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Classic French Cinema

  • July 15, 2017 — August 29, 2017

Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s passion- and knowledge-filled cinema valentines My Voyage To Italy and Personal Journey Through American Movies, the great French director Bertrand Tavernier’s (A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight), epic new documentary My Journey Through French Cinema shares his lifetime of love for Gallic cinema. From the New Wave giants such as Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Claude Sautet, to Jean-Pierre Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) and “movie godfathers” like Jacques Becker, Jean Renoir, and Marcel Carne. Tavernier’s film salutes many overlooked and forgotten figures—actors, writers, composers, cinematographers—whose rich contributions built France’s cinema legacy. Tavernier’s affectionate salute provides the opportunity to screen some of his French classics–some familiar, some less seen—throughout the summer.

Angels of Sin

Directed by Robert Bresson

Bresson’s first feature hints at the themes for which his later films would become famous: isolation, suffering, martyrdom, and the

Army of Shadows

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Upon its much-belated American release in 2006, the New York Film Critics saluted Army of Shadows with their Best Foreign

Casque d’or

Directed by Jacques Becker

In this tragic adult fairytale, set in the criminal underworld of Belle Époque Paris, Georges (Serge Reggiani), a humble woodworker,

Children of Paradise

Directed by Marcel Carné

“Generally considered among French, if not world, cinema’s greatest accomplishments, Carné’s film features not only grand settings but an extraordinary

Classe tous risques

Directed by Claude Sautet

Abel (Lino Ventura), hiding out in Italy and wanted by the French police, decides it’s time for one last heist

La traversée de Paris

Directed by Claude Autant-Lara

One of the first films to criticize, albeit humorously, the less than patriotic behavior of some French citizens during World

Le jour se lève

Directed by Marcel Carné

Like his classic The Children of Paradise, Carné’s haunting noir is one of the classics of French poetic realism and

Le samouraï

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

For many Jean-Pierre Melville’s best film if not masterpiece, Hong Kong action film legend John Woo once called Le Samouraï

My Journey Through French Cinema

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s passion- and knowledge-filled cinema valentines My Voyage To Italy and Personal Journey Through American Movies, the

Panique

Directed by Julien Duvivier

“’If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to the cinema,’ wrote Jean Renoir, ‘I would

Rules of the Game

Directed by Jean Renoir

Although it was met with diverse responses when it was released, few films have earned such universal critical acclaim as