VATEL
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 102 min, France, UK, Belgium, Dir: Roland Joffe

Set in 17th century France, VATEL is a truly amazing visual achievement. When an impoverished nobleman (Julian Glover) needs to impress the king, he turns to his chateau’s steward, François Vatel (Gérard Depardieu). During a three-day visit from Louis XIV (Julian Sands), Vatel puts food, drink and entertainment before the court, in the process attracting the affection of the king’s mistress (Uma Thurman). Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of this tale of royal intrigue is richly nuanced, and VATEL’s Oscar-nominated art and set decoration and music by Ennio Morricone offer a feast for the senses. With Tim Roth.


1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE
1992, Paramount, 154 min, USA, Dir: Ridley Scott

Released on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, this epic adventure stars Gérard Depardieu as the famed explorer and Sigourney Weaver as Queen Isabella. While his initial landing on San Salvador made history, Columbus’ later voyages were increasingly costly - both to him and to the native inhabitants, who were brutally subjugated by the Spanish colonizers. Unjustly neglected at the time of release, the film features a stirring score by Vangelis as well as strong supporting performances from Armand Assante, Fernando Rey and Frank Langella.


MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE
MY AMERICAN UNCLE
1980, New World, 125 min, France, Dir: Alain Resnais

One of Alain Resnais’ biggest critical and commercial successes illustrates the radical theories of human behavioral scientist Henri Laborit by comically studying the interwoven stories of a factory manager (Gerard Depardieu), an aspiring actress (Nicole Garcia) and a politician (Roger Pierre). The thoughts and emotions of the fictional characters are magically "mirrored" by clips of three of France’s most famous movie stars - Jean Gabin, Jean Marais and Danielle Darrieux. Wonderfully written by Jean Gruault. In French with English subtitles.


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