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In stretches of South America, where the middle class can still afford a live-in housekeeper, there's a renaissance of the kind of upstairs/downstairs drama that inspired scores of British novels and, later, frothed up into Downton ...
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2 months ago by Chuck Wilson
Paulette is old, and she's also mean and deeply racist, and, as played by the legendary French actress Bernadette Lafont, the title character in this formulaic comedy is unapologetic about her brittle edges. Alas, writer-director Jé...
Parisian Immigrant Tale ‘Samba’ Is Better at Social Realism Than at Being Funny
3 months ago by Abbey Bender
A group of dancers in sparkling 1920s garb gyrate on an extravagant stage, but the camera tracks back through a kitchen whose crowd of workers suggests not excitement but desperation. So begins Samba, an uneven tale of an undocument...
November-December Romance Elsa & Fred at Least Has Shirley MacLaine in It
11 months ago by Sherilyn Connelly
Michael Radford's romantic comedy Elsa & Fred is a remake of Marcos Carnevale's Spanish-language film of the same name, and it also retains the original's obsession with La Dolce Vita. It's seventysomething Elsa (Shirley MacLaine) w...