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Nelly Kaplan’s first NY retrospective at Quad Cinema

Image : "La fiancée du pirate" directed by Nelly Kaplan

Quad Cinema pays a tribute to French filmmaker Nelly Kaplan in a first-ever New York retrospective “Wild Things: The Ferocious Films of Nelly Kaplan”.

As the French New Wave surged forth in the 1950s, Nelly Kaplan was already swimming upstream. A native Argentinian of Jewish descent, she had emigrated to France earlier in the decade and found her home and hub. Kaplan advanced to writing and directing herself after being a professional and personal partner to legendary director Abel Gance, collaborating on Magirama (1956) and The Battle of Austerlitz (1960). Moving ahead with her own career, Kaplan made a series of fiction features that probe sexual power dynamics and confront the hypocrisies of France’s prevailing social order with a ferocious but playful touch. “Women are never passive in my movies… [they] are never victims!” Kaplan once remarked.


A Very Curious Girl / La Fiancée du pirate     
Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Year: 1969
Runtime: 107 mins

Abel Gance and His Napoléon
Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Year: 1984
Runtime: 80 mins

Charles and Lucie
Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Year: 1979
Runtime: 96 mins

Papa, the Lil’ Boats / Papa, les p’tits bateaux 
Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Year: 1971
Runtime: 102 mins

The Pleasure of Love 
Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Year: 1991
Runtime: 105 mins

Velvet Paws / Pattes de velours 
Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Year: 1986
Runtime: 90 mins