100 Famous Directors’ Rules of Filmmaking

100 Famous Directors’ Rules of Filmmaking

la-stradaArtistic expression is an assertion of individuality, and all artists compose their work differently. In the case of filmmaking, there are numerous approaches to translating a story to celluloid. Inspired by director Wim Wenders’ recent advertising short, “Wim Wenders’ Rules for Cinema Perfection,” we’ve collected the golden rules of filmmaking employed by 100 famous directors. These tips and tricks are a wonderful source of advice and inspiration — even for the most seasoned professionals. The rules also serve as a fascinating snapshot of each directors’ filmography, capturing the spirit of their work.

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A Passion for Wine? The hidden virtues of grapes!

A Passion for Wine? French people know grapes can be used many other ways! Twenty years ago, the owners of Caudalie discovered that PCOs  extracted from grape-seeds, are significantly more effective than vitamin E against free radicals. 
The French company has since developed a range of products containing stabilized grape-seed polyphenols with anti-ageing properties, and created the first Vinothérapie Spa in the grounds of Château Smith Haut Lafitte in France. Caudalie USA, a subsidiary founded in 2001 also operates spas, and just launched a new boutique in Venice, CA this year. The West Coast flagship store is filled with  anti-aging, grape-derived skin care products, and also features a full-service spa.
The French Vinotherapie skincare line is now ready to educate Angelenos about the hidden virtues of grapes!
Caudalie n. <kodali> (oenological term): Unit measuring the duration of the wine’s flavor on the palate. For each second the flavor remains this is a caudalie. The finer a wine is, the more caudalies it has.
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Welcome to Beaujolais Passions!

Jean-Paul Monsché, French accordionist extraordinaire, welcomes The French Reporter Jackie Watson to ‘Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions & Beyond!’ More to come on Passions TV!



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4 endroits où fêter le Beaujolais nouveau à Los Angeles

Retrouvez cet article par Emeline Cocq dans FRENCH MORNING


Le Beaujolais nouveau arrive le jeudi 20 novembre. Et Los Angeles va l’accueillir comme il se doit. On attend vos recommandations de lieux dans notre espace de commentaires.

Beaujolais Passions 2014

Dans une ambiance de marche recréée par la marque qui produit le Beaujolais nouveau, Georges Duboeuf, au restaurant The Castaway de Burbank, les participants de « Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond » pourront goûter aux produits du terroir et à la cuisine française, et assister à un spectacle de « French cabaret ».

Ils pourront aussi danser au son du DJ Recycle ou profiter d’un apéritif à la française avec une bière ou un verre de Beaujolais nouveau. Le 21 novembre de 19h à minuit. Restaurant The Castaway, 1250 Harvard Rd. – Burbank, CA 91501 20$/personne (comprend un verre de Beaujolais nouveau 2014, un verre souvenir, un plat d’hors-d’oeuvres, accès au « Market place », spectacle et DJ) ; VIP : 50$/personne (comprend en plus un repas français et des sièges réservés). Réservations ici


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GOLD MEDAL for the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau both received a GOLD MEDAL at The Lyon-Beaujolais Nouveau Trophy, the only official Beaujolais Nouveau competition in the world, organized in partnership with the Association of French Oenologists from the Burgundy Central-East Region and Inter Beaujolais since 2003. Measured against nearly 400 other samples, this prestigious honor speaks to the high quality of this year’s vintage. Taste this great Beaujolais Nouveau vintage on Friday, Nov 21 at The Castaway Restaurant Burbank


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Discover Club Med All-Inclusive Ski Vacation – 23 resorts

SKIclubMed   Discover the most prestigious domains with the ease of an all-inclusive Club Med Ski package and experience everything that winter sports have to offer with all the family !

Club Med all-inclusive ski packages include: snow sport lessons, ski-lift tickets, and an array of non-ski activities such as cuisine, all drinks, children’s clubs over 4 years and tips.

As always, enjoy specialty cuisine and beverages, spacious accommodations, and a warm and inviting spirit. 
Prices from $1,399 per person for 7 nights. Contact the French Club Med ski expert at Let’s Travel and take advantage of $100 total in resort credit if booked by December 6th!
Let’s Travel
Lise O’Donnell



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Artisan Cheese Gallery partners with Flavors of France

cheese   Artisan Cheese Gallery‘s owners pride themselves on selling cheeses you can’t find anywhere else. They cultivate their network of small producers and individual sellers from all corners of the world to provide their customers with a one-of-a-kind experience with every visit. Their commitment to finding the finest, freshest cheeses and their extensive knowledge within their field keeps their customers returning.

Artisan Cheese Gallery‘s marvelous menu continues to grow with new delicious delights. They’re always curating it with the finest, freshest artisanal ingredients. Every panini and salad is prepared to-order. And though sometimes the line can get a little long, it is definitely worth the wait!

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12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 505-0207
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Bank of the West supports ‘Flavors of France’

In 1874, Bank of the West opened its doors on the California frontier as Farmers National Gold Bank. One of just 10 banks nationwide authorized to issue paper currency backed by gold reserves, the San Jose bank helped people build homes, finance farms, and grow their businesses.

Since 1980, Bank of the West has been affiliated with French BNP Paribas, a global leader in financial services and one of the world’s six highest rated banks. In 2001, the holding company BancWest Corporation became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas. 

Today, Bank of the West has customers in all 50 states and operates more than 700 branch banking and commercial office locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Prudent credit underwriting, a diversified loan portfolio, and careful risk management has allowed Bank of the West to grow to more than $62 billion in assets. It is one of the nation’s largest banks, yet it preserves its local feel and its award-winning style of relationship banking that ensures superior customer service.

Bank of the West is also committed to assisting communities not only by providing financial services that help businesses and individuals prosper, but also contributions in the form of volunteerism, charitable giving and sponsorships. The Bank grants millions of dollars in charitable donations each year and is a supporter of the arts, college athletics and professional sports.

Its team of more than 9,000 employees is vital to the success of Bank of the West. They have created a corporate culture that fosters and rewards excellence, encourages creative thinking and respects diversity – an environment where team members are engaged, supportive of one another and enthusiastic about serving their customers.


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Calmada Resort: A World Apart…

CALMADA BOUTIQUE HOTEL is a Luxury Resort with just 6 rooms and Suites, located in Pioneertown, just few miles away from Joshua Tree National Park, 40 minutes north of Palm Springs. It has a private restaurant with a French Chef, a pool, jacuzzi and a helipad (a flight from Los angeles is just 45 minutes!). Prices start at $249/night + taxes.

Reservation: 1-760-228-3141 – info@calmadaprivateresort.com


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Celebrate the French ‘Art de Vivre’ at The Castaway – Nov. 21

On Friday, November 21st, Angelenos will experience the French ‘Art de Vivre’ at “Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond!”Throughout the night, they will toast the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau vintage, sample delicious French products and fine cuisine, and enjoy a medley of live performers who will take them on a journey to the country of world elegance, glamor, and refinement.

This event is an offspring of the traditional Beaujolais Passions event with a wider approach. It is a unique and enjoyable way for Francophone and Francophile attendees to network with influencing decision-makers while wandering through a  ‘Market Place’ featuring tastings of French culinary delicacies, exhibitors, a great DJ, and a host of surprises. Patrons come to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of France right in their own backyard. They thrive on French ‘joie de vivre,‘ enjoy live entertainment “à la mode de Paris”, dance, or just sit back and relax while sipping an ‘apéritif à la Française’ provided by Lillet – a house that dates back to 1872 — a French Kronenbourg 1664 beer, or a glass of ‘just landed’ Beaujolais Nouveau.

With a harvest looking fruitful in terms of volume and superb in terms of quality, the November 21st event promises to be more enchanting than ever and captivate consumers with French Magic!



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