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Behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival:
PRETENTIOUS, MOI? Veteran French actor Alain Delon, 77, tells Le Figaro that he nearly missed out on the title role in "Plein Soleil", Rene Clement's 1960 adaptation of "The Talented Mr Ripley".
A producer had him in mind for a secondary role but Delon had other ideas. When he insisted politely, "the producer replied: 'How can you talk like this? Who are you? What have you done before?'"
Asked if there are any parts left he'd like to play, Delon says: "I think I've done nearly everything. There's only Christ that I haven't played. It's a bit late."
SECRET FILM: Much speculation in Cannes about a clandestinely-filmed movie that is going to be screened on Friday by dissident Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof.
"Manuscripts Do Not Burn" ("Dast-Neveshtehaa Nemisoosand") features in the "Un Certain Regard" section, which turns the spotlight on emerging directors.
Details of the film are sketchy -- the storyline is reportedly about an assassination that goes wrong -- but it was rushed to the festival organisers just two days before the selection for "Un Certain Regard" was announced.
MOVIE MAD: How many films have you watched in your life?
Col Needham, founder of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), has watched 8,277 since he first started going to the cinema as a lad in Manchester in northern England.
The IMDb is the movie buff's bible, stuffed with figures about who played what, when and where, as well as juicy tidbits of what happened behind the scenes.
The Amazon-owned site has 160 million visitors, with a highly profitable subscription-only area for professionals.
FRONTRUNNERS: With three days left, the Coen Brothers' dark comedy, "Inside Llewyn Davis", remains favourite for the Palme d'Or, according to a tally of reviews by industry paper Screen.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" tells the tale of a young folk singer in early 1960s New York, struggling against bad lack and his own flawed character.
Second in line is "A Touch of Sin" by Jia Zhangke, a tale of corruption, exploitation and violence set in capitalist-communist China.
Uma Thurman ("Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill") will present the top award on Sunday, according to a tweet by festival president Gilles Jacob.
© 2013 AFP
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