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Thursday, August 6, 2009

What, they Don't Speak French in Italy? -- Catherine Deneuve Booed

Arts, Briefly - Catherine Deneuve Booed in Tuscany -
Catherine Deneuve is not as universally loved as one might think. Ms. Deneuve was booed during a performance in Italy when she and the Italian actor and director Michele Placido performed at the cultural festival in Marina di Pietrasanta, Tuscany, The Associated Press reported. The pair did a staged reading of Georges Perec’s book “Je Me Souviens” (“I Remember”), about postwar life. The audience responded by booing and shouting: “Thieves! We want our money back!” Police were called into to quell the crowd of about 200, and audience members were offered free tickets to another show in the festival. Ms. Deneuve had no comment, but Mr. Placido noted it may have been “a mistake,” The A.P. reported, to have Ms. Deneuve read her part in French without subtitles.

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