THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 6

DARKNESS IN THE SIXTIES

THU-MON, NOV 14-18 · ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions

ANY NUMBER CAN WINTHE WAR IS OVER OBJECTIVE: 500 MILLIONS 

“This festival, like the ones past, gives people a chance to see good noirs that they've never seen before—and might not ever see again. ...Before Malcolm came on the scene in 2014, everyone thought that Americans invented film noir, and the French just gave it a name. Au contraire. In fact, noir seems to have been invented simultaneously, or, if anything, the French got there first. ...French noir is brisk. It has great stars and directors, and – this is big – it wasn't censored like American noir. ...The new festival has something worth seeing every day. You can immerse yourself or dabble, and you'll be ok either way.”   —Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle, France's Own Film Noir Takes No Back Seat to America's

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 6
Darkness in the Sixties

Don Malcolm completes a run of seven French noir festivals that collectively game-change the history of film noir with THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 6, a series devoted to the astonishing range of classic French film noir as it enters its final decade: the 1960s. When the curtain comes down after five more nights and days of impossibly rare noirs (most unseen in America for more than a half-century), Don will have brought one hundred and one (101!) noirs to the Roxie screen since the series began in November 2014.

The adaptability of film noir is seen at its most elastic in this decade, as self-destruction, malevolent seduction, and the full range of criminal activity are put on full display in the 15 films selected to characterize the most fraught and frenetic period in the four-decade span of French noir.

The French Had a Name for It 6

As always, big names will draw you in—Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Michèle Morgan, Yves Montand—but the depth of the program can be found in a series of unheralded directors: in FRENCH 6, you'll meet Nikos Papatakis (LES ABYSSES), Michel Drach (ON N'ENTERRE PAS LE DIMANCHE), André Versini (HORACE 62), Jean-Charles Dudrumet (LA CORDE RAIDE) and Pierre Schoendoerffer (OBJECTIF: 500 MILLION), each of whom add something indelible to the mind-blowing list of films that have been hidden in plain sight for more than fifty years!

A surprise in FRENCH 6 is the inclusion of noir-edged films by key figures of the Nouvelle Vague. Jean Luc Godard's LE PETIT SOLDAT (banned for three years due to a controversy over its political content) shows the young film legend mixing love and war in darkly ironic ways; and, at the very end of French noir, the often narratively opaque auteur Alain Resnais offers a sobering meditation on "the long war" of revolution in LA GUERRE EST FINIE, where "cultural post-traumatic stress" often becomes inseparable from daily existence.

Recognized masters—Julien Duvivier (LA CHAMBRE ARDENTE), René Clément (LES FELINS), Georges Franju (THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX), Jacques Deray (SYMPHONIE POUR UN MASSACRE), Henri Decoin (MALEFICES), and Henri Verneuil (MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL)—are each represented by first-rate work as they continue to the mine the rich vein of French noir in the 1960s.

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT will go on hiatus for awhile after this series, but more will be forthcoming in varying forms in 2020 and beyond. Be sure to see this incredible lineup and join the Midcentury Productions mailing list to be kept abreast of future developments, including Don Malcolm's book (due out in spring 2020) and more. Join us at the Roxie from November 14-18 for a one-of-a-kind look at the glorious finale of classic French noir!

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 6

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THU, NOV 14
Even Paranoids Have Enemies

Lovers on a Tightrope

LA CORDE RAIDE
LOVERS ON A TIGHTROPE

(1960) 7:15

The Burning Court

LA CHAMBRE ARDENTE
THE BURNING COURT

(1962) 9:00

FRI, NOV 15
The Quicksand of Seduction

The Love Cage

LES FÉLINS
THE LOVE CAGE

(1964) 7:15

Hexes

MALÉFICES
HEXES

(1962) 9:15

SAT MATINÉE, NOV 16
Race/War/Class

One Does Not Bury Sunday

ON N'ENTERRE PAS LE DIMANCHE
ONE DOES NOT BURY SUNDAY

(1960) 1:00

The Little Soldier

LE PETIT SOLDAT
THE LITTLE SOLDIER

(1960) 3:00

Les Abysses

LES ABYSSES

(1963) 4:45

SAT EVENING, NOV 16
Money/Blood/Money

Symphony for a Massacre

SYMPHONIE POUR UN MASSACRE
SYMPHONY FOR A MASSACRE  

(1963) 7:15

The Fabiani Affair

HORACE 62
THE FABIANI AFFAIR

(1962) 9:30

SUN MATINÉE, NOV 17
Love's Acrid Aftertaste

Therese

THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX
THÉRÈSE

(1962) 1:00

Web of Fear

CONSTANCE AUX ENFERS
WEB OF FEAR

(1964) 3:15

SUN EVENING, NOV 18
Flaws in the Ointment

Any Number Can Win

MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL
ANY NUMBER CAN WIN

(1963) 6:15

The End of Belle

LA MORT DE BELLE
THE END OF BELLE

(1961) 8:45

MON, NOV 19
PTSD I Love You

The War Is Over

LA GUERRE EST FINIE
THE WAR IS OVER

(1966) 7:00

Objective 500 Millions

OBJECTIF: 500 MILLIONS
OBJECTIVE: 500 MILLIONS

(1966) 9:15

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