The French coined the term “film noir” (both for the black deeds of its plotlines and its shadow-soaked visuals), but the scope of their contribution to the noir canon has remained stubbornly elusive, thanks in part to the ideological insurgency of the Nouvelle Vague.
More and more, we are finding out that the French did film noir as well as or better than anyone. And not just great heist films but all types - particularly ones where men and women are having a great deal of trouble getting along. As with our first THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT festival (in June 2015), the battle between the sexes can be hazardous to everyone’s health.
Join host Don Malcolm of Midcentury Productions for an intriguing blend of familiar names and fantastic dark films that you’ve never seen before. A double feature of DAYBREAK and THE TRUTH OF OUR MARRIAGE shows two sides of legendary star Jean Gabin – murderer and victim. Scheming wives and mistresses are the order of the day in an evening of DIABOLIQUE and THE WANTON, both starring Simone Signoret. A double bill of thrillers JOY HOUSE (starring Alain Delon and Jane Fonda) and BACK TO THE WALL (with Jeanne Moreau) proves that three into two won’t go. Desperate adventures on land and sea close our series with MANON and THE DAMNED.
Series compiled by Don Malcolm and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Don Malcolm.