MICHAEL LONSDALE’S DEATH | France’s gentleman thespian passes on

He had 145 acting credits to his name

Screen Comment being not just a cinephile media but also a French-American publication, we would be twice remiss not to mention persons and events from across the pond, at least some of the time. The death of Michael Lonsdale, a formidable actor, himself bi-national (his French mother conceived him with the help of a British officer in 1930—Lonsdale was born in May of the following year), was ... more >

Of Gods and Men

France's biggest movie of 2010
Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale and Olivier Rabourdin
Directed by Xavier de Beauvois

The year is 1993. Nine Cistercian monks live in the monastery of Tibhirine in the Atlas mountains of Algeria. The monks live in good intelligence with the Muslim villagers, farming, making honey, treating patients in their clinic, teaching children. Unfortunately, the precursor—and to us now familiar—signs of fundamental Islam are entering this peaceful community. Murders of foreign construction ... more >