Lizzy Davies – “French Filmmaker Claude Chabrol Dies” (2010)

September 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm (Cinema, French New Wave, Reviews & Articles)

From yesterday’s issue of The Guardian comes news that acclaimed French New Wave director Claude Chabrol has passed away at the age of 80. May he rest in peace…

The world of French cinema is in mourning for one of its greatest and most prolific directors, Claude Chabrol, who died today aged 80.

One of the founding fathers of the New Wave of French film, Chabrol was best known for his masterful suspense thrillers, subversive female roles and stinging critiques of the bourgeoisie. His first work, Le Beau Serge, was released in 1958 and he made more than 80 films, his last – a murder mystery starring Gérard Depardieu Read the rest of this entry »

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Tom Buckley – “Hill Street Blues” (1981)

September 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm (Reviews & Articles)

A Jan. 17, 1981 New York Times review of the very first episode of one of the most Emmy-awarded shows in TV history. Obviously Mr. Buckley didn’t think much of the show, based on the first episode, but in all fairness, it does take most shows awhile to find their groove. I wonder what he thought of the show as it progressed…? Anyhow, I still believe this was the best cop show in history, and paved the way for later shows like NYPD Blue

”Ten-thirteen” is the police-radio code for ”assist patrolman.” Too bad there isn’t a signal for ”assist writers,” because Hill Street Blues needs help badly. The first of five related instalments of this limited-run police series was seen on Thursday on NBCTV. The second will be shown by the network tonight.

The writer-producer team of Steve Bochco and Michael Kozoll has tried to present the men of the Hill Street station house in an unidentified Read the rest of this entry »

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