Notre Dame de la Croisette | Chicago Reader

Notre Dame de la Croisette

Bulle Ogier plays a film lover trying to crash the 1981 Cannes film festival in Daniel Schmid's endearingly antielitist homage to cinephilia. Denied admission to screenings and press conferences because she lacks a pass available only to “film professionals” or is “not in evening dress,” she does manage to see Nijinsky's daughter and Jack Nicholson getting photographed. She always seems a bit out of place, a wide-eyed tourist, but her naivete gives her an authenticity that contrasts vividly with the festival's overwrought glitz (56 min.). On the same program, The Amateurs, Schmid's clever 1991 reediting of European footage from the teens and 20s that shows people skiing, bathing, boating, and wrestling, and even a comedy act. Syncing his footage to music, Schmid creates the illusion of performers in different times and places dancing to the same tune (30 min.).

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