THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3
FURTHER EXPLORATIONS IN CLASSIC FRENCH NOIR, 1939-1965
Presented by Mid-Century Productions
Happy holidays, and special thanks to those of you who so kindly joined us for THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3 at the Roxie from November 3-7. A great time was had by all, with fifteen superb and warmly received films pushing us further into the fascinating "lost continent" of classic French film noir.
Prizes and surprises abounded over the five days, all building to a wild final night where the audience followed curator Don Malcolm's advice and fell in love with the superlative performance of Micheline Presle in the festival's bittersweet closer Les jeux sont faits (The Chips Are Down). They were also mesmerized by Jean Gabin in Le jour se lève (Daybreak); Michel Simon in Non coupable (Not Guilty); Louis Jouvet in Un revenant (A Lover's Return); the two Simones—Signoret and Renant—in Manèges (The Wanton) and Voyage sans espoir (Journey without Hope) respectively; and the inventively personal "noir universe" of Robert Hossein, featured in five films that kept the audience buzzing for ten hours on Saturday the 5th.
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Again, heartfelt thanks to the Roxie and the stalwart Bay Area cinephiles for their incredible support—we'll be seeing you again soon!
The Roxie Theater at 3117 16th St. can be reached at 415.863.1087.
SATURDAY, NOV 5 - HOSSEIN x 5
Perhaps the most unique auteur in the history of French noir, Hossein's five films in FRENCH 3 range from sweaty B-noir (Les femmes disparaissent/The Road to Shame) to studies in upper-class decadence (Les scélérats/The Wretches, Le jeu de la vérité/The Game of Truth) to heart-rending explorations of a serial killer (Le vampire de Düsseldorf/The Secret Killer). As you will discover, no two Hossein noirs are alike!
↑ View the FRENCH 3 trailers
Léviathan/Dark Journey - Sunday, Nov 6, at 3:30.
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