The Vincent

          March 1995 issue                                                                               


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Rather than limit himself to French cinema, Vincent Perez is taking a chance in an American production filmed in Spain with a British director and an international cast.

Miramax, which distributed Queen Margot in the US, has decided to offer Vincent Perez his first major role in English in a film to be shot in Spain called Talk of Angels. He will star opposite Polly Walker, the beautiful English actress, who played a tourist visiting Italy in Enchanted April. This time she will play the role of a young Irish woman who comes to Spain as a governess just before civil war breaks out. Vincent plays the older brother of the children and when they meet, it's like a thunderbolt between them. But their love is impossible...

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Talk of Angels is an adaptation from the1936 quasi-autobiographical novel of Irish novelist, Kate O'Brien. It was censured by her country for being immoral. It will be the first feature film for Nick Hamm, a young British director, who's been very successful in television. The remainder of the cast is composed of such talents as Franco Nero, Frances McDormand, Marisa Paredes and Penelope Cruz.

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In spite of his success in Queen Margot and Indochine, Perez seizes this opportunity to go beyond French cinema. He says he will do this film because he has no work in France at the moment.

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Two projects have recently failed which have disappointed him, in particular the role of the famous bullfighter, Manolete. In Talk of Angels, for lack of bulls, he has Spain and a great romantic role! He will have assistance in speaking perfect English with a Spanish accent.

At the end of filming, Perez will go to Aix-en-Provence to star with Irene Jacob in Beyond the Clouds, a film which marks the return of the great director Michelangelo Antonioni (who will be assisted by Wim Wenders). He would like to do a theater project such as David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago."

[Written by Toby Rose]


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