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Friday, Nov. 23, 2012


Film fest for French actor

Staff writer

God only knows how many women have succumbed to the irresistible glamour of renowned French actor Gerard Philipe.

Philipe died at the young age of 36 in 1959 from liver cancer. However, half a century on his popularity remains solid. So in his memory, some of the most famous Philipe films will be digitally remastered and screened in cinemas across Japan starting this weekend, as this year marks the 90th anniversary of his birth.

One of the highlights of a retrospective in Tokyo will be the film "The Charterhouse of Parma" (1948), based on a novel by French writer Stendhal, where Philipe played a profligate Italian lad named Fabrice del Dongo. A devout admirer of Napoleon, the idealist Fabrice willingly decides to defect to the French Army at the onset of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. But he comes back to his hometown of Parma soon after, severely injured with no recollection whatsoever of his participation in the war. Fabrice's traitorous behavior would have been met with capital punishment, but he narrowly escaped that fate thanks to his calculating Aunt Gina. Yet Fabrice, a determined womanizer, never finds himself free from troubles.

"Gerard Philipe Retrospective: 90th Anniversary" starts at Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho in Tokyo from Nov. 24 till Dec. 21. Tickets cost ¥1,800. For more information, call (03) 6259-8608, or visit www.cetera.co.jp/gp90.

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