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French Literary Evening with Arthur Dreyfus Lycée Français De New York 505 East 75th Street Cultural Center auditorium New York, NY 10021 United States

When You Read This Letter


(1953) Sister Thérèse (legendary chanteuse and post-war existentialist icon Juliette Gréco) has to quit the convent to run the family stationary store in Cannes (stunningly shot on location) and support her kid sister Irène Galter – who’s involved with lowest of low-lifes Philip Lemaire. And then rape, attempted suicide, blackmail, a faked car accident, a highly misplaced love and an ambiguous conclusion ensue. Melville’s rarest film – his first box office success – was originally dismissed by autuerist critics (and even the director himself) as a sell-out to commercialism, but now seen as an important missing link in Melville’s universe. Never before released in the U.S. or translated – this restoration features new subtitles by Bruce Goldstein

When You Read This Letter
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
Cast: Juliette Gréco, Philippe Lemaire, Yvonne Sanson...
Year: 1953
Runtime: 104 mins
In French with English subtitles
Released by: Rialto Pictures

Opens in New York on Wednesday, September 12 at Film Forum

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, September 21 at Laemmle's Monica Film Center

More information available through Rialto Pictures