Comedy in jackboots is, with all due respect to Mel Brooks , a tough sell. Ernst Lubitsch found this out with his brilliant 1942 film “To Be, or Not To Be,” about a ragtag theater troupe struggling to survive in Warsaw during Hitler’s rise to power. The reaction to the movie was brutal, despite a cast headed by Carole Lombard and Jack Benny.
Whatever else Manti Te’o manages to accomplish in his interview with Katie Couric, the humiliated Notre Dame linebacker will at least be proving Karl Marx right: All historical events really do occur twice, first as tragedy, then as farce.
The eyes of Marcello Mastroianni seemed to follow me everywhere. His photo adorned the poster for Cannes 2014 and gave the Palais and the Croisette, the center of the Cannes Film Festival, an elegant, almost Oz-like quality.