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French Essentials, a movie selection curated by Justice G. Breyer

French Essentials, a selection curated by Justice G. Breyer 

On the invitation of Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States, Justice Stephen G. Breyer has selected three French classic films he will present to our dear audience at La Maison Française: Children of Paradise directed by Marcel Carné (1945), L'Atalante directed by Jean Vigo (1934) and Rendez-vous de Juillet (1949). We are honored to let you discover these timeless and beautiful movies under his patronage. 


CHILDREN OF PARADISE, directed by Marcel Carné and written by Jacques Prévert, 1945, 190 min, France

September 28 - 7 PM

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.



L’ATALANTE, directed by Jean Vigo, 1934, 89 min, France 

October 12 - 7pm

In Jean Vigo's hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean, a barge captain, marries Juliette, an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard his boat - the L'Atalante - to embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, Vigo's only feature-length work is a film like no other.


RENDEZ-VOUS DE JUILLET, directed by Jacques Becker, 1949, 112 min, France

October 26 - 7pm

This film has been credited as the first postwar European film to accurately depict the Continental “youth culture”. Teenager, Lucien aspires to become a filmmaker, and to that end organizes his friends into a film unit. The young cineastes hope to make a journey into Africa, there to film an uncompromisingly realistic documentary. Amusingly, Lucien and his friends are shown to be rather ill-equipped for real life, shuttling as they do between theatre classes, jazz bars, and coffee houses. In addition, Lucien will have to overcome some family problems before he can embrace the responsibilities of adulthood. The film was selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.


In French with English Subtitles

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5 Monde.



Please note that masks and proof of vaccination (or recent negative test) will be required. 

All necessary measures are taken, including but not limited to: controlled capacity, frequent cleaning of high traffic area, circulation patterns, and safe social distancing throughout the buildings and embassy grounds. 

If you are an at-risk person, have symptoms, have been in contact with a sick person or a person who has tested positive for Covid19 in the last 14 days, we ask that you do not come to this event.