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Sun, Jun 18, 2017
7:30pm
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BERTRAND TAVERNIER AND FRENCH NOIR
French Noir Double Feature! Bertrand Tavernier In Person!
GATES OF THE NIGHT / LA DAME D’ONZE HEURES
Co-presented by Midcentury Productions, with the support of the French Film & TV Office, French Consulate.

Read writer Susan King's interview with Bertrand Tavernier here on our blog.

Introduction by director Bertrand Tavernier.
GATES OF THE NIGHT
PORTES DE LA NUIT
1946, Janus Films, 100 min, France, Dir: Marcel Carné

Director Marcel Carné and collaborator Jacques Prévèrt, the toast of French cinema in 1945 with the release of the epic CHILDREN OF PARADISE, found themselves in the doghouse with critics and audiences alike when they released their follow-up, GATES OF THE NIGHT. A troubled production history (original stars Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich bailed out), a contentious storyline (no one was happy with the pointed references to the black market that had sprung up after the Liberation) and the film’s unremitting darkness raised eyebrows and hackles when it was released in 1946. Seventy years later, however, the film can be seen as a singular, masterful work, filled with colorful and mysterious performances - including a young and highly appealing Yves Montand. With Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Jean Vilar and Nathalie Nattier.


LA DAME D’ONZE HEURES
1948, Lobster Films, 97 min, France, Dir: Jean-Devaivre

Among the most accomplished features by director Jean-Devaivre (whose career helped inspire Bertrand Tavernier’s SAFE CONDUCT), this thriller puts the conventions of the detective film to wonderfully entertaining use. When a pharmaceutical magnate begins receiving anonymous threatening letters, Stanislas-Octave Seminario (future DIABOLIQUE star Paul Meurisse) is enlisted to help; as “SOS” investigates, the mystery deepens when a member of the magnate’s family is poisoned, murmuring “the lady of eleven o'clock” as he died.


Both films in French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Jun 18, 2017 • 7:30pm
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