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French Essentials, a film 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), The Great llusion directed by Jean Renoir (1937) and Rendez-vous de Juillet directed by Jacques Becker (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 - 7:00 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.

 

LA GRANDE ILLUSION, directed by Jean Renoir, 1937, 114 min, France 

October 12 - 6:30 PM 

One of the very first prison escape movies, La Grande Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein.

 

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

October 26 - 7:00 PM 

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 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.

 

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOL

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.

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