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Born in tears: Tatsuya Nadakai in Ran
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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 Vendôme
Directed by Nicole Garcia
Written by Garcia and Jacques Fieschi
An Empire release
Paris Theater
Opens August 18

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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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