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Chapel Hill, NC
Just a heads-up on this thematic series that's part of the Duke Screen/Society's spring program. Looks like we have the jump on this, thanks to David and Pablo scheduling some Monday night Meetups in the weeks ahead. Thanks, guys. Free films make an excellent remedy for dreary winter Mondays...
"WWII in French Cinema"
a Spring 2007 film series at Duke University
Screenings will take place on Monday nights at 8pm in
the Griffith Film Theater (Bryan Center, West Campus)
or the Richard White Auditorium (East Campus)
and are Free and Open to the General Public
Organized and Sponsored by
the Center for French and Francophone Studies
and the Film/Video/Digital Program
Series web page:
Mon Jan 29 in Richard White
Feature film & short documentary
FORBIDDEN GAMES (JEUX INTERDITS)
(RENÉ CLÉMENT, 1952, 102 MIN, FRANCE, FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, B&W, DVD)
One of the first films to see the horrors of war through the eyes of children, Forbidden Games was a critical smash, winning prizes from the New York Film Critics, the British Academy, and the Venice Film Festival. The story focuses on Paulette, a five-year-old refugee from Paris taken in by a peasant family after her parents are killed during a bombardment of a civilian convoy. Unsentimental and yet heartbreaking, Forbidden Games demonstrates the strategies of children who witness war to deal with the constant presence of death.
NIGHT AND FOG
(ALAIN RESNAIS, 1955, 32 MIN, FRANCE, FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, B&W/COLOR, DVD)
?Though only a short subject, this groundbreaking documentary remains one of the most influential and powerful explorations of the Holocaust ever made ? Juxtaposing archival clips from the concentration camps across Germany and Poland with the present-day denials of the camps' existence, the film seeks to once and for all expose the horrifying truth of the Final Solution, as well as to address the continuing anti-Semitism and bigotry that existed long after the war's end. An invaluable resource and testament to history, this film was a profound influence on all films to address issues of the Holocaust, from Judgment at Nuremberg and Shoah to Schindler's List.? ? Robert Lane
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Mon Feb 5 in Griffith:
ARMY OF SHADOWS (L?ARMÉE DES OMBRES)
(JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE, 1969, 145 MIN, FRANCE, FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, COLOR, 35MM)
Originally filmed in 1969 but not released in the U.S. at the time, Jean-Pierre Melville?s epic of the French Resistance during World War II, was named Best Foreign Film of 2006 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel, Army of Shadows draws on the wartime experiences of Kessel and Melville himself, both active members of the Resistance and Free French Forces. Lino Ventura stars as an ordinary man who finds himself in the center of extraordinary events. Also features a moving performance by Simone Signoret.
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Mon Feb 12 in Griffith:
(LOUIS MALLE, 1974, 137 MIN, FRANCE, FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, COLOR, 35MM)
?Set in occupied France, the film opens in the summer of 1944 as Lucien, our troubled, bull-headed teen hero, expresses an interest in assisting the local resistance movement. He is turned down and, after a chance encounter, signs up as a collaborator for the Gestapo instead. Easily seduced by the power and apparent glamour of the position, he fingers one of his villagers (an old teacher) and relishes a newfound sense of belonging that allows him to forget his old life. ? When he develops a strained relationship with a Jewish tailor - and falls for his beautiful daughter - he becomes increasingly compromised and is forced into examining his real identity.? ? Chris Wiegand, BBC
Mon Feb 19 in Griffith
A SELF-MADE HERO (UN HÉROS TRÈS DISCRET)
(JAQUES AUDIARD, 1996, 107 MIN, FRANCE, FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, COLOR, 35MM)
After the liberation of France, a salesman with a proclivity for fibbing begins his life anew with a fully fabricated identity--that of a daring Resistance hero, based on library research and the war yarns of an old Army captain. But his performance so captivates the French upper crust that he's soon way over his head--and holding a key ambassadorial position. A gently comic take on the human need to reinvent oneself, with the lightest satirical touch.
Mon Feb 26 in Richard White:
LA GRANDE VADROUILLE (DON'T LOOK NOW ... WE'RE BEING SHOT AT)
(GERARD OURY, 1966, 132 MIN, FRANCE, IN FRENCH, ENGLISH, AND GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, COLOR, VHS)
During World War II, two French civilians and a downed English Bomber Crew set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South. From there they will be able to escape to England. First, they must avoid German troops - and the consequences of their own blunders. One of the most popular films in French cinematic history, La Grande Vandrouille was box-office gold, producing $17.2 million in ticket sales ? a French national record that stood for 30 years until Titanic.
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