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Rare Treasures of French Cinéma

February 5, 12, 19 & 26

It can be argued that no country can lay claim to a cinematic history as diverse and rich as France. Inevitably some works by renowned directors become obscured. With its quartet of films, this diverse series, created by Marie Losier, shines a light on their works that received little attention in America upon their initial release. Now these films take their rightful place alongside more celebrated pictures of their time.


Summer Light

Lumière d'Été

Tuesday, February 5 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. Jean Grémillon, 1943. B&W. 112 min.
With Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Brasseur
In French with English subtitles.

A grand emotional epic produced during the Occupation by Jean Grémillon, Summer Light offers a stirring condemnation of aristocratic opulence. Cri-Cri excitedly awaits a romantic weekend with her bourgeois lover Patrice, only to be whisked away to a castle full of patrons who are rich in money but empty in spirit. While stranded amongst the other guests, she discovers great affection for a worker, Julien.

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Maria Schell

End of Desire

Une Vie

Tuesday, February 12 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. Alexandre Astruc, 1958. Color. 86 min.
With Maria Schell, Christian Marquand
In French with English subtitles.

A particularly powerful melodrama chronicling the heartbreak of the wealthy Jeanne Dandieu. Taken with a younger, handsome man named Julien, she finds security and happiness when they marry. Yet her illusions are shattered when she learns that Julien has married only for money and is maintaining an affair with her maid Rosalie. Set in 19th century Normandy, End of Desire is an undeniably beautiful film, and one that forces its characters to examine their own fabrications about love and life.

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Françoise Brion

The Immortal


Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1963. B&W. 95 min.
With Françoise Brion, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
In French with English subtitles.

Alain Robbe-Grillet had written the landmark, Oscar-nominated script for Last Year in Marienbad before making his directorial debut with this film. Doniol- Valcroze is the man known as N, who struggles to locate a mysterious woman in Istanbul with whom he once had an affair. Has she been driven to prostitution? Is she even alive? Events unfold and replay in mesmirizing sequences that perfectly capture N’s obsession. Truly, a neglected tour de force.

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Tuesday, February 26 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. Robert Bresson, 1970. B&W. 78 min.
With Nadine Norbert, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal
In French with English subtitles.

In a career marked with films like Diary of a Country Priest and Au Hasard Balthazar, it might be easy to overlook Bresson’s quietly devastating Mouchette. The title character, a young girl with an alcoholic father and dying mother, is left to fend for herself against the many indignities of life. A chance encounter in the woods with a poacher, Arsène, leads to an uneasy relationship as she becomes his alibi and object of affection. Mouchette remains a small masterpiece in Bresson’s towering canon.

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In French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

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Curated by Marie Losier.

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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

Images: © Continental Motion / Photofest Pictures Corporation (End of Desire) © Grove Press / Photofest (The Immortal); © DisCina / Photofest

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