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Cannes: All Access
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06.26.2007 By: Quigles
Cannes: All Access order
Director:
Richard Schickel

Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Martin Scorsese
Vincent Gallo

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A closer look at the Cannes Film Festival.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
CANNES: ALL ACCESS, made by Time film critic Richard Schickel, is a less than glamorous look into the Cannes Film Festival. For those who may never get a chance to experience the event, this could be what you're looking for, as it gives a fairly solid overview of the goings-on of the festival. The documentary also features some interesting stories and anecdotes about Cannes' history, although a good portion of it tends to meander from one interview soundbite to the next (much like a straightforward "talking heads" featurette).

Speakers range from big name celebrities (like Steven Spielberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Oliver Stone, Nick Nolte, Sydney Pollack, William Dafoe, etc.) to well-known film critics (like New York Times' A. O. Scott and London Evening Standard's Derek Malcolm) to even staff members and other employees. Most of them just share their thoughts and experiences regarding the festival, although others like Chloe Sevigny offer up far more worthwhile commentary (such as her thoughts concerning the huge controversy of THE BROWN BUNNY, and how people reacted so rudely towards it).

The thing I appreciated most about the documentary was its honest approach. People always seemed to speak very frankly about how exhausting and unpleasant the festival can be, so it never felt like I was being tricked into watching a 90-minute commercial. If anything, the documentary might even put you off from wanting to go. Not that it could possibly sway me... topless chicks on the beach? I'm there.
THE EXTRAS
There's a decent amount of special features made available here, although most of it is just unused footage.

Carte Blanche with Richard Schickel (9:24): An interview with director Richard Schickel, the film critic for Time magazine.

Fun in the Sun (0:42): A very brief unused montage of hot/topless girls on the beach. My type of extra.

The Party's Over (3:46): An alternate ending for the documentary.

Ribbon Cutting at the American Pavilion (2:56): An extended sequence featuring Anna Paquin cutting the ribbon for the Pavilion.

There are also a bunch of Deleted Scenes (11:07):, as well as the documentary's Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As long as you're not looking for quality filmmaking (since much of ALL ACCESS feels very amateurishly cobbled together), this is a relatively breezy and entertaining look into one of the one of the world's most prominent film festivals.
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