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Jean Eustache’s Circle

April 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2008

Although Jean Eustache has become an emblematic filmmaker in post-New Wave cinema, he is too frequently cast as a solitary figure in the shadowy landscapes of the French seventies. Rather than approach his desperate, passionate, and wickedly funny films in isolation, this series envisions them as part of a larger community. Throughout April, Jean Eustache’s Circle brings together key directors of its time, opening new perspectives onto the work of an individual and his output over a decade. While some of these efforts include Eustache in their cast and crew, others shed light on his experiments with narrative and fascination with authenticity in his films.


Near Orouët

Du côté d’Orouët

Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30pm

Jacques Rozier, 1969. Color. 150 min.
With Danièle Croisy, Françoise Guégan, Caroline Cartier,
Bernard Menez. In French with English subtitles

Rozier’s wry late-season vacation portrait of sixties youth sees clog dancing, eel feasts, interrupted sun tanning, and vague, monstrous flirtations accompanied by a deeper reflection on power, gender, and passing time.

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Jean-Pierre Léaud

Double Screening

Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes

Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus

Tuesday, April 1 at 4 & 7pm*

Jean Eustache, 1966. B&W. 47 min.
With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Gérard Zimmermann, Henri Martinez,
René Gilson. In French with English subtitles

Daniel is desperate to buy a new coat but has no money to do so. Taking a job as a street-corner Santa Claus, he begins to earn income and, more surprisingly, the attention of many young women taken with his costume. Eustache infuses Daniel (and his hometown of Narbonne, where the film takes place) with a keen sense of compassion.


Bad Company

Les mauvaises fréquentations

Jean Eustache, 1963. B&W. 42 min.
With Daniel Bart, Dominique Jayr, Jean Eustache
In French with English subtitles

Eustache’s debut film follows two young men in a Parisian suburb looking for fun and whatever trouble comes with it. Unsurprisingly, their attention ultimately falls on a girl. Spurned when she decides to go dancing with someone else, their thoughts quickly turn to revenge. Slowly, we discover the layer of despair that sits just under their carefree appearance.

*The post-screening discussion with Bernard Eisenschitz
and Sam Di Iorio is cancelled.

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Michaël Lonsdale

Double Screening

A Dirty Story (I & II)

Une Sale Histoire (I & II)

Tuesday, April 8 at 12:30 & 7pm*

Jean Eustache, 1977. Color. 47 min.
With Michaël Lonsdale, Jean Douchet, Jean-Noël Picq
In French with English subtitles

A fascinating diptych of a man relating his obsession with looking through a peephole into a café bathroom. A Dirty Story presents documentary and fictional versions of the same shameful tale, a dandified account of voyeurism and humiliation that works both as a sexual parable and as an allegory for cinephilia.


The Bakery Girl of Monceau

La Boulangère du Parc Monceau

Eric Rohmer, 1963. B&W. 23 min.
With Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier, Michèle Girardon
In French with English subtitles

A university student passes a girl on the street and feels instant attraction to her. While searching for her in the days following, he comes to patronize a nearby bakery, as well as the woman behind the counter. Eustache was present during the production of this short, the first of Rohmer’s six moral tales. Its triangular love story provides an uppermiddle class counterpoint to the films Eustache would later make.

*Film editor Jacquie Raynal, who worked with director Eric Rohmer, and Sam Di Iorio, Associate Professor of French at Hunter College, will present the 7pm screenings.

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Une femme en Afrique

Empty Quarter: A Woman in Africa

Une femme en Afrique

Tuesday, April 8 at 4 & 9pm

Raymond Depardon, 1985. Color. 90 min.
With Françoise Prenant
In French with English subtitles

An unseen filmmaker falls in love with a solitary woman who travels with him across Africa. Like Eustache’s A Dirty Story, Depardon’s restless feature strains against the boundaries, separating fiction from documentary.

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Michel Terrazon

Naked Childhood

L’enfance nue

Tuesday, April 15 at 12:30 & 7pm

Maurice Pialat, 1969. Color. 83 min.
With Raoul Billerey, Maurice Coussonneau, Michel Terrazon, Pierrette Deplanque, Linda Gutemberg. In French with English subtitles.

Considered unmanageable by his adoptive parents, ten-year old François is shipped off to a foster home. Problems with his subsequent families render his life even more difficult. Entirely cast with non-professional actors, Pialat's debut feature is an unflinching story of abandonment and revolt.

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Martin Loeb & Marie-Paule Fernandez

My Little Loves

Mes petites amoureuses

Tuesday, April 15 at 4 & 9pm

Jean Eustache, 1974. Color. 123 min.
With Martin Loeb, Marie-Paule Fernandez, Jacqueline Dufranne, Dionys Mascolo
In French with English subtitles

Just one year into high school, Daniel is uprooted from his rural country life and transplanted into the city to live with his mother and her lover. With a nod to Rimbaud, Eustache delivers an unsentimental portrait of a small-town boy’s gradual discovery of work and play in the adult world. Featuring a cameo by Maurice Pialat.

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Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir, The Boss

Jean Renoir, le Patron

Tuesday, April 22 at 12:30 & 7pm

Jacques Rivette, 1966. B&W. 97 min.
With Jean Renoir, Michel Simon
In French with English subtitles

This incandescent portrait of a late-career reunion between Jean Renoir and Michel Simon is also a collaboration between two major filmmakers: Jacques Rivette, who directed the film, and Jean Eustache, who edited it. The experience irrevocably changed the way they understood rhythm, pacing, and narrative in cinema.

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The Pig

Double Screening

The Photos of Alix

Les Photos d’Alix

Tuesday, April 22 at 4 & 9pm

Jean Eustache, 1980. Color. 18 min.
With Alix Cléo Roubaud, Boris Eustache
In French with English subtitles

A simple, engrossing film that continues to address the themes of representation and deception that emerge throughout Eustache’s work. Alix talks with a young man (Eustache's son Boris) about a number of her photographs. As she speaks, we slowly realize that the images she discusses are not the ones we see.


The Pig

Le Cochon

Jean Eustache & Jean-Michel Barjol, 1970. Color. 50 min.
In French with English subtitles

Shot in a single day, The Pig documents the process by which a pig is slaughtered and converted into sausage. Yet the film is neither a gruesome exposé nor an exercise in detached journalism; instead, Eustache offers an appreciation of the farmers’ work and a document of their simple way of life. In many ways, The Pig is his most beautiful work.

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Jean-Pierre Léaud,
Françoise Lebrun &
Bernadette Lafont

The Mother and the Whore

La Maman et la Putain

Tuesday, April 29 at 12:30 & 7pm*

Jean Eustache, 1973. B&W. 219 min.
With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun & Bernadette Lafont
In French with English subtitles
Florence Gould Hall (12:30pm); Tinker Auditorium (7pm)

Disinherited from politics, family, and society Alexandre, Marie, and Véronika seduce and destroy each other as France sinks into a long post-68 hangover. Eustache’s epic vision of sour relationships, linguistic vampirism, and bad times in the City of Light single-handedly slammed the door shut on the New Wave’s romanticism of youth.

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In French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
*The 7pm screening of The Mother and the Whore on April 29 will be held at Tinker Auditorium.

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Curated by Marie Losier & Sam Di Iorio, Associate Prof. of French, at Hunter College.

CinémaTuesdays is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Special thanks to Antoine Sebire from Audiovisual Affairs at the French Embassy in Washington D.C., Connaissance du Cinéma, Boris Eustache, Jacques Rozier, and Sam Di Iorio. American Airlines is the official airline of FIAF. CinémaTuesdays is sponsored by the generous support of Lillet.

© New Yorker Films/Photofest (Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes);
© Tamasa Distribution (A Dirty Story); © Boris Eustache (Jean Eustache);
© Boris Eustache (My Little Loves);
© New Yorker Films/Photofest (The Mother and the Whore)


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