THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5

FRENCH FILM NOIR— THE FRENETIC FIFTIES

FRI-TUES, NOV 15-21, 2018 · ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions

The French Had a Name for It

YEAR FIVE OF FRENCH NOIR AT THE ROXIE NOVEMBER 15!

The through-line is emerging strongly in Don Malcolm's one-man crusade to rewrite film history via the rediscovery of the "lost continent" of French film noir. It will reveal itself fully at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre with 20 films from 1949-1959, beginning on Thursday, November 15.

After using his first four series to build a timeframe around the "lost continent" (1931-1966), Don zeroes in on the 1950s in THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5. The 20 films fill in the territory in astonishing ways, showing the eclectic range of subject matter that permeated French filmmaking in that decade. The full schedule is below, but here are some key highlights:

Six films focused around the tragic career arc of Henri Vidal (1919-1959), "a matinée idol desperately in search of a meaningful career as a leading man." As we get closer to Vidal's untimely end, we can see the psychological effects manifest themselves in his appearance. A Saturday night triple bill reveals his promise, while the other films scattered through the program shows how the promise was broken.

Tribute nights for noir icons masquerading as superstars: first, Jeanne Moreau (Friday, November 16) in two more of the 1950s noirs that were her proving ground as a name above the title—including the star-studded, spooky THE SHE-WOLVES; then, Jean Gabin (Tuesday, November 20) showing his incredible range in two diametrically different 50s films—both not seen in America for more than half a century!

Rare gems featuring big names: Simone Signoret (THE ADULTRESS); Danielle Darrieux (MARIE-OCTOBRE); Arletty (NO EXIT); Marina Vlady and Robert Hossein (DOUBLE AGENTS); Serge Reggiani and Anouk Aimée (THE LOVERS OF VERONA); Viviane Romance (MAYA).

Tributes to great but underappreciated directors: three diverse and dynamic films from Julien Duvivier, including the genre-smashing HOLIDAY FOR HENRIETTA; two films from long-exiled 30s pioneer Pierre Chenal (THE BEAST AT BAY, SINNERS OF PARIS) that reveal him as a potent purveyor of late 50s "pulp noir Français."

The depth and range of French noir in the 50s is on display in FRENCH 5; one measure of this, as Don notes, is the number of directors in the series. "We are beyond the familiar, accepted names: we have no Becker, no Clouzot, no Melville here. No RIFIFI. We have 17 different directors, most of whom are as unjustly obscure as their films. That's about to change!" Come see for yourself why this is the biggest and best FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT yet—and why the festival's subtitle—"the frenetic 50s"—is anything but hype.

"American movies were forced, by censorship, to conform to a rigid code that mandated, for example, that all crime had to be punished. But French noir was unshackled, and so filmmakers could take their movies to any place they wanted. Anything could happen, and everything did....The festival kicks off Thursday, Nov. 15, and my first recommendation is total immersion: make this all you do for six whole days....Really, you can walk into the Roxie at any time between Thursday night and Tuesday, Nov. 20, and find something unexpected and good that you might otherwise have never had a chance to see." → READ

—Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

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THU, NOV 15
Husbands Beware!

The Adultress

THÉRÈSE RAQUIN
THE ADULTRESS

(1953) 7:00

A Man Walks in the City

UN HOMME MARCHE DANS LA VILLE
A MAN WALKS IN THE CITY

(1950) 9:15

FRI, NOV 16
More Moreau!

Until the Last One

JUSQU'AU DERNIER
UNTIL THE LAST ONE

(1957) 7:15

The She-Wolves

LES LOUVES
THE SHE-WOLVES

(1957) 9:15

At the Little Roxie

Thanatos Palace Hotel

SURSIS POUR UN VIVANT
THANATOS PALACE HOTEL

(1958) 5:00

SAT MATINÉE, NOV 17
Marina Vlady, très jolie

The Show-Off

LE CRANEUR
THE SHOW-OFF

(1955) 1:00

Double Agents

LA NUIT DES ESPIONS
DOUBLE AGENTS

(1959) 2:45

At the Little Roxie

The Beast at Bay

LA BÊTE À L'AFFÛT
THE BEAST AT BAY

(1959) 4:15

SAT EVENING, NOV 17
Henri Vidal, mon ami!

The Strollers

QUAI DE GRENELLE
THE STROLLERS

(1950) 5:45

The Passerby

LA PASSANTE
THE PASSERBY

(1951) 7:30

Gates of Paris

PORTE DE LILAS
GATES OF PARIS

(1957) 9:30

SUN MATINÉE, NOV 18
The perils of coupling!

The Lovers of Verona

LES AMANTS DE VÉRONE
THE LOVERS OF VERONA

(1949) 1:00

Maya

MAYA

(1949) 2:45

At the Little Roxie

Sinners of Paris

RAFLES SUR LA VILLE
SINNERS OF PARIS

(1958) 4:15

SUN EVENING, NOV 18
Dizzying, dynamic Duvivier!

Under the Paris Sky

SOUS LE CIEL DE PARIS
UNDER THE PARIS SKY

(1951) 6:00

Henrietta's Holiday

LA FETE À HENRIETTE
HENRIETTA'S HOLIDAY

(1952) 8:15

MON, NOV 19
Noir reckonings!

Marie X

MARIE-OCTOBRE
MARIE X

(1959) 7:15

No Exit

HUIS-CLOS
NO EXIT

(1954) 9:00

At the Little Roxie

Thanatos Palace Hotel

SURSIS POUR UN VIVANT
THANATOS PALACE HOTEL

(1958) 5:00

TUE, NOV 20
Gabin in the 50s!

House on the Waterfront

PORT DU DESIR
HOUSE ON THE WATERFRONT

(1955) 7:00

The Possessors

LES GRANDES FAMILLES
THE POSSESSORS

(1958) 9:00

At the Little Roxie

The Beast at Bay

LA BÊTE À L'AFFÛT
THE BEAST AT BAY

(1958) 5:00

WED, NOV 21
Special Repeat in the Little Roxie!

Sinners of Paris

RAFLES SUR LA VILLE
SINNERS OF PARIS

(1958) 5:00

The French Had a Name for It 5

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The Adultress

Until the Last One

Double Agents

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MidCentury ProductionsA "boutique" programming venture designing "mini film festivals," MIDCENTURY PRODUCTIONS features 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.

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