Cannes Diary: Quality assurance in Lebanon
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Saturday 16 May 1998
For some reason the ladies from Lebanon manage to take sycophancy to realms hitherto unknown. Last year one said to Charlton Heston: "You are a god in Lebanon. You are my father, my mother, my sister and my brother." Heston was too gobsmacked to reply.
But Emma Thompson, (pictured above) is never lost for words.
Another Lebanese woman asked her this week if she was aware that her name on a film was an assurance of quality. Thompson leaned forward to the woman and asked: "Where is it you come from, and how easy is it for me to move there?"
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