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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Sergio Leone



Once Upon a Time in the West

by Sergio Leone


Once Upon a Time in America
by Sergio Leone



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by Clint Eastwood



The Bridges of Madison County
by Clint Eastwood

 

All films in original version with subtitles

Clint, by Marjane Satrapi

 

(interview with the Lyon daily paper Le Progrès).

 

 

How are you going to share with us your enthusiasm for Eastwood and Sergio Leone?

In a suprising way, I hope!  I don't go for all those intellectual speeches people introduce films with.  You have here in Lyon Bertrand Tavernier, who's a walking encyclopaedia of the cinema, so I'm not going to compete with him.  I'll introduce the films by doing little acting sketches, with accessories.  I hope people will like them! 

 

Did you have posters of Clint in your room as a girl?

Of course!  He's sooo handsome...  I still remember what my mother said when we all went to see The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.at the cinema in Tehran.  As soon as he appeared on the screen, she turned to my father and said "If that man asked me to run away with him, I'd leave you like a shot!"

 
Have you ever been troubled by the great violence of some of the characters he plays? 
With Play Misty for Me (which Satrapi has already introduced at the Festival) and Dirty Harry (which she introduces on Friday), I'll probably talk a bit about his image as a strongly pro-guns Republican.  We should remember the old meaning of "Republican," which refers to those from the northern US who were against slavery while those in the South supported it.  These films have given him a reputation as a right-winger, with a suggestion of racism and homophobia, which isn't at all borne out by the films he directed himself.  Let's not confuse him with Charlton Heston.

 

If you run into Clint in Lyon, what would you say to him?

I'd be tongue-tied at first, and I'm far from being easily impressed. 

 

How's your film adaptation of your comic book Chicken with Plums going?

It's been hard to get funding because nobody thought that after Persepolis I'd be keen on doing a a real love story with real-life shots and actors.  If all goes well, I and Vincent Paronnaud will make it next year.  Wish us luck!

 

Iran's in the news for depressing reasons.  Why do you speak out so little about the situation?

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies are disgusting, as everyone can see.  I participate in some demonstrations as an Iranian woman but I don't want to speak in place of the experts.  I want to remain an artist and say what I think through my work.

 

Do you know Lyon?

I came here the other year to present Persepolis, whose editor, Stéphane Roche, is from Lyon.  He's terrorised me so much about the local grattons (pork scratchings) that I've just got to try them.  A foreigner who's eaten frogs and snails can also eat tablier de sapeur (tripe in breadcrumbs).  So I'm going to taste everything.

 

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