Successful movie stars become part of the pop culture woodwork; it sometimes seems they’ve always been around, so once in a while it's fun to look back and see how they got there. International French superstar Gérard Depardieu, who has his own Légion d’honneur medal, has a track record lasting three decades — and still going (his latest, Astérix & Obélix: On Her Majesty’s Service, is the fourth farce in the successful comic book series). In its weekend retrospective Blier/Depardieu, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston revisits Depardieu's early breakout films, directed by Bernard Blier, who is as responsible for molding the actor's screen persona as anyone. Going Places (1977), showing on Friday, is a road movie about aimless twentysomethings that put Depardieu on the map by giving him an anarchic listlessness. Saturday's screening, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978), is the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film that cemented his sexy-sheepdog act. And Sunday's Too Beautiful for You (1989) finds Depardieu in full-fledged star mode as a cheating husband who finds contentment with his mousy secretary. Going Places, 7 p.m. Friday; Handkerchief, 7 p.m. Saturday; Too Beautiful, 5 p.m. Sunday.
Oct. 26-28, 2012