THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOST CONTINENT '24:
AUTEURES

MARCH 30-APRIL 3 / ROXIE THEATRE
PRESENTED BY MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS

Les sorcieres de salem (1957) - Temoin dans la ville (1959)

LA VIE CONJUGAL (1964) - LES AMANTS (1958)

“AUTEURES” TAKE CENTER STAGE IN MCP’s SPRING ’24 SERIES!

It’s 2024, and MCP is springing into action with a 15-film series at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater that follows last year’s highly regarded “Other Side of the Lost Continent” expedition. Reminding you that man and woman cannot live on solely on film noir, our “Auteures” series rescues the fairer sex from decades of oblivion by showcasing women’s films written, directed, and acted by women.

From Saturday, March 30 to Wednesday, April 3, the “Auteures” will provide a road map for a different kind of film archeology—with works by pioneering women directors Marie Epstein and Jacqueline Audry; films written by Louise de Vilmorin, Annette Wademant, Françoise Giroud and Solange Térac—and all brought to life o screen by familiar and forgotten pioneering actresses (Danièle Delorme, Claire Maffei, Madeleine Renaud, Edwige Feuillère, Micheline Presle—and Jeanne Moreau).

Moreau is featured in four films, three of which will play in a special triple bill on Monday, April 1—featuring her breakout roles as an “existential sex symbol” (LES AMANTS / THE LOVERS), her hard-bitten collaboration with Orson Welles (THE IMMORTAL STORY) and her very first film at age 21, DERNIER AMOUR / LAST LOVE..

The series concludes with the sixtieth-anniversary revival of André Cayatte’s double-barreled look at marriage through the contrasting lens of gender, LA VIE CONJUGALE / ANATOMY OF A MARRIAGE, a double-feature “he said/she said” post-mortem where it’s up to the audience to decide who’s telling the truth. The young ingenue Marie-José Nat takes hold of her character and transforms herself into a state-of-the-art leading lady in these films—another MCP rediscovery you won’t want to miss.

All-festival passes will go on sale Monday, March 4th. Read Don Malcolm’s Substack for more details, including previews written by series mastermind Phoebe Green.

DON MALCOLM ON SUBSTACK

Jacques Becker & his female collaborators - plus Claire Maffei & Anne Vernon!

Gigi, Cheri, Minne & Mme. Dalleray - "Colette x 4" opens the door for Other Side '24

Colette, Louise, Annette, Solange...

All hail the "auteures"...

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A FOND FAREWELL TO “UNSUNG HERO” DON MURRAY

Don Murray

An exemplary life and career has come to an end with the recent passing of Don Murray, an actor-writer-activist whose commitment to films exploring social issues was second-to-none. We hope that Don’s memoirs, which sadly did not find a publisher during his lifetime, will at last be made available—Don’s reminiscences are filled with empathy, insight, humor and unflinching honesty and illuminate his incredible life.

MCP will be making UNSUNG HERO, its semi-authorized documentary about Don, temporarily available for on-line screening shortly. There you’ll find out much more about the man’s life and career, including rare projects that remain virtually unknown to even his most ardent admirers.

We were honored to work with Don and his family on UNSUNG HERO, and thankful for the long-time support of the Roxie Theater, where the most comprehensive revival of Don’s film and television works was screened in July 2014.

Don Murray

Alongside his well known films such as BUS STOP, A HATFUL OF RAIN and ADVISE & CONSENT, we were thrilled to present thought-provoking works such as THE HOODLUM PRIEST, SWEET LOVE BITTER, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, DEADLY HERO, the landmark TV series THE OUTCASTS, and the ultra-rare CALL ME BY MY RIGHTFUL NAME, a film that had been in limbo for more than four decades.

Don Murray in Billy Budd

In 2022 a unique artifact from Don’s prolific work in live television, BILLY BUDD, was screened at the Roxie as part of our MIDCENTURY MADNESS series, further demonstrating Don’s unique range and charisma. (See Don Malcolm's Substack essay Revisiting an "Unsung Hero" which accompanied the 2022 screenings.) We hope that more of Don’s appearances in live television during the 1950s and 1960s will become available for screening—it contains some of his finest work and would provide additional evidence of just how significant a figure he was at the height of his career. Godspeed to you, Mr. Murray...

SATURDAY MATINÉE - MAR 30

Colette...
12:30 PM  
GIGI
(1949, Jacqueline Audry, 82m)

2:15 PM  CHÉRI /
(1950, dir. Pierre Billon, 90m)

SATURDAY EVENING - MARCH 30

4:45 PM  MINNE / MINNE, L'INGÉNUE LIBERTINE
(1950, dir. Jacqueline Audry, 90m)

6:30 PM  THE GAME OF LOVE / LA BLÉ EN HERBE
(1954, dir. Claude Autant-Lara, 106m)

SUNDAY MATINÉE - MARCH 31

Jacques Becker & his female collaborators
12:30 PM 
ANTOINE ET ANTOINETTE
(1947, dir. Yves Allegret, 78m)

2:35 PM  RUE DE L'ESTRAPADE /FRANÇOISE STEPS OUT
(1953, dir.Jacques Becker, 100m)

SUNDAY EVENING - MARCH 31

Women, work v. love...
4:45 PM 
LA MATERNELLE / CHILDREN OF MONTMARTRE
(1933, dir. Jean Benoît-Lévy, Marie Epstein, 83m)

6:30 PM  THE LOVE OF A WOMAN / L'AMOUR D'UNE FEMME
(1954, dir. Jean Grémillon, 104m)

MONDAY - APRIL 1 BIG ROXIE

Jeanne Moreau per Louise de Vilmorin, Louis Malle, AND Orson Welles!
6:15 PM
  THE LOVERS / LES AMANTS
(1958, dir. Louis Malle, 90m)

8:00 PM  THE IMMORTAL STORY
(1968, dir. Orson Welles, 60m)

9:15 PM  LAST LOVE / DERNIER AMOUR
(1949, dir. Jean Stelli, 99m)

TUESDAY - APRIL 2

How do you say "fizzy" in French?
6:30 PM
  THE HONORABLE CATHERINE / L'HONORABLE CATHERINE
(1943, dir. Marcel L'Herbier and Jacques de Baroncelli., 99m)

8:30 PM  JULIETTA
(1953, dir. Marc Allégret, 99m)

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 3

He said, she said...marital revelations from André Cayatte
6:30 PM
  ANATOMY OF A MARRIAGE - MY DAYS WITH JEAN MARC / LA VIE CONJUGALE
(1964, dir. Andre Cayatte, 112m)

8:45 PM  ANATOMY OF A MARRIAGE - MY DAYS WITH FRANÇOISE / LA VIE CONJUGALE
(1964, dir. Andre Cayatte, 112m)

MidCentury Productions MIDCENTURY PRODUCTIONS is a "boutique" programming venture designing "mini film festivals, featuring films from cinema's most explosive three decades—the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We program original festivals and work with organizations and individuals to craft singular programming that illuminates the hidden corners of these three decades.

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