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Refracted Light:
The Films of Quinto
and Jean-Gabriel Albicocco

December 2008

Virtually unknown outside of France, the films of cinematographer Quinto Albicocco and his son, director Jean-Gabriel Albicocco offer a unique glimpse into the classical tradition of Carné, Cocteau, and Grémillon that flourished alongside Godard and company. Their films, bathed in prismatic color and formal inventiveness, were as personal as any from the period. FIAF is proud to present the first American tribute to the works of Quinto and Jean-Gabriel Albicocco.

The Girl with the Golden Eyes

Double Screening

The Riviera—Today’s Eden

Du Côté de la Côte
Tuesday, December 2 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Agnès Varda, 1958.
Color. 25 min. In French with English subtitles
Cinematographer: Quinto Albicocco
With Anne Ollivier, Roger Coggio

Originating as a commission from the French Tourist Office, this brilliantly crafted film subverts its official purpose with an irreverent, quasi-surrealist take on the French Riviera. The elegance of its images and score, combined with Varda’s witty commentary, build to an evisceration of the rich.

The Girl with the Golden Eyes
La Fille aux yeux d’or

Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, 1961.
B&W. 90 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Marie Laforêt, Paul Guers, Françoise Prévost, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Verlier, Jacques Herlin, Jacques Porteret.

A study of one man’s infatuation with a woman of impossible beauty and innocence. Henri de Marsay is part of a secret circle of wealthy accomplices, seducing young women to participate in perverse parlor games. Things change, however, when he meets a beautiful and capricious Parisian who secretly pursues him.

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The Wanderer

The Wanderer

Le Grand Meaulnes
Tuesday, December 9 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, 1967.
Color. 115 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Brigitte Fossey, Jean Blaise, Alain Libolt, Alain Noury,
Juliette Villard

The Albicoccos’ masterpiece is this wondrous adaptation of Alain-Fournier’s beloved tale of young Augustin Meaulnes, who loses his way one evening in the woods and happens upon a château. There he falls deeply in love, but after a surreal and magical evening, the château disappears, never to be found again.

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He Who Must Die

Double Screening

O Saisons, O Châteaux

Tuesday, December 16 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Agnès Varda, 1958.
Color. 20 min. In French without subtitles.
Cinematographer: Quinto Albicocco
With Danièle Delorme

Varda’s first collaboration with Quinto Albicocco is this sardonic look at the plasticine world of the fashion model, set against the castles of the Loire Valley. Rimbaud’s ambiguous ode to renunciation serves as the film’s title and finds a cinematic correlative in the intensity of Albicocco’s images.

He Who Must Die

Celui qui doit mourir

Jules Dassin, 1957.
B&W. 122 min. In French with English subtitles.
Assistant Director: Jean-Gabriel Albicocco
With Jean Servais, Roger Hanin, Melina Mercouri

A passionately humanist film set in the 1920s, as the inhabitants of a small Greek town prepare their annual passion play. The town’s patriarch has expelled a group of Turkish refugees, but when the actors beg for them to stay, they further irritate simmering political tensions.

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In French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

Ticket Price
FIAF Members Free* ($2 advance tickets)
Non-Members $10
Students w/ ID $7
*Free tickets are distributed on the day of the event.
Present your membership card at the box office.

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Present your ticket and receive a 15% discount on your bill at Bistro 60 (37 E 60 St). Valid only on date printed on ticket.

rts, a State agencyCultural Services of the French Embassy
American Airlines

Curated by Marie Losier and Michael Chaiken.

Special thanks to The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Chaiken, John Gianvito, Frazer Pennebaker, William Pruss, Madeleine Films, and Cinémathèque de Nice.

CinémaTuesdays is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.
American Airlines is the official airlines of FIAF.
CinémaTuesdays is sponsored by the generous support of Lillet.

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