THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 4

DESPAIR • DELIRIUM • DESTINY — FRENCH FILM NOIR 1935-1966

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

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

LE DÉSORDRE DANS LA NUIT
THE NIGHT AFFAIR

(1958) 7:45

Crime and Punishment

CRIME ET CHÂTIMENT
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

(1956) 9:30

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

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

FRIDAY, NOV 3, 2017CAUTION: LEMMY!

THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS / CET HOMME EST DANGEREUX  6:00

Born in Los Angeles to Russian expatriates, Eddie Constantine wanted to be a singer. A trip to Paris after WWII brought him into the orbit of Edith Piaf and her friends in the French film industry. Almost before he knew it, the man with the dazzling smile and the lived-in face became a French icon by channeling Bogart's tough-guy routines. Here, in his second outing as FBI agent Lemmy Caution, he goes undercover, impersonating an escaped ex-con to infiltrate a kidnapping gang.

Director Jean Sacha, who edited Orson Welles' Othello, channels the great expatriate director's visual strategies, giving Cet homme est dangereux a kind of kinky gravitas that future editions of the Lemmy Caution series failed to recapture. With Eddie Constantine, Colette Deréal, Grégoire Aslan, Claude Borelli, Vera Norman.

(1953, dir. Jean Sacha, 92 min.) Screenplay: Jacques Berland (adaptation) and Marcel Duhamel (dialogue) from the novel by Peter Cheyney. Cinematography: Marcel Weiss. Film editing: Paulette Rovert. Music: Jacques Marion

LUCKY JO 7:45

Michel Deville, apprentice of Henri Decoin, hit his stride as a director when he teamed up with Nina Companeez, whose father Jacques was one of the legendary screenwriters in French noir (Les bas-fonds, Pièges, La foire aux chimères, Les maudits, Casque d'or). More fluent in comedy than her father, Companeez helped guide Deville to a unique combination of humor and pathos that they infused into the crime film. (She also served as his film editor, which prepared her for a future career as a director.)

Taking the well-worn Eddie Constantine and turning his persona upside down, and surrounding him with first-rate acting talent (Pierre and Claude Brasseur, Georges Wilson, Françoise Arnoul), Deville conjures up a frantic sub-world of petty thieves and perilous schemes, where the quiet calculation of the next score is upended by the escalating superstition surrounding Jo (Constantine), who continues to attempt a life of crime despite being shunned by his former associates as the catastrophic opposite of a "good-luck charm." Featuring a sharply poignant score from the great Georges Delerue. With Eddie Constantine, Pierre Brasseur, Claude Brasseur, Georges Wilson, Françoise Arnoul, Christiane Minazzoli, Anouk Ferjac.

(1964, dir Michel Deville, 90 min.) Screenplay: Nina Companeez and Michel Deville from the novel "Main pleine" by Pierre Lesou. Cinematography: Claude Lecomte. Film editing: Nina Companeez. Music: Georges Delerue

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