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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Today kicked off the Film at Lincoln Center's 26th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. One of the free virtual events is a Discussion with Emmanuelle Béart. As the Rendez-Vous official Guest of Honor, Béart is interviewed by Columbia University Professor Richard Peña, who eventually asked her about working on Mission: Impossible:
Richard Peña: In addition to working with artists like Téchiné, Sautet, Rivette, Assayas, and others, you also have worked in Hollywood. Specifically on Mission: Impossible. And I'm wondering if you could talk about what your impression was when you arrived to be in a very big-budget Hollywood film, and then maybe on that, what was it like to work with another auteur like Brian De Palma?

Emmanuelle Béart: [via a French-English translator] Well, it was quite a strange experience for me. I must say that I got on this project, while I was RAISED in auteur cinema, so I had as an actor, a culture, habits of the background that I had, and the kinds of films in which I had been in. And all of a sudden, I got there, and I think Brian once told me, when it was the premiere of the film, he told me that he felt the same. That it was, when we were on set, the boss wasn't Brian De Palma. It was Tom Cruise and his team. That's what it was about. And this is something I really found hard to adjust to. I mean, for me, the director is the absolute master. He's the master and commander of the boat, of the set. And I expected this to be the same there, especially with a director as great as Brian De Palma. But it wasn't like that at all. And, it wasn't the problem of Tom Cruise, who I really got along well. And I think, for him, it was okay, it was the way it had to be, but it wasn't MY culture. It wasn't my way of engaging in a film project. So, that was quite strange.

And I was... a bit, also, I found incredible, the amount of money that was being used for ONE film. I was wondering all the time, I was obsessed with the idea of how many auteur films in France could be made with this money. Why are we putting so much money on ONE film? And when we were really too depressed, Brian and I, I remember, we would go in the evening into Italian restaurants, eat pasta, and talk about films, and talk about auteur cinema. And we had great fun, the two of us together, after, once the shooting would wrap, to go and enjoy our time together.

But for the film itself, I have mixed feelings, I would say. From one side I was like a kid. I found it funny, so, so much money, and to be able to just push a button and see a car explode. And this was a bit crazy. But at the same time, I felt quite embarrassed and not really at the place I wanted to be. That's why afterwards, I didn't stay in Los Angeles. I had an agent, I had many more offers, but they didn't make sense to me. It was too stereotyped. It was just a kind of, um, what's expected from a French actress, and really too similar to what I'd done before, and so I couldn't relate to any of these offers. And I just longed to go back home.

Posted by Geoff at 7:59 PM CST
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Friday, March 5, 2021 - 12:26 AM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

The cult of Tom Cruise has taken over the planet with a pious Ethan Hunt super spy. If Beart thought the first Mission was expensive the sequels doubled and tripled in dollars. It's time that Cruise shows flaws in Ethan Hunt. There's no such person as pious spy. That only exists in the movies.

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 2:10 AM CST

Name: "Rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

But it is an auteur film with very high artistic and philosophical qualities, next to the entertainment value.

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 8:03 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Yes, it definitely is, Rado. You can look at any frame, any shot in the movie and tell that it is a De Palma film through-and-through. De Palma's sensibility and visual depth is sewn into the very design of the shots, and of the film itself.

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 6:20 PM CST

Name: "Neil "

MI has the best acting in the franchise. The sequels are bigger and louder world building from DePalma's original starter. 

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 8:12 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt character is cultivated to suit box office appeal which means no ambiguity or character flaws. DePalma was a director for hire and visually made this film his own. DePalma even knew he couldn't mess around with Tom Cruise central character. Cruise Ethan Hunt character is one dimensional pious super spy which wreaks of cashing in at the box office. The gold standard of a real spy characterised on film is Richard Boone in The Kremlin Letter. DePalma brought a level of nuance to Hunt in his film where the sequels with Ethan are more black and white with a character beyond corruption. It would be good to see Ethan turn bad like Jim Phelps in the first movie which would justify turning Phelps into a traitor and murderer. With Cruise image makers that would never happen.

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 8:29 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

It really doesn't matter if Ethan turns bad or traitor, because what is implied by the subversive bookends on the airplane that De Palma provides is that the potential is there for Ethan to be corrupted just as his father figure was before him.  The latest MI by McQuarrie toys with this idea, having Ethan pose as a cold-blooded killer, even to the point of Ethan himself picturing it all in his head as if he would be so corrupt, cold, and cruel. This sequence echoes the one in De Palma's, where Ethan tries to alter in his own mind the images he has of Claire going hand-in-hand along with Jim Phelps' plan.

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 8:57 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

The temptation is there for Ethan, but Cruises team and image makers would never allow Ethan to go hardcore bad. Finchers MI3 wanted to explore the evil side of Hunt but that version unfortunately never happened with Tom Cruise who went and did Abrams bland and pious version of Hunt that was poo for me in Abrams MI3

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 11:28 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Also, at the time Mission: Impossible was made, Aldrich Ames was fresh in the collective mind. The disillusioned CIA officer who was desperate for money became a mole who sold operatives' names to the KGB, betraying those who thought they knew him. Phelps' betrayal in MI is shown to be the deepest of tragedies, not treated lightly, and it reflected what was really going on in the world.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:39 AM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

Chris Cooper played Ames in the excellent movie BREACH. There was also a more accurate mini-series with William Hurt in the lead role:

Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 4:08 PM CST

Name: "Tex"

Breach was based on Robert Hansen not Aames

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