LBJBR’s Guide to Serge Gainsbourg and His Women

French musician Serge Gainsbourg was equal parts genius and mad man; musician and actor; husband and playboy; lover and philanderer; musical maestro and heavy breathing cunt chaser; father and potential pedophile? As you can see, the man who the public knew as Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginsburg, was a complicated man who came to be…

The Helen Mirren Files – ‘Age of Consent’

Age of Consent remains a fascinating film of contradictions. The 1969 film, based on the autobiography of the Austrailian painter Norman Lindsay, starred James Mason as painter Bradley Morahan. The Australian painter has lost his muse. On a sparsely inhabited island in the Great Barrier Reef, he finds in a beautiful young girl named Cora,…

Guide to the Directors of the French New Wave: Francois Truffaut

The French New Wave brought the director to  the forefront. For the members of the New Wave, Truffaut, Godard and company, the director was the true star of the show. The true artist among these stars holds the most prestige possible, at least as far as film geeks are concerned. This person, who crafts a…

What was the French New Wave Cinema?

The French New Wave was a film movement, of sorts, that cam e to world wide attention in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although the  styles and film making efforts of its most famous members, such as Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, they were unified in their concept of the purpose…