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Faces Places, a very different French kind of road movie

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm




By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

If you are looking for a winning combination at the movies, look no further than Faces Places, a French documentary that brings together the considerable talents of New Wave filmmaker Agnes Varda, and mural artist, JR.

This is a Harold and Maude kind of set-up, without the romance. She is 89. He is 33. Together, the odd pairing take to the back roads, mostly of France, and make some interesting art together.

Note: Faces Places opens at the Regal Cinema in Winter Park, Friday.

The pair see art everywhere, and create some truly memorable images using both the landscape, often abandoned villages and even a fallen World War II bunker on a beach, and the villagers they come across.

JR drives a truck, that looks like a traveling camera and indeed, it is a mobile photo booth, capable of producing large images that incorporated into the visual world that both Varda and he create. The whole world, or at least the French countryside, is their plaything, much to the delight of the colorful characters they come across.

But there is more than just artistic endeavors going on here. The oldster/youngster have a genuine affection for each other and enoy each others company.  In one of many screen highlights, the couple run through the Louvre, recreating one of French cinemas most celebrated highlights from Jean-Luc Godard’s, Band of Outsiders.

The film runs about 96 minutes and is rated PG.

Less artistic, but will be a joy to fans, is the latest Carol Burnett Show installment from Time Life, The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Lost Christmas, due out Oct. 24.

Perfect for people who collect holiday DVDs, Carol’s Lost Christmas episode features three episodes not seen in more than 40 years.

The popular show, which aired from 1967 to 1978, usually included a Christmas show each season. They usually became a highlight of the entire season, back when a TV season stretched from September to May, and included more than 32 episodes.

The new DVD release includes three episodes featuring segments with Jonathan Winters as St. Nick; as well as series regulars  old lovebirds Bert and Molly (Harvey Korman, Burnett); Burnett and Vicki Lawrence joining the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys in “Do you Know How Christmas Trees are Grown?,” and Garry Moore and Durward Kirby doing a bit on the ridiculous toys parents buy for their kids.

Other highlights include Dancing Santas, yuletide poetry and a visit to a boozing Kris Kringle at the North Pole, all in the series very first Christmas show.