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Cinémoi - August 2011 round-up

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In addition to some more classic Jean Gabin and the Blier/Depardieu work premiered last month, August on Cinémoi saw some gritty crime drama from the working classes in the provinces, and, in complete contrast, a colourful musical about AIDS. (Noel Megahey).
Le jour se lève - Marcel Carné, 1939

There’s a fabulously brooding, fatalistic noir tone to […]

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Jean Gabin, Godfather of French Cinema

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Cinémoi, the UK’s first and only channel dedicated to French film, dedicate a special season to Jean Gabin in September in association with Chez Gérard.
“In almost 100 films from the early 1930s to the late 1970s, Gabin built an unparalleled career and unique screen image, as a much loved star and mythical vision of Frenchness. […]

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Cinémoi - July 2011 round-up

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Cinémoi’s focus on Gérard Depardieu and Bertrand Blier ensured that there were some quality films in their July line-up that combined accessible drama with some rather more challenging but no less entertaining material. We also had a rare underrated classic from Jacques Becker – Casque d’Or, starring Simone Signoret – and some more recent comedy […]

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Cinémoi - May 2011 round-up

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

This month’s viewing on the French film channel Cinémoi is mainly reserved for the classics of two very different filmmakers – the dark, thrillers of Henri-Georges Clouzot and the colourful, romantic musical melodramas of Jacques Demy. (Noel Megahey).
Le Corbeau - Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1943

One of the great classics of French cinema, Clouzot’s Le Corbeau is a […]

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Cinémoi at Cannes

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Jonathan Ross is heading-up the Cinémoi team at 64th Cannes Film Festival, providing regular reports that will be broadcast on the channel over the length of the festival.
For this weekend only, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May, Cinémoi is free to air for anyone with Virgin Media or Sky TV (Virgin Channel 445, Sky Channel […]

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Cinémoi - April 2011 round-up

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Cinémoi served up a typically diverse range of French cinema in April, finding personal auteristic expressions of social issues ranging from Luis Buñuel’s ‘Tristana’ and Claire Denis’ ‘White Material’ to Xavier Giannoli’s ‘The Singer’, while also showing the depths that French popular cinema is capable of reaching in the […]

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Cinémoi - March 2011 round-up

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

French cinema is noted for its hard-edged crime films, and, forming most of my viewing on Cinémoi this month, they come in all shapes and sizes, from the classic period of the 1950s, to reworkings of old classics and some new kids on the block showing American cinema influences, but also with some degree of […]

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Cinémoi - February 2011 round-up

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Only a few films viewed on Cinémoi this month, between the amount of repeats on the channel, films already viewed and just being busy elsewhere. I expect however that there will be more to cover in March (Noel Megahey).
And God Created Woman (Et Dieu… créa la femme) - Roger Vadim, 1956

Certainly scandalous for its time, […]

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Cinémoi - January 2011 round-up

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Still plenty of variety in French movie cable/satellite channel Cinémoi’s January line-up, and accordingly, in addition to the Tony Gatlif season posted earlier this month, the January round-up covers a range of French cinema from the classic crime films of the 50s through to the new 2010 made-for-TV classic period drama of Dumas. (Noel Megahey).
Touchez-pas […]

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Cinémoi - Tony Gatlif season

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Cinémoi’s Tony Gatlif season features all four of the director’s films from 2000 onwards (excluding his most recent film, Liberté), and his seminal documentary from 1993 Latcho Drom. A French director of Algerian Gypsy origin, Gatlif’s films invariably deal with different aspects of the Gypsy experience, in all its European and North African varieties, the films […]

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