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Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
"Love in the Afternoon"
In this Paris-based romance, innocent young cellist Ariane Chavasse overhears a murder threat from a jealous husband against American playboy Frank Flannagan, currently under investigation by her private eye father. She decides to rescue Flannagan by posing as a world-wise femme fatale without disclosing her identity to him. After a series of complications and misunderstandings, a May-December love affair blooms. Directed by Billy Wilder. With Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier and John McGiver. Romantic comedy. Black & white, 130 min. Part of the "April in Paris" series.
Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
When 18-year-old opera fan Jules secretly tapes the concert of a superstar diva who refuses to be recorded, he accidentally winds up with another tape that identifies a top mobster involved in an international sex and drug ring. Suddenly, Jules is being chased through the streets of Paris by blackmailers, hit men and the police. Action, arias and assassins all collide in this romantic thriller filmed in Paris. In French with English subtitles. Rated R, no one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. With Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi and Richard Bohringer. Thriller, romance. Color, 123 min. Part of the "April in Paris" series.
Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.
"The Red Balloon" and "White Mane"
"The Red Balloon": In this featurette with music score but almost no dialogue, a boy spends a magical afternoon with a red balloon that follows him across Paris. This charming story about friendship and loss was filmed in the Ménilmontant neighborhood of Paris. It won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Original screenplay and the Palme d'Or for short films at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed and written by Albert Lamorisse. With Pascal Lamorisse. Family fantasy. Color, 34 min.
"White Mane": In a near-desert region in the south of France, the magnificent stallion White Mane is the leader of a herd of wild horses. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him and a strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse. This extraordinary short film from Albert Lamorisse is a work of technical sophistication and immense natural beauty. In French with English subtitles and narration. Directed and written by Albert Lamorisse. With Alain Emery. Family drama. Black & white, 40 min.
Part of the "April in Paris" series.