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The Neon Demon Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Opens June 24 What does it feel like to be the sun in the middle of winter; to walk into a room and have everyone marvel at your beauty with a mix of starry-eyed admiration and poisonous jealousy? Most people couldn’t begin tell you, but for Jesse (Elle Fanning), the 16-year-old aspiring model at the center of Nicolas Winding Refn's glitter-dusted horror The Neon Demon, “it’s everything.” Fanning is...
Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Directed by Otto Preminger “You go to a place, you leave a place.” Such is the hollow existence the carefree bourgeoisie playboys (and girls) lead along the Riviera in Preminger’s adaption of Françoise Sagan’s novella. It’s clichéd, undoubtedly, and not perhaps the subject matter one usually associates with the Austrian auteur, more commonly aligned with the left-leaning epics he would come to produce. Indeed, Bonjour Tristesse marks the end of a phase in...