. I sometimes prefer it to full artsy French stuff.

"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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(And it is interesting as a cultural experience to see the foreign genre films that would otherwise never play in the States [since the audience most likely to enjoy them would be scared away by the subtitles].)

Bingo. And French pop-comedies tend to be a lot wittier than the American equivalent, but this may just be my francophilia showing itself again.

"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

(Hans Werner Dannowski)

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Hmmm, guess there's no real overlap between your festival, M. Dale, and this one coming to the Cinematheque in April?

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