Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Serié noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few. A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem.
Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Serié noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few. A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem.

Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Serié noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few.1979, 35mm, 111 min.

A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem!

Director: Alain Corneau
Cast: Patrick Dewaere, Myriam Boyer, Marie Trintignant, Bernard Blier

Sunday July 23, 2017 at 5PM

CINEFAMILY
611 N Fairfax Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets and more info here
 

CINEFAMILY 611 N Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036

Alain Corneau's Série noire at Cinefamily

When
Sunday July 23, 2017 at 5PM
Where
CINEFAMILY
611 N Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Serié noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few. A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem.
Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Serié noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few. A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem.

Patrick Dewaere, one of the most talented French comic actors of the 70s, may have the saddest face in cinema. Known in the US mainly for his terrific performances in Bertrand Blier’s hit absurdist comedies Going Places and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Dewaere was a human “Pierrot” (the iconic sad clown of French theatre and Italian Commedia dell’arte) who found a neurotic humor in his own very real fragility; tragically, Dewaere’s own battles with depression culminated in his eventual suicide in 1982. This makes Serié noire one of the most simultaneously emotionally affecting and tragic of Jim Thompson’s adaptations (by Georges Perec, no less). In the Thompson cavalcade of misanthropists, nihilists, and misogynists, one feels Dewaere’s desperation to be a hero, as he ends up just another pathetic sucker, impotent against the fates and destined to be eaten by bigger and smarter fish, with no morals, instead of few.1979, 35mm, 111 min.

A rare screening on 35mm of an overlooked gem!

Director: Alain Corneau
Cast: Patrick Dewaere, Myriam Boyer, Marie Trintignant, Bernard Blier

Sunday July 23, 2017 at 5PM

CINEFAMILY
611 N Fairfax Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets and more info here
 

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