Michel Piccoli
French actor
Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli is a French actor.
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Moravia's Contempt
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In an article in the TLS about Alberto Moravia ("In the beginning was boredom," 9/25/15) Ian Thomson writes, "As a novelist, Moravia was concerned with psychologically abnormal, unhappy, diseased, thwarted or unpleasant people (amongst them, perhaps himself). His books are psychodramas masquerading as novels." Here for example is Molteni, the screenwriter protagonist of Contempt (later made into a Godard movie starring Bridget Bardot and Michel Piccoli) writing about himself: "I realized that a man who is despised neither can nor ought to find peace as long as the contempt endures. He may say like the sinners at the Last Judgment: 'Mountains, fall on us, and hills, cover us; but contempt follows him even into the remotest hiding-place, for it has entered into his spirit and he bears it about with him wherever he may go." It might be asked, why write about such self-hatred and hopelessness? Why make a career dealing with outcasts who suffer from boredom and bottomless anxiety? Thom ...
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Catherine Deneuve at 70 -- Still as Cool as They Come
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sure, I'm tough on movies, but sometimes I'm just another gushing, adoring fan. Such is the case with actress Catherine Deneuve, the stunning French actress who turns 70 today. Why do I love her so? Let me count the ways. Yes, yes -- she is beautiful. But she is also deep, strong, smart, and nuanced as an actress. And when those qualities get injected into a woman who's also stunning physically, well -- that's the sexiest, most powerful kind of beauty, isn't it? She is a survivor. She not only keeps working but keeps making great films, putting all those aging actresses who grouse about no good roles after 40 to shame. What's her secret? She knows herself and she stays interesting. She is fiercely private. She has the strength and principles to insist on a private life. Her career is not tied to sensationalistic stories in the tabloids. She is not a slave to convention; she makes up her own mind. The mother of two, she has never married. (She has in fact referred to marri ...
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The play's the thing in 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet'
LATimes - over 3 years
Relax, classic rock fans, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" is not a movie inspired by the stuttery old Bachman-Turner Overdrive hit. What it is, however, is a crafty, brainy and uniquely stirring concoction, directed by enduring, now 91-year-old French filmmaker Alain Resnais ("Hiroshima, Mon Amour"; "Last Year at Marienbad," "Stavisky"), that effectively unites a who's who of Gallic acting talent, including such past Resnais collaborators as Michel Piccoli, Sabine Azéma (the director's wife), Anny Duperey and Mathieu Amalric.
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Pour les hommes, l'amour est dans le pied
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Dans l'une des scènes cultes les plus célèbres du cinéma français, véritable symbole du cinéma de la nouvelle vague, Brigitte Bardot demande à Paul, incarné à l'écran par Michel Piccoli, ce qu'il pense des différentes partie de son corps. Camille est nue, allongée sur le ventre. Fesses à l'air, elle se lance: "Et mes fesses, tu les aimes mes fesses?" Mais par quelle partie du corps commence cette jolie litanie? Réponse: par où commence le corps, autrement dit, par les pieds. Rendons à Godard ce qui est à Godard. Si les seins, les fesses et le visage détiennent à première vue le monopole de l'érotisation, ce petit orteil que laisse entrevoir l'escarpin, ce petit peton si délicatement épousé par le collant, joueraient un rôle fondamental dans l'attirance qu'un homme éprouve pour une femme. Faire un massage de pied, est-ce tromper? Dans Pulp Fiction, la question devient l'objet de l'un des plus importants dialogue du film. Faire un massage de pied, est-ce harceler? C'est la question que s ...
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“Reality”: Toxic celebrity, Italian-style
Salon.com - almost 4 years
No doubt the recent Italian comedy we should be watching this week is Nanni Moretti’s “Habemus Papam,” released last year, in which Michel Piccoli plays a newly elected pope who suffers a panic attack and refuses to greet the throngs in St. Peter’s Square. So far the reign of Pope Francis lacks that degree of zany melodrama, though he’s got time. But there are plenty of spiritual and cultural lessons to be dug out of Matteo Garrone’s colorful and intriguing “Reality” – the English word is also the Italian title – the farcical fable of a Neapolitan everyman seduced by the lure of celebrity. If “Reality” isn’t quite as impressive as Garrone’s 2008 “Gomorrah,” an operatic and many-stranded saga about the long tentacles of Naples’ criminal underworld, it makes clear that he’s a filmmaker who can take a familiar story and infuse it with strangeness and vitality. While “Gomorrah” seemed more akin to the big-canvas social and moral criticism of the late Michelangelo Antonioni, “Reality” reca ...
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Brian Formo: A Conversation with Eva Mendes: The Dreams and Nightmares of Holy Motors
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Holy Motors is many things, but mostly it is a dream. Leos Carax's new film is a series of scenarios with Denis Lavant playing a different character every time he steps out of a limousine -- entering into varied fantasies and, perhaps, some realities. Eva Mendes plays a fashion model that Lavant kidnaps in one section of the film. Following Holy Motors screening at the AFI Festival in Hollywood (you can read my review, a big recommendation, here), I had the pleasure of chatting with her about the film. Q: First off, let me just say that I loved Holy Motors so I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me about your involvement in this film. How did you become involved in the film and what was it like to work with (director) Leos Carax? Eva Mendes: I've been a Leos Carax fan for a while. Lovers on a Bridge is such a beautiful, romantic film. I've always wanted to work with him but he's kind of averaging doing a film every decade. I thought maybe it was just wishfu ...
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‘Pope’ has fun with the Catholic Church, but it’s more of a character study
IdahoStatesman.com - almost 5 years
There are crises of faith, and then there are crises of faith. In �We Have a Pope,� Michel Piccoli is having a doozy. Click to Continue »
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
In which we hit it and quit it. The Avengers See review this issue. Various Theaters. The Big Lebowski "It's like what Lenin said... you look for the person who will benefit, and... uh...." See My, What a Busy Week!. Bagdad Theater. Bully Throughout the emotional documentary Bully, while kids are shown suffering at the hands of their asshole peers, the most frustrating sight is watching how their teachers, assistant principals, and in some cases parents respond to the situation. "Kids will be kids," they say. That's hardly comforting when asking for help for your gay daughter, who has attempted suicide three times. I went in expecting to sob, to be filled with sympathy for the kids and guilt over not being able to help—I walked out wanting to kick the system's ass. MEGAN SELING Fox Tower 10. The Cabin in the Woods Taking the overripe "college kids headed into the woods" horror genre and layering it with smart twists, C ...
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Upon this wobbly rock I will build my church
Chicago Reader - almost 5 years
Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti ponders organized religion with We Have a Pope by Ben Sachs The films of Italian writer-director-actor Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, The Son's Room) mete out their narrative developments so casually that they often appear formless; only in hindsight do they reveal a profound understanding of the rhythms of everyday life. This religious satire, in which a newly elected pope (Michel Piccoli) begins to gets cold feet about taking office, plays as a gentle comedy, complete with obvious (though very funny) gags about cardinals playing volleyball and the like.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Stanley Kauffmann on Films: Devotions
The New Republic - almost 5 years
Gerhard Richter Painting We Have a Pope Jiro Dreams of Sushi Only a few months after a German documentary about a famous artist, Anselm Kiefer, here is another from Germany about a famous artist. Gerhard Richter Painting is, like the earlier film, a kind of residence with its subject rather than a report. Corinna Belz, the director, in fact spent three years off and on with Richter, with his beginnings of works, his changes, his resumptions, his conclusions. She had made an earlier short film about Richter, and evidently she had his full confidence. He is at ease, both at work and in talk, absorbed in the doing, frank but reticent in speech. In response to questions, he keeps saying that one cannot talk about painting, yet he keeps trying to do it in a modest, honest, unprescriptive way. Now in his eighties, long past the arrival of fame and long comfortable with it, Richter, wearing workman’s dress in his huge studio, moves slowly without bursts of “inspiration.” This is e ...
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'We Have a Pope' review: too much volleyball
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
We Have a Pope RATING: (ALERT VIEWER) Comedy drama. Co-written and directed by Nanni Moretti. With Michel Piccoli, Moretti, Jerzy Stuhr. (Not rated. 102 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.) The chief pleasures of Nanni...
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On Good Friday, NPR Hailed Pope-Mocking Movie
News Busters - almost 5 years
During the Holy Week before Easter in 2011, Brent Bozell noticed an "Easter bonnet of mud" timed to be thrown at Christians. One of those mudballs was thrown in Italy, a comedy movie called "Habemus Papam" (Latin for "we have a pope.") Franco Zeffirelli, the director of the TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” agreed Nanni Moretti's film was an insult to the Pope and the Catholic faithful. "It's a horrible cheap shot," Zeffirelli said. "I feel especially sorry for this pontiff, who may not be a crowd-pleaser, but who is very civilized and reasonable." So it should not be surprising that National Public Radio would applaud its American release, timed once again on Good Friday. Openly gay movie critic Bob Mondello implausibly declared "There's nothing in 'We Have a Pope' that's likely to offend, much that will amuse and also quite a bit of effective design work." Somehow, Mondello could blithely talk around the movie's conc ...
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Movie Review: Michel Piccoli in Nanni Moretti’s ‘We Have a Pope’
NYTimes - almost 5 years
In “We Have a Pope”Michel Piccoli plays a newly elected pontiff who has his doubts about the position and runs off among the Roman populace.
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'Straw Dogs,' Stirring Up Trouble Again
NYTimes - over 5 years
LIKE the children poking at scorpions in the opening shots of ''The Wild Bunch''Sam Peckinpah knew how to stir things up. In 1971, two years after that exhilarating and phenomenally bloody western made him one of the most famous -- or infamous -- directors in America, Peckinpah took a crew to the Cornish countryside and came back with a movie
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PROSEGUONO GLI APPUNTAMENTI DI “MESSINA ESTATE 2011” - Nettuno Press Giornale di Messina
Google News - over 5 years
... Saint- Saens, Paganini e Monti; al Giardino Corallo, alle 21.15, “Habemus Papam” con Michel Piccoli e Nanni Moretti; a Faro Superiore, per gli appuntamenti de "Il Casale del Faro", serata a cura dell'assessorato regionale turismo e spettacolo
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michel Piccoli
  • 2001
    Age 75
    In 2001 he was the recipient of the Europe Theatre Prize.
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  • 1982
    Age 56
    In 1982, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Strange Affair.
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  • 1980
    Age 54
    He won the Best Actor Award at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival for A Leap in the Dark.
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  • 1925
    Born on December 27, 1925.
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