Gallic helmer is ‘King’ at Egyptian

Election news can't penetrate 'Castle' screening

There was no talk of Arnold — or any other Teutons, for that matter — at the screening of Regis Wargnier‘s 1989 cult pic “I Am the King of the Castle” at the Egyptian on election night. Pic marked the bow of “On Set With French Cinema,” a program bringing French directors to American film schools in Los Angeles and New York over the next two months.

At the pre-screening reception, cineastes chased down petits-fours with Bourdeaux and admired the tres serieux black-and-white photos of the participating directors, who include Patrice Leconte, Agnes Varda and Claude Miller.

Every director but one (Patrice Chereau) was posed with their hands creating a frame in front of their face.

“I got the visual idea for the pose from Francois Truffaut,” said Florence Charmasson of Unifrance, a nonprofit org that promotes French cinema.

When someone asked why Chereau had not participated, a passerby said, “Because he’s French.”

Revelers included Jacqueline Bisset, Howard Hesseman, Arthur Hiller, Sylvie Vartan (aunt of “Alias” star Michael) and Jerzy Skolimowski.

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