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Jean-Claude Carrière's retrospective at MoMA

Image : "Yoyo" directed by Pierre Etaix

MoMA casts light on the prolific career of French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière who will introduce screenings of his work in an unprecedented 37-film retrospective

He has taken on Flaubert and Shakespeare and the lives of Danton and Van Gogh, an ancient epic Sanskrit poem and the Biblical word of God. Over more than 65 years—and counting—Jean-Claude Carrière has written nearly 150 screenplays in collaboration with some of postwar cinema’s most iconoclastic filmmakers, among them Luis Buñuel, Milos Forman, Jean-Luc Godard, Andrzej Wajda, Nagisa Oshima, Peter Brook and Jonathan Glazer. He is also a novelist, librettist, and cultural thinker, and the only non-US screenwriter to receive lifetime achievement awards from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild.

Carrière makes a rare New York appearance during the opening weekend, taking part in conversations with Julian Schnabel and Volker Schlondorff. The series also features a preview screening of his latest screenwriting effort, Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man, as well as the New York premieres of new restorations of Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Rarities include Carrière’s own directorial efforts, along with several underappreciated French television movies he wrote in the 1970s and ’80s, starring Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Bulle Ogier, and even the filmmaker himself.


Screenings

Happy Anniversary / Heureux anniversaire
France. Written and directed by Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Etaix, 1962, 15 mins
Screening alongsideYoyo
France. Directed by Pierre Etaix, 1965, 95 mins
> May 9 - 4:30pm. Introduction by the filmmaker
> May 15 - 7:00pm

At Eternity’s Gate  
USA/France. Directed by Julian Schnabel, 2018, 111 mins
> May 9 - 7:30pm. Introduction by the filmmakers
> May 14 - 4:30pm

May Fools / Milou en mai  
France/Italy. Directed by Louis Malle, 1990, 107 mins
> May 10 - 1:30pm. Introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
> May 17 - 1:30pm

The Nail Clippers / La pince à ongles
France. Directed by Jean-Claude Carrière, 1969, 12 mins
Screening alongside Taking Off
USA. Directed by Miloš Forman, 1971, 93 mins
> May 10 - 4:30pm. Introduction by the filmmaker
> May 17 - 4:30pm

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
USA. Directed by Philip Kaufman, 1988, 171 mins
> May 10 - 7:30pm. Introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
> May 17 - 7:30pm

The Tin Drum / Die Blechtrommel
West Germany/Yugoslavia/Poland/France. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, 1979, 163 mins
> May 11 - 2:00pm. Introduction by the filmmakers
> May 16 - 1:30pm 

Circle of Deceit / Die Fälschung  
West Germany/France. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, 1981, 108 mins
> May 11 - 6:30pm. Introduction by the filmmakers
> May 15 - 4:30pm

The Milky Way / La voie lactée
France/West Germany/Italy. Directed by Luis Buñuel, 1969, 102 mins
> May 12 - 1:00pm. Introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
> May 18 - 7:30pm 

Max My Love / Max, mon amour  
France/USA/Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima, 1986, 92 mins
> May 12 - 4:00pm, June 1 - 7:30pm

A Faithful Man / L’homme fidèle
France. Directed by Louis Garrel, 2018, 75 mins
> May 12 - 7:00pm

Every Man for Himself / Sauve qui peut (la vie)
France/Austria/West Germany/Switzerland. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1980, 87 mins
> May 14 - 7:00pm, May 15 - 1:30pm

Diary of a Chambermaid / Le journal d’une femme de chambre  
France/Italy. Directed by Luis Buñuel, 1964, 97 mins
> May 18 - 1:30pm, May 21 - 4:30pm

Belle de jour
France/Italy. Directed by Luis Buñuel, 1967, 101 mins
> May 18 - 4:30pm, May 21 - 7:30pm

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
France/Italy/Spain. Directed by Luis Buñuel, 1972, 105 mins
> May 19 - 1:30pm, May 25 - 7:30pm

The Phantom of Liberty / Le fantôme de la liberté  
France/Italy. Directed by Luis Buñuel, 1974, 104 mins
> May 19 - 4:00pm, May 23 - 4:00pm 

That Obscure Object of Desire / Cet obscur objet du désir  
France/Spain. Directed by Luis Buñuel, 1977, 103 mins
> May 19 - 6:30pm, May 22 - 1:30pm 

Valmont    
USA/France. Directed by Miloš Forman, 1989, 137 mins
> May 24 - 1:30pm, May 25 - 1:30pm 

Cyrano de Bergerac  
France/Hungary. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappenneau, 1990, 137 mins
> May 24 - 4:30pm, May 26 - 1:00pm 

Danton  
France/ Poland/West Germany. Directed by Andrzej Wajda, 1983, 136 mins
> May 24 - 7:30pm, May 26 - 4:00pm 

The Thief of Paris / Le voleur  
France. Directed by Louis Malle, 1967, 120 mins
> May 25 - 4:30pm, May 29 - 5:00pm 

The Discoveries of a Modern Couple / Les étonnements d’un couple moderne
France. Directed by Pierre Boutron, 1986
> May 29 - 7:30pm, June 6 - 1:30pm 

Bouvard and Pecuchet / Bouvard et Pécuchet
France. Directed by Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe, 1989, 170 mins
> May 30 - 1:30pm, June 9 - 6:30pm 

It Was War / C’était la guerre
France/Algeria. Directed by Maurice Failevic, Ahmed Rachedi, 1993, 180 mins
> May 31 - 1:30pm, June 5 - 7:30pm 

All screenplays are written by Jean-Claude Carrière, unless otherwise noted.

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