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Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.

Film: `I'm part of a cinema of resistance'

Jeanne Balibar is riding a new New Wave.

The iceman speaketh

The French actor who plays cold-hearted manipulators and misfits talks about his secrets, his lies and his penchant for incredibly beautiful actresses. Is Daniel Auteuil the new Gerard Depardieu?

Asterix routs rivals at box office

AFTER SUCCESSFULLY re-sisting the Romans for 40 years, Asterix the Gaul and his monumental sidekick, Obelix, have defied all the odds - and the treachery of the French movie critics - to defeat the massed legions of Hollywood.

Books: The ethics of using helicopters

Projections 9: French Film- makers on Film-making

Cinema to dishonour France

Serious cinema, or canny commercialism? Liese Spencer examines the current French vogue for in-your-visage film violence

Football: Eric the Red part two

The film star is a footballer for one night. By John Lichfield

Film: Godzilla: my part in his downfall

The grandaddy of screen monsters is back in town. James Mottram talks to the actor Jean Reno about playing number two to a giant digitised lizard, while Joseph Gallivan asks whatever happened to good old rubber puppets

Preview: Watch Catherine Deneuve

The Institut francais has scored a huge success in persuading film icon Catherine Deneuve to open its newly-named cinema, Cine Lumiere on 19 March. Fittingly, the occasion will also feature the UK premiere of Deneuve's most recent film Les Voleurs by Andre Techine and the launch of the cinema's Catherine Deneuve Season, which spans 32 years and 17 films (Je Vous Aime pictured below).

Film: Angry young man of French cinema

`La Maman et la Putain', a classic of 1973, is an essay on male emotional immaturity. Chris Darke looks back

Videos: L'Appartement (15), Artificial Eye (available to rent 23 Feb)

In Gilles Mimouni's engrossing romantic thriller, Max (Vincent La Haine Cassel) risks losing his wife-to-be and career to pursue a woman he believes to be his lost love. You won't have seen a film so intricately structured since The Usual Suspects, but don't expect to have to wait until the death to have the narrative knots unravelled.

Movie News: A few good menhirs

Gerard Depardieu looks as if he has finally landed the role he was born to play. Goscinny and Uderzo's Asterix and Obelix has detailed the pugnacious Gauls' resistance of the Romans for nearly 40 years and is slated to make the big-screen next year.

Cinema: Un homme for all seasons

Likeable and versatile, with hidden depths - Daniel Auteuil is the perfect French actor. Robin Buss met him

Film: Aide-memoire

A retrospective of Gaumont films suggests that French cinema's mix of high art and mass appeal has been the century's biggest antidote to Hollywood. By Chris Darke

Inaction man

Chris Darke celebrates the ambiguous on-screen persona of Alain Delon, French cinema's most impassive star

Coming up for air

One dive into `The Big Blue' and Jean Reno was a star. But his rapid rise to success brought on a bad case of the bends. Now he's resurfaced and getting his life back on an even keel.
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