Film show: Bradley Cooper stars in remake of 1947 horror classic ‘Nightmare Alley’
21 January 2022 | 6:45 am
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro's new film "Nightmare Alley," starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. They also chat about Amazon Prime's "Spencer", starring Kirsten Stewart as Princess Diana, as well as prolific French writer-director Claude Lelouch's 50th movie, "Love is Better than Life". Finally, they tell us about the online event MyFrenchfilmfestival.com, which gives people the chance to watch a selection of French films from wherever you happen to be on the planet.
19 Dec 2020
The house lights have dimmed once more but it's not because the film's about to start. Movie theatres in France had their hopes dashed when Covid-19 lockdown measures were extended as part of a second nationwide lockdown, meaning cinemas will remain shuttered until next year. Film producer Michèle Halberstadt, of ARP distribution, tells us more about how it affects her industry and describes the frustration of those who feel their sector has been ignored by the government.
7 Jan 2021
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including a look ahead at filmmaking in 2021 and a review of the new Pixar movie "Soul". She also reveals her "virtual" pick of the week: a one-minute-long film, shot with a cell phone and entitled "Women's Empowerment".
23 Jan 2021
As the Lumières, France's equivalent to the Golden Globes, announce their winners, film critic Lisa Nesselson and Eve Jackson review the selection, which includes a documentary made up of footage shot during the Yellow Vest protests, "The Monopoly of Violence"; as well as "Two of Us," a secret lesbian romance; Maïwenn's ensemble cast dramedy "DNA", plus the animated feature "Josep", about a real-life artist who survived the Spanish Civil War only to end up in a concentration camp in France.
28 Jan 2021
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's movie news, including Armando Iannucci's adaptation of Charles Dickens's "The Personal History of David Copperfield" for the silver screen, starring Dev Patel. It was intended for movie theatres but starts streaming in France this week on Amazon Prime. We also give our top French film tips, including "Burning Ghost", a strikingly original take on life versus the afterlife, set mostly in Paris's 19th arrondissement, plus Jean Cocteau's "Orpheus", both of which you can watch outside France on MyFrenchFilmFestival.com.
18 Mar 2021
Star of Neflix rom-com “Namaste Wahala”, Ini Dima-Okojie speaks to film critic Lisa Nesselson and Eve Jackson about the success of the movie about an Indian man and a Nigerian woman who fall in love, and how their relationship develops in the face of cultural differences. We review the French Oscars, the César Awards ceremony which took place at the weekend with a socially distanced audience of 150 people - nominees and presenters only. Albert Dupontel's "Adieu les cons" or “Bye Bye Morons” won seven prizes, including Best Film and Best Director.
4 Apr 2021
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including the Britney Spears documentary that's coming out in France this week. They also discuss the winner of France's women in film prize or Prix Alice Guy, "Cuties"; plus highlights from the world's largest women's film festival, "Films de Femmes".
10 Apr 2021
Our guest is Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, whose latest movie has been nominated for best international feature at the Oscars at the end of the month. The powerful film is a very different take on the plight of refugees and immigration. Starring Monica Bellucci and Yahya Mahayn, "The Man Who Sold His Skin" tells the story of a Syrian refugee who agrees to become a living piece of art so he can travel to Europe. The director tells us more about what inspired her to make the film.
24 Apr 2021
We look at the major contenders for this year's Academy Awards, as film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her assessment of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", which is nominated for five Oscars. The screen adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play stars Chadwick Boseman as a talented young horn player in the actor's last movie performance before his death last year.
5 Jun 2021
In 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday', director Lee Daniels focuses on a period of Holiday's life that was marred by government persecution. The blues singer persisted in performing protest song "Strange Fruit", a wrenching description of the racist and murderous practice of lynching. Her act of resistance attracted unwanted attention from the authorities. FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us how the biopic argues for Holiday's rightful place as a civil rights activist as well as a gifted entertainer.
11 Jun 2021
FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson shares her thoughts on "Nomadland" and why it wouldn't have been one of her top choices for the Academy Awards. Frances McDormand plays the lead role in Chloé Zhao's feature film. It won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Female Lead gongs at the 2021 Oscars. McDormand portrays a widow who leaves a now-desolate former company town in Nevada and takes up life as a modern-day nomad.
26 Jun 2021
Critic Lisa Nesselson joins us to discuss modern French horror flick "The Swarm" and reveals just how unsettling a choreographed collective of grasshoppers can be. We also talk about Samir Guesmi's first foray behind the camera after three decades as a memorable face on screen here in France. His debut feature, "Ibrahim", renders a real-life dilemma credible and touching. The film has picked up awards at various French film festivals.
3 Jul 2021
Critic Lisa Nesselson joins us to discuss the importance of France's annual "Fête du Cinéma". We also talk about "Charlatan", the latest feature from Polish director Agnieszka Holland. In her fact-inspired drama, a Czech man who has devoted his life to diagnosing and healing people with plants faces the wrath of the Czech government.
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Comedian Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, on Thursday said he was going to leave the program after hosting it for seven years, indicating he wanted to dedicate more time to stand-up comedy.
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As European leaders were warning of sabotage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, Poland and Norway inaugurated a new conduit that will reduce dependence on Russian gas. The move underscores the urgency of EU economies' search for new energy sources.
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The US president is planning to visit Florida after it was hit by what is feared to have been one of the deadliest hurricanes in the state's history. New warnings have been issued as the storm moves north.
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A video circulating on Twitter erroneously suggests that US military bomber jets were seen flying over eastern Germany earlier this week, feeding Russian allegations of US "sabotage" of the Nord Stream pipelines. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.