THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3

FURTHER EXPLORATIONS IN CLASSIC FRENCH NOIR, 1939-1965

THU—MON, NOV 3—7, 2016  ·  ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions

THU, NOV 3
Origins: 1939

Daybreak

LE JOUR SE LEVE
DAYBREAK

(1939) 7:30

The Last Turn

LE DERNIER TOURNANT
THE LAST TURN

(1939) 9:20

FRI, NOV 4
Rehabilitations 1: Christian-Jaque

Journey without Hope

VOYAGE SANS ESPOIR
JOURNEY WITHOUT HOPE

(1943) 7:30

A Lover's Return

UN REVENANT
A LOVER'S RETURN

(1946) 9:20

SAT MATINÉE, NOV 5
HOSSEIN X 5
Two with Marie-France Pisier

Death of a Killer

LE MORT D'UN TUEUR
DEATH OF A KILLER

(1964) 1:30

The Secret Killer

LE VAMPIRE DE DÜSSELDORF
THE SECRET KILLER

(1965) 3:15

SAT EVENING, NOV 5
The Many (Deadpan) Moods of Robert Hossein…

The Road to Shame

DES FEMMES DISPARAISSENT
THE ROAD TO SHAME

(1959) 6:00

The Wretches

LES SCÉLÉRATS
THE WRETCHES

(1960) 7:45

The Game of Truth

LE JEU DE LA VÉRITÉ
THE GAME OF TRUTH

(1961) 9:30

SUN MATINÉE, NOV 6
1960s "Art-Noir" and the "Lost Boys" of the Nouvelle Vague

The Denunciation

LA DÉNONCIATION
THE DENUNCIATION

(1962) 1:30

Dark Journey

LÉVIATHAN
DARK JOURNEY

(1962) 3:30

SUN EVENING, NOV 6
Simone Signoret et un Monstre Sacré

Not Guilty

NON COUPABLE
NOT GUILTY

(1947) 7:00

The Cheat

MANÈGES
THE CHEAT

(1950) 9:00

MON, NOV 7
Rehabilitations 2: Jean Delannoy, "New Wave Whipping Boy"

Gambling Hell

MACAO, L'ENFER DE JEU
GAMBLING HELL

(1942) 7:15

The Chips Are Down

LES JEUX SONT FAITS
THE CHIPS ARE DOWN

(1947) 9:00

SUNDAY EVENING, NOV 6, 2016 SIMONE SIGNORET ET UN MONSTRE SACRE

NOT GUILTY / NON COUPABLE  7:00

From murder to madness…isn't it usually the other way around? Not when your lead character is played by Michel Simon—and not when the director is Henri Decoin, in the middle of the white-hot portion of his career, churning out gleamingly dark tales with more than a hint of madness and desperation at their root, often with a monstre sacré (Simon, Louis Jouvet) in the lead role. Here Simon is a "defrocked doctor" who gets away with a murder, eventually concluding that he can murder at will and escape detection. The results are, at least for awhile, as mad as he is. With Michel Simon, Jany Holt, Jean Debucourt.

Dir. Henri Decoin (1947, 95 min.) Screenplay & dialogue Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon. Photographed by Jacques Lemare.

THE CHEAT / MANÈGES  9:00

With Manèges we have another writer-director team riding a hot streak—in this case Yves Allegret and Jacques Sigurd, following up their stupendous work in Dédée d'Anvers (1948) and Une se jolie petite plage (1949). Simone Signoret, Allegret's girlfriend at the time, is as nasty, venal and petulant here as she was sweet and long-suffering in Dedee d'Anvers. She receives superlative support from Bernard Blier (perfect, as always, as the dupe of a husband) and Jane Marken (an absolute terror at playing various flavors of harridan, as Signoret's vicious, conniving mother). Alas, Allegret's tale of betrayal was all-too-prophetic: shortly after completing Manèges, Signoret left him for Yves Montand. With Simone Signoret, Bernard Blier, Jane Marken.

Dir. Yves Allegret (1950, 91min.) Screenplay by Jacques Sigurd. Photographed by Jean Bourgoin.