Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I'm not sure how I missed this, ROMY SCHNEIDER SEASON in the U.K.?!!! We need something like this in the states. She's international, after all. And what better place to initiate it than via THE ROMY: Obsessions & Revelations? It may not be official, but it will be. Just don't be surprised if I announce Romy Schneider Season, every season :)
Posted by John Levy at 9:23 PM
Monday, December 27, 2010
Happy Birthday to Michel Piccoli, long time co-star to Romy Schneider. 85. I discovered Piccoli years ago through Hitchcock's film TOPAZ. And then through Ferrari's LA GRANDE BOUFFE and DILLINGER IS DEAD. But I truly discovered Piccoli and his genius through the films in which he co-starred with Romy.
Les Choses....known in the states as The Things In Life, is a clear example of the magnificent chemistry Piccoli and Schneider produced.
Like her relationship with Alain Delon, Schneider shared something very special with Piccoli. On screen and off, they had a bond.
Every scene shared reveals a creative partnership that surely stems from a very personal simpatico the two had between them, though Piccoli, over 10 years Schneider's senior. There was something much finer and intimate about their friendship. Timeless and transcendent.
Of the at least five films they did together, three of them were directed by Sautet. A director who knew this paring was an essential ingredient for his films.
Here are a few scenes from Sautet's films featuring the two.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
It wasn't planned, but it is fitting that the Induction of THE ROMY: Obsessions & Revelations, falls on the eve of Michel Piccoli's 85th birthday and begins with a song from Romy and Michel, here performing the Main song from their film "Les choses de la vie", Directed by Claude Sautet. Entitled, "La Chanson d'Helene".
The second video features a German version of the same song "Das Lied der Helene" playing over a beautiful photo montage.