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New Movie Celebrates Life

Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and renowned international recording artist Patricia Kaas star in And Now Ladies & Gentleman, directed by Claude Lelouch, who returns to the territory of his internationally acclaimed hit A Man and a Woman with a story that celebrates life, love, adventure, music and companionship.

It's one of the few refreshing films I've seen in quite some time. The context and content, just the way it's filmed, is a cinematic beauty.

Director Claude Lelouch, best known for his film A Man and a Woman, demonstrates in his new film the same in-depth display of human emotions -- without being excessively wordy or overly-photographed.

Unlike most of the Hollywood films, where images are shot through gauze or done with special camera techniques/effects, Lelouch manages to convey the real traits of his characters, making them far more human and accessible to the audience.

Through his lens, we are shown their flaws, physical imperfections and emotional inconsistencies, however, we are also given insights into their inner beauty.

One can easily relate to the characters on a human level because, at some point or another, we've all been there emotionally. It's about how we love and how we are viewed by others while loving. In life, most romantic encounters tend to be somewhat surface, but in And Now Ladies & Gentleman, we're given a chance to delve a little deeper.

In addition to being a superb film, it has one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. The music is arresting, familiar, yet provocative in a very innovative way.

You're captivated from opening credits to closing credits. Most enjoyable -- a beautiful film.

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by Carol Edwards

And Now Ladies & Gentlemen opens August 1st at the Quad Theater in New York; Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles; Monica in Santa Monica; and South Coast in Costa Mesa (Orange County). By the end of the month, it will be in most major cities around the country.