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Born in tears: Tatsuya Nadakai in Ran
photo: Winstar Cinema
Born in tears: Tatsuya Nadakai in Ran

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Ran
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Written by Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, and Masato Ide
A Winstar release
UA Union Square
Opens August 18

Place Vendme
Directed by Nicole Garcia
Written by Garcia and Jacques Fieschi
An Empire release
Paris Theater
Opens August 18

What makes Marianne so fascinating is the internal conflict between her self-destructive and her survival impulses. But the film's thriller-styled narrative isn't expansive enough to contain her. Given Marianne's reckless behavior—she walks around Paris openly carrying a fortune in stolen diamonds—you'd think she would be murdered before the film is half over. Hitchcock knew how to camouflage flaws in logic, but Garcia isn't as skillful. Inept as a thriller, Place Vendôme nevertheless intrigues.

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