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June 15, 2019 – September 1, 2019

The Parisian Belle Époque period (roughly 1871-1914) was one of great innovation and pure entertainment, leaving an artistic legacy that included the Moulin Rouge and perhaps more importantly, the birth of popular cinema. Taking inspiration from the Portland Art Museum’s Paris 1900 exhibition (on view June 8-September 8), we are pleased to present a cinematic exploration of this most thrilling period, both through films made contemporaneously and through those looking back for inspiration and nostalgia. All screenings are free to members of the Portland Art Museum.

Alice Guy-Blaché Solax Shorts

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché, the first woman filmmaker, came up during the Belle Époque period in Paris around the turn of the

French Cancan

Directed by Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir’s return to France in the early 1950s, following more than a decade of self-exile, culminated in his first

Georges Méliès Shorts Program

Directed by Georges Méliès

One of the foremost early innovators of the motion picture in the fin-de-siècle Parisian milieu—alongside the Lumière Brothers, Alice Guy-Blaché,

Jules and Jim

Directed by François Truffaut

One of the finest films of the French New Wave, Jules & Jim cemented François Truffaut’s legacy after his unassailable

Moulin Rouge

Directed by John Huston

Legendary Hollywood director John Huston moved beyond the confines of gritty America with Moulin Rouge, a biopic of artist Henri

Paris 1900 (Paris mil neuf cent)

Directed by Nicole Védrès, Pierre Braunberger

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 1947 and lying in relative obscurity until it was restored recently, Paris 1900

The Earrings of Madame De…

Directed by Max Ophüls

Max Ophüls’s sumptuous and enveloping drama, adapted from the novel by Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, is set in high society

Workers Leaving the Factory Shorts Program

Directed by Various

Considered the first motion picture presented in public, the Lumière Brothers’ Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895) is indeed a

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.