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Thursday, May 19, 2005:

This is a very small excerpt by Time Magazine film critic Richard Corliss, regarding the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. I am bringing this to your attention, because rarely do I read commentary on Michel Gast's film version of Vian's "I Spit on Your Graves." If anyone saw this film and would like to do a brief review for the website - do let me know!

I got this from: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1063222-1,00.html

"So often, when groovin' with the oldies, we surrender to the romance of black-and-white — a chromatic scale that was rarely totally black or pure white but a palette of all the pearly tones in between. Seeing these films today, I am reminded that no "color" was so subtle or rich, or had so great a range, as old-movie gray. It lent a luster to good, bad or mediocre films. The other night here, on the TF3 channel, I saw the 1959 melodrama I Spit on Your Grave, based on the Boris Vian novel and set, improbably, in the American South. The film has no special qualities other than a sullen, lurid attitude; the director, Michel Gast, is in no auteurist's pantheon. But, ma foi, did Marc Fossard's cinematography look glorious on a 15-inch hotel-room screen. (Fossard also shot such classics as Pepe le Moko and Children of Paradise.) Black-and-white lent a menace, a sexuality, to the actors' movements. It was the drama and the glamour of the film."

Tosh // 7:08 AM

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