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Edwige Feuillère,
Beloved Vedette of French Cinema

July 6–27, 2010
Florence Gould Hall

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Screening Schedule

July 6: The Flowering Herb
July 13: Love Is My Profession
July 20: The Idiot
July 27: Julie de Carneilhan

FIAF presents a selection of films providing a glimpse of the talent and beauty of the charming and elegant Edwige Feuillère (1907–1998)—the “First Lady” of French cinema in the ’40s and ’50s. These four films capture the gifts and different sides of this mythical actress who worked with some of the most well-regarded directors and actors of her time. Le Monde wrote of the actress: “Edwige Feuillère was our Marlene Dietrich, our Irene Dunne and our Greta Garbo, all in one.”

The Flowering Herb
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

Le blé en herbe
Directed Claude Autant-Lara, 1954. B&W. 106 min.
With Louis de Funès, Edwige Feuillère, Nicole Berger
In French with English subtitles

Two teenagers on holiday, close for years, suddenly find love blooming from their friendship. An older woman (Feuillère) seeks to intervene by seducing the boy. A revealing look at its era, and a sensitive exploration of young love.

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Love Is My Profession
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

En cas de malheur
Directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1958. B&W. 105 min.
With Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Edwige Feuillère
In French with English subtitles

Bardot stars as a foiled robber who “pays” her lawyer by offering herself as his lover. The pairing of Bardot with the legendary Gabin is heightened by Feuillère’s subdued turn as the attorney’s scorned wife.

“Love Is My Profession is easily the peep-showiest, cheap-thrillingest of all the Brigitte Bardot pictures—and probably the best.” —Time

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The Idiot
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall

Directed by Georges Lampin, 1946. B&W. 101 min.
With Edwige Feuillère, Lucien Coëdel, Jean Debucourt
In French with English subtitles

The Idiot features Feuillère in arguably her finest performance as the exquisite, suffering Nastasia, who is caught between the passions of competing suitors Muichkine and Rogogine. Superior costume and production design give the film a classical, yet otherworldly quality.

Edwige Feuillère gives an arresting performance as Nastasia. —James Travers, Films de France

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Julie de Carneilhan
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Tinker Auditorium
Please note that all screenings will take place
in Tinker Auditorium instead of Florence Gould Hall

Directed by Jacques Manuel, 1950. B&W. 95 min.
With Edwige Feuillère, Pierre Brasseur, Jacques Dumesnil
In French with English subtitles

Another successful literary adaptation for Feuillère—this time of a Colette story. As Julie, Feuillère embodies the countess who enters into a scheme to earn millions. A rare screening of this witty and enchanting spectacle!

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Venue & Ticket Information

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

Ticket Prices
FIAF Members FREE** ($2 advance tickets)
Non-Members $10
Students with ID $7

Buy Tickets
Call: 212 307 4100

Visit Box Office

**Free tickets for FIAF Members are distributed on the day of the event. Please present your Membership card at the box office. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $2.

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

New York State Council on the Arts a State agency
American Airlines
Cultural Services of the French Embassy Florence Gould Hall

Curated by Marie Losier

Special thanks to Jean-Jacques Lafaye, Dominique Nabokoff, the BFI, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cinéma at FIAF is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Additional Sponsors:
American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Florence Gould Foundation
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency

Images courtesy of Jean-Jacques Lafaye

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