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  • Venice rewards a love story between a mute woman and a river monster

    Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. As we have reviewed here, it is a love story between a river monster and a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady at a U.S. military facility in Baltimore. SEE THE TRAILER A team… Read More »Venice rewards a love story between a mute woman and a river monster

  • Javier Bardem’s two-hour train crash about Pablo Escobar

      Your correspondent does not claim any pedigree in the art of reviewing movies. Yet for all his humble credentials, Javier Bardem playing Pablo Escobar reminded him of the dreadful interpretation of El Zorro by his colleague and fellow Spaniard Antonio Banderas in 1998. If you want to get a feel of Escobar and his… Read More »Javier Bardem’s two-hour train crash about Pablo Escobar

  • ‘Suburbicon,’ Clooney’s satire about America’s heart of darkness

    With their strong bias for style and good looks, it is unsurprising that Italians have such a weakness for George Clooney. And in Venice, he is revered as a local patron saint: he married here, he loves it here and orders lavishly at bars and restaurants, including his favorite, Da Ivo, where he recently footed… Read More »‘Suburbicon,’ Clooney’s satire about America’s heart of darkness

  • ‘Novecento’ was a ‘film like no other,’ says Depardieu in Venice

    Among the classic movies presented this year at the Venice Film Festival, Novecento stands out in a class of its own. Gérard Depardieu, who starred in Bernardo Bertolucci’s film along with Robert De Niro, recognized as much. The restored version was a painstaking work that recovered some 700 frames that had been lost in the… Read More »‘Novecento’ was a ‘film like no other,’ says Depardieu in Venice

  • Clooney, Cardinale, Dench and other big names in Venice

    Stars from all over the world paraded down the red carpet at the cinema palace in the Lido, the island off Venice where the oldest film festival is held. Fans were clamoring for George Clooney and his wife Amal, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Donald Sutherland, Matt Damon (starring in two movies that premiered here) and… Read More »Clooney, Cardinale, Dench and other big names in Venice

  • Mora Arenillas and the invisible loneliness of Buenos Aires

      A lonely teenager in a middle-class neighborhood of Buenos Aires learns she is pregnant with her lover’s child. This is the story of Invisible, one of the three Argentine films at the Venice International Film Festival. It’s a life changing situation that will rule, in an understated manner, the otherwise uneventful days of Ely,… Read More »Mora Arenillas and the invisible loneliness of Buenos Aires