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Michel Legrand tribute series at FIAF

Image: "Les demoiselles de Rochefort" directed by Jacques Demy

FIAF honors the great French composer Michel Legrand, who died in January this year, with a special CinéSalon series devoted to his life and work. Curated by one of his longtime collaborators and greatest interpreters, singer and actress Melissa Errico, “Summer of Michel Legrand” brings together seven of his films from his best known triumphs such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort to lesser known gems such as the enchanting fairy-tale musical Donkey Skin.

The series centers on Legrand’s output from 1962 to 1970, one of the most prolific periods of his career when he composed the aural landscape for a new generation of filmmakers who in turn revolutionized cinema. His particularly fruitful collaboration with Jacques Demy, which produced 10 films, is represented by four titles: The Umbrellas of CherbourgBay of AngelsDonkey Skin, and The Young Girls of Rochefort. FIAF will also screen Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda—a fellow French icon who died this year—for which Legrand not only scored the film but appeared in a cameo. Jean-Luc Godard’s landmark Vivre sa Vie rounds out the French offerings in the series. 


On July 30, the closing night of the series, FIAF will propose a karaoke featuring a special Legrand song-list after the screening of The Young Girls of Rochefort.


Screenings 

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Les parapluies de Cherbourg
Directed by Jacques Demy 
Year: 1964
Runtime: 92 mins
> Tuesday, July 2 – 4:00pm & 7:30pm

Cleo from 5 to 7 / Cléo de 5 à 7
Directed by Agnès Varda
Year: 1962
Runtime: 89 mins
> Tuesday, July 9 – 4:00pm & 7:30pm

Bay of Angels / La baie des anges  
Directed by Jacques Demy  
Year: 1963
Runtime: 84 mins
> Tuesday, July 16 – 4:00pm

Vivre sa vie  
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard   
Year: 1962
Runtime: 85 mins
> Tuesday, July 23 – 4:00pm & 7:30pm

Donkey Skin / Peau d’Âne
Directed by Jacques Demy    
Year: 1970
Runtime: 90 mins
> Tuesday, July 30 – 4:00pm

The Young Girls of Rochefort / Les demoiselles de Rochefort
Directed by Jacques Demy    
Year: 1967
Runtime: 126 mins
> Tuesday, July 30 – 7:30pm

 

 

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