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Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel is one of France’s most beloved film and theater actors. He has directed three shorts, and his first feature directorial debut Two Friends — which stars himself, Golshifteh Farahani and Vincent Macaigne — was released in the fall of 2015 to a warm reception from both critics and audiences. Garrel began acting at a very young age, born with deep roots in cinema — his father is the great French director Philippe Garrel and his grand-father was the famous actor Maurice Garrel. His filmography as an actor includes roles in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2006), in six of his father’s films (Les amants réguliers, La Jalousie…) and in Christophe Honoré’s films (Dans Paris, La Belle Personne…). Garrel also acted in three plays directed by the late, great Luc Bondy.

01

Sogni d'oro, Nanni Moretti, 1981

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The burlesque aggressiveness of Nanni Moretti. Against himself, his country, the film audience, the television audience. And it's all so funny.

02

Le Garçu, Maurice Pialat, 1995

What inspired the film's story? The life of Maurice Pialat? The life of Gérard Depardieu? The film shows a boy having fun while his parents are separating but still loving each other. Depardieu frequently looks almost directly to camera, and it's beautiful. He seems to be having fun like a teenager.

03

Amore, Roberto Rossellini, 1948

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Anna Magnani is at the center of this two 30-minutes films that comprise L'Amore. In the first, Fellini acts by her side. The second one is an adaptation of a play by Cocteau. Magnani is a woman from the countryside in the first, a woman from the city in the second. A genius actress.

04

Manpower, Raoul Walsh, 1941

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Edward G Robinson and George Raft are inseparable friends who fall in love of Marlene Dietrich. A perfect script and wonderful performances. At night, the men repair electric wires and Marlene plays the hostess in dark bars. A brilliant love triangle.

05

Basic Instinct, Paul Verhoeven, 1992

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Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone stare at each other, touch each other. As Sharon Stone becomes more and more menacing, Michael Douglas desires her even more, and we do too. It's a head-spinner.

01 Sogni d'oro, Nanni Moretti, 1981

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The burlesque aggressiveness of Nanni Moretti. Against himself, his country, the film audience, the television audience. And it's all so funny.

02 Le Garçu, Maurice Pialat, 1995

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What inspired the film's story? The life of Maurice Pialat? The life of Gérard Depardieu? The film shows a boy having fun while his parents are separating but still loving each other. Depardieu frequently looks almost directly to camera, and it's beautiful. He seems to be having fun like a teenager.

03 Amore, Roberto Rossellini, 1948

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Anna Magnani is at the center of this two 30-minutes films that comprise L'Amore. In the first, Fellini acts by her side. The second one is an adaptation of a play by Cocteau. Magnani is a woman from the countryside in the first, a woman from the city in the second. A genius actress.

04 Manpower, Raoul Walsh, 1941

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Edward G Robinson and George Raft are inseparable friends who fall in love of Marlene Dietrich. A perfect script and wonderful performances. At night, the men repair electric wires and Marlene plays the hostess in dark bars. A brilliant love triangle.

05 Basic Instinct, Paul Verhoeven, 1992

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Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone stare at each other, touch each other. As Sharon Stone becomes more and more menacing, Michael Douglas desires her even more, and we do too. It's a head-spinner.

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