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The Art of Cinematography

Several French films are included in this series presented at BAMPFA:

Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) by Agnès Varda | France, 1961
Saturday, December 9 | 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 17 | 4:30 PM

The film that established Agnès Varda’s international reputation, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a classic work of the French New Wave, distinguished by its original form and intimate portraiture. Presenting events that appear to unfold in real time, Cléo chronicles two hours in the life of a pop singer (Corinne Marchand), who is waiting to learn if she has cancer.

The Passion of Joan of Arch (La passion de Jeanne d’Arc) by Carl Theodor Dreyer | France, 1928
Sunday, December 10 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 16 - 6:15 PM

Carl Dreyer’s remarkable depiction of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc  was written largely from the actual records of the trial and based on historical evidence that had come to light in 1924. The Passion of Joan of Arc is in fact one of the most poignant, terrifying, and unrelentingly emotional historical documents ever filmed.

For the Ones to Come (Pour la suite du monde) by Michel Brault and Pierre Perrault | Canada, 1963
Sunday, December 10 - 4:00 PM
For this documentary, Quebecois filmmakers Michel Brault and Pierre Perrault encouraged the residents of Île-aux-Coudres, an island in the lower St. Lawrence River, to revive a near-forgotten custom: catching beluga whales using wooden staves and the workings of the tides. The details of the process are respectfully portrayed, but the film is less about the hunt itself than about “re-establishing links to a vanishing past defined by oral tradition” (Jerry White).

La pointe courte by Agnès Varda | France, 1954
Sunday, December 17 - 2:00 PM
Varda’s 1954 debut has been called by historian Georges Sadoul “truly the first film of the nouvelle vague”; its innovative editing, location shooting, and use of nonprofessional actors seem as radical now as they did then. A sun-scarred Mediterranean fishing port is both background and plot element for a fractured tale of reunited lovers, inspired by William Faulkner’s The Wild Palms.

The Red Circle (Le cercle rouge) by Jean-Pierre Melville | France, 1970
Thursday, December 2 - 7:00 PM
Alain Delon, a highline thief who lives in studied elegance when he’s not languishing in jail, plans an elaborate jewelry-store heist with two cohorts picked up almost at random: an escaped convict (Gian-Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic lapsed lawman rescued from a lost weekend (a great role for Yves Montand).

Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad) by Alain Resnais | France, 1961
December 29 - 7:00 PM
It’s déjà vu all over the place in Alain Resnais’s elegant, labyrinthine puzzle, written by Alain Robbe-Grillet and starring Delphine Seyrig.

Faces, faces (Visages, villages) by Agnès Varda and JR | France, 2017
Friday, December 8 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 17 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, December 28 - 4:30 PM

Forever young-at-heart filmmaker (and French New Wave legend) Agnès Varda teams up with hipster artist JR on a road trip across rural France. A first-rate achievement in Varda’s brilliant career.

 

 

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