French Film Week-end

From: Dianne
Sent on: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:34 PM

Bonjour tout le monde!  Le musee d'art Wadsworth Atheneum on Main St, centre ville will be showing a series of French films.  I have seen the first three but they all bear seeing again.  Let's show the Atheneum that there is a lot of interest in French cinema in Hartford!

Please note: there is some discrepancy about the cost of Thursday night's film.  On another brochure it says it's free with museum admission. 

Work permitting, I hope to be at all of them.  Saturday will be a marathon!  Perhaps nous y verrons l'un l'autre. 


Immerse yourself in French period films set during the 15th – 20th centuries, which highlight our special exhibition, Medieval to Monet: French Paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum. Sandwiches will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

Thursday, November 1
8 pm: The Well Digger’s Daughter (La Fille du Puisatier)
Review: Los Angeles Times
In pre-World War II France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets involved with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. Directed by Daniel Auteil. 2011. 107 min. France. Not Rated. Subtitles.  

Friday, November 2
7:30 pm: Children Of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
Review: Time Out New York
Set in the backstage world of theater in 1820’s Paris, the film tells the tragic story of Garance and the four very different men who love her.  Considered by many to be the greatest French film ever made. Directed by Marcel Carné. 1945. 160 min. France. Not Rated. Subtitles. Join us at 7 for a performance of Bated Breath ($5).

Saturday, November 3
2 pm: The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc)
Review: Chicago Sun Times
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d’Arc (1412 – 1431) on charges of heresy and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. Directed by Carl Theodor Dryer. 1928. France. 110 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W.

4 pm: The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse de Montpensier). 
Review: Los Angeles Times
This 16th-century romance is set during the war between the Catholics and Huguenots and is adapted from Madame de la Fayette’s classic novel. The film concerns a nubile, wealthy heiress who loves a rugged hothead from the wrong clan, but is forced by her father to marry another prince. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 2010. France. 139 min. Not Rated. Subtitles.

6:30 pm: Cyrano De Bergerac
Review: Chicago Sun Times
This comedic drama tells the tale of the 17th century romantic poet and soldier Cyrano, who romances Roxanne by proxy believing she will never love him because of his protruding nose. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Starring Gérard Depardieu. 1990. France. 137 min. Rated PG. Subtitles.

Sunday, November 4
2 pm: Perfume: Story Of A Murderer
Review: Chicago Sun Times
In 18th century Paris, a perfume maker blessed with an extraordinary sense of smell tries to develop the “perfect” perfume. Directed by Tom Tykwer. Starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman. 2006. France/USA. 147 min. Rated R.

4:30 pm: Farewell, My Queen (Adieux à la Reine)
Review: San Francisco Chronicle
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the final days of the French Revolution. Directed by Benoît Jacquot. 2012. France. 100 min. Rated R. Subtitles. 

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