THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT '21

RETURN OF THE SUPPRESSED •"GREAT FILMS, LESS FILLING!"

OCT 24  NOV 12-14  DEC 12 / ROXIE THEATRE

Presented by Mid-Century Productions

Paris Pick-up / Le monte-charge on December 12 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR 21

Tributes to Belmondo, Gabin, & Robert Hossein anchor a festival with new rediscoveries and old favorites

Midcentury Productions Executive Director Don Malcolm is pleased to announce that his groundbreaking French noir series, THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, returns to the Roxie this fall. MCP and the Roxie have devised a segmented schedule for FRENCH '21, subtitled "Return of the Suppressed" to remind old and new viewers alike that this series (almost) exclusively specializes in French noirs not seen outside France for more than half a century.

Sunday, October 24 - Belmondo & Gabin

On Sunday, October 24: a day/night lineup of four films showcasing recently deceased 60s icon Jean–Paul Belmondo (two matinée films) and the immortal Jean Gabin (two evening films, including a special screening of the iconic TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI.

Friday, November 12 - Sunday, November 14

The festival incorporates past favorites from the legendary seven-series run as well as new rediscoveries, including the previously ballyhooed PIEGE POUR CENDRILLON aka TRAP FOR CINDERELLA (1965), screening with our #3 all-time festival favorite COMPARTIMENT TUEURS aka THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS (1965) on Saturday evening, November 13th in a double bill Don calls "The Best of '65." Among the highlights of the November screenings is an opening night triple bill honoring the festival's most beloved discovery, actor-director Robert Hossein (1927-2020).

Sunday, December 12 - Noir Noel

Hossein will also be fêted in December when the popular NOIR NOEL event will occur on Sunday, December 12, with two more of his films, including the peerless Xmas noir LE MONTE-CHARGE.

UPDATE: Advance tickets for NOIR NOEL are now available here, as well as at the Roxie website.

Come join us for the return of a festival hailed in the press as "irresistible" and "the most important cog in re-envisioning the origins and history of film noir."

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"The Roxie's annual 'The French Had a Name for It' festival has transformed our understanding of film noir, its origins and development in less than a decade. Rather than something invented (or at least synthesized) in Hollywood and then copied throughout the world, these annual French film festivals have revealed noir to have been the result of a give-and-take of influences, with the French having as much claim to the genre as Americans."

—Mick LaSalle, Datebook - SF Chronicle 11-07-2021

SUN MATINÉE, OCT 24
Belmondo before BREATHLESS

À DOUBLE TOUR
WEB OF PASSION

(1959) 2:00

LES TRICHEURS
THE CHEATERS

(1958) 3:45

SUN EVENING, OCT 24
Gabin: Familiar & Rare

TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI
HANDS OFF THE LOOT!  

(1954) 6:45

DES GENS SANS IMPORTANCE
PEOPLE OF NO IMPORTANCE

(1956) 8:30

 

FRI, NOV 12
Hossein Tribute

TOI LE VENIN
BLONDE IN A WHITE CAR

(1958) 6:00

LA MORT D'UN TUEUR
DEATH OF A KILLER

(1964) 7:45

POINT DE CHUTE
FALLING POINT

(1970) 9:20

SAT MATINÉE, NOV 13
At the dawn of film noir

LES AMOURS DE MINUIT
THE LOVERS OF MIDNIGHT

(1931) 1:30

AU NOM DE LA LOI
IN THE NAME OF THE LAW

(1932) 3:45

SAT EVENING, NOV 13
The best of '65

COMPARTIMENT TUEURS
THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS  

(1965) 6:30

PIÈGE POUR CENDRILLON
TRAP FOR CINDERELLA

(1965) 8:30

SUN MATINÉE, NOV 14
Vampiric "heroes"

LE SILENCE DE LA MER
THE SILENCE OF THE SEA

(1949) 1:30

LE VAMPIRE DE DÜSSELDORF
THE SECRET KILLER

(1965) 3:15

SUN EVENING, NOV 14
Triangles have sharp edges!

VOICI LE TEMPS DES ASSASSINS
DEADLIER THAN THE MALE

(1956) 6:30

VOYAGE SANS ESPOIR
JOURNEY WITHOUT HOPE

(1943) 8:45

 

SUN MATINÉE, DEC 12
NOIR NOEL: Hossein Tribute

LES SALAUDS VONT EN ENFER
THE WICKED GO TO HELL

(1956) 1:30

LE MONTE-CHARGE
PARIS PICK-UP

(1962) 4:00

Toi le venin - Blonde in a White Car

Falling Point

The Sleeping Car Murders

The Vampire of Dusseldorf

 

 

San Francisco's Roxie Theatre is located at 3117 16th St. between Valencia & Guerrero, one block from 16th & Mission BART. Box Office: 415.863.1087

 

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