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1952's lauded 'Forbidden Games' from France remains in a class by itself

1952's lauded 'Forbidden Games' from France remains in a class by itself

"Forbidden Games" may be one of the acknowledged classics of post-war French cinema, the winner of both the Golden Lion at Venice and the 1952 Oscar for foreign language film, but it is also a difficult motion picture to put in a box. Those honors notwithstanding, this Rene Clement-directed endeavor, playing for a week at the Nuart in West Los Angeles in a new restoration from Rialto Pictures, didn't start a trend or a movement or even point French cinema in a new direction. Rather, with its mixture of tones, its multiple plot focuses and its singular use of the virtuosity of Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes on the soundtrack, it is very much its own film. More than that,...

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