Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cannes Film Festival - Sunday

Film directors Claude Lelouch, Michael Moore and Mathieu Kassovitz, actors Natalie Portman, Dean Cain, Goldie Hawn, Christian Slater and a fabulous Salma Hayek, with exquisite braids wrapped around her head, joined little moi on the red carpet tonight. We watched the world première of Indiana Jones's fourth and final (?) episode, The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, presented by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford (with wife Calista Flockhart), as well as Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen and Shia LaBeouf.
I was sitting just a few rows behind the dream team... I wore a Masaki Matsushima silk dress, with burgundy Céline high heels. Make-up: Chanel black eye pencil and Diorshow mascara, that's it!

I have been a fan of Indiana Jones for as long as I can remember. In Raiders of the Last Ark, which I saw as a little girl, I loved the character of that tough and fierce woman, Marion, who returns in this episode in a much blander part. The film is full of surprises, both in terms of the characters and visually, with spectacular chase and fight scenes.
But what came over Spielberg when he decided to go X-Files on us? Without revealing too much about the plot, I'll just say that the film is complete with bulgy-skulled aliens, references to Roswell and, yes a flying saucer; really. And did I mention the passages into different time-space dimensions? Faking a Russian accent, Cate Blanchett is the fencing (yes, fencing) evil communist who's researching paranormal activities; really. As much as I wanted to love this film, I couldn't. Sigh.
The film, however, was enthusiastically cheered by the audience.

21 comments:

Laura said...

In Montevideo, we'll be watching Indiana Jones' last movie as from next week. I'm simply dying to see the movie - or to see Harrison Ford!
You look gorgeous! THat red carpet suits you so well!

Mamie said...

Estas preciosa!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who designed Salma Hayek's dress the color and style was beautiful

yasu said...

oh wow you look fabulous!the dress suits you so well
the red carpet seems such a far away places..

Mary-Laure said...

Thank you all for your sweet compliments...

ANONYMOUS - I'd love to know who designed Hayek's dress, as it was spectacular! (Didn't she just have a baby? She did show off an amazing figure).
Did you notice her enormous earrings? Also very pretty, I think.
I'll try to find out who designed the dress and will let you know...

Anonymous said...

who designed yours? It is beautiful!

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marie said...

oh i loved the originals too! but i dont think they should have made this one..it spoils the magic a little

you look amazing! again!

Megan said...

who is the actress in the top picture?

Imelda Matt said...

OH, I'm most disappointed I had high hopes for Indiana Jones...aliens...WTF??? More importantly, again you look FIERCE (as only French woman can)!

Esti said...

You looked born for the red carpet!! That far, far way planet...

Mary-Laure said...

ANONYMOUS - my dress is by Japanese designer Masaki Matsushima. It's all silk.

MEGAN - the actress in the top picture? The girl in the top picture is just little me, but I'm not an actress!

IMELDA MATT - ha ha, funny you should find I look French; here, whenever I step into a store or a restaurant, people address me in English; random people on the street too! I asked my boyfriend, "Do I look THAT American?" and he said, "Oh, YES!".
Actually, I am half French and half American...
Don't let my review deter you from watching Indiana Jones; maybe you'll enjoy it, as lots of people did!

pve design said...

You look radiant!
Like Joan of Arc!

Anonymous said...

I am actually quite surprised that such a commercial movie was shown at Cannes. Oh well. But I love your hair and you are totally convincing me to grow out my bangs. And I don't know where I would have thought you were from originally, but you don't look American..(whatever that means). ;)
nancy

Jill said...

You look so elegant Mary-Laure! It looks like you are having so much fun in Cannes! Thanks for filling us in on all the excitement. Too bad Indiana Jones wasn't that good...I will probably still see it anyway, just to complete the cycle :)

Mary-Laure said...

NANCY - every year, some super commercial films are shown in Cannes for their world premiere,as a huge marketing stunt; they don't compete for the Palme d'Or. Last year it was Ocean's 13 and the year before that The Da Vinci Code, both of which I saw here.
However this year it seems there are more non-competing commercial films showing. The night before I arrived, my boyfriend found himself watching Kung Fu Panda!!!
This just means Cannes has totally lost its identity and has sold out big time, which is kind of sad.
Even many of the less commercial movies are by 'institutional' independent directors, who are always the same (the Dardenne brothers, Nanni Moretti, the fabulous Coen brothers etc.)
So much for risk-taking!
And yes, I am American indeed. My Dad is French, my mum is American (from TX) and my maternal grandparents are from Uruguay! Quite a mix. French people always find I look très américaine and Americans find me so Parisian!

JILL - I would hate to have talked you out of watching it! As far as movie heroes go, Indy is still the best! Harrison Ford still very much has his mojo.

andrea tachezy said...

You look so great!

jo said...

you look amazing!!! this is all so exiting!!

A World in a PAN said...

You look great!

Kalaline said...

J'aimerai etre a ta place!

Kwana said...

So sorry you didn't love the film but I'm cheering your look on the carpet! So beautiful.