Cinema: New Year Celebration

LA BONNE ANNEE

Direction and

Screenplay by CLAUDE LELOUCH

Although Claude Lelouch has made more than a dozen movies, he is probably still best known for A Man and a Woman (1966), a nighty piece of soft-focus romance that had a marked influence on the makers of television commercials. This new Lelouch film is also a wistful, rather melancholy love story, but it is more hard-edged and realistic, better by several furlongs than A Man and a Woman-to which indeed it appears to be a kind of reply.

La Bonne Annee (Happy New Year) begins with black-and-white footage from A Man and a Woman loudly...

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