Leah (thinkk_tankk) wrote in syd_indie_kids,

free french films.

hey everyoneeee.
this is quite irrelevant to indie and music, but i thought some of you might like to have a geeze anyway.
it's a french film festival coming up real soon.
check it out, perhaps some people could meet up.
looks like there's some real good art films showing.

Giacometti Film Series
Beautiful Nightmares: Paris after the war

13 September - 29 October 2006
Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
Plus early screenings as indicated.
Domain Theatre, Lower Level 3

As France emerged from the dark hours of the 1940-44 Occupation, a cultural explosion erupted on Paris' left bank. In the cafés and night clubs, American jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis joined French writers, artists and musicians such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Jean Genet and Juliette Greco as Saint-Germain-des-Prés became the place to congregate and fraternise. Drawn by the energy, established figures of the art world such as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti circulated within the left bank's convivial culture.

The last of the great sculptors of Montparnasse, Swiss born, Alberto Giacometti had worked in Paris for most of his creative life. He was heartened by the war's end, but, harbouring a fear of death, continued to be haunted by the horror and suffering. Working in sympathy with the prevailing philosophy of "existentialism", Giacometti's austere works were powerful metaphors for the human condition in a disillusioned age.

Filmmakers, too, were affected by the sense of transition and uncertainty in post-war Paris. Imbued with a new realism and frankness, stories and imagery, tainted by wartime experiences, explored death, imprisonment, fate, corruption and the fragile nature of existence. This film series includes feature films and documentaries by emerging and established filmmakers, many shot in the streets of Paris and capturing the post-World War 2 mood.

*  Wednesday 13 September 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 17 September 2pm
     Les Diaboliques
     Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot  1955
     106 mins   35mm  B&W  Rated  M
     Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot
     French with English subtitles
     The stagnation and decay of a remote boarding school on the outskirts of Paris is the perfect setting for Clouzot’s dark thriller. To its teachers and pupils, the school resembles a prison and, in a twisted plot of murder, his meek wife and headstrong mistress conspire to kill the tyrannical school Principal. Stark gray images convey the claustrophobic atmosphere and warped emotions of the central characters.

     Wednesday 20 September 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 24 September 2pm
     Dir: Jean Cocteau  1950
     95 mins  35mm  B&W  Rated PG
     Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Juliette Greco
     French with English subtitles
     Using the “existentialist”, proto-beatnik Paris of 1949 as a jazzy backdrop, Jean Cocteau’s masterpiece is a modern retelling of the Greek myth exploring love, death and the mystery of mortality. Like Giacometti, Cocteau was scarred by the horrors of WW2 and the imagery employed in Orphée is his testament to the dark years of the Occupation; the examinations of the prisoners in the underworld summon up the grimness of actual interrogations by the Conseils d’Epuration in the days following Liberation; the helmeted, dark goggled, leather jacketed motorcyclist assassins conjure German SS militia; the cryptic “poems” being transmitted via radio suggest the coded British broadcasts and Resistance radio. Above all, the film is a cinematic representation of Cocteau’s personal, magical, Surrealist imagination.

     Wednesday 27 September 11.45am
     Sunday 1 October 11.45am
     La tête contre les murs (The keepers)
     Dir: Georges Franju  1958
     98 mins  16mm  B&W  Rated M15+
     Jean-Pierre Mocky, Anouk Aimée
     French with English subtitles
     After committing “irrational” acts of vandalism aimed against his father, a troubled young drop-out is committed to an insane asylum because of a false medical report. Exploring the darker regions of the human psyche, Franju reinforces themes of madness, imprisonment and the sanity behind insanity with an actual psychiatric hospital as the filming location.

     Wednesday 27 September 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 1 October 2pm
     Voici le temps des assassins (A time for murder)
     Dir: Julien Duvivier  1955
     115 mins  35mm  B&W  Rated M15+
     Jean Gabin, Danièle Delorme
     French with English subtitles
     André Chatelain is a quiet, middle-aged restaurant owner in the produce market in Les Halles in Paris. His life becomes complicated when a distressed young woman, Catherine, visits him claiming to be the daughter of his ex-wife. Shot almost entirely on location, Duvivier’s film noir thriller is also a living documentary of Paris in 1955. Imported print courtesy French Embassy

     Wednesday 4 October 12noon
     Sunday 8 October 12noon
     “The true revelation, the real impetus that made me want to represent what I see came to me in a movie theatre. I was watching a newsreel.” – Alberto Giacometti, 1945
     “All through the first terrible post-war winter, newsreels containing documentary footage collected from the Nazi death camps were shown before every feature film. One movie theatre on the Champs-Elysées showed the films continuously for over a year, and artists and intellectuals with a conscience considered it a moral duty to see them. Almost certainly Giacometti was among them” – Laurie Wilson, Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man

     Le Retour (Reunion)
     Dir: Henri Cartier-Bresson  1945
     20 mins  16mm  B&W
     English language version.
     Sponsored by the US Office of War Information, French photographer, Cartier-Bresson, himself a prisoner who had escaped a concentration camp, made this documentary of the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi death camps in 1945.

     You are free
     Dir: Dea Brokman & Ilene Landis  1983
     20 mins  16mm  Colour
     A Jewish chaplain, a black soldier and an engineer who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps after World War 2, discuss their reaction to the horrors they uncovered.

     Nuit et Brouillard  (Night and fog)
     Dir: Alain Resnais  1956
     32 mins  16mm  Colour and B&W Rated M15+
     French with English subtitles
     Weaving images of the abandoned camp at Auschwitz with newsreel footage of the atrocities that occurred there, Resnais’ searing, unforgettable film is regarded by many as the definitive, cinematic statement on the Holocaust.

     Wednesday 4 October 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 8 October 2pm
     Dir: Robert Bresson  1959
     75 mins  35mm  B&W  Rated M15+
     Martin LaSalle, Marika Green
     French with English subtitles
     One of the most important and influential films to emerge from the post-war era in France is a portrait of a compulsive pickpocket who believes himself to be above the constraints of common humanity and the law. Bresson’s intense masterpiece depicts the mechanics of theft - the 'ballets of thievery', as Cocteau called them - as an erotically and spiritually charged ritual. The story is a diary/flashback in the process of being “written” by the thief, now in prison. Imported print courtesy French Embassy

     Wednesday 11 October 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 15 October 2pm
     Ascenseur pour l’échafaud  (Lift to the scaffold)
     Dir: Louis Malle  1958
     90 mins  16mm  B&W  Rated PG
     Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet
     French with English subtitles
     In a dark tale of murder and deceit, Jeanne Moreau plays a wealthy woman who plots to have her husband (a munitions manufacturer) killed by her lover (an ex-army paratrooper). With a splendid jazz score improvised by Miles Davis, Malle’s first feature is an ingenious thriller. “I showed a Paris, not of the future, but at least a modern city, a world already somewhat dehumanized." - Philip French and Louis Malle, "Malle on Malle".

     Wednesday 18 October 12noon
     Sunday 22 October 12noon
     18 years and over only admitted to these sessions.
     Franju Short Films
     Georges Franju’s unique, early short films are one of the summits of post-war French filmmaking. His direct treatments of powerful subjects are a balance of sentiment, brutality and poetry, with a vitality and depth of feeling for the characters. Violence and death are never far from their dream-like surface. Imported prints courtesy French Embassy.

     Le sang des bêtes  (Blood of the beasts)
     Dir: Georges Franju  1949
     22 mins  35mm  B&W  Rated R
     English language version
     Filmed with a languid poetry, Franju’s early documentary depicts the day-to-day workings of a slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Paris. With its unflinching depiction of brutal, animal butchery, and workers who go about their gruesome task with a matter-of-fact detachment, the film evokes scenes from the German death camps liberated just 4 years earlier.  Warning: Graphic depictions of animal slaughter may disturb some viewers

     La première nuit
     Dir: Georges Franju  1958
     20 mins  35mm  B&W
     Pierre Devis, Lisbeth Persson
     “It only needs a little imagination for our most habitual actions to become charged with disquieting significance, for the décor of our daily life to give birth to a fantastic world” -so runs the introduction to this film depicting the nocturnal reverie woven around a runaway boy’s escape to the Paris Metro for a night.

     Hôtel des Invalides
     Dir: Georges Franju  1951
     28 mins 35mm  B&W
     French with English subtitles
     Commissioned by the Defence Ministry, Franju’s film of the Army Museum in the Hôtel des Invalides turns a simple guided tour into a plea against war and its atrocities.

     Wednesday 18 October 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 22 October 2pm
     Le trou (The hole)
     Dir: Jacques Becker  1959
     145 mins  16mm  B&W  Rated M15+
     Jean Keraudy, Marc Michel
     French with English subtitles
     The desire to be free, against the unrelenting grind and humiliation of prison life, drives four inmates to plan an escape by tunnelling out of the notorious La Santé prison. When an ingratiatingly polite fifth prisoner is unexpectedly moved into their cell, the men must decide if they can trust him.  The ordeal of their escape, shown in unglamourised detail, brings out the qualities of the central characters - persistence, ingenuity, courage and loyalty. Becker’s final film has a sense of affirmation, masterfully transcending his downbeat subject matter. Ghislain Cloquet’s grimy black and white cinematography a captures the institution's suffocating atmosphere.

     Wednesday 25 October 12.15pm
     Sunday 29 October 12.15pm
     18 years and over only admitted to these sessions.
     Un chant d’amour
     Dir: Jean Genet  1950
     26 mins  16mm  B&W  Rated R
     Set in a prison containing men in solitary confinement, Genet’s silent, short film is lyrical, brutal and provocative. With the action shifting between reality and fantasy, prisoners evade their environment through sexual daydreams or by surreptitious communication through the barred windows and walls. They are watched by a prison guard who is simultaneously aroused and disturbed. Warning: Contains explicit homoerotic imagery.

     La jetée
     Dir: Chris Marker  1962
     30 mins  35mm  B&W  Rated M15+
     Davos Hanich
     French with English subtitles
     Chris Marker’s fictional short, constructed almost exclusively of still photographs, is a strange and unsettling tale of a man projected through time by scientists who are seeking a way of assuring the survival of the human race after a Third World War.

     Wednesday 25 October 2pm & 7.15pm
     Sunday 29 October 2pm
     Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (A man escaped)
     Dir: Robert Bresson  1956
     95 mins  35mm  B&W  Rated M15+
     François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche
     French with English subtitles
     Bresson’s account of the escape of a French resistance leader from a Nazi prison in Lyon just hours before he is to be executed by the Gestapo, is a work of rigorous authenticity and resolute beauty. Focusing on the painstaking, ritual-like preparations for a prison escape, Bresson constructs a metaphysical fable depicting the brutal solitude and gruelling routines of prison life. This shows the uncompromising director at his most economical and intense – and his most delicate and moving.
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