THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3

FURTHER EXPLORATIONS IN CLASSIC FRENCH NOIR, 1939-1965

THU—MON, NOV 3—7  ·  ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions

THU, NOV 3
Origins: 1939

Daybreak

LE JOUR SE LEVE
DAYBREAK

(1939) 7:30

The Last Turn

LE DERNIER TOURNANT
THE LAST TURN

(1939) 9:20

FRI, NOV 4
Rehabilitations 1: Christian-Jaque

Journey without Hope

VOYAGE SANS ESPOIR
JOURNEY WITHOUT HOPE

(1943) 7:30

A Lover's Return

UN REVENANT
A LOVER'S RETURN

(1946) 9:20

SAT MATINÉE, NOV 5
HOSSEIN X 5
Two with Marie-France Pisier

Death of a Killer

LE MORT D'UN TUEUR
DEATH OF A KILLER

(1964) 1:30

The Secret Killer

LE VAMPIRE DE DÜSSELDORF
THE SECRET KILLER

(1965) 3:15

SAT EVENING, NOV 5
The Many (Deadpan) Moods of Robert Hossein…

The Road to Shame

DES FEMMES DISPARAISSENT
THE ROAD TO SHAME

(1959) 6:00

The Wretches

LES SCÉLÉRATS
THE WRETCHES

(1960) 7:45

The Game of Truth

LE JEU DE LA VÉRITÉ
THE GAME OF TRUTH

(1961) 9:30

SUN MATINÉE, NOV 6
1960s "Art-Noir" and the "Lost Boys" of the Nouvelle Vague

The Denunciation

LA DÉNONCIATION
THE DENUNCIATION

(1962) 1:30

Dark Journey

LÉVIATHAN
DARK JOURNEY

(1962) 3:30

SUN EVENING, NOV 6
Simone Signoret et un Monstre Sacré

Not Guilty

NON COUPABLE
NOT GUILTY

(1947) 7:00

The Cheat

MANÈGES
THE CHEAT

(1950) 9:00

MON, NOV 7
Rehabilitations 2: Jean Delannoy, "New Wave Whipping Boy"

Gambling Hell

MACAO, L'ENFER DE JEU
GAMBLING HELL

(1942) 7:15

The Chips Are Down

LES JEUX SONT FAITS
THE CHIPS ARE DOWN

(1947) 9:00

FRIDAY, NOV 4REHABILITATIONS 1: CHRISTIAN-JACQUE

JOURNEY WITHOUT HOPE / VOYAGE SANS ESPOIR  7:30

Christian-Jaque adds propulsively flamboyant noir overtones to his remake of Augusto Gennina's 1931 melodrama Les amours de minuit. Two criminals, a novice (Marais) and a seasoned pro on the run (Bernard) meet on a train, and each winds up involved with the same woman (Renant) who wants to help one of them escape, but falls in love with the other. This is the darkest and most frenetic of all the noirs produced during the Occupation and it displays Christian-Jaque's filmmaking talents as they reach a new level in response to the ongoing chaos of war. With noir lighting to die for courtesy of cinematographer Robert Lefebvre (Casque D'Or). With Simone Renant, Jean Marais, Paul Bernard.

Dir. Christian-Jaque (1950, 85 min.) Screenplay/adaptation by Pierre Dumarchais, Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon & Christian-Jaque from a story by Georg C. Klaren & Maurice Krol. Photographed by Robert Lefebvre.

A LOVER'S RETURN / UN REVENANT  9:20

Louis Jouvet's return from wartime exile in South America was the catalyst for Christian-Jaque's simmering, sensational backstage revenge noir, featuring Jouvet at the height of his powers. The mechanics of his elaborate payback scheme are deliriously fascinating, as is the interaction between addled François Périer and ravishing Ludmilla Tcherina, the Russian ballerina who would achieve fame two years later as Moira Shearer's foil in The Red Shoes. Here, revenge is a dish that works at any temperature!

Dir. Christian-Jaque (1946, 100min.) Dialogue by Henri Jeanson; adaptation by Jeanson & Christian-Jaque. Photographed by Louis Page & Christian Matras