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!


THE TALE OF THE FOX
LE ROMAN DE RENARD
1930, 65 min, France, Dir: Irene Starewitch, Ladislas Starewitch

One of the first animated feature films in cinema history (it premiered a full year before Disney’s SNOW WHITE), and the only film of this scope that Starewitch would make, THE TALE OF THE FOX is a masterpiece of the form. Master Fox, the forest’s utmost trickster, harasses the king upon whose lands he lives. Following a particularly wily hoax, however, the king orders Master Fox to be arrested and brought before the court. Inspired by a medieval French fable, THE TALE OF THE FOX is a ceaselessly inventive and wondrous film.


CASQUE D’OR
1952, Janus Films, 96 min, France, Dir: Jacques Becker

Do not miss this sublime masterpiece of romantic French cinema - simultaneously a heartbreaking adult fairy tale and an impressionist rendering of the turn-of-the-century Parisian underworld. The fleeting moments of shared love and erotic passion between Serge Reggiani and Simone Signoret are genuine poetry - moments cut short by the jealous machinations of others.


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