LE JOUR SE LEVE
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(France, 1939). Director: Marcel Carné. Screenplay by Jacques Prévert, based on the story by Jacques Viot. Cast: Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jacqueline Laurent, Jules Berry.
Cinestudio presents a brilliant new 4k restoration of Le Jour Se Lève, a masterpiece of French poetic realism! For the first time in 75 years, the complete version of the film by Carné and Prévert (who also made Children of Paradise) can be seen, without the Vichy-era cuts that censored not only a nude Arletty, but the names of all Jewish crew members from the credits. (It was banned entirely in 1940). The story opens with a suspected killer (Jean Gabin) trapped in his flat by the police. Overnight, his life is shown in flashbacks, as his love for an ethereal florist pulls him into a romantic quadrangle including a dog-act vaudevillian, and his alluring assistant, Arletty.
“EXTRAORDINARY! A GLISTENING RESTORATION! Gorgeously melancholy…released less than three months before France and Britain declared war on Germany, it vibrates with unspoken foreboding” – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice.
Vous êtes de retour pour une année riche en événements culturels français et francophones. Retrouvez-nous à la table française tous les mercredis à midi à Mather Hall. Nous pourrons ainsi discuter des activités proposées. Welcome back!
PIG ACROSS PARIS
Mon, December 9, 7:30pm – 7:30pm
Daily, until Dec 10, 2013
(France, 1956) Directed by Claude Autant-Lara. Screenplay by Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost; based on the novel by Marcel Ayme.
Cast: Jean Gabin, Bouvril, Jeanette Batti, Louis de Funes.
French cinephiles, prepare for an unexpected treat – the restored version of one of France’s best-loved film classics, which only received a brief U.S. release in the 1950s! The screenwriters Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost (Forbidden Games), collaborated in a very dark comedy about Paris under Nazi occupation. Comic actor Bouvril plays a nervous cabby who hooks up with a charming and erudite trickster (Jean Gabin of Grand Illusion) for a series of mad schemes to transport four suitcases full of pork across Paris to sell on the black market, while looking out for the Gestapo in every darkened alley… “One of the most realistic, most caustic, most pitch-perfect films about daily life under the Occupation.” – director Bernard Tavernier (The Clockmaker, Round Midnight).
Amélie (Audrey Tautou) works as a waitress in Paris and tinkers in the lives of her friends. When she falls in love with Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), she can’t be direct and let him know how she feels. Instead, she pulls him into an elaborate courtship dance that turns life in Paris into a game of Twister with a treasure hunt added to the mix. Nino trails after Amélie, still the mystery woman to him, as she leaves clues about herself everywhere. By the climax, the movie segues into a rumination on loss and the perils of being too playful. The film’s original French title was « Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain » and the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, deflates the self-mocking pomposity of the title by the last third of the movie. Yet there is no denying that « Amélie » is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous. – Elvis Mitchell
Tuesday, November 19th
6:30 in Seabury 217
(France, 120 mn, 2001 in French with English subtitles)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th SEABURY 217 at 6:30
Cette semaine, le French Club présente un film franco-belge de 2009.
Nicolas leads a peaceful existence. His parents love him and he has great group of friends. One day Nicolas overhears a conversation between his parents that leads him to believe that his mother is pregnant. He panics and imagines the worst–soon a little brother will be there who will take up so much space that his parents will no longer have time to take care of him. Along with his friends, Nicolas thus devises all sorts of plans to get rid of the baby. ~ Baseline StudioSystems
This debut feature by the filmmaking team of Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy earns two adjectives that rarely go together: breezy and bold. The film charts one woman’s journey from dronelike suburban mom and fast-food manager to would-be Arctic explorer. It starts when the heroine, Fiona (Ms. Gordon), is trapped in a restaurant freezer overnight and realizes she enjoyed the experience. She subjects herself to increasingly severe endurance tests and becomes obsessed with images of icebergs, even carving one in her freezer at home (like Richard Dreyfuss creating Devils Tower from mashed potatoes in « Close Encounters of the Third Kind »). The movie is structured as a series of brazenly metaphoric slapstick tableaus, with little music and less dialogue. Relying on static wide shots that pin the characters to their color-coded environments, « L’Iceberg » treats Fiona’s journey as a mythic quest. — Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Times)
Tuesday, November 5th
6:30 in Seabury 217
(Belgium, 84 mn, 2005 in French with English subtitles)
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