From Renoir to Godard, discover some of the 20th century’s most iconic French films in this special ciné club led by French journalist and TV personality Olivier Barrot.
Before each screening, Barrot will present his unique insights into the literary significance and social context of each film. After the screening, he will open the room up to a lively discussion en français.
Be sure to bring your own brown-bag lunch. We will serve coffee, soft drinks, and cookies.
FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
22 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
Le Père Noël est une ordure Tue, May 10, from 12:30–3pm Jean-Marie Poiré, 1982. 88 min. Color.
With Christian Clavier, Thierry Lhermitte, Josianne Balasko
Discover the hilarity in pig paintings and mop-like sweaters in this cult classic—arguably France’s biggest inside joke. It all starts on Christmas Eve, when three suicide hotline workers get stuck in the office. This 1980s French farce features brilliant performances from French stars at the top of their game.
Un revenant Tue, Feb 9, from 12:30–3pm Christian Jaque, 1946. 100 min. B&W.
With Louis Jouvet, Gaby Morlay, Francois Perier
Impresario Jean-Jacques Sauvage returns to his home town to stage a new ballet production. But as he reconnects with old acquaintances, it becomes evident that he has darker motives than merely making a comeback.
One of director Christian Jaque's most enchanting films, this exquisitely crafted melodrama is both an acerbic social satire and a poignant reflection on the destructive power of infatuation.
Le plaisir Tue, Mar 8, from 12:30–3pm Max Ophüls, 1952. 97 min. B&W.
With Claude Dauphin, Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin
Director Max Ophüls brings his astonishing visual artistry to this adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story collection about the limits of pleasure. Dizzying camerawork captures the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter’s studios of late nineteenth-century France.
A bout de souffle Tue, Apr 12, from 12:30–3pm Jean-Luc Godard, 1960. 90 min. B&W.
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
A small-time criminal is on the run after he steals a car in Marseille, then impulsively shoots a cop. In Paris, takes refuge with Patricia, an American exchange student who agrees to help him while he tries to gather the money to make a break for Italy. Jean-Luc Godard’s fast-paced, irreverent debut film was revolutionary when it was released in 1960. More than 50 years later, it’s still a daring, innovative work of art that holds a unique position in cinematic history.
Barrot is a journalist, author, and television personality who plays a prominent role in French cultural life. He hosts the daily literary program “Un livre un jour” on France 3 and TV 5 television and teaches at Sciences-Po in Paris. He also directs a series of public discussions with actors of the Comédie Française on their profession. He is the host of “French Literature in the Making” at New York University, a series of evenings with French writers speaking about their work.