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Favorite Movies:
Persona, L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows), The Leopard, The Seventh Seal, M, Edvard Munch, Khrustalyov, mashinu! (Khrustalyov, My Car!), Elephant, Roma, città aperta (Open City), Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera), La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion), Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky), The Third Man, La Jetée (The Pier), Le Mépris (Contempt), Day of Wrath, Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew), All About My Mother, Manhattan, Casablanca, Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God), Russian Ark, The Celebration (Festen), The Servant, La Dolce Vita, The 39 Steps, La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers), Barry Lyndon, Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves), All About Eve, Harakiri, The Rules of the Game, Nanook of the North, 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men), Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman), Apocalypse Now, To Be or Not to Be
Favorite Actors:
Forest Whitaker, Gene Evans, Gunnar Björnstrand, Russell Crowe, Michel Piccoli, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Fabrizio Rongione, Albert Dupontel, Vittorio Gassman, Nicolas Cage, Benoît Poelvoorde, Daniel Craig, Viggo Mortensen, Vin Diesel, Clint Eastwood, Li Gong, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Toshiro Mifune, Charlotte Rampling, Charles Chaplin, Louis Jouvet, Warren Oates, Paul Meurisse, Sean Connery, Gérard Depardieu, Buster Keaton Jr., Louise Brooks, Gary Cooper, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Thirlby, Tim Roth
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Best movie theaters in the world! #1 The Silent Movie Theatre (Los Angeles, US) the program is maybe less than perfect and the audience maybe a bit too hipster for my taste, but the room is unique (the first two raws are made of leather sofas and the next four have a table to put your coffee, every other seat). The place is truly magic! #2 La Cinémathèque Française (Paris, France) the world's cinema temple, a touch too institutionalized but the programs are unique. The new building is magnificent and there are usually 10 films a day! Paris is blessed with another two cinematheques (Beaubourg and Forum des Images, the latter including a video room where to watch hours of film on video for free, another place where to do that is the BiFi or Bibliothèque du Film). #3 L'Espace Saint Michel (Paris, France) Paris is certainly the city in the world with the most art house theaters in the world. All of them deserve to be listed. The Espace Saint Michel is merely my favorite, but the Action Christine, the Action Ecole, the Saint André des Arts, the Reflet Medicis, the Accattone, they are all well worth it. #4 Le Max Linder (Paris, France) I love that place when my friend Mathilde drags me there on Wednesday morning to see the newly released American crap. But the theatre itself is great, reminds me of the good ol' days. #5 Le Raj Mandir (Jaipur, India) 'The show place of the Natio'. It is a wonderfull Art Deco building, absolutely enormous and maybe the last place in the world where one can experience the frenetic ambiance that ought to have been the one of the great cinema venues in the West during the heyday of movies, before TV. I saw a Bollywood comedy there, I didn't get what was going on in the film, but the spectacle in the room was enough to keep me entertained. #6 Film Forum (New York, USA) #7 La Pagode (Paris, France) Programs are usually not that great but the setting is just fantastic: a Japanese garden and a Chinese pagoda re-created in the late 19th century in the middle of one of the poshest areas in Paris. #8 National Film Theater (London, UK) #9 Egyptian Theatre (Los Angeles, USA) Home of the American Cinematheque, it is more than worth going there. #10 Film Anthology Archive (New York, USA) #11 El Pequeño Cine Studio (Madrid, Spain) I'd also like to celebrate the chain MK2 in Paris which is doing a great work both in terms of programs, quality of the new rooms, depth of their DVD collection, etc. Thanks to all those who make cinephiles happy!

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