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Cannes Classics at 77th Cannes Film Festival

By Moira Sullivan Movie Magazine International was at Cannes again for the 10th time at the 77th Festival de Cannes. What I was looking forward to at this festival was of course the documentary on Faye Dunaway: Faye by French American Laurent Bouzereau held in the Cannes Classics venue in Salle Buñuel where I always can get a seat. Faye (2024) © Festival de Cannes Faye Dunaway loves the Cannes Film Festival and her image was the poster for 2011. I have stood in line in the past with her waiting to get into the Agnes Varda Theatre till an usher recognized who she is and took her in to the front row. She goes to the seminars and asks great questions; she’s a real Cineaste! So the debut of this new documentary film at Cannes Classics Faye  was really something to look forward to.  Dunaway has had her share of difficulties, on the set, and she has recently revealed  that she has bipolar disorder. Some of the roles that she’s taken on of people in real life makes me wonder if they

Mad Max fifth installment fails to deliver a realistic prequel on Furiosa

By Moira Jean Sullivan The poster for George Millers’ 2024  Furiosa A Mad Max Saga  features the towering War Lord of the Biker Horde Dementus (Chris Elmworth) standing above Furiosa, eclipsing her. This is a prequel to  Mad Max: Fury Road  by Australian director George Miller who decided to cast Anya Taylor-Joy as a younger Furiosa, instead of Charlize Theron. The film seems to have a more polished look compared to its predecessor, with modern and updated elements. However, some may miss the intricate details and character development seen in the previous film. Editor and Academy Award winner Margaret Sixel has changed her editing style where character development has given way to scenic cinematography. Continuity editing added illustrious depth to the characters and fight scenes of  Mad Max: Fury Road . The prequel has a different feel and lacks strong female characters, with Furiosa, and minor characters. This includes her mother Mary Jabassa and Vuvalini General Elsa Pataky (Ch

Olympic Moves at 46th Créteil International Women's Film Festival

By Moira Jean Sullivan OLYMPIC Moves was the slogan of the 46th Créteil International Women's Film Festival preceding the 2024 Olympics in Paris in July. The opening film was Hard, Fast and Beautiful by Ida Lupino (1951) about a young tennis player caught between the plans for her career made by her mother and coach and a young man she's met who loves tennis. Another sport film, the French documentary on the Olympique Lyonnais women's team, Les joueuses (The Squad 2020) is about one of the best football teams in the world , written and directed by Stéphanie Gillard. The French director also made The Ride (2011) about the 300-mile journey by horseback by Lakota Sioux through the South Dakota Badlands.  Both films were co- produced by the Rouge International team - Julie Gayet and Nadia Turincev. Ironically, I am back from the Créteil film festival that connects to the Paris metro system. Its a long hike from Opéra to Créteil and the metro tunnels, ramps and stairwa