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First Shorts:
Pialat, Truffaut, Godard,
and Resnais

Tuesday, December 6, 13, and 20, 2011
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

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Screening Schedule
Tuesday, December 6: Four Films - Pialat and Truffaut, 12:30, 4, & 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 13: Three Films - Godard, 12:30, 4, & 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 20: Short & Feature - Resnais, 12:30, 4, & 7:30pm

FIAF is thrilled to present a month-long series devoted to four giants of French film: Maurice Pialat, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Alain Resnais.

Each week, FIAF presents an early short by one of the featured directors, followed by a documentary portrait of that director. Through these rare and beautiful films, audiences have the opportunity to gain a true understanding of each man’s important career. All of the films programmed—both shorts and documentaries—are rarely screened.

Four Films
Pialat and Truffaut
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

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Love Exists
L'Amour existe

Maurice Pialat, 1961. Color. 21 min.
With Jean-Loup Reynold (Narrator)
In French with English subtitles

Long before his feature debut of L’enfance nue, Pialat made a series of shorts, one of which was this film. Highlighting the class distinctions between the beachgoers on the Marne and the citizens of the suburbs, it is at once satirical and gently contemptuous. Love Exists displays a confident, assured voice.

Entretien avec Pialat
Jean-Marie Carzou, 1987. Color. 5 min.
With Maurice Pialat
In French with English subtitles

A brief interview with Maurice Pialat—a rare moment where he speaks about his shy, humble debut in cinema and professes that painting is “the only work he has learned.”

A Story of Water
Histoire d'eau

François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard, 1958. B&W. 12 min.
With Jean-Claude Brialy, Caroline Dim,
Jean-Luc Godard (Narrator)
In French with English subtitles

Truffaut wrote and directed this short, but abandoned it in the editing stage—handing it over to Godard for completion. The end result is a deliriously engaging, marvelous synthesis of styles depicting a young woman who must canoe the flooded streets of her town in search of a ride to Paris.

“Truffaut makes great wide-angle use of the actually flooded Parisian countryside of the time. The structure, the narration, the striking open/claustrophobic visual style all work perfectly and in playful tone the short is a precursor to Bande à part.”—All Movie Guide

François Truffaut, une autobiographie
Anne Andreu, 2004. Color. 78 min.
With Woody Allen, Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye,
Claude Berri, Catherine Deneuve
In French with English subtitles

A loving tribute to the late director that is appropriately intimate and reverential. Admirers, peers, and the man himself are seen discussing essential developments in his personal and artistic evolution, while Truffaut’s own archive of photos, screenplays, and other artifacts heighten the already high level of insight into his work.

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Three Films
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

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Charlotte and Her Boyfriend
Charlotte et son Jules

Jean-Luc Godard, 1958. B&W. 13 min.
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anne Collette
In French with English subtitles

Charlotte visits Jules, an ex-boyfriend, only to have him berate her at length—and then say he can’t live without her. This short provides a fascinating glimpse into themes and characters that would return in Breathless just two years later. Belmondo is especially mesmerizing, delivering his monologue in fits and starts.

All the Boys Are Called Patrick
Tous les garçons s'appellent Patrick

Jean-Luc Godard, 1957. B&W. 22 min.
With Jean-Claude Brialy, Anne Collette, Nicole Berger
In French with English subtitles

A student waiting for her friend is charmed by a stranger named Patrick and agrees to a date; when she leaves, her friend arrives and Patrick sets about seducing her as well. Brilliantly cynical about young love and the way men abuse it, featuring a young Jean-Claude Brialy.

Jean-Luc Godard par Claude Ventura
Claude Ventura, 1987. Color. 70 min.
With Jean-Luc Godard
In French with English subtitles

Over more than five decades, Godard has proven himself as one of cinema’s most challenging, thrilling, and important figures. It makes sense, then, that Ventura’s portrait of the man would be far from traditional. Yet the collage of interviews, film clips, and archival materials form a generous and shrewd study of Godard.

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Short & Feature
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

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Le chant du Styrène
Alain Resnais. 1957. Color. 14 min.
With Pierre Dux (Narrator), Sacha Vierny
In French with English subtitles

Produced around the time of Hiroshima mon amour, this surprisingly deceptive short documents the creation of plastic materials at a polystyrene factory. The manner in which Resnais plays with traditional narrative (essentially telling the story backwards) is reminiscent of his most compelling experiments with structure, with the factory providing the surprisingly compelling backdrop.

Une approche d'Alain Resnais, révolutionnaire discret
Michel Leclerc, 1980. Color and B&W. 58 min.
With Alain Resnais, Rémo Forlani,
Jacques Sternberg, Jorge Semprún
In French with English subtitles

Resnais embraced mystery and uncertainty in some of his greatest films, and he generally remains private about his personal life. All the more reason to appreciate this examination of his work, which includes interviews with key collaborators like Alain Robbe-Grillet and features Resnais discussing his childhood and first attempts at film.

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FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

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New York State Council on the Arts a State agency

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Curated by Marie Losier

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Criterion, Janus films, l’INA, and Wild Management

Cinema programs at FIAF are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties

FIAF Fall 2011 is sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Institut français; the Florence Gould Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; National Endowment for the Arts; Robert de Rothschild; and The Laura Pels Foundation

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