Darkest Hour stands apart from more routine historical dramas.
CANNES, France -- Every year they come here to the Riviera, the new class of young American filmmakers, hoping for lightning to strike. Ever since Dennis Hopper's "Easy Rider" arrived at Cannes in 1967 as a motorcycle film and returned to the United States as an art film, Cannes has provided a sort of festival within a festival, of first and early films by young Yankee hopefuls.
CANNES, France -- The table has long since been cleared for the last time, and the wits who surrounded it rest in their graves, but the idea of the Algonquin Round Table lives on. For a decade, from the 1920s through the 1930s, the brightest and the funniest writers in New York gathered every day for lunch around a huge round table at the Algonquin Hotel, and then they went back to their typewriters and made each other famous by quoting what they said there.
LOS ANGELES -- Everyone expected Steven Spielberg and his great film, "Schindler's List," to dominate the 66th annual Academy Awards here Monday night, and they did - with seven Oscars, including best picture and director. But there was no sense of anticlimax; it was one of the most thrilling nights in Oscar history. As academy members rose for two standing ovations, they were obviously moved by Spielberg's triumph.
For years, the word around Hollywood has been that Oscar voters have some kind of a grudge against Steven Spielberg. He makes good movies and he makes popular movies, and sometimes he makes both at the same time, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never awarded its best director award to the most successful director in history.
"Schindler's List," the somber epic by Steven Spielberg about the Holocaust, won 12 Academy Award nominations, firmly establishing itself as the front-runner for this year's Oscars.
TELLURIDE, Colo. She has the face of an angel, and she plays roles from hell: That describes the acting career of Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was honored in a tribute here at the Telluride Film Festival.
TELLURIDE, Colo. -- The moment that best captured this year's Telluride Film Festival came when three musicians from Cambridge, Mass., were creating a percussion thunderstorm during a silent film from Germany, while a real thunderstorm boomed outside.
TELLURIDE, Colo. So here she was, a best-selling author who hardly ever goes to the movies, in the middle of a film festival and promoting a movie. Amy Tan confessed she was having a good time. The author of The Joy Luck Club, one of the most popular novels of recent years, was here for the premiere of the film version of her story.
TELLURIDE, Colo. -- The Telluride Film Festival, which honors three people with tributes every year, honored a missing person in 1984. The program was titled "Where Is John Alton?" and it showed clips from the work of one of Hollywood's greatest mystery men, a cinematographer who worked both sides of town - from low-budget film noir to an Academy Award for "An American in Paris" - before disappearing in 1960.
She sits on the balcony outside a hotel suite at the Cannes Film Festival and smokes a cigarette and looks very serious. I have met a lot of French actresses, and two things they are very good at is smoking cigarettes and looking serious. Not many of them look this good while they are doing it.