THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT / FRENCH FILM NOIR 1946-64
SAT—THU, DEC 13—18 ▪ ROXIE THEATER
Presented by Mid-Century Productions and I Wake Up Dreaming
THANK YOU, BAY AREA! THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT was a breakout hit in its run at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre from November 14-17, with six consecutive double-bill screenings sold out. Midcentury Productions is ready, willing and able to continue its mission to bring audiences rare and exceptional films from the late 40s to the mid-70s from all around the world—and these four days proved that there is a cadre of cinephiles willing to stand in line to see them!
STARTING DECEMBER 13 - 18, festival favorites such as LA VÉRITÉ aka THE TRUTH (with Brigitte Bardot), CHAIR DE POULE aka HIGHWAY PICK-UP (with Robert Hossein), UNE MANCHE ET LA BELLE aka A KISS FOR A KILLER (with Henri Vidal and Mylène Demongeot), and UN TÉMOIN DANS LA VILLE aka WITNESS IN THE CITY (with Lino Ventura) will be exclusively re-screened at that time.
To say thanks to our discriminating, enthusiastic and extremely patient fans, we will be screening a special "Noel noir"—a "bonus" film with a Christmas setting—during the December re-screenings. That film is LE MONTE-CHARGE aka PARIS PICK-UP (1962), which features festival favorite Robert Hossein and co-stars Lea Massari (known for her roles in Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA and Louis Malle's MURMUR OF THE HEART). It will be featured in the evening program on Saturday, December 13. Special giveaways will be provided to those in attendance!
More Midcentury/I Wake Up Dreaming foreign noir festivals are in the works…stay tuned!
(1962) 2:00, 7:00
(1960) 4:30, 9:15
DEC 13 • ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Paris. Christmas Eve. Just-paroled Robert Herbin (Robert Hossein) takes an ill-advised sentimental journey, risking a trip back to prison if he's caught. Before he knows it, he's snared in a surreal web of romance and deceit: the estranged wife of a wealthy printer (Lea Massari) makes it clear that Xmas Eve might be his lucky night...but it doesn't take long for him to realize that things are seriously amiss.
Unable to suppress his curiosity, however, he returns--only to discover what's really on the lady's mind...and it is NOT romance by the Xmas tree!
Robert Hossein, the breakout star of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT during its first run, is still alive and well at 86. We salute him and his birthday (December 30) with our special 12/13 screening of LE MONTE-CHARGE.
MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS is a "boutique" programming venture designing "mini film festivals" featuring films from cinema's most explosive three decades—the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We program original festivals and work with organizations and individuals to craft singular programming that illuminates the hidden corners of these three decades.