Aero Theatre
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Sat, Sep 8, 2018
7:30pm

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 4
Double Feature!
MAIGRET SETS A TRAP / SYMPHONY FOR A MASSACRE
Presented by Midcentury Productions and the American Cinematheque, with the support of the French Film & TV office, French Consulate.
Introduction by Don Malcolm.
MAIGRET SETS A TRAP
MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE
1958, Kino Lorber, 119 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean Delannoy

Though he was often subject to disparagement by New Wave critics, veteran director Jean Delannoy actually pushed forward the Parisian crime film with this first of two Inspector Maigret adaptations featuring the incomparable Jean Gabin. MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE adds its own cynical tone to the police procedural, aided by Delannoy’s expert use of actual locations in Montmartre. Gabin fits the role of Maigret like a glove, and he’s surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including well-shaped turns from Annie Girardot and Jean Desailly.


SYMPHONY FOR A MASSACRE
SYMPHONIE POUR UN MASSACRE
1963, Pathe, 115 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jacques Deray

Jacques Deray’s masterful heist noir is a brilliantly choreographed tale of greed and betrayal, with familiar faces (Charles Vanel, Michel Auclair, Michele Mercier) in various stages of intrigue. Deray handles the action with metronomic precision, beautifully accented by a magnificent score from Michel Magne. Pathé’s 4K restoration is flawless in its rendering of Deray’s masterful design, revealing the crisp, astringent camerawork of Claude Renoir (son of Jean). Come see the brilliant beginnings of one of France’s finest directors of the past half-century!


Both films in French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sat, Sep 8, 2018 • 7:30pm

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