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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.

Sat, Jun 15
Sun, Jun 16

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

Sat, Jun 22

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

Sun, Jun 30

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

Sat, Jul 13

Workers Leaving the Factory Shorts Program

Directed by Various

The Lumiére Brothers’ 1895 Workers Leaving the Lumiére Factory—considered the first motion picture—forms the basis for this shorts program in

Sun, Aug 4

Georges Méliès Shorts Program

Directed by Georges Méliès

One of the fathers of the motion pictures, Méliès made hundreds of films with an often fantastic bent, in sharp

Sun, Aug 25

The Earrings of Madame De…,

Directed by Max Ophüls

Ophüls’ masterpiece skewers upper-class mores, following an aristocratic woman (Danielle Darrieux) who has fallen on hard times and becomes forced

Sun, Sep 1

Jules and Jim

Directed by François Truffaut

One of the French New Wave’s great period pieces and one of Truffaut’s greatest love stories, Jules and Jim offers