French film fest goes first class

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Take note that the 21st Cork French Film Fes­ti­val be­gins on Sun­day. Among this year’s at­trac­tions will be the pre­miere of a spe­cially com­mis­sioned score for Marcel L’Her­bier’s si­lent clas­sic L’Homme du Large by Ir­ish fid­dler Caoimhín O’Raghal­laigh. The fes­ti­val runs in var­i­ous venues, in­clud­ing the Gate Cin­ema, Cork Opera House and – hey, why not? – the Pavil­ion Night Club. A lux­ury op­tion in­cludes a gala evening at Bal­ly­maloe House fea­tur­ing a top-notch feed­bag and a screen­ing of Julie & Ju­lia. Cork­french­film­fes­ti­ news for you. The Sci­ence and En­ter­tain­ment Ex­change, a new en­ter­prise by physics pro­fes­sor Sid­ney Perkowitz, seeks to en­sure that main­stream movies obey the ba­sic laws of sci­ence.

“I am not of­fended if they make one big sci­en­tific blun­der in a given film,” Perkowitz said. “You can have things move faster than the speed of light if you want. But af­ter that I would like things de­vel­oped in a co­her­ent way.”

When asked to point out re­cent out­rages against na­ture, the bof­fin homed in on the use of an­ti­mat­ter in Angels & Demons. “The amount of an­ti­mat­ter they had was more than we will make in a mil­lion years of run­ning a high-en­ergy par­ti­cle col­lider,” said Perkowitz. Yeah, doc, that was the main prob­lem with Angels & Demons.

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