Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Do You Believe in Magic: Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz Talk French Postcards

David Marshall Grant and Miles Chapin cruise the streets of Paris while a city bus does a little advertising for another studio's new film, Les Dents de la Mer 2nd Partie (Jaws 2)
Lucky Miles Chapin gets to dance with Valerie Quennessen in a Paris nightclub stuck somewhere between disco and New Wave
The original version of the charming 1979 film French Postcards begins with a French-language version of the popular song, "Do You Believe in Magic?" (Croyez-vous en la Magie). Of course, if you pick up the new DVD from Legend/Paramount, you will hear an anonymous muzak-sounding track in its place.  Writer-director team Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz talk about this and just about everything else about French Postcards at Cinema VerdictWillard and Gloria are both very sad about Valerie Quennessen's early passing and share some interesting stories about her.

One last bit of trivia about this film: Future director Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva, The Moon in the Gutter, Betty Blue) served as First Assistant Director.


Anonymous said...

Question for Ned: The reference in our Bio of Valérie Quennessen, footnote 31, re:, appears to be no longer viable. Do you know if there is a redirect to the original?

B. Pinkerton

Ned Merrill said...

The site is now closed, unfortunately. Doing a "wayback machine" search I was, luckily, able to retrieve the interview text here: