THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 4

DESPAIR, DELERIUM, DESTINY - FRENCH FILM NOIR 1935-1966

FRI—MON, NOV 3—6, 2017  ·  ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions

 

GABIN & MOREAU ANCHOR WIDE-RANGING
FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 4

The statistics are beginning to pile up for Midcentury Productions' groundbreaking FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT series. The fourth edition, which plays at San Francisco's vibrant, venerable Roxie Theatre Friday, November 3-Monday, November 6, features 13 more rare French noirs from four decades (specific time span: 1935-1966).

A total of 52 noirs have been shown since the spectacular debut of the series in November 2014. Of these, 44% (23 films) are from French noir's busiest & most varied decade—the 1950s. And according to Midcentury's executive director, renegade programmer Don Malcolm, there just might be an all-50s festival in the next couple of years.

BUT the wide-ranging 2017 lineup takes us close to the birth of French noir with 1935's astonishing "meta-noir," Marcel L'Herbier's sleek and shocking Happiness, featuring a slashing performance by Charles Boyer; and it brings us to what is almost certainly the final nail in noir's coffin with 1966's Mademoiselle, an uncompromising look at human cruelty, primal urges, and sexual madness...all embodied in the fearsome presence of the late, great Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017).

"Most don't know that it was film noir that gave Jeanne Moreau her toehold in French film," Malcolm notes. "We're proud to show three films that showcase her noir roots, and demonstrate how her evolution into an international star is traceable to this overlooked apprenticeship."

Also showcased in FRENCH 4 is the quintessential French actor—Jean Gabin. Everyone knows Gabin, but we're all still catching up to his prolific filmography and incredible versatility. Three memorable films from the 50s playing Saturday evening (November 4)—Hijack Highway (which also features Moreau), The Night Affair, and Crime & Punishment (with a meaty part for festival favorite Robert Hossein)—reveal more of Gabin's infinite nuances.

AND there is so much more: on Opening Night (November 3), we celebrate the rediscovery of Eddie Constantine (back in the spotlight thanks to his showcase in Bertrand Tavernier's masterful documentary My Journey Through French Film) with the long-overdue return of This Man Is Dangerous, the official origin myth for Constantine's beloved character Lemmy Caution. And then we see a totally different side of him In Lucky Jo, Friday's second feature. The man could really act!

Add two early films from the morbidly masterful Claude Chabrol (Handsome Serge and The Good Time Girls); the festival's first glimpse of 30s colossus Harry Baur (as the embattled Captain Mollenard in Robert Siodmak's sprawling Hatred); and the astonishing discovery of a superb post-WWII vehicle for the legendary Arletty—the brutally frank noir melodrama Gigolo…and you have, as Don puts it: "the best and most varied lineup we've yet been able to assemble."

So don't delay—buy your festival pass today. As we always say, you'll thank us later.

FRI, NOV 3
Caution: Lemmy!

This Man Is Dangerous

CET HOMME EST DANGEREUX
THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS

(1953) 6:00, 9:30

Lucky Jo LUCKY JO

(1965) 7:45

SAT MATINÉE, NOV 4
On a Roll: Early Chabrol

The Handsome Serge

LE BEAU SERGE
THE HANDSOME SERGE

(1958) 1:30

The Good-Time Girls

LES BONNES FEMMES
THE GOOD-TIME GIRLS

(1960) 3:20

SAT EVENING, NOV 4
Gabin in the 50's - Digging Deeper

Hi-Jack Highway

GAS-OIL
HI-JACK HIGHWAY

(1955) 6:00

The Night Affair

(1960) 7:45

Crime and Punishment

CRIME ET CHÂTIMENT
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

(1956) 9:30

SUN MATINÉE, NOV 5
C'est la Guerre: Homme v Fille

Happiness

LE BONHEUR
HAPPINESS

(1935) 2:00

Hatred

MOLLENARD
HATRED

(1938) 4:00

SUN EVENING, NOV 5
Arletty & Casares on the Other Side of Paradise

The Ladies of Boulogne Wood

LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
THE LADIES OF BOULOGNE WOOD

(1945) 7:15

Gigolo

GIBIER DE POTENCE
GIGOLO

(1951) 9:00

MON, NOV 6
Hommage to Jeanne Moreau

The Strange Mister Steve

L'ÉTRANGE MONSIEUR STEVE
THE STRANGE MISTER STEVE

(1957) 7:15

Mademoiselle

MADEMOISELLE

(1966) 9:00

Roxie Theater - San Francisco

The Roxie Theater is at 3117 16th Street. PHONE: 415.863.1087

Lemmy Caution in This Man Is Dangerous

OPENING NIGHT- FRI, NOV 3

Eddie Constantine is Lemmy Caution inThis Man Is Dangerous at 6:00 and 9:30

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