December 2004 News

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22 December 2004

Here are two more photos from the December 15th "Hitachi" evening at the Alcazar. The photo on the left shows Vincent with Ariel Wizman and the photo on the right shows Francois Berleand and Charles Berling.

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16 December 2004

Last night Hitachi organized a special evening at l'Mezzanine de l'Alcazar in Paris to present their latest technological innovation in high definition - the H3 plasma TV. Celebrity guests included yes, Vincent, as well as Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Weber, Julie Depardieu, and in the photos below, François Berleand and Charles Berling.

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05 December 2004

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Vincent and Karine at the "Narco" film premiere in Paris on November 23, 2004


For those living in France, Une Balle en Plein Coeur (Shot Through the Heart) is now available in video and DVD format.

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Vincent's first film was a 1985 TV production called Piège à flics, which can now be viewed in its entirety (82 minutes) on the Internet! Click here for the link. Vincent has a very minor role and is usually acting as some sort of chauffeur pal to the hit man, played by the film's leading star, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey. Vincent and Jean-Philippe went on to make two more films together - Gardien de la nuit and Queen Margot. Vincent can be seen in a few short scenes at the beginning of the film, and then maybe once more about two-thirds of the way through. Unless you're actually interested in watching the entire film, I would skip it. It's hard to believe Vincent was only 21!

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And speaking of old films, because this year marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of France, his WWII film, Le Neige et le feu (Snow and Ice) has been screened at various celebrations in the country. I have a very poor video copy, but the film appears to be out of print. In the US you can rent the video (via mail) at Francevision in Maryland if you become a member. But remember it's in French with NO subtitles.

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Here are a couple new and terrific super-size photos of Vincent at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival -

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The Frankenstein film page at the VPA has been completed. No word yet on the future of USA Network's Frankenstein series. The book, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son, will be released on January 25, 2005. Koontz's characters inspired the TV film. Here's the book description: "Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who’s traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Madison would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O’Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are more–and less–than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isn’t merely a homicidal maniac–but his deranged maker."

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nouvelle5a.jpg (22051 bytes)Most of the reviews for Nouvelle France indicate that it hasn't lived up to expectations considering this "panoramic slice of life in La Belle Province circa the late 1750s" cost $33 million. It opened two weeks ago in Quebec with modest returns. "It doesn't quite satisfy as either history or love story," says the Montreal Gazette. Here are some excerpts - "The big historical epic features star-making performances from actresses Noemie Godin-Vigneau (as Marie-Loup Carignan) and 13-year-old Juliette Gosselin as her daughter France... they're simply brilliant, stealing every scene they're in from a host of much more seasoned thespians... The rest of Nouvelle France is not so exciting... Billon's script tries to do too much... Nouvelle France would've benefited from focusing on a smaller drama rather than trying to capture an entire era...  Le Gardeur (David La Haye) is entangled sexually with the luscious-but-oh-so-corrupt Angelique De Roquebrune (Irene Jacob), the even more corrupt Intendant Le Bigot (Vincent Perez) is plotting to bed Carignan and cause trouble for Le Gardeur, and the local cure, also corrupt, has the hots for Carignan as well." The Montreal Film Journal refers to Intendant Bigot as "sleazy". (Never!)  Le Soleil complains, "What good is it to meet all these historical figures (Wolfe, Voltaire, Murray...) if only to reduce them to simple accessories of decoration? And what good is it to entrust all these roles to grand actors (Tim Roth as British Prime Minister, and also Vincent Perez as Intendant Bigot), if only to leave them so little time to evolve?" The reviewers do agree there are beautiful images, great acting, some strong scenes, but most felt that Patrick Doyle's music was used too heavy-handedly, punctuating each scene whether there was drama or not.

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