THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT / FRENCH FILM NOIR 1946-64
FRI—MON, NOV 14—17 ▪ ROXIE THEATER
Presented by Mid-Century Productions and I Wake Up Dreaming
MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS and I WAKE UP DREAMING present THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, French Film Noir 1946-1964 on Friday, November 14 through Monday, November 17.
Everyone knows that the French coined the term film noir. What's not so well known is how well they made film noir—and did so on their own terms. Legendary Roxie programmer Elliot Lavine and Midcentury Productions' Executive Director Don Malcolm have teamed to revive twelve seminal French films noir that have not been screened in the USA in more than four decades.
Lavine, a quarter-century veteran of film programming in the Bay Area, says flatly that he has never been more excited by a lineup than the one that makes up THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT.
The 12-film, four-day mini-extravaganza will take audiences on a twisted, feverish journey into the heart of Gallic darkness. The festival features familiar international stars—Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura—but places them in the context of lurid ménages and murderous deceits that have been given a uniquely French twist.
It's not just Bardot, who'll be seen twice—as the leggy streetwalker opposite Jean Gabin in EN CAS DE MALHEUR (aka LOVE IS MY PROFESSION) and as the murder-trial defendant in Henri-Georges Clouzot's social problem thriller LA VERITÉ (aka THE TRUTH). The bevy of blonde French bombshells bubbling under Bardot is astonishing.
"Mylène Demongeot, Marina Vlady, Odile Versois, Barbara Laage, and Cécile Aubry are simply incredible. But even the non-blondes—the legendary Simone Signoret in DEDÉE D'ANVERS, Danièle Delorme in VOICI LES TEMPS DES ASSASSINS (aka DEADLIER THAN THE MALE) and Catherine Rouvel in CHAIR DE POULE (aka HIGHWAY PICKUP)—will leave audiences breathless," Malcolm enthuses. "The French bring a fully adult dimension to their conception of the femme fatale, and these performances prove that in spades!"
(1949) 6:00, 10:15
(1958) 6:15, 9:45
(1963) 5:30, 9:30
(1952) 6:00, 9:45
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.