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THE SALINA JOURNAL APPLAUSE WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1997 3 Look who's 50 ™ ™ ~™ «™ -^«^- ^«B^- ^BB^' -^mr Cannes offers goofy mix of serious art, high camp By Janet Maslin N. Y. Times News Service CANNES, France — Metal detectors at screenings and "I Survived the 50th Festival" T-shirts are new items here this year. And forget the diamonds, darling. The accessory of choice is the speedboat for escaping Croisette traffic jams. That was how Bruce Willis and the rest of the delegation from "The Fifth Element," the splashy, lanky-looking sci-fi adventure that opened the Cannes International Film Festival this past Wednesday, made an exit from the chilly press conference that greeted their film's arrival. The extravagant "Fifth Element" unfolds in high comic book style, and the crowd that convened here to celebrate 50 years of world cinema doubtless has something different in mind. "I'll tell you what I really wanted to say to them," said one of the seafaring passengers, Gary Oldman, who plays a villain with a futuristic Hitler hairdo and a Ross Perot accent. Oldman has also directed his own film, "Nil by Mouth," which will be shown here in competition on Thursday. "I'm not so sure you didn't," another member of the "Fifth Element" entourage replied. Oh, well: questions at the session were the sort for which this event is justly famous. Willis was asked when he planned to do Shakespeare (hmm), whether he expected the film to be successful (guess) and whether he enjoyed kissing his leading ladies (oh, come on). Gamely, and for lack of better prompting, he joked about the differences between doughnuts and scones on American and English movie sets. And this despite the fact that he had hoped to explain how and why his "Fifth Element" character saves the world. "Ask us about the film, come on!" he urged the crowd. No dice. Milla Jovovich, who spends much of the film in a white outfit that has been nicknamed the Band-Aid, sat beside Jean-Paul Gaultier - whose neo-bondage costumes are among the film's garish selling points - and managed to describe her role as "an inspiration for not just me but every single person in the world." Jovovich showed off a silver Galliano gown that was not remotely out of place on a white Riviera motorboat. She later showed up in the equivalent of another Band- Aid for the gala opening night screening. Willis kept his considerable cool with an audience that seemed to forget what a really unfortunate Cannes opening - e.g. "City of Lost Children," the grim sci-fi spectacle two years ago can be like. "Look, it's just a way of getting a little ink on what the picture's really about," he said en route back to his hotel. But were there dangers in facing the huge, carnivorous, restless press contingent that has assembled in honor of this festival's birthday celebration? "You know what's a risk?" said Willis. "It's walking across the street in New York City. That's a risk. This is just movies." Movies and then some, during this publicity-mad anniversary festival: In addition to a contingent of the world's great film makers, the Spice Girls and a 6-foot-long fanged condom - courtesy of "Killer Condom," the latest brainstorm from happy, bottom-feeding Troma Entertainment - are among the extras expected here soon. And in terms of diversity, viewers here can find anything from a 40-minute film starring Michael Jackson to dramas about Queen Victoria, Siegfried Sassoon and Primo Levi. Randdm, unofficial selections from the marketplace screenings include "Gummo" and "American Beer." Festival fun facts By Derek Malcolm The Guardian Some essential facts about the Cannes Film Festival: • It all started in 1939 when Cannes and Biarritz competed for the event after Mussolini had refused to give the top award at, the Venice Festival to Jean Renoir's anti-war classic, "La Grande Illusion." Cannes won, but so did the war. Hitler invaded Poland on the day the festival was due to begin and a boatload of Hollywood stars, including Gary Cooper and Mae West, had to turn back home. • At the first festival after the war, the jury couldn't make up its mind, so it gave 11 films the award. Among them were two classics — "Brief Encounter" and "Rome, Open City." They've been making mistakes ever since. • The festival ground to a halt in 1948 after the roof of the expensive new Palais blew off when the first mistral wind hit it. • Economic problems stopped the 1950 festival from taking place, which explains the 50th one now. • Francois Truffaut was banned from the festival in 1958 when, as a critic, he attacked the event's elitism. The next year he won Best Director for "The 400 Blows," his first feature, and changed his tune. • Mid-festival in revolutionary 1968, Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard called for a halt in solidarity with striking students and workers. Most of the jury resigned, and protesters clung to the Palais curtains when the next competition film was due to be shown. • Porn films were shown at market screenings in the late 1970s. They were banned when it was realized that half the critics were missing the official festival to see them. Now there's a one- day Erotic Festival, not officially sanctioned. • The biggest crowd ever around the Palais, where the competition films are displayed, was inspired by James Stewart when he arrived for a revival of "The Glenn Miller Story." •. The mid-1980s saw the festival's commercialization. Publicity for "Superman" involved a whole squadron of planes thundering overhead. • 1993 proved a watershed year. Clint Eastwood, who was the jury president, handed the Palme D'Or to Quentin Tarantino for "Pulp Fiction," while some observers were horrified that Krzysztof Kieslowski received nothing for "Red." It wasn't the first time that an American indie had won — there were back-to- back winners in Steven Soder- bergh's "sex, lies and videotape," David Lynch's "Wild At Heart," and the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink." But, Tarantino outgrossed them all. • 1995 was a watershed, too — top prize was shared. That's now forbidden. Jane Campion became the first woman to win ("The Piano"), Chen Kaige the first Chinese director ("Farewell My Concubine"). Cannes on the record: • Peter Ustinov: "It's useful because, in a few days, you can meet all the people you must carefully avoid for the rest of the year." • Groucho Marx: "My uncle's name was Ait. I told him to make a movie: a film by Art Marx would have a good chance at Cannes." • Anonymous American producer "It took me 10 years to persuade my wife that I wasn't raping topless starlets every night." • Robert Mitchum, accused of touching up topless starlet: "I just put my arms around her to preserve her modesty." • Critic to snorer in boring film: "Could you stop snoring? You're waking us all up." • Gilles Jacob, festival director: "A popcorn movie is something that simply passes the time and exists to make money. The films we show have more respect for their audience." • Press conference chairman: "Mr. Cruise will only answer serious questions about his film." First question: "Mr. Cruise, what toothpaste do you use?" • Clint Eastwood: "You don't expect to see an Iranian film about baking bread, and you realize, as an American, that there are other things out there than films with a big ball of fire coming down a tunnel." • Arnold Schwarzenegger "All you have to do is walk into any old screening to get photographed and walk straight out of the nearest exit." (He did this to Mike Leigh, who was furious.) • Madonna: "No, I never measured Warren (Beatty's) equipment. Do you take a tape measure to bed?" • Politician with responsibility for film: "I look forward to meeting Jeanne Moreau. He's a wonderful actor." • Producer: "I'm sitting here on a sunny day, right by the sea. I've been having wonderful meals. But I think I'd rather eat broken glass than be in Cannes." • Director: "I hated the whole thing till I won. Then it was heaven, heaven, heaven." • Lindsay Anderson, who also won: "My dear, it was all too silly for words, even if they did get the result right, for once." • Australian director who didn't: "Bugger the lot of them. I'm going home." • Publicity girl: "If you realized how untalented the talent sometimes was, you wouldn't do this job at all." • Male star: "I loved acting with her. She was so cooperative." Female star: "Does that imply what I think it does?" Do's and Don't's at Cannes: • Don't party on the first night. You'll never recover. The first competition film starts at 8.30 a,m. and the festival lasts 12 days. • Don't let your film go on at 2:30 in the afternoon. That's when half the critics take a nap in the cinema after lunch on the beach. • Don't try to crack the evening dress code at the Palais. British TV personality Joan Bakewell was turned away because she wore beach shoes under her evening dress. • Don't complain about the projection. John Gillett of the British Film Institute once did. He had a gun drawn on him by the projectionist. • Don't forget the phrase "ICDC" — "In Cannes doesn't count." Ladies of the night abound. So do gentlemen, for that matter. • Don't boo jury decisions. They are always terrified they're wrong. Isabelle Adjani is president this year, God help her. And us. • Do watch out for muggers. • Do take plenty of money. "My ceiling is dripping water on to my bed. My carpet is in threads and the window doesn't open," said a customer of a posh hotel. "Madam," said the concierge, "what do you expect for $450 dollars a night?" She hadn't tipped him. • Do take the hike out to the Eden Roc, where the top stars stay. The staff will treat you like dirt, but it is beautiful. And you might see the beautiful people. • Do visit the Bunker — the basement of the Palais where sellers sit in eternal artificial light, often hawking soft porn, while the sun shines outside. • Do ignore the critic who says there was a masterpiece next door while you were watching a dud. There is always a masterpiece next door. • Do be nice to obscure filmmakers who want you to see their film. It's terrifying having your first movie at Cannes. Advantage N N REALTOR . 415 E. I*o« • 825-5200 • (»OO> 825-O2O6 *• Salina Journal Views On <Dental Oiwttfi By Harry J. Jett, D.D.S. ADULT TOOTH DECAY DIFFERENT Cavities are the biggest dental problem of childhood, but adults often develop decay of surfaces that USED to be resistant when they were younger - under or around fillings and between teeth. As you grow older, you can get decay on parts of your teeth that become exposed as the gums begin to recede due to aging or periodontal disease, a condition called root caries. 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