French filmmaker Patrice Leconte is as notable for his refusal to be easily categorized as he is for his long and productive career. Since making his major directorial debut in 1975 with Les Vécés Étaient Fermés de L’Intérieur, Leconte has established himself as one of France’s most respected directors, at ease tackling subjects ranging from mental illness to sexuality to canny deconstructions of wit and society. He received particular acclaim for his 1996 film Ridicule, winning the admiration of an international audience while furthering his reputation as one of the French cinema’s most treasured figures.
A native Parisian, Leconte was born on November 12, 1947. He decided to be a filmmaker at a very young age, and went on to attend France’s most prestigious film school, I.D.H.E.C. During his education, constant visits to the Paris Cinémathèque aided in his understanding of cinematography culture. After graduating from I.D.H.E.C. in 1969, Leconte went against the cinematic grain… read more
This Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996 traces the struggles of a poor French lord trying to get royal backing on a drainage project. But in order to get the favor of the king, he needs to dip his toes in the corruption and sarcasm (which they refer to as ‘wit’) that plague the court. I am not a fan of period films, and by all means, I am not amused by their fancy way of talking and funny costumes. Men in wigs and in make-up baffle me. But this farce is surprisingly absorbing. You’ll easily get lost in the mind games that defined the time. http://pixelatedpopcorn.blogspot.com/