"Something In the Air" (1960s, 70s Paris) at Northwest Film Forum

We will be attending the 7:00 pm showing of "Something In the Air" at the Northwest Forum on Capitol Hill. This film is a memoir by director Oliver Assayas ("Carlos") of his experience during the politically turbulent French student movement of the early '70s. Here is a description of the film copied from The Stranger Suggests page:

"With Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas, the director of Carlos, Irma Vep, and Boarding Gate, revisits the twilight of the global social revolution that had the center of its spirit in the year 1968. The revolutionaries are French, urban, young, beautiful, dedicated, and intelligent. During the day, they listen to lectures about Pascal and Marx, and at night, they destroy private property with their anarchy signs, propaganda posters, and bombs. We know how all of this enthusiasm and revolutionary energy will end, we know that this rebellion is more youthful than political, but the film’s direction, art direction, wardrobe, cinematography, and performances never lose your interest for one moment."

Here is a preview of this film:

Something In the Air - trailer

rottentomatoes.com rates this film at 85; here is a link that that page where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - Something In the Air

Here are snippets from some of the reviews:

"The storytelling is wispy but, short of time travel, it's as close as you'll get to be a young French radical in the 1970s."

"Filmmakers turn out routine coming-of-age stories in their sleep. Something in the Air is made with such precision, clarity and sweep that it redefines the genre."

"This is a beautifully crafted work and an acute evocation of its period both in look and attitude, and it’s no less deeply absorbing for being somewhat muted in tone" (Hollywood Reporter)

"Viewers who didn't live through the period may not find them evocative. But this movie is about the choices that turn children into adults, and the attempt to balance conflicting enthusiasms." (NPR)

Meet me at 6:45 in the lobby of the Northwest Film Forum. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black rain hat, brimless African skull cap). There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program at 7:00.

There will be an optional food and beverage stop (probably Elysian Brewery) at the conclusion of the film. Please meet me in the lobby.

George Liu




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  • A former member
    A former member

    How will I know who is in the group? This is my first meeting.

    May 11, 2013

    • George L.

      If you meet me in the lobby as directed in the writeup you will probably meet some other members of the group.

      May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds lovely. I wish I could make it!

    May 11, 2013

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