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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012

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"As the annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series begins in New York City [today] with a screening of the blockbuster Intouchables, France's film industry is jubilant," begins Stephen Holden in the New York Times, and of course, what he's referring to first is the nearly absolute domination of The Artist throughout the just-passed awards season. Secondly, he's referring to the opening night film, "an interracial buddy comedy that has grossed nearly $240 million. It is now the second-highest-grossing French movie ever (behind Welcome to the Sticks). It's also "a crass escapist comedy that feels like a Gallic throwback to an 80s Eddie Murphy movie."

Variety's Jill Goldsmith reports that, just in time for the Us premiere, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the xenophobic National Front party has said, "'It would be a disaster if France were to find itself in the same situation' as the wealthy crippled Frenchman

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