Singin’ in the rain: satire while singing

Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s masterpiece turns 70e anniversary with a splendid 4K restored version.

We would have loved to see on the Croisette Official competition , Argentinians Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat. Their satire of cinema and the star system, with a brilliant Antonio Banderas as an actor with a hypertrophied ego and an unleashed Penélope Cruz as a perverse director, would have held up an ideal mirror to the Cannes circus. The film was in the running for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, not bad either, but below the Côte d’Azur vanity fair.

In terms of mise en abyme, or “meta” cinema, Cannes was not left out. The opening movie Cut!by Michel Hazanavicius, a fake zombie film and a real shooting comedy, was intended as a tribute to the 7e art, even when art here is a hemoglobin-based craft, and to those who do it, faith anchored in the body, even when passion does not match talent. In a different style, The worstthe first feature film by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, winner of the Un certain regard prize, features a shoot in a housing estate in Boulogne-sur-Pire…

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