Happy holidays indeed: Letter to Jane editor Tim Moore presents his last copy of Cahiers du Cinema in English (you may remember a couple of others). Number 11, from September 1967, features "Orson Welles and Jack Falstaff," a dossier with an interview with Welles and contributions from Serge Daney and others, plus articles on Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Luis Buñuel and more — and editor Andrew Sarris publishes stills Curtis Harrington sent to him from the set of Games (1967).
Lists. For the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation is the best film of 2011; the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle goes for Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist.
Obits. "Doe Avedon, a bookish beauty reluctantly transformed into a high-fashion model at the hands of a visionary photographer, Richard Avedon — a story that inspired the 1957 musical Funny Face, about a bookish beauty (Audrey Hepburn) reluctantly transformed into a high-fashion model at the hands of a visionary photographer (Fred Astaire) — died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 86." Margolit Fox for the New York Times: "Ms Avedon, who later married the director Don Siegel and was known in private life as Doe Avedon Siegel, had roles in a handful of pictures, including The High and the Mighty (1954), starring John Wayne, and Deep in My Heart (1954), starring José Ferrer. She returned to the screen in 1984 in Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes."
"Dutch-born entertainer Johannes Heesters, who made his name performing in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and was dogged later in his long career by controversy over his Nazi-era past, died Saturday," reports the AP. "He was 108."